Below are some questions commonly asked about Colonic Hydrotherapy.
How great! I keep hearing about Colonics and how great they are, but I’ve never been able to find out much about them. Maybe for starters, I should ask what is Colonic hydrotherapy ?
Also known as a “Colonic”, “Colon lavage”, Colon irrigation”, or “high Colonic”, Colonic hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method for cleansing the Colon of waste material by repeated, gentle filling and releasing water. The gentle filling and emptying of the Colon improves peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the Colon naturally moves material.
And Colon, what is that again ?
The Colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract (food carrying passageway extending from the mouth to the anus).
The Colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Its major functions are to eliminate waste and to conserve water. Also, there are bacteria living in the Colon which synthesize valuable nutrients such as vitamins “K” and portions of the vitamin “B” complex.
What is the purpose of having a Colonic ?
Well, waste material, especially that which has remained in the Colon for some time, (i.e. impacted faeces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.), poses several problems. First this material is quite toxic (poisonous). These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream making us feel ill, tired or weak. Second, impacted materials impair the Colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and bacteria- produced vitamins. And finally, a buildup of material on the Colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements, constipation, and the result of these disorders.
How can I tell if I have toxic material in my Colon ?
This condition is prevalent in all civilized societies, and particularly in the U.K. Common signs include: headaches, backaches, constipation, fatigue, bad breath, body odour, irritability, confusion, skin problems, abdominal gas, bloating, diarrhoea, sciatic pain, and so forth. As you can see, intestinal toxicity is part and parcel of many peoples everyday experience.
It sounds to me as though intestinal toxicity is a common condition ?
Yes it is, but toxicity is not limited to just the Colon. Toxic material is found throughout the body, particularly in fat tissue, joints, arteries, muscles, liver, etc. Colonics effectively eliminate large quantities of toxic waste, affecting the condition of the entire body.
But the Colon isn’t the only organ of elimination, what makes the Colonic so important ?
While the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver also serve to eliminate toxins, people have experienced throughout history that when they ensure that the Colon is cleansed and healed, the well-being of the whole body is greatly enhanced. Colonic hydrotherapy has been found to be the most effective process available to accomplish this work quickly and easily.
Okay, it appears to be important to cleanse the Colon, but why not use enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead ?
Well, every thing has its proper place, but those things really aren’t substitutes for Colonics. Enemas are useful for emptying the rectum (the lowest 8 to 12 inches of the Colon). Usually, one or two pints of water are used to do that. Suppositories are intended to accomplish the same task. Laxatives particularly herbal laxatives, are formulated for various purposes, such as: to undo the effects of temporary constipation, to build up the tone of the Colon muscle, etc. But the Rolls Royce of Colon cleansing without question is Colonic hydrotherapy.
What makes a Colonic so special ?
In a 45 minute session approximately 15 gallons of water is used to gently flush the Colon. Through appropriate use of Water temperature manipulation, herbal infusions, coffee enemas , massage, pressure points, etc., the Colon therapist is able to work loose and eliminate far more toxic waste than any other short-term technique.
What will Colonics do to the Colon ?
Specifically, a Colonic is used to accomplish the following:
Cleanse the Colon: Toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently, but surely removed in the process of a series of treatments. Once impacted material is removed, your Colon can begin again to co-operate as it was intended to. In this very real sense a Colonic is a rejuvenation treatment.
It Exercises the Colon Muscles: The build up of toxic debris weakens the Colon and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the Colon improves peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the Colon naturally moves material.
It Reshapes the Colon: When problem conditions exist in the Colon, they tend to alter its shape which in turn causes more problems. The gentle action of the water, coupled with the massage techniques of the Colon therapist helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions finally enabling the Colon to resume its natural state.
It Stimulates Reflex Points: Every system and organ of the body is connected to the Colon by reflex points Colonic stimulates these points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way.
Are there any additional benefits I might expect from a Colonic ?
