Reading Meagan Holub’s How to Make A $100,000 As A Massage Therapist got me thinking. She tells a story about an experience with ear candling. I am not going to say what it is, but she’s gutsy. I am not even going to give my opinion on ear candling, or then again, maybe I will. When I was 21, and a new massage therapist, I used to ear candle.
Why not? In school they gave us at least 2-4 hours of instructions and the benefits sounded pretty good.
One day early in my practice, I got curious and burned a candle alone. I did not like the results, so I immediately took it off the menu. I couldn’t do it anymore. My commitment to professional ethics was not going to allow me to tell my clients “That is wax that got sucked up from your ear”.
I still have people who ask me if I “candle”. Truthfully, a lot people love it, especially when they think you are removing pounds of earwax from their ears. Some people swear by its results, and I think that is great for those people. It is relaxing. The crackling noise is like your own little fireplace in your ear.
However does it soften ear wax and pull it out of your clients’ ears? I would have to say “no”.
Does your liability insurance cover ear candling? Many don’t. Most don’t like the idea of open flames next to your clients’ heads.
Is ear candling within our scope of practice? Eh… pretty iffy in my opinion.
So, today I have a few YouTube videos today for you to enjoy.
College Kid’s Having Fun with Ear Wax-Warning-Swearing!
Give me yours thoughts and opinions massage therapists. Do you use ear candles? Did you quit? What do you say to your clients if you candle? Have any great success stories like you pulled some tar out of a former roofer’s ear (heard that one already).