Many people agree that bowel cleansing is a good idea, yet they may have many pre-conceived notions about receiving Colon Hydrotherapy. One misconception is that colon hydrotherapy is painful, smelly and just plan gross. And although the procedure can be uncomfortable at times during the treatment, when done in a relaxing, professional setting it can actually be relieving and invigorating.
Here is an overview of what a thorough, professional Colon Hydrotherapy session is like:
Following a consultation in which the client’s health issues and wellness goals are discussed and after determining that there are no contraindications to performing the procedure, the client is asked to use the restroom and disrobe from the waist down. The client lies face up on the treatment table covered with a towel. Attention to the client’s personal dignity is given at all times.
A new disposable speculum measuring ¾ inches in diameter (be honest, you’ve passed stool larger than this in your life!) is well lubricated and inserted into the rectum. Water and waste hoses are attached to the speculum and also to the closed system machine. This machine includes a pressure gauge used to monitor the pressure in the colon during the fills. There also is an illuminated observation tube in the machine that allows the client to observe the matter as it is released from the colon. The Colon Hydrotherapist is trained to identify and discuss with the client the waste seen in the tube. Based on what is seen, suggestions can be made as to diet and lifestyle changes that could benefit the client.
The treatment is a series of ‘fills’ and ‘releases’. Abdominal manipulation is used throughout the treatment to identify and break up any impacted matter in the colon. Low pressure fills are administered under close observation of the pressure gauge and by communication with the client about how and what they are feeling. When the bowel is sufficiently hydrated the pressure valve is released and water begins to circulate removing waste matter from the colon. Various forms of bodywork can be used to stimulate the colon and encourage the bowel to release its contents. Essential oils can be used to relax the client and relieve detoxification symptoms. Coffee may also be implanted with the treatment to aid liver detoxification, stimulate peristalsis (contractions) of the colon and for pain relief. Probiotics can be implanted at the end of the treatment to re-establish beneficial flora of the gut.
A personal program should be established according to the client’s desires, which can include supplements and cleanses in conjunction with colon hydrotherapy sessions to address toxicity issues, boost absorption, digestion and elimination, aid in weight loss and improve general vitality.
Most clients tolerate the procedure very well and spend 20-30 minutes on the table. At the end of that time the client is instructed on how to finish the treatment in the restroom, the speculum is removed and the client enters the bathroom for the final release on the toilet and to get dressed.
Finally, handouts are given pertaining to issues discussed during the treatment along with products available for purchase. The therapist works with the client each session, monitoring progress, providing tips and encouragement to assist the individual in reaching his or her wellness goals.
Because of the importance of hydration in the bowel, in the beginning it is recommended that treatments be done close together, daily or every other day for the very ill of those with chronic bowel issues. A small cleanse of three treatments within a weeks time is a perfect way to jump start the digestive tract and boost metabolism for those who are just looking for a reboot. For more serious conditions ongoing treatments with supplements and protocols (such as a liver flush or Candida cleanse) may be advised.
Colon Hydrotherapy also improves disturbances such as acid reflux, discomfort following eating, irritable bowel symptoms, gas, bloating and constipation. Skin, hair and nails are also improved due to the complete hydrating effect Colon Hydrotherapy has upon the body. Liver and blood toxicity are reduced resulting in a more vibrant, uplifted feeling.
Sometimes there are detoxification symptoms, which occur as decaying matter is dislodged from the colon wall and some of the toxins leach back into the blood stream. This usually happens in the first few treatments as the body is being relieved of its overburden of toxins. Electrolyte replacement and probiotic implants are beneficial in recovery from a difficult colonic. Generally after a number of colon hydrotherapy sessions people begin to notice dramatic changes in the way they look and feel, including weight loss, increased energy, reduced anxiety and pain.