by Norma Houston
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candling, also referred to as ear coning, is a gentle, painless,
relaxing and non-invasive procedure which is believed to draw
excess ear wax from the ear. Clients speak of the following benefits:
improved hearing; relief from sinuses and headaches; and a decrease
in dizziness; loss of balance; and ringing in the ears. Certain
populations are at an increased risk for ear wax build-up, including
geriatrics, the mentally challenged, males more so than females,
and those with oily skin. Genetics and lifestyle are also factors.
safest and most beneficial candles/cones are made by hand painting
all natural, unbleached cotton with 100% natural beeswax. If the
candles are dipped rather than brushed, there can be excess beeswax
which may result in a false reading of the client's results. Paraffin
wax candles, recognizable by their shiny, slippery, and harder
appearance, burn at a higher temperature and may cause some discomfort.
If essential oils, fragrances, or dyes are added to the candle,
individuals may have allergies or adverse reactions. Ear candling
requires two people-an ear candler (or ear candling technician/therapist,
auricular therapist, etc.) and the individual having their ears
candled. Under no circumstances is the procedure self-administered.
a practitioner who has taken a recognized course and is covered
by liability insurance. He or she should assess your need and
appropriateness as a client, take a medical history, observe the
ear with a physician standard otoscope, explain the procedure
fully, and provide a hygienic and safe environment. Following
a massage of the area around the ear, the candle should be gently
placed in the ear. Each candle should take from 12-15 minutes
to burn, followed by an observation and explanation of results.
Then, the process is repeated on the other ear. The total average
time is about 60 minutes for the whole procedure. However, on
the first visit 75 minutes may be required and as little as 45-50
minutes for later sessions. If a session takes only 30 minutes,
then something is probably being left out. Fees can vary from
$35 to $60 depending largely on the overhead of the therapist.
An ear oil, for at-home use between sessions, may be included
with the initial price.
there are only 3 PECA (Professional Ear Candlers' Association),
certified courses in Canada, all in Ontario: Aromatica-Windsor,
Core Dynamics-Toronto, and Heart to Sole-Midland. However, there
are several courses across the country pending certification in
Houston is a PECA Board Representative for Eastern Canada and
can be reached at (902) 423-1600 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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