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Ear Massage - Learn Ten Easy-to-do Ear Massages

Updated on December 26, 2011

Ear Massage - Learn Ten Easy-to-do Ear Massages

I was reading an article this morning on how to enjoy yourself during the holidays with your friends and family, and eating those oh-so-temptingly delicious foods and deserts, without guilt over gaining weight. Is this even possible? Well, according to Dr. Grigory Sadkhin, weight loss expert and founder of The Sadkhin Complex - yes, it is. He shared with us a few ways to go from Thanksgiving through New Years without gaining a pound (or a guilty conscience).

While I was reading, I thought "Nothing new here." from..

  • choosing your alcohol drinks - Skip sweet cocktails (rich in sugar and carbohydrates), and go for champagne, dry wine, or drinks straight up. One whiskey straight up, please. Ugh!
  • having sex - Nothing like an early-morning romp to start your day with holiday cheer. Sex in the morning is a great substitute for exercise and will help relieve holiday-related stress. Whoopee!
  • to getting enough sleep. Dr. Sadkhin recommends aiming for 10 p.m. during the winter, pointing out that your body makes up for a lack of sleep by overeating. Having a 10 p.m. curfew will surely give you an excuse to leave the party before karaoke starts. But... but I love karaoke!

OMG! Shoot me now, why don't you?

Suddenly, something caught my attention. It's about massaging your ear before you start eating. Apparently, giving your earlobes a quick thirty-second rub, will stimulate the brain, relieve stress, and lower your appetite, all while sitting at the table! Seriously!

Well, now they're talking!

Ten Best Easy-to-do Ear Massages

Rubbing your ears sends happy feelings into your body by triggering the release of brain endorphins. It boosts the immune cells in your body, reduces feelings of stress or anxiety and helps you relax. Just touching your ears feels good and does your body a whole lot of good.

And if you're lucky enough to have someone else massage your ear, you will notice a feeling of sensual excitement. That is because there are many nerves in the ear and when circulation is increased it can influence the way the whole body feels.

Ear reflexology can be applied quickly and easily in situations or health conditions. The history of ear reflexology can be traced back to Chinese and Egyptian medical work of about 3000 to 4000 years ago. The Chinese have used ear reflexology via acupressure and acupuncture for thousands of years to address all sorts of health issues in the body. Ayurvedic medicine has also known for centuries that the Marma (energy) points in your ears connect to your organs and whole body

The many benefits to ear massage includes: relieves tension, boosts the immune system, releases toxins, relieves pain, improves circulation, and assists all sorts of healing in the body and promotes general well-being. Awesome, isn't it?

But you certainly don’t need an understanding of ear reflexology to receive all the soothing, relaxing and well-being benefits. Simply do what feels right for you - rub, pull, massage using oil or no oil, all over your ear, along the outside or only the ear lobes and you'll refresh your mind, calm yourself down, energize your body and release a healthy dose of endorphins into your blood stream.

So we're going to learn how to massage our ears. Take your time and enjoy.

Are you ready? Here goes...

Ear Massage #1 - Complete tune-up for all parts of your body.

Sit comfortably with your back braced against the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Be sure to sit up straight but relaxed.

  • Grasp your ear flap(s) gently between your thumb and forefinger. You may work on one ear at a time or both at the same time.
  • Knead the ear(s) for at least 30 seconds.
  • Then, pull carefully on the earlobe(s) for a few seconds.
  • Rub your hands together to warm the palms. Place your hands lightly over your ears with the fingers pointed toward the back of your head.
  • Tap your fingertips on your head several times.

When you’re finished, close your eyes and breathe in and out 6 to 12 times to end your session.

To enhance your massage session, use (TW 17 shown in the picture).  You can find this pressure point at the indentation behind your earlobe .

  • Press gently on this spot one ear at a time or both at the same time with your middle finger for a full minute.

Benefits: This point will relieve ear pain, jaw pain, facial spasms, a swollen throat, mumps and toothaches.

Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty. A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.

Ear Massage #2 - To increase energy 

If you really need to energize yourself then give your ears the full aerobic workout.  

  • Use your fingers to rub and massage every inch of your outer ears.  
  • Gradually move towards the centre of your ear massaging all the tricky hard to get at places.  
  • Now move to behind your ears pushing the ear flaps slightly forward so you can massage well behind your ears and into the ridge that connects your ear to your skull.    
Feel the heat, blood flow and energy increase. You should now feel more energized and alert.

If you notice some areas of your ears are sore or sensitive to touch, spend a few moments giving this spot a gentle circular massage.

Ear Massage #3 - To relieve tension and anxiety

  • Cup your hands and place your left palm on your left ear and right palm on your right ear.
  • Close your eyes and drop your shoulders.
  • Gently move your hands in a smooth circular motion, massaging the outer area of your ears with your palms.
  • Continue for at least a minute and then repeat in the opposite direction.

This helps you disconnect from the outside world, relax and release any built tension and anxiety.

Ear Massage #4 - To stimulate the brain

  • Use your thumb and index fingers to gently massage your ear lobes in small circles.
  • After a few delicious minutes move your fingers up to the middle of the outside of your ears,
  • and gently rotate your entire ear in circles.

Great for tension in the upper body and over thinking.

Your ear lobes are energetically linked to your brain. When the right ear lobe is massaged it allows the left brain and pituitary gland to become stimulated. When the left ear lobe is massaged it allows the right brain and pineal gland to become stimulated, giving you a whole brain experience.

