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- Ear Candling - is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal.
- Deep Tissue Massage - is a blend of Eastern barefoot techniques, such as barefoot Shiatsu massage, coupled with a Western manual medicine, encompassing deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, transverse friction, compression, tension, shear, PNF, stretching, as well as parasympathetic response, on clothed clients using no oil
- Stress Management - is the amelioration of stress and especially chronic stress often for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.
- On Site/Off Site Chair Massage - Ergonomically designed chairs for positioning a person who will be receiving a massage, similar in function to a massage table.
- Ion Cell Foot Cleanse Treatment - This device aids the body in cleaning itself (detoxification), easing the load on our immune system and helping the body maintain good health.
The All Natural Process
EAR CANDLING is an age old "home remedy" used to soothe the ears and to help relieve pain and itching from infections and other conditions. Many people believe the process helps soften earwax and helps the body excrete any excess wax. Other benefits may include helping dry out any fluids in the ear canal.
Ear candling involves the use of a hollow candle coated with wax. The candle is placed gently into the opening of the ear and lit. Warm smoke travels through the candle and soothes the ear. Following the procedure, the ear continues to excrete earwax, pus and extra wax. There should be no discomfort during the procedure or afterward.
Today ear candling is practiced all over the world. Candle makers now use modern manufacturing techniques, quality control and hygienically sound practices to produce better and more consistent products. As a result, the practice of ear candling is growing even more popular every year!
The process described is soothing, safe and natural if used wisely. If you do not experience the desired effect from ear candling, you may need to consult a physician. Ear candling is a home remedy; it is not a medical procedure. The process may make you feel better and allow your body to heal naturally but please don’t misuse it.
Ear candling should not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment.
If you have a serious ear disease, tubes in your ears, eardrum damage or an upper respiratory infection, consult a physician before you attempt this process.
"Ear Cleansing" Variations
Today ear candles are a popular "home remedy" in Germany, India, Egypt, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States. People use ear candles to relieve many different types of symptoms of ear problems.
In typical use, the candle is gently placed in the outer ear canal and then the opposite end is ignited to produce smoke and warmth that enters the ear canal, bringing spiritual energy and soothing herbal essences into the ear. This process is also called "Ear Cleansing".
Even people who have never heard of ear candling often blow smoke into the ear canal to relieve symptoms of fever, flu, and "swimmer's ear" (where the smoke helps dry fluid in the ear).
Different materials are used for ear candling around the world. Some Europeans use a pencil-thin cylinder of waxed cloth coated with beeswax.
In South America, both the Spanish and native Indian cultures perform ear coning as a modality for healing the sinuses by "cleansing" the ear canals. They use candles made from rolled-up newspaper that has been waxed and scented with incense one-third of the way up from the narrow end of the cone. Mexican Indians also use waxed rolled-up newspaper with a plug of incense two-thirds down the roll.
Most candles used in North America are made of strips of unbleached 100% cotton or linen soaked in a mixture of hot paraffin and/or beeswax and herbs or herbal essential oils. The strips are rolled onto a spiral cylinder, excess wax is removed, and then the candles are left to harden.
Ear Candling in America
Native American cultures have a long history of using ear candling techniques fro spiritual as well as therapeutic effects. Some tribes use hollow twigs or a glazed clay cone, with a double helix carved inside, to create the spiral of smoke. They often use herbs and incense while performing the ritual.
Practitioners of the Choctaw tribe simply blow the smoke of various herbs into the ear canal as a medicinal application instead of candling the ear or using oils. The Amish culture utilizes a style of ear candling derived from the Cherokee tribe, blowing the smoke of herbs into the ear, rather than burning an ear candle.
There is information available worldwide; over the internet that promotes ear candling as a method for cleansing the ear canal and sinuses. This information is helpful and beneficial to those people considering ear candling, since in this country ear candling is considered an "alternative" procedure delegated mostly to individuals rather than trained medical practitioners.
Though in the past German medical students have been required to learn ear candling as part of their course of study. In the United States, ear candling is practiced without the support of the medical establishment. In fact, physicians and medical organizations have sometimes tried to prevent people from experiencing the process. A few holistic doctors though have shifted to using ear candling instead of more invasive irrigation techniques.
Though ear candling may not be the answer to all ear, sinus, or throat problems people have used it to relieve symptoms of itching, congestion and discomfort associated with eye, ear, nose and throat ailments. With a long tradition around the world, ear candling should continue its popularity to help people in a natural and effective way.
The Ears May Hold More Mysteries Than We Imagine...
Modern research has determined that many of the supposed "scientific truths" accepted over the past century need to be examined carefully. As we discover more about other cultures and their beliefs, we gain insight into a perspective that has begun to gain acceptance in mainstream scientific investigation.
In medicine, we are learning the value of ancient Chinese herbology and acupuncture. Physicians are experimenting with "positive thinking" to influence the outcome of illnesses for which they have limited treatments available. Many people are consuming organic and natural foods, pure water and supplements that may enhance the immune system and slow the aging process. Spiritual values are having greater influence on many of us.
The future of these trends is unknown, but one conclusion is certain: people will continue to experiment with lifestyles and "therapies" that we can't even imagine today. Some will be useless; others may have some effect, though it may be hard to determine.
We suggest that ear candling, with its long history and tradition, has the potential to help and assist people suffering from itching, tinnitus, and impaired hearing. Even more important, the practice can be relaxing and uplifting, leading to a sense of well-being and contentment. In the words of the French physician Alfred A. Tomatis, who dedicated his life to the study of sound and hearing:
The ear is a 'royal road' not only for speech but also for all the processes of man's adaption to self and environment.
~ The Concious Ear
The Origins & Growth of Ear Candling
Spiritual Uses Came First
EAR CANDLING, sometimes known as "ear coning" was used by the Egyptians, Essenes, Chinese, East Indians and Tibetans over 3,000 years ago. Ancient cultures of North and South America and Lemuria have also been associated with the technique.
Originally the process was described as "coning" because cone-shaped instruments made from pottery clay were used. These glazed pottery cones had a double helix carved inside intended to create a downward spiral flow of smoke from burning herbs into the ear canal.
For centuries, people around the world practiced the art of candling as a form of spiritual healing, to clear the mind and senses. They claimed a person could meditate more deeply and open up their sensitivity. Typically, the spiritual leader or shaman of the area would perform a ritual using reeds or clay pottery to heal or improve the person's spiritual condition. In the New World the Aztec, Mayan and Native North American culture all had important rituals involving "ear cones".
The procedure began with those of high social rank, like great warriors, royalty and spiritual leaders, and was used during special invitation rites. Before long, ear candling as a cleansing procedure became common in many early cultures.
How Often Should You Candle?
Ear Candling is used for soothing the symptoms of ear problems and assisting the ear in its natural removal of unwanted, old wax and debris from the ear canal. Because the ear candling process may help the natural elimination of this old earwax, we suggest people allow a day or two between candling sessions.
Use two to four candles per ear during each session. This allows the slow candling process to complete a cycle to benefit the ear, which then replenishes its normal protective earwax within a day or so. If you follow this cycle, you can experience candling along with the change of seasons, about four times a year (or as needed).
Deep Tissue Massage
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Deep tissue massage consists of slower strokes and more pressure. I target deeper muscle groups after first warming up the soft tissues. Clients frequently find deep tissue massages less comfortable, and not necessarily more effective, unless used properly. Depending on the goals of the massage session, simply using more pressure will not improve the results.
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