Friday, 29 July 2011

Thermal Auricular Therapy

Thermal Auricular Therapy is the technical term used for Hopi ear candle treatment. 

What is Thermal Auricular Therapy?
Thermal auricular therapy uses ear candles to correct pressure, remove excess moisture and excess wax from the ears to leave you feeling cleansed and hearing clearer.
The 'candles' are in fact rolled tubes of linen that have been soaked in beeswax, honey and essential oils and are inserted just inside the outer ear and lit. They have a filter near the end to stop any wax and powder from falling back into the ear.

BioSun Hopi ear candle pair.
 I personally use BioSun Hopi ear candles because they burn cleaner and are a trusted brand, but other brands are available.

Ear candles were traditionally used by the Hopi Indian tribe of North America to cleanse and balance the mind and spirit.

Conditions That May Benefit
Tinnitus, glue ear (excess wax), swimmer's ear (excess moisture), sinusitis. Ear candles are also good for balancing the pressure inside the ear after a long flight.

Does it really work?
Most people are skeptical about thermal auricular therapy but that is mostly because they don't understand how it works or don't know anyone who has had it done.
I had to use them myself recently so I decided to document my findings and the outcome to spread awareness of this truely relaxing and enjoyable holistic therapy.

I woke up Tuesday morning with my left ear feeling very muffled and hearing out of it was quite difficult. I decided to go to the Doctor's to get it looked at as I didn't have a cold and hadn't got any water in it recently. I was told I had 'a substantial amount of wax' in my ears and that was causing the blockage. Not a nice thing to hear but gave me the perfect opportunity to use some ear candles.
The treatment was very relaxing and there was no pain or discomfort. After the treatment my ears felt a little better but still a bit muffled so I'll wait a week then do another course if they haven't cleared by then.
I took a picture of the candle from my left ear (if you are grossed out about ear wax then skip the pic)

Unrolled ear candle.

You can see the filter (orange thing) that stops the debre from falling back into the ear. The brown stuff is ear wax and the powder is what is fromed when moisture is drawn out of the ear. I have to be honest and say that that's the most amount of wax I've ever seen from a Hopi treatment. Considering the amount of wax that was drawn out I never felt a thing and it didn't hurt.

I always recommend you go to a trained professional to have this done and avoid doing a home treatment as most packs of candles do not come with clear instructions and you always should take care with naked flames.

For more information on thermal auricular therapy please see my website.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Check Your Therapist!

I was inspired to write this blog after some complaints made to the BBC about one of the episodes from the recent series of The Apprentice.
I don't watch The Apprentice so I am a bit behind on writing about the issue as I know it has just finished, but it got me thinking a lot about how much we trust professional to have the relevant qualifications, training and insurance. The episode I am referring to is number 4 from series 7 which saw contestants providing beauty treatments to members of the public in order to make the most profit and win the task. It showed them receiving 'some'  degree of training by representatives of various companies but were not supervised when performing the treatments on the public. It did not show the contestants washing their hands or making any effort to prevent cross contamination between clients. The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) were contacted by concerned members of the public who realised that these treatments were being performed by inexperienced and uninsured people. A letter from the FHT has now been sent to The BBC to raise these concerns.
If you missed the episode or just want to see it again, follow the link bellow to BBC iPlayer.

This issue raises many questions about how customers book in with therapists for treatments without thinking about whether they are qualified or insured to perform them.
The best way to find out this information is to ask, any therapists will be happy to show you copies of their qualifications and provide you with information about their insurers. If they are members of a specific guild or federation then the therapist will be listed on their website and you can check through them directly.

Stay safe!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Essential Oils In The Home

Essential oils are not just limited to aromatherapy and aromatherapists, they can be used everyday as cleaning and healthcare products.

Can anyone use essential oils?
As long as you are sensible with your oils, dilutions and storage there is no reason why you have to be a trained aromatherapist to use essential oils in the home. Do not mix your own oils to use on someone else if you are unfamiliar with essential oils, you can easily buy ready mixed oils from places like Neal's Yard or Boots.

Essential oils for cleaning
If I could recommend one oil that everyone has in their home it would be Tea Tree. You can use Tea Tree oil for just about anything and everything. It is antibacterial, antisceptic and cleansing, and has a great sterile smell to it. You can also add a few drops of your favourite oil onto the filter of your hoover for a fresh smelling home.

Safe storage
Always keep your oils in a cool, dark place away from children and pets, prefferably in a locked box. If you do not have a locked box put them in a cupboard high out of reach from children, like a medicine cabinet. Essential oils can be highly toxic if ingested and can cause internal damage.

If you ever need advice about essential oils and their benefits talk to a trained aromatherapist. They will be happy to help you choice the right oils for you.

Friday, 1 July 2011

We are one this month!!

Calluna Holistic Therapies is a whole year old this month, and what a year it has been.

At The Beginning
In truth the business wasn't meant to be launched for a few more years as I had planned to do a further course in holistic therapies management along side a business degree. However, the course was dropped by the college at the last minute and I was forced to rethink my options. Me, being fairly ambitious and keen, decided to launch the business early and see what happens.
I had previously worked for a large retail company as a supervisor and had gained a fair bit of knowledge about marketing and advertising so figured I knew a thing or two about running a business.
It was tough to start as any business owner will tell you, but you've just got to get on with it and not let the slow days drag you down.

Where We Are Now
Calluna Holistic Therapies has grown from a small business just offering holistic treatments such as aromatherapy, reflexology and massage, to teaching baby and toddler reflex workshops to parents in the local area, offering pamper parties for hen nights, birthday parties and girly nights in, and establishing a strong local client base.
I have had the opportunity to work with clients with a range of physical and mental disorders such as cancer, back problems, psoriasis, asperger syndrome and the most common of all STRESS.
Social media has played a big role in the success of the business in that I have gained new clients and also  forged new working relationships. (Brows and Beauty, Zazzu Jewellery)

What To Come Next
I am always looking at ways to expand the business and there are many projects going on at the moment (most of the top secret for now). But what I can say is that I am setting up a web shop to sell scented candles, crystals and jewellery from my website.

Special Offer For July
As it is the businesses first birthday all our treatments are half price for the whole of July. Offer runs from 01/07 - 30/07, not valid on pamper parties or baby reflex classes.