Yes, there are several. Working with Wendy a Colonic can be a truly enlightening educational process. You will learn to expand your awareness of your body’s functioning by including signals from your abdomen, your skin, your face and even from that most taboo of natural products, your elimination’s. You will find that you can spot the beginnings of developing conditions through clues from these body regions and functions before they become serious. You can deal with them sooner and more easily than you otherwise might if you waited until they produce effects seen elsewhere in the body. Also, the solar plexus is the emotional centre of the body and the transverse Colon passes right through it. If an emotional event is left uncompleted, it often results in physical tension being stored in the solar plexus, which affects all organs of the area, including the Colon. This on-going tightening of the Colon muscle results in diminished movement of faecal material through the Colon, which is experienced as constipation. Not only do Colonics alleviate the constipation, they can assist you in creating a fully holistic view of your body’s functioning, leading to a better quality of life.
You’ve been talking a lot about messed-up Colons, and I can certainly relate to some of the signs of toxicity you mentioned. What I would like to know is what are the characteristics of a healthy, well functioning Colon ?
Healthy babies, animals and adults not subjected to the “refinements” of civilization (i.e. aboriginal peoples) have bowel movements shortly after each meal is eaten. So, assuming there is sufficient fibre and water available to the Colon, one characteristic is a bowel movement shortly after a meal is eaten. Once the urge to eliminate is honoured by a trip to the toilet, the elimination should be easy and take no more than a few seconds. The stool will be long, large in diameter, light brown in colour, without offensive odour and should float or sink very slowly. When the toilet is flushed, the stool immediately begins breaking apart by the action of water movement. As incredible as this may sound, it is true and commonly experienced in cultures where people live more naturally.
How can I tell if I would personally benefit from a Colonic ?
Does your Colon now exhibit the signs of a well functioning Colon ? If not, a course of treatments may bring you great dividends.
Okay, it sounds like a Colonic may be good for me, but will it be painful ?
It rarely is. Usually, painful experiences are the result of resistance and tension. You will be put at ease during your treatment thus minimizing discomfort. Most people actually enjoy the Colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clear afterward. Sometimes during a Colonic, the Colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the rectum. This may feel like cramping or gas, and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. Such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated.
Is it embarrassing to have a Colonic ?
No, you will fully maintain your personal dignity. We will be in a private room and I fully appreciate the sensitivity of the Colonic procedure and will help you feel at ease ( I receive my own treatments regularly so I know excatley what you are eaperancing). Your emotions and feelings will be acknowledged and honoured.
Is there anything I need to do to get ready for a Colonic ?
Since your abdomen will be massaged it is a good idea to eat or drink lightly in the 2 hours immediately preceding a Colonic. Also helpful, but not essential, emptying the rectum with a bowel movement just prior to the Colonic saves time and permits more to be accomplished. Please do not worry if you are unable to do this. When you book in I will send you the details of a Lemon Cleanse to be carried out the day before your appointment. This is a very comfortable and gentle process that will help you gain the maximum benefit from your Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment.
What happen during a Colon Hydrotherapy Session?
At your first appointment I will take your case history followed by a thorough explanation of the procedure. You will then go to the changing room to change into a gown/wrap.
During the Colonic treatment itself. You will be relaxing on a treatment couch in complete comfort. A small speculum is gently inserted into the rectum, through which warm filtered water passes in to the Colon. The speculum has a separate water and waste line that is attached to the hydrotherapy equipment.
A modern state of the art Tripple Stage Water Filter System with an Ultra Violet Water Steriliser treats all the water before it enters you. All waste is discretely transported into the sewage without offensive odour and without compromising your dignity. After each Colonic session the equipment is thoroughly sterlised using hospital steralants or items are clinically disposed of using Hertsmere Borough Council, Clinical Waste Management Services.
