What is the colon?
The colon or large intestine is part of the body’s digestive system. It is a hollow, tube-like organ approximately 5 to 6 feet long, made up of muscle structure that moves toxic materials along by wavelike motions known as peristaltic action from the small intestine to the rectum. When the colon is not functioning well it begins to absorb toxins into the blood stream rather than expelling them. The resulting problems can range from fatigue to constipation and gas, overgrowth of candida, diverticulosis and various other chronic health issues.
What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon Hydrotherapy also known as colon therapy, colonic or colonic irrigation is intended to remove feces and nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract. It involves the gentle insertion of a disposable speculum into the rectum. The speculum is connected to a disposable plastic hose connected to the colon hydrotherapy unit. Warm, filtered water is slowly released into the colon. The water causes the colon to contract (peristalsis), and pushes the waste out through the hose. Light massage to the abdomen is applied during the colonic. After the session, the client may sit on a toilet to pass any residual water and stools.
Is the procedure painful?
No. Colonics should never be painful. Depending on an individual’s toxicity or state of mind, the treatment may be easy or more challenging. If there is a gas blockage or extreme constipation, there may be some slight discomfort just before a release. The colon hydrotherapist will use techniques to massage and manipulation to avoid any discomfort.
How often should I do a colonic?
One colonic therapy will not empty the colon completely. Most of us have a lot of pounds of impacted feces in our colon. One cleansing removes some of the hardened material; the second more. Frequency depends on the your goals and health history. According to your personal objectives the therapist will help you determine how many colonics you may wish to have.
Will a colonic rid of my healthy bacteria
No. Cleansing the large intestine of putrefied waste will create a healthy environment for beneficial bacteria to thrive. It is a good idea to re-hydrate with water or vegetable juice after a colonic session. Daily consumption of fresh vegetable juice will help to regenerate good flora over time. Also, after each colonic session you will be give probiotic complex specifically designed for large intestine.
If you eat right and exercise and are regular, why would you need to do a colonic?
We are all exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals on a daily basis at work, in the home, through the air we breathe, our food and water supply, and through the use of pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, we are eating more sugar and processed foods than ever before in human history and regularly abuse our bodies with various stimulants and sedatives. By cleaning the colon, you are decreasing the general toxicity of your body and supporting your liver to function more efficiently.
Does your body get dependent on colonics to the point where you can’t move your bowels on your own anymore?
No. Colonics help tone the colon muscles so they do not perform sluggishly.
Can you do a colonic while you have your period?
Yes as long as you feel comfortable.
How long is a session?
On average 60 minutes.
What is the difference between colon hydrotherapy and an enema?
Enemas will not clean the entire length of the colon. An enema involves a one-time infusion of water. This water sits in the lower part of the colon for a period of time and then the person sits on the toilet to release the water. Enemas do not have to be administered by a professional, however a certified therapist, using a specially designed machine, administers colon hydrotherapy. With colon hydrotherapy fecal matter leaves the body through a tube into a machine and goes directly into the sewage system. There is no odor.
What will colon hydrotherapy do to the colon?
It will cleanse the colon. After a series of treatments, impacted waste is removed and the clean colon will work again as it is supposed to. With massages and pressure applied on trigger points by the therapist, fecal matter is removed from bulging pockets in the colon.
What should I do before a session?
The minimum requirement is no eating 2-4 hours before and no liquid, including water, 1-2 hours before.
If you’d really want to fully cleanse, at 2 days before your session, please avoid the following that causes gas:
- Sugar, Carbonated beverages, Refined carbohydrates, Corn, Fried food, Peanuts, Cow dairy products, Cashews, Soy, Coffee, Alcohol, Broccoli, Chewing Gum, Rice cakes
* When you schedule your first Colon Hydrotherapy session, we recommend to download and fill out this Colonic Intake Form to save time being in the office.
What are Contraindications of Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colonics, like many conventional and holistic health therapies, might have some contraindications, which can be obtained through the health history. If you have any of the health conditions listed below, please consult your family practitioner or a gastrointestinal specialist to discuss your interest in colonic hydrotherapy.