Teach Yourself 8 Of The Best Ear Massages:

by Carole Bourne


“Massage your ears daily and your organs and whole body will benefit”

Rubbing your ears sends happy feelings into your body by triggering the release of brain endorphins.  The simple act of touch alone is very healing.  It boosts the immune cells in your body, reduces feelings of stress or anxiety and helps you relax.

When you rub, pull, gently twist, unroll or massage your ears you stimulate lots of energy points that run through the ears and then into your body.  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 known for centuries that the marma (energy) points in your ears connect to your organs and whole body.

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, oil, no oil, gentle, firm, all over, along the outside or only the ear lobes) to refresh your thinking, calm yourself down, energize your body or release a healthy dose of endorphins into your blood stream.

Following is a little collection of therapeutic ear massages that I have come across over the years.  Hope you find one or more that you can enjoy throughout your days.

8 of the best therapeutic ear massages:

1.  Hand yoga for ears:

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.  Helps you disconnect, just for a moment from the busyness of the outside world and relieve any built of anxiety.

2.  Ear lobe massage:

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.

3.  Ayurvedic style with warm sesame oil:

Massage gently the outer area of your area of your ear with your fingers and warmed sesame oil   (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.  Its very soothing to your sense of hearing and helps alleviate tension in your jaw and neck.

Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years has recommended a daily self massage (abhyanga) for your whole body first thing in the morning, as it has a very calming, and deeply nourishing effect on your nervous system.

4.  Improve your focus by unrolling your ears:

Improve attention and focus by gently unrolling 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.  Perhaps you might like to try it before you start your next task.

5.  A simple ear meditation:

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.

6.  Ear aerobics for 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 touche you may wish to spend a few moments giving this spot a gentle circular massage.

7:  Qi gong 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.  If you wish to stimulate your organs then spend longer scrubbing the centre area of your ears.

8:  Pull ear lobes 6 times:

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.


~  Carole Bourne ~

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Lorna March 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

excellent as we all are needing a cheap form of massage.Thank you


Hilary March 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

That was really interesting, I’d never thought of ear massage.
{found you on blogher}


Leslie April 1, 2010 at 7:08 am

LOVED this. I’ve been having a lot of ear ringing and stuffy ears lately, and this was just what I needed to give them some of the attention they deserve. So far, just tried the Ayurvedic massage, and feel better already. Thanks!


Carole Fogarty April 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

Thrilled you all loved this article. Thanks so much @Lorna @Hilary and @Leslie for visiting the Rejuvenation Lounge.

Peace, love and chocolate



lori June 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Great article and loved all the ear massage techniques.


Jon Dougan June 12, 2010 at 3:34 am


So simple yet so affective in helping the ears.

Thanks for this little bit of knowledge.



PADMAJA SATEESH September 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I’d never thought of ear massage. Great article and loved all the ear massage techniques. Thank you.


massage couch September 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

put the massage with Yogo, that’s perfect.


Thomas Sabo January 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Feel the heat, blood flow and energy increase. You should now feel more energized and alert.


Break Heart February 21, 2012 at 2:13 am

IT is nice way i did to my love when i ever angry


Cleo the Cat June 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm
srikanth July 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

cleo the cat are he or she .


April Hall March 12, 2013 at 2:48 am

I have been an ICU nurse for 15 years, both with pediatrics and adults. I have used the ear massage technique for years in calming ICU patients on ventilators as we wean then from sedation and awaken them. I have done this for years and don’t remember when I started and don’t use it on everybody. However, when I do this it is calming for both myself and to the patient. I recently had an ICU doctor take notice that he has witnessed me do this on very unrulely and patients having a difficult time coming out of sedation. He noticed that is calms the patients and therefore, we do have less side effects and use less medications to bring the patient out of sedation. I decided to do a search and I found your website, I thought I would leave a comment as if my time and knowlege permitted, it would be great to complete an ear reflexology research study brought into the ICU environment.


Barb Rishel March 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I, too, am a nurse, although I never used ear massage on my human patients. Instead, I have frequently used them on my animals, especially my dogs, to calm them down. I;m wonderng if there is a difference in the technique??


mo June 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Funny my ears were last thing to think of. I can now feel them. thanks


Kashif Ansari June 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

the nodule that sticks out of the ear on the front in front of the cavity is also an acupressure point that reduces obesity. actually the ear is a miniaturized version of the human embryo. just like the foot is a map of the human body. press the nodule sticking out in front and you will reduce your fat levels especially visceral fat.


Annette Theodosion August 11, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I have a being who is obsessed with me that uses qigong points in back of the ears at 5:30-6:30 in the am, who travels down the spine and nerve parhways. Can this be stopped? Also it is affecting my left leg, feminine side, and causing g extreme pain. Thank you, Annette


Carole Bourne August 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

Annette grid your bed with black tourmaline and place a bowl of rock salt under your bed. This is a good place to start. Cleanse your room each evening and morning with sacred smoke from palo santo. Hope this helps. xox Carole


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