The warm purified water is run very slowly into the Colon, when slight pressure builds up in the Colon, the water is gently released along with faeces ,gas and mucas. This tequinique is accompanied with light abdominal massage to increase peristalsis (the muscular action of the Colon which moves waste through). This helps loosen faecal impaction, dislodge toxic waste matter adhering to the walls of the Colon and will assist in moving gas through.
Eliminations during subsequent therapy sessions can be even more substantial as older, hardened, impacted faeces are dislodged form the Colon walls.
I will carefully evaluate your progress during the treatment and determine and then advise you if additional treatments would be beneficial.
And what can I expect afterwards ?
Most likely, you’ll feel great. Probably you’ll feel lighter and enjoy a sense of well-being. Not infrequently, someone having their first Colonic will remark that it was one of the most wonderful experiences of their life. As soon as the Colonic is finished you can carry on with daily routine. For some, the Colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there won’t be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It’s also possible you may feel light-headed or chilled for a few moments following a Colonic. I will send you a full list of aftercare recommendations when you book in.
If Colonics are so good, why haven’t I heard about them before ?
In a way, the answer to that is a commentary on our present day lifestyle. Historically, artifacts and records show that people have regularly purified their bodies, including cleansing the Colon. Around the turn of the 20th century, the present-day Colonic machine was developed, providing a significantly improved method of accomplishing Colon cleansing. Up to the late 1920’s many doctors had Colonic machines in their offices, and machines were found in hospitals as well. Articles dealing with Colon health frequently appeared in prestigious medical and scientific journals until the early 1930’s. At that time modern man began a 50 year love affair with drugs and surgery. These seemed to offer relatively instant relief for body ailments, resulting in purification and prevention techniques becoming less attractive. Recently, however, there has been a resurgence of interest in using natural approaches for healing the body, and Colonics have rapidly been regaining the respectability they have already earned.
I’m worried that I could become dependent on Colonics. If I have to many, the Colon may stop functioning on its own. Are Colonics habit forming ?
The Colonic is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy Colon. I am dedicated to your health, I will encourage you to set a goal of having a well-functioning Colon. My fulfilment comes from assisting you in healing your Colon, not in making you dependent upon Colonics. Actually, one of its features is that a Colonic can be used to tonify the Colon muscle so that the Colon doesn’t perform so sluggishly. Many people have sluggish Colons. It may take days for bowel movements to return after a good Colonic. This is when people think they are becoming “dependent” on Colonics. One good Colonic is worth 20 or so regular bowel movements, so it may take some time for faecal material to build up in the Colon once again if one has a sluggish Colon. When the Colon is sluggish and bowel movements do not return for a few days after one Colonic, it is an indication that extensive Colon work is needed to remove the debris that the bowel has built up over the years. This build up of faecal material has decreased the muscular action in the Colon. Once a series of Colonics is completed , the Colon will begin to function like Mother Nature intended. Colonics give you a feeling of being lighter, cleaner and healthier with a sense of well-being. Cleansing and building programs offer preventative measures so that you can be in control of your own health. Dietary changes may be necessary to ensure long lasting and vital health.
Will a Colonic make me constipated or give me diarrhoea ?
The most frequent post-Colonic experience is to have a slight delay in bowel movements and then a resumption of a somewhat larger, easier to move stool. Sometimes if the Colon is weak and sluggish, there may be no bowel movement for several days following a Colonic. However this is not due to the Colonic, but rather to the weakness of the Colon, and should be interpreted as an indication that the Colon requires strengthening and healing. Very infrequently diarrhoea or loose bowels may be experienced. This could be due to the extra water introduced into the Colon or to the stirring up of toxic waste. If this should occur, it is usually of very short duration. However, since severe diarrhoea dehydrates the body, it must be carefully monitored.
Suppose I have been suffering from constipation for a long time, will Colonics help ?