Ear Massage #5 - To improve attention and focus

  • Gently unroll the outer area of your ears, from the very top down to the bottom.
  • Repeat three times.

This clever little brain gym exercise is usually taught to children first thing in the morning at school to help them learn more effectively.

Ear Massage #6 - To sooth the sense of hearing

This is Ayurvedic style with warm sesame oil:

  • Massage gently the outer area of your area of your ear with your fingers with warmed sesame oil (organic almond or coconut oil can also be used ).
  • Next add a few drops of oil to your index fingers and gently massage the entrance to your ear canals with small, soft circular movements.

This is very soothing to your sense of hearing and it helps alleviate tension in your jaw and neck.

Ear Massage #7 - For deep calming effect

For the next minute or so, treat your ears to a peaceful dose of silence and healing energy.

  • Rub both your hands together until some heat builds up.
  • Cover your ears with the warmed cupped palms of your hands. Left palm cupped over left ear. Right palm cupped over right ear.
  • Hold for about 30 seconds, then repeat.

Feel the warm energy relax and soothe the area in and around your ears. This simple practice is deeply calming.

Ear Massage #8 - To refresh in between tasks

The pomodoro method recommends the following exercise to practice in between finishing one task and starting another.

  • Take your earlobes between your thumb and forefinger and lightly pull downwards.
  • Breathe out gently.
  • Repeat six times.

If you feel freshness in your eyes and your hearing has gotten clearer, great! The exercise has done its job.

Happy people - Photo: Courtesy of Faith Center
Happy people - Photo: Courtesy of Faith Center

Exercise #9 - Simple way to energize your entire body

This is Qi Gong style ear massage.

  • Scrub the ears from front to the back with the palms of your hands.
  • Continue 18 times.

This will energize your entire body.

Exercise #10 - to stimulate the organ system

Another Qi Gong style massage:

  • Just above where your ear connects to your head, you'll find a small indent. Rub it with a tiny circle.
  • Then right in front of where the ear connects, you'll find another small indent. Rub it also with a tiny circle.
  • Finally, right in front of that cartilage flap of your ear, in line with the top of that flap, you'll find another little indent. Yes, rub that too with tiny circles.
  • then massage every point of your ears, slowly so you don't miss a single point.
  • then pull your ears down three times.

Pulling the ears stimulates many points which has a delightful effect on all the organ systems.

As your kids are running off to school in the morning, grab them, give them a big hug, then pull their ears three times.

It is also one of the most wonderful things you can do with your pets.

Don't you just feel great after all those ear massages?  I am.. I hope you are too.

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  • carol7777 profile image

    carol stanley 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    I have read about ear massage. Seems simple enough to do. Why not find any way to reduce stress that is easy?

  • Jackie Lynnley profile image

    Jackie Lynnley 

    7 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Very interesting, I will have to convince someone to do this for me!

  • restrelax profile image


    7 years ago from Los angeles CA

    Wow amazing hub. Keep it up this good work.

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    8 years ago

    Um, if you massage my ear - there will be major problems. We'll NEVER get to the eating dinner part. ;-)

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya nikitha, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you found this hub very informative. Thank you so much.

    Have a nice day,


  • nikitha p profile image

    nikitha p 

    8 years ago from India

    Very informative hub. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya kathryn, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub.

    Have a nice day,


  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Yes, Jackie, I did the 30hubs in 30days challenge.. it was tough specially towards the end.. the pressure got to me and I had writer's block.. but I did it! Yay! So you work full time and then spend 6-8 hours online? When do you sleep? lol

    Have a nice day gf,


  • kathryn1000 profile image


    8 years ago from London

    Good hub

  • onceuponatime66 profile image

    Jackie Paulson 

    8 years ago from USA IL

    Congrats! You did 30 hubs and in 30 day! I am in Chicago and you: why am I up? I love to read and write, it's my hobby, so I work and then spend 6-8 hours online too...just want to learn from you. ")

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya cookingdiva, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you found my hub informative. I was massaging my ears while I was writing this hub. It felt good.. I bet it's so much better when a pro is doing it.

    Yes, I did, so I just add it on each hub. I'm glad you like it.

    Have a nice day,


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    8 years ago


    This is very informative, I have it done once with my regular massage but now I know more about it. Thanks.

    Btw, how did you create the last text module of voting and joining hub? Looks so neat.

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya The Academy, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you found this helpful enough to send to your wife. Why don't you give each other ear massages? That would be awesome!

    Have a nice day!


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    The Academy 

    8 years ago

    Im sending this to my wife ;)

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya my dear friend onceuponatime, what are you doing up so early in the morning? It's 3:30am here in Toronto. But I just had to finish my 30th hub for the "30 hubs in 30 days" challenge. I did it! 30 hubs in 30 days!

    Did you do any of the ear massages? I was doing them while I was writing.. it felt great! Pull your ears three times or just rub your ears... oh lemme do it! lemme do it!

    Have a nice day!


  • onceuponatime66 profile image

    Jackie Paulson 

    8 years ago from USA IL

    Great advice on how to destress by massage. The ears seem to be a great way to help with so many things too. I had no idea how beneficial it could be. Getting others to do this for us seems to make me laugh but a great way to bond. Thanks Rosie!


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