A colonic or colon hydrotherapy is a warm, filtered water irrigation of the large intestine and is a safe and gentle method of cleansing the colon of toxins and accumulated waste matter.
A disposable speculum is inserted approximately two inches into the rectum. Filtered, gravity fed water flows into and out of the large intestine for approximately 40 minutes. Abdominal Massage is done during the session to facilitate the release of gas and fecal matter.
Today’s diet consists in great part of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats and low in fiber. Eating these foods, overeating, ignoring the call to eliminate, stress, allergies, medications, lack of exercise and environmental toxins can contribute to overacidity in the body, sluggishness, poor digestion, respiratory and skin problems and poor colon health.
The colon contains the largest concentration of bacteria in the body. Waste matter that stagnates alters the proportion of healthy vs. harmful bacteria disrupting the balance of the healthy microorganisms that are essential to the health of the colon and the body in general. Symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, IBS, gas and bloating, body odor, fatigue and bad breath may occur. Regular colonics help to keep your digestive system, kidneys and liver functioning properly which helps your body to cleanse and eliminate regularly on its own.
The following mini-treatments are very beneficial to add to your session.
*Castor Oil Pack - Castor oil has the ability to draw toxins to the surface of the body. An abdominal castor oil pack is cleansing to the liver and the large intestine and is particularly useful for clients who have a lot of gas and bloating. Typically produces a much more productive colonic session. $20
*Ion Detox Footbath - Simply put, the ion detox footbath helps to neutralize toxins / acid waste in the body. It does this via negative ions that are emitted in the water and are absorbed through the feet. The negative ions attach to the positively charged toxic cells in the body and neutralize them. $35
*30min Nutrition - We’ll review your current diet and will make specific recommendations about food based on your body type & issues (constipation, gas etc etc) We’ll also go over basic food combining. common foods that create gas and bloat as well as quick and healthy meal suggestions for people who are busy and on the go or have no idea where to start. $45 (30mins) $80 (60mins)
*HYDRATES the tissues of the colon and the fecal matter that has accumulated.
*Tones or “exercises” the colon - the cycling of water in and out of the colon helps to exercise the musculature of the colon and restores muscle memory to the organ.
*Assists in restoring bacterial balance in the large intestine by removing the the excess waste in the colon.
Does it wipe out the good bacteria? Colonics assist in eliminating the harmful bacteria and stored waste in the colon. Any beneficial bacteria that is flushed out of the body can be easily restored with a probiotic supplement or by eating probiotic-rich foods like miso soup, kombucha tea, fermented / cultured vegetables.
How many will I need? This is best best determined after your first session, but it’s recommended that you do a series of 3 sessions – one per week for 3 weeks in a row. After that, we can reassess and make further recommendations.
Is it painful? NO. There may be some slight cramping for some people but there is no pain involved. In fact, it can be quite a relaxing procedure. You may feel an increased amount of energy directly after or you may feel like you need to rest.
Will I be able to work after? Yes, you can resume a completely normal day after a session.
Is there anything special I need to know? The most important thing is to refrain from eating or drinking 2 hours prior to the appt. Beyond, that please refer to the colon hydrotherapy info on the website for additional things you can do to prepare for our session.
Before your session
For a day or two before your session, drink lots of filtered water (at least half your body weight in ounces), herbal teas, fresh juices, and clear broths like miso or homemade stock. Your food intake should consist of organic and seasonal vegetables, soups and small portions of light proteins and whole grains if you tolerate them. Eating in this manner will naturally create a healthier intestinal atmosphere, reduce build up of excess gas and encourage normal elimination.
Day of Session
On the day of your session, drinking water and consuming vegetables will shift your body into a deeper cleansing mode. For approximately 2 hours prior to your appointment, try to avoid eating or drinking so you’re not in active digestion mode and to prevent your bladder from filling during the treatment.
After Your Session
You can eat as soon as you want after a colonic. I suggest consuming foods and beverages rich in beneficial cultures like coconut water kefir, kombucha tea, cultured vegetables and miso soup. Other good foods include dark leafy greens and “juicy” vegetables like zucchini and summer squash. Limit starchy vegetables like peas, green beans and root vegetables. Light proteins like fish and poultry and whole grains like miller, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat are good choices if your system tolerates them.
It is not uncommon for 1-3 days to pass before your first bowel movement after a session. Remember the whole digestive tract is one long tube, so it may take some time for your colon to refill. Until you have a bowel movement, I suggest that you eliminate foods which you know to be allergic, constipating and bloat inducing like bread and other flour based products, cheeses and ice cream, refined sugar products, fatty & fried foods, junk & processed foods and gas-producing foods like beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, peppers, raw apples, and soy products. Avoid alcohol, heavier meats like beef and pork, and always avoid overeating.
If you have any of these contraindications, colon hydrotherapy is NOT advised. Once they have subsided or been eliminated, colon therapy may be indicated with PRESCRIPTION from your licensed physician.
- Congestive heart failure of organic valve disease
- Severe cardiac disease; e.g. uncontrolled hypertension
- Take blood medication
- Severe anemia
- GI hemorrhage/perforation
- Severe hemorrhoids
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis A, B, C
- Carcinoma of the colon or rectum
- Abdominal hernia / inguinal hernia
- Colon surgery
- Recent abdominal surgery (at least the 3 months post surgery)
- Recent colonoscopy (at least the 12 days post Colonoscopy)
- Tumor in the Rectum or Large Intestine
- Renal insufficiency
- Kidney dialysis
- History of seizures
- Abortion (less than 6 months)
- Miscarriage (less than 4 months post-op)
- Breast feeding
- Immunocompromised at present time
- Present gastrointestinal infection
- Rectal bleeding
- Severely obese
- Vomiting at present time
- Strong abdominal pain