HOW CAN COLON HYDROTHERAPY HELP MY DIGESTIVE HEALTH?
Colonic hydrotherapy or irrigation is a gentle internal bath using warm, purified water that can help to eliminate stored faecal matter, gas, mucus and toxic substances from the colon. A practice dating from around 1500 B.C., a colonic can also help improve the tone and shape of the colon. However, colonics have a much broader effect than simply cleansing the colon. Additional benefits can often be observed throughout the body in the form of clearer skin, more energy and mental clarity, fewer headaches, improvement in circulatory, immune and weight problems and many other positive side effects.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE COLONIC IRRIGATION TREATMENT?
Your visit to a colonic therapist will involve the taking of your case history followed by an explanation of the procedure. The colonic itself will take about 45 minutes during which time water will be gently introduced into the colon via the rectum, special massage techniques are used to stimulate the release of stored matter and gas. Your modesty is preserved at all times. Advice is offered regarding beneficial dietary changes to further enhance your treatment.
DOES IT HURT?
The colonic irrigation procedure itself does not cause pain. At the start of the procedure, you may experience a “strange” sensation of wanting to go to the toilet, but most people get used to this feeling in the first few minutes, and even find the colonic treatment “unexpectedly relaxing and uplifting”. Abdominal massage is used to make your treatment comfortable and effective.
WILL I LOSE WEIGHT?
You may lose some weight. Most people feel lighter after a colonic. Just bear in mind that you lose wastes only, not fat or cellulite. If you start eating less, increase your fibre intake, move or exercise more, chew better and drink more water, then you will achieve a permanent weight loss.
WHAT WILL I FEEL LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
After a colonic, you should be able to continue with your daily plans, drive, go back to work etc. Some people feel energised straight away, some feel tired “in a nice way” - in the same way as one feels tired after a good workout and some feel lighter and some feel very hungry, some don’t feel like eating for hours afterwards. Some may feel quite tired as the detoxification process kicks in deeper, and in these instances we recommend coming for a repeat colonic without delay.
WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND SUPPLEMENTS AFTER A COLONIC TREATMENT?
In the ideal world, if you lived on naturally fertile farmland and ate organic home-grown freshly cut vegetables, berries and fruit, fish from the river, natural live yoghurt... You would not need any supplements (and, as a matter of fact, you would not need a detox programme either!) However, in the real world we need to assist our bodies to self-cleanse, hence the need for supplementation.
WHAT SUPPLEMENTS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR MAINTENANCE BETWEEN COLONIC TREATMENTS?
High grade Probiotic supplements are recommended to give a head start to the good bacteria, that populate our bowel and that ensure absorption by the body of nutrients and vitamins from our food. Patrick Holford, Britain’s leading nutrition expert (author of the best-selling “Optimum Nutrition Bible”) says: “Supplements are needed to carry beneficial bacteria into the intestine to re-establish a healthy colony. The role of these Bifido-bacteria is to increase acidity by producing lactic acid and acetic acid, and to inhibit undesirable micro-organisms that would compete against them… Tissues densely covered with beneficial organisms provide an effective blocking mechanism, deterring invading pathogens”.
Combined digestive enzymes, as well as betaine, soya lecithin, pepsin... promote healthy digestion. Other supplements improve bowel tone, cleanse bowel walls, bulk up the stool, remove gases and provide quality and regularity of elimination.
WILL I BE ABLE TO DRIVE HOME AFTER THE COLONIC?
Most people do not find it difficult to drive back after their colonic treatment.
DO I HAVE TO LEAVE MY MODESTY AT THE DOOR?
As a therapist and a member of RICTAT I am committed to preserving your modesty at all times. You will be fully covered, protected and warm during your treatment. Toilet and washing facilities are next to the room, for your exclusive use.
CAN I HAVE A COLONIC IF I AM HAVING A PERIOD?
You can have a colonic during your period. Please make sure you have a spare tampon or towel that you can use immediately after the treatment.
CAN I HAVE A COLONIC IF I AM PREGNANT?
I would not recommend colonics at any time during pregnancy unless it is recommended and performed by a qualified medical practitioner specialising in pregnancy.
HOW SOON AFTER CHILDBIRTH CAN I HAVE A COLONIC? CAN I HAVE IT WHILE I AM NURSING?
You can have a colonic 10-12 weeks after a regular childbirth, unless you had complications or a caesarean. You need to decide for yourself whether your body has recovered enough from the shock of the childbirth. Make sure your stitches have healed fully, talk to your doctor or nurse if in doubt. You can have a colonic while you are nursing.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR THERAPIST
Excerpted with permission from "Always Look After Number Two! Discover the Secrets of Colonic Irrigation, Perfect Bowel Movements and Digestive Health" by Galina Imrie.
Choose the therapist who meets your needs.
Choose the therapist who walks her or his talk (Remember, you don't go to the doctor whose house plants have died.)
Make sure the therapist has been trained by a reputable college.
Make sure the therapist uses disposables during the treatment: the speculum, the water line and the waste line. Your kit may also include disposable pants and under-pads.
Make sure the therapist has insurance.
Make sure the therapist does not lock you into a long course of colon hydrotherapy sessions before you've even been for your first treatment.
WHAT TO ASK FOR WHEN BOOKING YOUR TREATMENTS
Go to a clinic that uses fully disposable kits or a proper hospital-grade autoclave. This is something you should ask for when booking your treatment. No parts of disposable kits should ever be re-used.
You could also ask whether the clinic uses filtered water. Also ask how the mains water is filtered, and whether the clinic keeps records of filter changes.
Ask where the therapist was trained, and check the school's website.
Ask if any bodywork (massage, reflexology) will be incorporated into the treatment.
Ask whether your specific health concerns are going to be addressed.
Whenever you book a treatment, make sure the therapist or clinic carry full public liability insurance. An insurance certificate should be available for your inspection or displayed on the premises.
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