I want to state that constipation can be successfully treated with natural, harmless techniques, including the use of Colonics. Constipation is one of what may be termed “civilized man’s diseases”. There are three factors involved in having a well functioning Colon: diet, exercise and attitude. All three must be in balance for the Colon to function well. Often, however, because the Colon has been sluggish for so long, it has become severely weakened due to being constantly bathed in toxic waste, stretched from holding excessive amount of stools, and frequently, constricted by chronic tension in the Colon. The process of Colonic hydrotherapy is excellent for cleansing and healing the Colon sufficiently so that changes in diet, exercise, and attitude are then able to produce their effects. Many people find the relief provided by Colonics stimulates the motivation and enthusiasm to institute positive changes in their lifestyle.
Some people say that Colonics wash out intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so ?
The truth is that the washing out of putrefied material in the large intestine, increases the good intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment which has been washed free of putrefaction and its accompanying harmful bacteria. This is why the intestines of a new born baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora. Each time you clean out the putrefying rubbish and make a better environment for the good flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural media. It also stands to reason that valuable nutrients can better be absorbed in a clean environment than in a putrefied one. After each treatment you will be offered a capsule to take of good bacteria. If your system is in perticular need a course of pro/pre biotics will be advised.
With all this talk of bacteria, I wonder what effect Colonic hydrotherapy has on our immune systems ?
The removal of stagnant waste material and hardened, impacted toxic residue could rejuvenate the immune tissue that resides in the intestines. Recent European studies speculate that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines. Colon Hydrotherapy is not a one stop cure-all, but an important adjunctive therapy in the overall health care of the client.
How long does a Colonic take ?
The treatment takes about 45 minutes. It could also be shorter or longer than that, based upon the judgement of the therapist and sometimes, the wishes of the client. There will also be about 15 minutes required before the Colonic for the therapist to go over your medical history, another 15 minutes should be allowed for changing. On a first Colonic you should expect to spend approxamatiley an hour to an hour and a half at the clinic.
Will it be okay to eat after having a Colonic ?
We suggest that you eat at your normal meal time, and consume a moderate amount of whatever seems gentle and nourishing to you. Just as it doesn’t make sense to have you car cleaned and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after a Colonic isn’t an intelligent choice. Salads, vegetable soups or broths, fruit, or juices are the best choice.
Will one Colonic completely empty the Colon ?
Almost never. Firstly, many of us have a considerable amount of impacted faeces in our Colon. This is hardened, rubbery or wallpaper like material. Substantial work must be done to remove it. Secondly, there is a subtle learning process involved in receiving Colonics. As you become more aware of what is going on in your abdomen, and as your body learns how to allow the cleansing experience, you are better able to enter into that process, and therefore more material is released. One Colonic will remove some of the stagnant waste in the Colon. The second and subsequent Colonics will remove more. How many you may wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives.
How will I know when the Colon is empty ?
It will probably never be completely empty, as its an organ in continuous use. As more of the old impacted material is released you will actually feel the water enter higher regions of the Colon without any sense of obstruction. The objective should not be an empty Colon, but rather a well functioning Colon.
Will a Colonic clear up my skin ?
Your skin actually “breathes” and is an important organ of elimination of waste material. Sometimes, if the Colon, liver or kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin will be required to make up the difference. Surface eruptions on the skin of various sorts may occur due to toxins being released. Cleansing and healing the Colon diminishes the burden placed upon the skin as well as the other organs of elimination: Lungs, Liver and Kidneys. As elimination is accomplished through its proper channels, the skin will very often clear up. You may also need to adjust your hydration levels in order to support your skin.
How expensive is a Colonic ?
At Bushey Colonic Hydrotherapy the cost per treatment is £70.00. Payable by cash, debit or credit card. Please note I do not take cheques. Although cost is obviously relevant, far more important is your health.
I do understand that sometimes cancellations cannot be avoided. However, in line with other practices I do have a standard cancellation policy and a cancellation fee of half the appointment cost will be charged when I am given less that 24 hours notice of a cancellation.