How do I know if I need a colonic?
Answer a few of the following questions to see if you have healthy bowel movements: 1. Do you eliminate 20 minutes after each meal? 2. Is your fecal matter thick as a banana and about 10-12 inches long? 3. Is your elimination easy and not strained? 4. Is your fecal matter in one piece and not in little balls? 5. Is it free of any foul odor? 6. Is it a light to medium color? 7. Are you able to achieve all of this without the use of laxatives or stool softeners?
If you answered NO to even one to the questions then colon therapy may be of great benefit to you. If you answered YES to ALL of these questions, congratulations you're doing well by your colon and body functions but just like taking your car in for an oil change- there is nothing wrong with coming in for "maintenance".
Why Colon Hydrotherapy?
A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. Conventional diets comprised of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats, and low in fiber contribute to many problems associated with the large intestine. The elimination of undigested food material and other waste products are as important as the digestion and assimilation of food. Waste material remaining stagnant in the colon results in the decomposition of these substances and increased bacteria and resulting toxins.
How long is a session?
A sesesion typically lasts an hour, with hour-and-a-half sessions available, too. For your first visit, please allow an additional 15 minutes.
What about the use of laxatives?
Laxatives aggravate the problem of constipation by interfering with the colon's ability to eliminate normally on its own. The chemicals contained in laxatives irritate and stimulate the colon to abnormally contract to expel the irritating substances. In addition, the oral route of administration is the least optimal method of evacuation of the colon as they interfere with very important digestion occurring in the stomach and small intestine. Most laxatives and purgatives precipitate dehydration in the individual. Standard enemas only cleanse the rectum and the last portion of the colon missing most of the large intestine.
Will colon hydrotherapy help me lose weight?
It won't hurt as most people carry between 10-50 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their bowels. A series of colon hydrotherapy sessions will certainly help break up and move old waste from the body.
Will one session completely empty the colon?
No, many of us have ten or more pounds of impacted feces in our colon. This is hardened, rubbery material known as plaque; substantial work must be done to remove it. An initial series of between three to six treatments is recommended, depending on your past and current habits which should be discussed with your therapist. Years of improper nutrition cannot possibly be reversed in a few treatments. More treatments may be required in cases of chronic constipation, sluggish colon, involvement in a detox program, cleansing seasonally, working on cleansing your body of specific toxins, high stress situations (e.g., extended travel) or just maintenance. Again, specific plans should be discussed in depth to achieve your optimal colon health and personal goals safety.
How do I prepare for my first colon therapy session?
A day or two before your appointment you may want to eat light, non-cream soups or stews with lots of vegetables and fruit. Staying away from red meat, dairy and flour products, bread & pasta is advisable. Chicken, fish, brown rice, is ok. You might want to avoid gas producing vegetables and carbonation (e.g., pop, beer, sparkling water). Try to cut out alcohol and excessive sugars. These are JUST recommendations. Staying hydrated is very important to the health of our bodies, and drinking 60 ounces of water with 3-4 fresh lemons is very refreshing for the body.
Most of us have heard about the colon cleansing products all over the media lately. That is ok to look into as long as you are working with a reputable therapist. Please no food 2 hours before or liquids 1 hour before your appointment. Try to arrive 5 minutes early - give yourself the time and space to appreciate the experience. The intestines work best when you are relaxed.
Is it Painful?
No. Sometimes the muscles (peristalsis) contract, the contraction of those muscles may feel like cramping or gas but that means the peristalsis is starting to work, which is a good thing. Most people find this type of therapy very relaxing and after a session typically feel lighter and brighter.
Are there any side effects to colon hydrotherapy?
There are none. It is not uncommon to feel lighter and some say they have a sense of clarity. Also, in many cases people feel totally energized. How you will feel is a very individual experience, no two people are the same or have the same results. A clean colon lightens the burden on other organs that eliminate waste and poisons! If someone has a history of poor eating habits and chronic constipation, you may need to have your sessions booked close together in order to loosen old waste and avoid feeling toxic after your session.
Is colon therapy embarrassing?
No, you are completely covered during the entire procedure, resting comfortably on the massage table. It is important that the therapist helps each individual maintain the utmost dignity during the session. It is a very relaxing experience.
Can colon therapy wash away all bacteria, even the good?
No, though many people are misinformed and believe Colon Hydrotherapy can flush out good bacteria, minerals, as well as nutrients out of the system. What many people do not realize is if your colon is not functioning properly because of encrusted accumulation, it will be difficult for your colon to produce flora on its own. Most people, due to years of improper eating, lack of exercise and poor elimination have an alkaline colon. So, it's very helpful to flush away the bad bacteria and improve the health and function of your colon.
What if I am already eliminating properly?
Even if you are eliminating properly colonics can be used as a preventative health measure. With a fast food restaurant on every corner and preservatives additives and hormones in many foods, there is no wonder why colon cancer is on the rise. Your colon may be irritated by diet, stress, drugs, chemicals, and other substances. These substances induce mucous production as a protective mechanism in the colon. This extra mucus can bind with the sludge from refined foods and leave behind accumulated residue on the colon. Due to the poor quality of foods, the digestive system is overburdened without our knowledge.
Can I become dependent on colonics?
No. Colonics actually help tone the colon and improve peristalsis. It is like a gentle exercise for the colon, which I refer to as 'Aqua Aerobics' for the colon!
Colon hydrotherapy with the Cancer Treatment Program?
Many patients, after discussing it with their doctor, will opt for colonics during the proper phases of the Cancer Treatment Program for additional benefit.
Is there any reason I should be nervous about getting a colonic?
Many people feel this way, you are not alone. However, when most clients enter the room and start the treatment they comment on how gentle the procedure is and not at all what they expected. The procedure is very private and the client is draped at all times respecting your privacy. During a session we work with breathing techniques that allow the colon to respond well and in addition creating a very relaxed client.
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