Colon Hydrotherapy Q&A
The following is a set of questions that we frequently get from prospective patients. We put these together to hopefully give you a better idea of what the therapy entails and if you are a good fit for hydrotherapy.
WHAT IS COLON HYDROTHERAPY?
Colon Hydrotherapy is also referred to as colonic Irrigation, colonics, colon therapy, or high enema.
Colon hydrotherapy uses safe; warm filtered, temperature controlled water for inner cleansing and detoxification. It is the gentle infusion of filtered, temperature-controlled water, into the colon, by way of a sterile-disposable rectal tube or speculum. Water in – fecal matter flushed out.
Ideally, people receive the treatment as a preventive and detoxification measure.
However, some people discover colonics also assist in overcoming symptoms of:
irritable bowel syndrome
skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
the irregularity of bowel movements
WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE COLONIC HYDROTHERAPY done?
They might be suffering from different ailments within their body. Such as a backache, headaches, bad breath, bloating, white coated the tongue, candida, thrush, gas, arthritis, indigestion, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, sinus or lung conditions, loss of concentration, depression, parasites, fatigue, weight loss.
Colonic irrigation has been linked to relief of all of these symptoms and health issues.
HOW DOES COLON HYDROTHERAPY HELP?
When the waste material has accumulated over a long period of time it breaks down and becomes toxic. The body responds by slowing down other functions. This causes constipation and sluggish bowel movement, which will affect all other systems of the body.
Colon hydrotherapy helps to clear all of this toxic debris from the body, leaving patients feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
WHAT SIGNS SHOw TOXIC, SLUGGISH COLON health?
Some symptoms of a toxic colon are:
abnormal body odor
dark circles under the eyes
cold hands and feet
brittle nails and hair
Saggy posture (pot belly)
Not all of these are necessarily due to the toxicity of the colon, but they can be.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please get in touch. We are happy to go over your symptoms and discuss possible benefits of colonic hydrotherapy for you specifically.
do LAXATIVES and ENEMAS ACCOMPLISH THE SAME RESULTS AS COLON HYDROTHERAPY?
To clean out the lower part of the colon, enemas are fine, but you are missing about four feet of the colon.
Laxatives are an irritant to the body, therefore, the body produces a thin, watery substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted toxins and waste.
HOW IS COLON HYDROTHERAPY DIFFERENT?
Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of filtered, temperature-controlled water into the colon, which fills the colon, allowing impacted toxins and waste to be removed.
With an experienced certified Colon Hydrotherapist, more toxins and waste can be eliminated by working the different meridians of the body.
WHY IS COLON HYDROTHERAPY BENEFICIAL?
With every session, we gently flush the colon with 30 liters of warm purified water and we will be able to work loose and eliminate far more toxic waste than any other short-term technique.
The benefits of Colonic Irrigation include:
Improved bowel function
Increase in energy and vitality
Relief from wind, bloating and IBS
Relief from headaches
Feeling positive and relaxed
Healthier and improved complexion
Natural weight loss
Relief from lower back pain
Loosening of mucus
Improved range of movement and mental strength
General well being
WHAT health benefits come with COLON HYDROTHERAPY?
Many clients have reported higher energy levels, clearer skin, brighter eyes, relief from gas and bloating, improved circulation, and concentration with a clearer mind.
Bowel motions improve every day sometimes twice a day depending on how well the bowel worked before colonics.
DO I NEED TO PREPARE OR FAST BEFORE colon hydrotherapy?
Prior to your colonic appointment, it is advised to prepare 1 or 3 days prior to your appointment by eliminating certain foods that promote gas formation for the relief of stress in the digestive tract.
By eating lightly through snacking on such things as fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding wheat, meat, dairy, sugars and processed foods before and after your colonic, will make it more beneficial.
Also, before the colonic, make sure you hydrate well by drinking lots of water (preferably alkaline water), fresh fruit/vegetable juices, herbal teas and vegetable broths.
Drink plenty of water the day of the treatment and refrain from eating at least two hours prior to a cleanse. The water will help hydrate the colon for better elimination.
Try to maintain a great spirit and good attitude. Total relaxation during hydrotherapy will lead to a more complete cleanse.
HOW FAR DOES the hydrotherapy TUBE GO IN?
You lie down on a treatment bed and insert into yourself a tiny rectal tube. Its made of soft flexible plastic with a rounded tip, about the size of a biro - you are given a glove and some lubricant and put it inside yourself about 5cm.
You don't even feel it once it's in there, and it's not painful to insert. Then you cover up with a sheet, press the buzzer and we'll come in to turn the water on.
DOES IT HURT?
There is no real pain felt with colon hydrotherapy, there is slight discomfort when the bowel is extremely bloated, but once it leaves the body in its elimination there is a sense of relief. In fact, many people report their colon hydrotherapy sessions as being both refreshing and relaxing.
