The power of the can­dle

Ge­or­gia Potts ex­pe­ri­ences the re­lax­ing, cleans­ing ef­fects of a Hopi ear can­dle treat­ment


Vis­it­ing Hintle­sham Hall is al­ways a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. The drive up to the beau­ti­ful hall is breath­tak­ing and, when it’s 35°C out­side on a Fri­day af­ter­noon in the mid­dle of a Suf­folk heat­wave, step­ping into the cool in­te­rior is a very wel­come re­lief.

I’m greeted on my ar­rival at the ho­tel re­cep­tion, where I wait for my ap­point­ment, un­til Re­becca, the spa man­ager, col­lects me. She looks im­mac­u­late – as ex­pected. As I en­ter the spa it not only smells won­der­ful, but is fresh, cool and quiet. I fill in a form, ready and wait­ing for me, com­plet­ing the usual health and safety checks, be­fore Re­becca ex­plains the treat­ment I’m about to have, the Hopi ear can­dle.

I vaguely know what is en­tailed, but I’m still un­sure ex­actly what to ex­pect. But Re­becca is very at­ten­tive, of­fer­ing me a cold glass of wa­ter, be­fore I re­lax on the spa bed. She ex­plains that the aim of the treat­ment is to clear block­ages and help with cer­tain types of is­sues, such as si­nusi­tis or hayfever. Hopi ear can­dles are, in fact, hol­low tubes made of cot­ton, soaked in beeswax, honey and herbs. The the­ory is that when lit, the can­dle acts like a chim­ney, caus­ing warm air in­side it to rise and cre­at­ing a vac­uum at the bot­tom. This vac­uum, it is claimed, gen­tly stim­u­lates the ear, fa­cil­i­tat­ing re­moval of ex­cess wax and im­pu­ri­ties. It will take ap­prox­i­mately 12 min­utes for the can­dle to burn down into each ear.

I tilt my head to one side and hear a slight match spark. This I take to be the pro­ce­dure un­der­way and the can­dle get­ting to work in my ear. I also hear crack­ling, which Re­becca as­sures me is com­pletely nor­mal.

Once the first ear is fin­ished, Re­becca re­peats the process in my other ear. When both are fin­ished my spa therapist fin­ishes the treat­ment with a pow­er­ful head mas­sage that – if I’m hon­est – sends me into an af­ter­noon slum­ber.

I would cer­tainly rec­om­mend the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence of a Hopi ear can­dle treat­ment. It costs £35, and was re­lax­ing and ef­fec­tive, leav­ing me with a clear head, which I def­i­nitely needed af­ter a long, hot week at work.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Hopi ear can­dle and other treat­ments at Hintle­sham Hall Spa hintle­ leisure/spa

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