Ear Candling in Balham
Ear candles bring together fire, heat and scented smoke to promote balance and a sense of wellbeing. They have been used as a traditional approach by many cultures and civilisations including Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, with roots reaching back to native tribes in North and South America, Asia and the Siberian Prairies.
Ear candling is non-invasive and gently effective for some conditions affecting the head and ear areas and may help to alleviate:
- Excessive or compacted ear wax
- Mild colds or catarrh
- Ear aches
- Sinus problems
- Rhinitis, including seasonal hay fever
- Sore throats
- Pressure regulation, flying or diving problems
Ear candling is a complementary therapy and is not intended to replace the care of your medical advisor. If in doubt about a medical condition, or seeking a diagnosis, please consult your doctor.
Ear Candling Appointments
What are ear candles?
The ear candles used by Melanie Glanville at reCentre-health are hand-made, hollow tubes of premium quality, pesticide-free, untreated cotton linen, which have been coated with a traditional recipe of pure beeswax, and infused with essential oils which may include chamomile, geranium, lavender and eucalyptus. The candles have been developed and manufactured to a high standard and include a safety filter to ensure that debris doesn’t fall into the ear while the candle burns.
What happens during an ear candling treatment?
Once a consultation form is completed and the treatment has been discussed, you will lie on your side, covered by a blanket for comfort, and with a purpose-made cotton treatment cloth placed around the ear and nearby areas. The lighted ear candle is gently placed into the entrance of the outer ear and you may experience a gentle heat and a pleasant crackling sound. The rising air column inside the hollow candle creates a very mild suction action at the base, which may help to loosen compacted earwax. At the same time, the beeswax and other ingredients are vapourised, creating a massage-like effect around the eardrum. Each candle will take about 10 minutes to burn to a safety marker line, at which time it will be gently removed from the outer ear and safely extinguished in water. This would need a 30 minute appointment.
To enhance the relaxing benefits of this treatment, it can be followed by some treatment with Reiki, bringing the session to a close after 1 hour.
What benefits may come from ear candling?
Ear candling is non-invasive and gently effective for some conditions affecting the head and ear areas and can help to alleviate:
Excessive or compacted ear wax
Mild colds or catarrh
Rhinitis, including seasonal hay fever
Pressure regulation, flying or diving problems
Children (over the age of 10) can also benefit from this safe treatment. However, parents are encouraged to speak to Melanie directly in advance, as well as consulting their GP if there is any underlying medical condition. Children will not be treated unless they have the ability to lie still during the treatment, and understand that they cannot touch the candles. A parent or guardian must always accompany and supervise the child.
How frequently should treatments be taken?
This will depend on factors including the purpose of treatment, how you respond and the nature of your condition and general health. Ear candles can be used as a one-off treatment or for a course of treatments. A recommended course consists of 3 sessions, 2-3 days apart and, if the problem persists 3 more sessions one week apart. This can be followed by monthly sessions. As Ear Candling is a complementary treatment, please note that the alleviation of symptoms cannot be guaranteed.
Does ear candling suit everyone?
Please be aware that some conditions are contra-indicated and ear candling should not be considered in the following cases:
Perforated or artificial ear drum
Ear grommets or tubes are in place
Any current or recent ear infection, discharge, eczema or dermatitis in the outer ear
Acute infectious diseases ie: flu, measles, mumps etc
High temperature or fever
Heavy cold, with active coughing or sneezing
Recent head or neck injury
Recent ear surgery or medical care from which you have not been discharged
Skin or scalp infections
Importantly, oil or other liquid treatments should not be put in the ears for 48 hours prior to Ear Candling.
Our Ear Candling Therapist
Melanie has offered Reikiand Metamorphic Technique at reCentre since 2009 and it is her warm and empathetic nature which enables her to form trusting and positive relationships with clients.
Melanie is a member of The Reiki Association (a community of people initiated into Reiki), a registered member of the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) and has been verified as a Reiki practitioner by The Reiki Council. She has practiced Ear Candling since 2017.