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 hintleshamhall.co.uk/ leisure/spa