Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Candling – a perfect combination!

Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Candling – a perfect combination!


Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Candling – a perfect combination!


Indian Head massage is an ancient therapy traditionally practiced by Indian families who would pass the knowledge down through each successive generation.  Like so many of the treatments we now know as complementary therapies, this therapy has been brought to the West in more recent years and can now be enjoyed by so many more people.

Traditional Indian Head Massage is practiced with the recipient sitting up and is focused mainly on the head and scalp, however the more modern version of this treatment tends to take place with the client laying down and focuses on the whole of the upper back, shoulders and upper arms as well as the neck, head, face and scalp.  These areas tend to be the centre of stress and tension, which eventually causes physical conditions such as headaches, anxiety and insomnia.

With this in mind, I personally tend to carry out this treatment with a blend of Aromatherapy oils and with the client lying down. It’s far more relaxing for you that way, and it allows me to use a little more pressure where needed! This is also a really good treatment to have if you want to feel energised rather than relaxed, perfect for those morning appointments before a busy day…

So – the treatment starts with the upper back, upper arms and neck, using a variety of massage techniques to warm the muscles, increase the circulation of blood to the muscles, bones and joints and work on areas of tension to reduce pain and stiffness. Stubborn knots can be worked on to leave you feeling less tense and stressed. The treatment continues with massage of the back of the head, before a turn over for massage of the front of the scalp and some gentle massage, lymph drainage and pressure points on the face.

This is the perfect time to bring in Hopi Ear Candling!

This is another ancient therapy technique practiced by various cultures including a Native American Indian tribe, the Hopis, which gave this therapy its name. The Hopis used ear candles as part of their healing rituals, realising the benefits of their practice for cleansing, healing and purifying the mind, body and spirit.

The areas around the ears, temples and sinuses are gently massaged before the area around one ear is covered with small towels to protect the skin. The candle is then lit and gently inserted into the ear, and is held in place by me throughout the treatment. The candle itself also has a guard around the bottom, also to protect the skin. 

The flame creates a vacuum effect which helps to loosen wax and draw out any other debris which may be in the ear canal. You will feel a pleasant warming sensation throughout the treatment and may be able to hear crackling and popping as the candle burns. This is a pleasant and relaxing experience and does not feel uncomfortable.

Once the candle has burned down to the safety line it is removed and safely extinguished, and the process repeated on the other ear. Further massage is then carried out around the ears, sinuses and temples to encourage lymphatic drainage and enhance the effects of the treatment. 

Many clients feel a release of pressure after the treatment, better hearing and a reduction in symptoms, however the effects can continue over a few days with wax being released naturally.

The two treatments work particularly well together and are an excellent treatment option for similar conditions, such as:

~ Headaches/Migraine

~ Anxiety/Stress/Depression/Overwhelm

~ Muscle tension in the shoulders/neck/back

~ Insomnia/Disturbed sleep


~ Sinusitis

~ Lingering colds/flu/congestion

~ Tinnitus

~ Post flying/diving pressure/swimmer’s ear

~ Itching in the ears

~ Asthma/Hayfever

~ Temporo/Mandibular Joint tension (often caused by tensing the jaw or grinding the teeth)

~ Eyestrain

I offer a discount for these two treatments booked together, please ask for details.

I hope you have found this post interesting and informative, however as always, if you have any questions, just ask!



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