Frequently Asked Questions
What is the colon?
The colon, also called the large intestine, is a large, hollow, muscular tube-like organ approximately 5 – 6 feet long and 2 ½ inches in diameter. It forms the end portion of the digestive tract and moves waste by involuntary wave-like contractions called peristalsis. The colon’s primary functions are to absorb water and electrolytes, to synthesize valuable nutrients (such as vitamins B and K) and to prepare and store fecal waste prior to elimination. Beneficial flora in the colon can also help protect the body from infection and disease. It is said that 60-70% of the immune tissue of the body resides in the colon and intestines.
Why is colon health so important?
The colon, like the skin, kidneys and lungs, is a major organ of elimination of toxins and waste. If bowel movements are irregular, waste products and toxins can build up. These accumulated poisons are often re-absorbed into the blood stream where they may be carried to other tissues and organs of the body, compromising our health.
What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy, also known as Colonics, is the gentle infusion of water into the colon to cleanse it of accumulated waste material, gas, mucus, undigested foods and other toxins. It helps improve muscle tone, facilitating the natural peristaltic action necessary for efficient removal of waste and absorption of nutrients. Toxic waste buildup can be the root of a variety of different health concerns. A colonic is a more gentle way of elimination than an enema. This is due to a controlled, lower water pressure. All waste is removed through a tube, which makes a colonic cleaner as well. It is safer to use than laxatives since no drugs are involved and there no potential harmful side effects. We use FDA registered equipment with disposable, sealed speculum kits. The systems available include three different closed systems and one open system.
How is a session given?
Sessions take place in a private room with a certified colon hydrotherapist. The client lies/reclines comfortably on a table, fully draped during the course of the session. The client self-inserts a disposable, hygienic speculum/nozzle into the rectum. Water is then gently introduced into the colon via a small tube, and the waste is removed via a large evacuation tube or channel. These are directly connected to the sewer system. Because of this closed system, there is no odor or mess, and privacy and dignity are not compromised. A series of water “fills” and “releases” take place during the treatment. The therapist remains in the room throughout the procedure, working with the client on various breathing and massage techniques to enhance the process.
Is it painful?
A colonic should not be painful. In most cases, the speculum can be inserted and removed with very little discomfort. If the client has a history of painful bowel movements, dehydration, or excessive gas, the therapist will work with the client to minimize the discomfort.
Is it dangerous or habit forming?
No, treatments are not dangerous to your body. The only addictive feature is the well-being it creates.
How far does the speculum go?
The speculum is self-inserted by the client about 2 – 3 inches into the rectum.
Will the normal flora be disturbed?
Colon hydrotherapy helps to restore normal bowel flora. This imbalance usually comes from years of improper eating, lack of exercise, and poor elimination. Colonics, in combination with a good diet and supplements, can help bring back this essential flora, which is responsible for the synthesis of valuable nutrients.
How long is a session?
The therapist will look at your holistic questionnaire and explain the process step by step. Sessions can last from 45 – 60 minutes, depending upon the individual’s need and response.
How many sessions are needed?
This truly depends on the individual. For many people, a mild cleanse may be sufficient, while others may take more sessions to remove years of built-up toxins. The therapist will have the opportunity to assess your progress and offer suggestions for the future that accommodate your needs and objectives.
Is the water filtered?
Yes! All equipment comes equipped with a three stage, patented, water filtration system for particle removal, chlorine reduction, and bacteria and virus reduction.
What are some problems associated with colon toxicity?
Auto-intoxication is the process where the body poisons itself through its own toxic juices. Some possible signs of colon toxicity can include: bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, leaky gut syndrome, colitis, fatigue, depression, poor memory, a weakened immune system, skin problems, lower back pain, excess weight, halitosis, coated tongue, body odor, headaches, and menstrual problems.
How can I tell if I would benefit from a session?
If we eat three meals a day, we should then ideally have three bowel movements per day. Most people eliminate on average once to twice daily. We must then ask ourselves what is happening to our other daily meals? If our elimination system is under-active and the daily toxins we are exposed to from air, water, and food accumulate faster then can be eliminated, then we are at risk for problems. Colon Hydrotherapy aims at removing these toxins as well as the excess fecal material produced daily by our bodies, and thereby helps us protect ourselves.
What results can I expect? Any side effects? (Weight loss? Fatigue? Can I drive?)
Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure or treatment for disease. It is an adjunctive therapy that can assist the body in the cleansing process. Most people can return to their daily activities right after receiving a session. If a client has certain health issues or is very toxic, it may be wise to allow more time to rest after a session. Although weight loss is not a primary goal of colonics, removing excess fecal material may allow the body to function better and thereby increase metabolic processes which may lead to weight loss.
Should I fast before or after the session?
There is no need for fasting before or after a session. We recommend eating lightly on the day of your session and staying away from carbs, fats, and dairy products. Plenty of water should be taken in the days prior to your colonic to help your body rehydrate. It is recommended to stop drinking 2-3 hours before the colonic, to prevent the need to urinate during the session.
Should I see/consult my doctor first?
If you have any medical problems, it is always recommended to speak with your doctor before pursuing any alternative medicines. No one needs a prescription to receive a colonic but we like to work hand in hand with your doctor to ensure the best care possible.
Are Colon Hydrotherapists nurses?
No. The therapists working with the clients are certified in their field, but they are not nurses. They must attend classes and seminars, and take rigorous tests to become certified.
Is it ok to have a colonic if I have my period?
Yes. During your period your body is already in a mode of cleansing. We have a large absorbent pad under you during the session. You can either wear a tampon or go without if you usually wear pads. You might find the warm water soothes the cramps that some experience.
Is the client ever left alone during the session?
No! The safety and comfort of the client is of utmost importance. They are attended to at all times. They are never left alone nor are therapists “just outside the door”.