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Colonics – Frequently Asked Questions
A “colonic,” also known as colon hydrotherapy or Colonic Irrigation, is the slow infusion of warm, filtered, water which enters the large intestines through the use of disposable instruments. Each client has their own set of disposable instruments, or pack, which are thrown away after the treatment. The therapist inserts a speculum 2–3 inches into the patient’s rectum. Once the process begins, this method of cleaning out the bowels will also restore or improve ones regular bowel habits. Colonic irrigation also helps cleanse the body by quickly eliminating waste products, which would usually remain stagnant. During the procedure, the colon therapist may opt to massage the abdominal area to stimulate the treatment and help the process.
Almost every treatment will take 40–45 minutes. It may be shorter or longer, depending on the judgment of the therapist and the wishes of the client.
Almost never will 1 session empty your 5 foot Colon. For most people, there is a considerable amount of impacted feces in the colon. When hardened, rubbery or wallpaper like, it is called Mucoid Plaque. To remove this matter, it will take more than one colonic to get rid of it. Not everyone has Mucoid Plaque but there is no way to tell by just looking at a person. Even a thin, healthy looking individual could have it.
As well, the next series of colonics will continue to soften the waste. It simply takes more than one process. It is unlikely that a client will have a cleansed colon within a couple of weeks; it could take months. On many occasions there are clients that come in on their first colonic and either do not release any matter or on the contrary, they release as much as one could imagine.
Clients who do not release wonder, “Why should I come back if nothing came out? I must be clean!” BUT THIS IS NOT TRUE! The possibility of having impacted fecal material in our FIVE foot long colon’s is so high that it couldn’t possibly be waste free. And remember, this is a safe, holistic, treatment which is administered with warm purified water ONLY. No chemicals are used to loosen all of this waste. It would be like removing tar with water!! So *remember,* colonics are indeed a process. We encourage our client’s to follow up with their appointments once a week for 4 weeks to start for their own well being and personal goals. After a series, the maintenance is up to you. Just like we maintain haircuts and nail appts because our hair and nails continue to grow, its the same concept , we must maintain a healthy colon by maintaining consistent cleanses to this organ at least once a month
The day before the colonic you want to eat light. Soups, salads and smoothies are recommended, We are HUGE advocates of Juice fasting , whether getting a colonic before , during or after (or all 3) has a ton of benefits in the detox world. Juice fasting is a great way of detoxing while still getting the vitamins and nutrients necessary without starving your body of its necessities. If you are looking for a great detox company reach out to our friends and lovely ladies of Juicera, their juices are DELICIOUS, nutritious and work hand in hand with the colonics
Stay clear of dairy, breads and meat he day of the colonic. Stick to the same diet plan, and do NOT eat or drink 2 hours prior to the treatment. This is because you do not want a full bladder or stomach. Abdominal massage will be performed during the treatment and it will be more uncomfortable on a full stomach. 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. (This does not necessarily mean use a laxative or stimulant. If you can have a natural movement, go for it!)
Also your can try doing a castor oil packing treatment prior to the Colonic session.
This is a relaxing way to prep for the Colonic. A castor oil pack seeps through to the large intestine via the skin and you lay for about 45 min with a heated pack on your belly. This loosens the stool and makes you feel relaxed and loose for the best colonic session possible!
Waste, excess material, toxins, gas, hardened feces, undigested food, parasites, bacteria, Candida, and other waste products tend to infest and impact the colon, our most precious organ causing many problems for many individuals. All of the following types of waste are considered to be toxic and if they re‐enter the bloodstream and circulate through the body, they can make a person feel very weak, tired, and constantly ill. As well, all of these waste materials can ruin the colon’s ability to absorb the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function and would normally absorb if it was fully healthy. A buildup of this kind can also destroy and slow down the muscular contractions, also known as “peristalsis,” which is responsible for producing bowl movements. Without this muscle movement, you will have what is called an “atonic colon,” which basically means a “lazy colon” that does not have the muscle action necessary to help produce healthy bowel movements. This can lead to constipation, build up, and even worse, more serious conditions. The skin can also be affected from excess waste lying in the colon. Since the immune system is 70% based off of the digestive tract, it IS imperative that we keep our colon lining’s healthy and clean in order to stay healthy ourselves.
Some people say that colonics rid the body of intestinal flora and other valuable nutrients. Is this true?
The truth is that when waste is removed, intestinal flora actually increases. Good bacteria can only be reproduced in an environment that is clean and healthy. An environment which has been cleansed of rotting, toxic materials. A newborn baby has the cleanest intestines, which is why they immediately begin to produce intestinal flora. When waste is cleaned out of the colon, the good bacteria can grow in its natural arena. If this is a fear of yours though, you can take some acidophilus after or during your colonic. This can definitely only benefit you.
