The ear candling process involves the use of a specially designed hollow candle being inserted just inside the ear canal whilst the client lies on one side. A candle guard is used to ensure that there is no danger of any ash falling onto the face and a small cloth is placed over the hair for further safety. The candle is supported by the practitioner throughout and is extinguished long before it burns close to the hair, head, ear or face.
A fresh candle is used in each ear and once lit they generally take between 10 and 15 minutes each to burn. A slight crackling noise may be heard by as the candle burns and a feeling of warmth is often reported.
Once the candles have been burnt they are carefully removed from the ear canal and extinguished safely in water. An optional light facial massage is then given which is not only relaxing but also helps to clear the sinuses.
The rising air that is created by burning the candle gently massages the ear drum and also helps to regulate ear pressure. This process is often referred to as the 'chimney effect'.
There is no evidence however that any amounts of ear wax are removed during the treatment. The opening and inspection of used candles at the end of a treatment will only indicate how the candles burnt and will show residue from the innards of the candle itself.