What is colon therapy?
Also known as a "colonic", "colon lavage", "colon irrigation", and "high colonic", colon hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method for cleansing the colon of waste material, hydrating and supporting the release of physical, energetic and emotional tension by repeated, gentle flushing of the colon with water. It is literally a water massage of the colon from the inside out.
How often can I have a colonic?
There is really no limit, however, it is important to listen to your gut. Some have greatly benefited doing a series of colonics in a row, one day after another, maybe during a detox, while some may only be physically and emotionally comfortable with one every few days, one a week, etc. Everyone is different and unique and Rachel will suggest what frequency works for you best.
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 feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.), poses several problems. First this material is quite toxic (poisonous). These poisons can reenter from the colon 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. Buildup of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements, constipation, and the result of these disorders. Third, water is recycled through the colon and thus hydration is temporarily improved. And finally, tension is released through the hydro-massage that occurs through the fills and releases of water into/from the 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.
Will one colonic completely empty the colon?
Almost never. Firstly, many of us have a considerable amount of impacted feces in our colon; a 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.
Some people say that colonics wash out intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so?
Flushing out putrefied material in the large intestine prepares the environment for well balanced intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment which has been washed free of putrefaction and 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 filthy one. We highly recommend additional flora (bacteria) support through rectal probiotic implants after each colonic. Daily oral support of probiotics is a must for most everyone whether or not they are getting colon hydrotherapy.
Are colonics habit-forming?
The colonic is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy colon. A colon hydrotherapist who is dedicated to your health will encourage you to set a goal of having a well-functioning colon. Our fulfillment 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 fecal 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 colonic work is needed to remove the debris that the bowel has built up over the years. This build up of fecal 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.
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.
Will it be okay to eat after a colonic?
I suggest you have a fresh vegetable juice after a colonic. You can 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 broth, fruit, or juices and other whole, organic plant foods are the best choice.
Is it embarassing to have a colonic?
No, you will fully maintain your personal dignity. You will be in a private room with only your hydrotherapist who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the colonic procedure and will help you feel at ease. Your emotions will be acknowledged and honored. After the gentle insertion of a small tube into the rectum, you are completely covered. Rubber tubing carries clean water into your colon. Waste is eliminated, as well, through a tube via a sterilized, closed and pressurized system. The mess and odor sometimes present during an enema simply does not exist with a colonic.
Does having a menstrual period at the time of a colon hydrotherapy session have any effect on the treatment?
No, in fact it's usually a good time to receive a treatment, since your body is already cleansing. Your flow will not interfere with the success of the treatment. We use absorbent pads underneath you during the colon hydrotherapy session in case your period begins during the session or starts to flow beyond the tampon.
Do colon hydrotherapy treatments hurt?
They rarely do. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clear afterward. Usually, painful experiences are the result of resistance and tension. A professional colon hydrotherapist is skilled at putting you at your ease and minimizing discomfort. 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.