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Hopi talking; Treatment table with Malcolm Akers.

Byline: Malcolm Akers

This month I investigate Hopi ear candles - hollow tubes made from organically grown flax, extracts of honey, beeswax and herbs.

Their use dates back hundreds of years - like many of the treatments I have investigated over the past few months.

Native American Hopi Indians, where the name originates, were recorded to use them, but it is widely agreed that the ancient Greeks first used ear candles for purifying and spiritual benefits.

The reported benefits are far ranging and include removing compacted wax in the ear, improving your immune system, promoting lymphatic circulation, reducing ringing in the ear (tinnitus), improved hearing and the main reason I tried it - restoring the equilibrium/pressure in the ear.

I have recently taken a number of long haul flights and was suffering with mild ear ache and increased pressure in my ear.

On arrival at the spa, I relaxed in the quiet room with a herbal tea prior to being made comfortable in one of the treatment rooms.

When I was comfortable on the massage table, the hopi ear candle was placed gently in my first ear and lit.

I felt a warm glow in my ear and a small crackling noise.

The candle generates a soft suction which creates a chimney effect vibrating the air near the ear drum and so giving it a gentle massage. After about 8-10 minutes, the candle was taken away and I continued to lay still for a further five or so minutes.

The treatment was then repeated on my second ear. As part of the treatment you also have a relaxing ear and scalp massage that stimulates increased blood and lymph circulation and accelerates the draining of the sinus tubes. The treatment lasted 60 minutes and cost pounds 37.

After the treatment, I was pleasantly surprised that the pressure in my ears was back to normal and the pain I had in my ear and sinuses had significantly reduced - all in all a very positive experience.

Malcolm Akers is marketing manager at Solace Spa, Edgbaston 0121 455 7380
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 12, 2011
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