Saturday, September 26, 2009

Did You Hear About Ear Coning?

If you haven't heard, maybe it's because you need to have your ears coned. Also known as "ear candling", this particular procedure has been performed through the centuries by many cultures. However, this was my first experience with ear coning.

It's easy to be skeptical with a practice that claims it can keep you from being sick and rids your body of toxins and bacteria as well as ear wax. I was unsure myself, but was willing to try it just to have an educated opinion about it.

I went to Exquisite Hair Designs and Bodywerks where Sharon happily invited me into her treatment room. This is where she does facials and massages. It's a very calming room and the restful music definitely added to the atmosphere. Sharon insists on using two cones per ear to ensure the best service. She draped me with a blanket as if I was going to take a nap. Then she put a sheer cloth over my head and shoulders so I wouldn't be distracted by the instruments.

The cone was inserted into my ear and was lit at the other end. I could hear a crackling sound, but my ear canal did not experience any discomfort or other feeling. Once the right ear was done, I turned over and Sharon proceeded with the left ear. I couldn't wait to see what the inside of the cones looked like. It had been a busy day and what should have been an exercise in relaxation was instead filled with anticipation.

After an hour and fifteen minutes, I was done. Looking back, it didn't seem like it took that long because Sharon read me an article about ear coning and my daughter was taking pictures. Both were keeping me entertained. It was finally time to see what supposedly came out of my ear canals. What I saw made me a believer. Here is my thought process: If the cones didn't extract anything from the ear canals, then they would all look relatively similar inside. However, the cones from my right ear were different than the ones from my left ear indicating that one ear was cleaner than the other. In addition, the first cones had more debris than the second cones, indicating that the first cone removed the majority and the second cone removed the remainder.

Yep. Gross, right? Well, let me tell you that although I didn't feel light-headed or "stoned" as some people have experienced, my ears did feel that they had opened up and I could hear better. There you have it, my ear coning testimonial. I would recommend trying it for yourself and making your own judgment. Sharon offers this service for $40 for a limited time. Make an appointment and find out for yourself what people throughout history have sworn by.

Sharon Antonucci
Exquisite Hair Designs and Bodywerks
(949) 631-3183

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