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My First Colonic

   

My First Colonic

What Is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Holistic nutritionists often recommend colon hydrotherapy treatment, know as colonics, as a natural and gentle way of enhancing a compromised digestive system and treating problems with eliminating waste. The bowel harbors friendly bacteria that perform important functions like aiding in the manufacture of vitamins and breaking down foods so that they can be absorbed properly for optimum nutrition. Colon hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to clear the body of toxins and provide relief from a range of conditions.

How Colon Hydrotherapy Works

During colon hydrotherapy, filtered water is used to flush out toxic buildup in the bowel including fecal waste, intestinal parasites, harmful bacteria, mucus and gas. Water enters the body and fills the lumen of the colon, producing a gentle pressure against the colon wall. This action initiates peristalsis which, combined with the water, propels waste matter out of the body. The muscles of the bowel are “exercised,” resulting in the strengthening of the bowel as well as cleansing.

Maintaining a Healthy Bowel

Nutritionists may recommend colon hydrotherapy to promote a healthy bowel. When the bowel is working properly, helpful bacteria assist in producing vitamins such as biotin that breaks down proteins, carbohydrates and fats into amino acids, glucose and fatty acids so these nutrients can be absorbed into the body. Friendly bacteria in the bowel also supports Vitamin B12 production, which promotes red blood cells and neurotransmitters and Vitamin K production for normal blood clotting and healthy bones. These beneficial bacteria also produce lactic acid to ward off unwelcome microbes, white blood cells for immune response and serotonin which helps regulate sleep patterns and mood.

Effects of a Compromised Colon

An inefficient colon with an excess of toxic waste and a depletion of healthy bacteria may aggravate a wide range of conditions. Toxic buildup can lead to an improper transfer of essential nutrients into the body and the proper elimination of waste. Conditions affected by a compromised colon include:

Eczema
Diverticulosis
Food sensitivities
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Gout
Hemorrhoids
Other conditions that may be helped by colon hydrotherapy include irritability, memory loss, yeast infections, lethargy, psoriasis and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Holistic nutritionists may recommend colon hydrotherapy to aid in treating these conditions.

Why colonic hydrotherapy? Well…… why not? I am a google girl. You
want to know something google it. You want to hear people’s stories and
experiences good or bad, google it. Well I googled it and guess what
they all say pretty much the same thing. They were scared and
apprehensive but overall loved the experience, yes loved!
The majority felt hydrated and lighter, some felt thinner (I’ll take that
thank you) some had a massive release, others not huge but enough to
make them feel like it was worthwhile. Ok so then I asked a few close
and not so close friends. I was surprised at how many had already had a
Colonic. I guess it’s one of those things you don’t really talk about is
normal conversation “oh I saw this really cute dress the other day right
after I had my poop sucked out” Ok your poop doesn’t really get sucked
out. That was more for dramatic effect.
So, after a thorough investigation and fact gathering mission from the
experts, (google, girlfriends & random strangers) I booked my first
Colonic Hydrotherapy session.
My appointment was scheduled at Path to Vitality Clinic, and I must say
it is a beautiful boutique clinic. (Yes, I am slightly bias now that I work
here) Muiread the owner and Colonic Hydrotherapist was an interior
designer in a previous life and it shows with the beautiful touches
throughout the clinic. The clinic has such a nice “feel” to it. Warm inviting
and cosy. Kind of like stepping into a spa.
I was nervous and that was to be expected, I filled out the form asking
about my poop and how it looks. Ummm ok I really need to take more
interest in my bowel movements. Once completed I’m taken to the
Colonic room by Mel, my therapist for this session.
The room is cute, feels clean, sterile and cosy all at the same time. The
heater is on so it’s warm and the machine on the wall has water flowing
through it. It looks a little scary but not too bad.
Mel proceeds to explain the colon, intestinal tract and talked about gut
health and the process I was about to undergo.
Next, I was encouraged to use the bathroom, disrobe from the waist
down and use one of the drapes provided to cover myself while laying
on my back on the bed. After a few minutes Mel came back with warm
wheat bags for under my shoulders and on my tummy. She then
explained the tubes and had me roll on my left side so she could insert
the speculum (horrid words) so aside from a little pressure, mild
discomfort and feeling like I had to poo it was in. Then rolled back on my
back to begin the process of “filling and releasing”.
We chatted like I was at the hairdressers while Mel turned the lever from
fill to release a few times. To be honest I thought I would feel more of the
water flowing than I actually did. So, this tiny tube let water flow gently in
to my colon and then on the release I felt the urge to ‘Go” but and I had
to get used to the feeling of not holding on. It was a little weird feeling
like you needed to poo and just letting it go. Yes, the song came to mind
and I think I even said to Mel at the time perhaps I should be singing it.
“Let it go, let it go can’t hold it back any more…..”
I had a mild crampy feeling at one point but that was about it. I was
fascinated though by the “matter” that came out. Yes, I could see it.
There was a camera pointed at the tube connected to a tv screen so you
could see everything. Small bits of poo followed by dry looking pieces.
No peas or carrots but I did see some lettuce. 30 mins later I’m done.
Just like that. Back on to my side, tube removed and surprise I didn’t
poop everywhere like I thought I would. Pretty uneventful really, which I
guess is kinda what you want. No Poonami. (tsunami of poo) I got up
went to the toilet and “released” a little more liquid, got dressed and I’m
done.


So how did I feel afterwards? Clean. Refreshed, Hydrated and
energised. I almost wished I had one of those stickers like the Vote
ones, you know “I’ve had a colonic, have you?” Ok maybe a little to
informative.
The only side effect if you can call it that was that I got super sleepy in
the evening and slept so well that I hardly moved all night and woke up
stiff. Still, if the side effect is sleeping better then sign me up every week!
I have since had another and had a great “release of toxins” and I will
have more.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Is it for everyone? Well why not. You want
your body to work as well as it can why not detox the crap (lol) and give
it a go. You got nothing to lose except for old waste in your colon and a
little bit of shyness and everything to gain!

 


    



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