Acidophilus can help protect the body against harmful bacteria, parasites, and other organisms. As it breaks down, it releases things such as hydrogen peroxide that create a toxic environment for unhealthy creatures in the body, helping to drive them out. It also plays an important role in digestion, helping to produce a number of chemicals which aid in the digestion process.
Many alternative modalities of healing look to acidophilus for a wide range of health benefits. In addition to basic digestive assistance, acidophilus is thought to help bolster the immune system as a whole. It is also thought to provide some relief from intestinal problems, such as diarrhea.
The fungal infection of Candida albicans, more commonly referred to as a yeast infection when it affects the genital area, is thought by some to be controlled by acidophilus. Since acidophilus occurs naturally in the genitals, and plays a role in warding off such infections, some people advocate topical treatment. The topical application of yogurt, which contains acidophilus, is thought by many to help relieve and ultimately cure a yeast infection. Oral ingestion is also recommended, either of yogurt, or of an acidophilus supplement. Because antibiotics kill the so‐called probiotics, such as acidophilus, as well as harmful bacteria, many people feel that an antibiotic regime can lead to outbreaks of numerous problems, including yeast infections. It is recommended by many to take supplements of acidophilus and eat acidophilus‐rich foods for a period of time after completing a regimen of antibiotics.
The following is a quote from the January 11, 1999 issue of USA Today:
“Most people who eat the standard American ‘goo and glue’ diet have about 5–10 pounds of matter stored in the colon. It’s said that, according to the autopsy, John Wayne had 40 pounds of impacted fecal matter in his body at death. Elvis reportedly had 60 pounds.” One of the simplest ways to lose weight is to cleanse the colon. The colon, according to world famous Dr. Bernard Jensen, carries 4 to 12 pounds of old fecal matter alone. Cleansing the colon is just the beginning of a new level of health. Combined with a proper diet and exercise regime, it will undoubtedly
facilitate weight loss.
The objective should not be an empty colon or just weight loss but rather a well functioning colon. Yes, these are byproducts, and good ones at that, but the true goal here is good health.
Yes they are very safe. All of the equipment used at “Feel The Heal” is state of the art and top of the line. The disposables are brand new to each client and discarded after each use. The pre‐filtered, purified water is introduced at a low gravitational pressure so there is no danger of bowel perforation. As well, unlike the regular use of laxatives, colon hydrotherapy is not habit forming in that the body will not rely on it for “peristalsis” and in fact it even improves colon muscle tone.
No, not in the least. There is no mess or odor and all of the waste is carried out of the body through an enclosed tube. A clear window allows the therapist to analyze waste and the client to view the appearance of the waste. This makes for great conversation so you can learn what is going on in your body and so your therapist can assess the condition of the colon. All waste materials are piped directly into the machine which leads into the plumbing and down into the sewage.
As well, “Feel The Heal” understands the anxiety that is associated with these treatments so we utilize a special natural extract, which completely removes any odors when using the restroom
Again, no. The insertion of the speculum is quick and pain free. It may feel uncomfortable but it is slight and does not hurt. You may feel discomfort at first but it is infrequent and does not last for the duration of the treatment.
An enema only reaches the rectum and the lower portion of the colon whereas a colonic affects the entire length of the colon. The large intestinal tract approximately 5 feet in length. Colon hydrotherapy is far more effective and non‐habit forming. According to
learned centenarian Dr. Norman Walker, “One colon irrigation is equivalent to thirty enemas.”
Most people don’t but everyone is different. Listen to your body. Since the cleansing rids the body of toxins, many people experience a boost of energy, a flattened stomach and far less bloat than they may have in the past. Depending on who you are though, it can also stir up a lot of debris and toxins and you may experience some minor nausea or fatigue. If any discomfort occurs, it is recommended that you rest for a bit with a heating pad, drink peppermint or ginger tea, eat soup, and eat light for the duration of the day. Most people are fine though, they return to work, eat a healthy meal, work out and feel great.
Certainly. You can return to work just as you would after a regular bowel movement
For a short time (up to one hour) after an colonic, you might need to be close to the toilet, depending on how much waste got loosened up during the session and how much water you used. The most frequent post-colonic experience is to have a slight delay in your next 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 enema. 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, healing and follow up sessions. Most people go back to normal and improved bowel movements after a series of colonics.
If you are suffering from any of the following conditions it will be necessary for you to get clearance from your doctor or consultant before undergoing colonic irrigation:
In the case of diverticulitis and ulcerative colitis it would be necessary to establish whether the condition was currently in its inflamed state. Colonics can only be performed when there is no inflammation.
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