I am a hungry artist living and working in Sydney. I am completing a philosophy degree and enjoy life.
Published November 17th 2016
Waxing Lyrical at Serenity
Serenity Beauty & Massage offer a wide range of services including dermatalogical facials, eyelash extensions, waxing, manicures and pedicures, reflexology, foot-spa ear candling and of course massages. This review focuses on the experience of getting one of the more unusual services – ear candling. As an ear candling virgin I had no idea what to expect and wanted to find out what it was and have a new experience. This is what I discovered:
The Ear Candling experience costs only $20 and was relaxing. It is conducted in a private room and I was asked to lie down on a clean massage table and was offered a pillow with a clean dental hygiene sheet on top of it, which was reassuring. The therapist opened a new packet of ear candles – a brand I could not recognise – and showed them to me before we started. I was assured of the high level of hygiene at the salon.
The neatly uniformed therapist asked me to lie on my side, so she could access my left ear, and to move my hair out of the way and then she gently inserted the ear candle and lighted it, holding it by the base lightly as I relaxed while lying on the massage table. Light meditation music was playing in the background and a sweet aromatherapy blend of vanilla and sandalwood seemed to be in the air.
It is an odd sensation to feel the heat of the traditional Hopi Indian technique of ear candling. It works by creating a vacuum so that the wax is gently pulled out of the ears. It is a pleasant and relaxing feeling, warm and soothing. You will find that you hear sounds reminiscent of holding a seashell to the ear. After about 10 minutes you could start to drift off to a daydream state.
After approximately 15 minutes the therapist gently touched my shoulder and said it was time to do the other ear – I was a bit confused about what she actually wanted me to do, should I get up now? I thought. I said "OK" and she extinguished the flame and slightly manoeuvred the ear candle to remove it.
We repeated the process for my right ear. When it was over she even showed me the wax that was removed. I was surprised that it was so much. About a teaspoon of butter like substance seemed to be in each ear candle. So disgusting! But surely it was better that it was out?
Do not be surprised if you actually can notice more sounds than you are used to when entering the busy World Square Centre outside. The whole experience was pleasant and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who feels that there may be wax in his or her ears.