If you have a full impacted colon, slight cramping may occur as the colon naturally contracts to expel out the waste. This is well tolerated by the general population. Once the first major impaction of fecal matter is expelled, you will find the session to be more pleasant.
WILL THE WASTES GO UP INTO MY STOMACH?
No! Colon hydrotherapy cleans the colon only, which is the lower portion of your digestive tract. Between the colon and the small intestine, there is a valve, so no matter can go up the wrong way.
The flow of water from the tube is gravity fed and very gentle. There is no pressure exerted, so wastes will not be blasted from your colon into your stomach.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
You will feel the water gently fill your colon, and then naturally get the urge to push it out. It’s the same feeling as when you need to poo, which is caused by the walls of the colon stretching. After you have purged the water and wastes, the water will again fill you up until you again feel the urge to push it out.
This process is repeated many times over the 45-minutes. For most people, there is no pain or discomfort, just the feelings associated with having a regular bowel movement.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST?
An entire colonic treatment will last 40-60 minutes. Allowing some time for the bowel to eliminate completely of any water it might be holding on to. This is removed from the toilet facilities.
IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY OF CROSS CONTAMINATION?
All materials; including tubing, speculums, and drapes are for one time use and are disposed of after each client. In addition, the FDA Class II cleared medical device (the hydrotherapy device) has a one-way check valve to assure fresh, clean, purified water installation and an internal self-cleaning system that uses the same hospital grade disinfectant.
DO YOU USE DISPOSABLE EQUIPMENT?
All the tubing and catheter used is sanitary and disposed of after each use. The tubing and catheter is pre-packed by our suppliers and opened also disposed of in front of each client.
Our facility is kept extremely sanitary with regular cleaning after each procedure.
what kind of water is used in hydrotherapy?
The water introduced into the body circulates through filters to maximize the benefits. It is highly filtered and temperature controlled for maximum comfort.
Is Reset sauna studio certified in colonic hydrotherapy?
Yes, We are fully qualified. We have trained hydrotherapists for the open system of colon hydrotherapy. If licenses expire, staff members are not able to perform treatments until they are renewed and active.
what kind of hydrotherapy system do you use “OPEN SYSTEM” or “CLOSED SYSTEM”?
We use open system best on the market.
The open system nozzle is the size of your pinky and enters the rectum only one inch into the rectum.
The open system rebuilds the peristalsis of the muscle which will help patients go on their own.
The open system nozzle is small and only inserts water into the rectum so once the muscle contracts and the patient have to release they are free to do so and the nozzle is so small the waste passes by the nozzle and evacuates the body. With the open system, the patient never has to jump off the table nor has to endure the discomfort of having the nozzle removed and inserted several times throughout the session.
With the open system, if the patient needs a little privacy they may ask the Technician to leave them alone and are able to still have an effective session.
IS colon hydrotherapy SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?
No, We do not recommend colon hydrotherapy during pregnancy. Many women choose colon hydrotherapy after pregnancy to help cleanse the body and promote healthy weight loss.
WHICH PATIENTS CAN YOU NOT PERFORM COLON HYDROTHERAPY ON?
Patients in the following situations should not use colon hydrotherapy:
Severe hemorrhoids or anal fissures
Rectal or intestinal tumors
WILL COLONICS HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
Most people carry many pounds of accumulated wastes in the colon, so by cleaning these out, yes, you can lose up to 2ibs in each treatment. Often, people are pleasantly surprised by how effectively colon hydrotherapy flattens the abdomen, as we can be bloated with accumulated wastes, or by gases caused by bad bacteria.
Colon hydrotherapy also helps to improve metabolism and the absorption of nutrients so will contribute to weight loss by boosting the rate that we burn fat, and by helping to decrease the amount of food we eat.
The therapy is also fantastic for kickstarting a new and healthier way of life, as after a series of treatments you feel so clean and sensitive. So colon hydrotherapy is a highly beneficial adjunct to any weight loss program, but for long-term weight loss, you do need to exercise and have a healthy diet.
I've HEARD THAT I SHOULDN’T GET COLONICS BECAUSE IT UPSETS THE ELECTROLYTE BALANCE in the body. is that true?
Electrolytes are the minerals in the body (mainly sodium and potassium salts) which maintain the proper electrical charge and pH balance (acid and alkaline balance) in the various organs and tissues of the body.
The majority of material released during a colonic is formed stool that has already had the fluid and electrolytes removed from it. So the amount lost is very minimal and easily replaced by the body from the food and fluids we ingest. We will, however, provide you with an electrolyte-rich drink to have following your session.
WILL A COLONIC CLEAR UP MY SKIN?
Your skin actually “breathes” and is an important organ of elimination of waste material. Sometimes if the colon, liver or kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin will be required to make up the difference.
Surface eruptions on the skin of various sorts may occur due to toxins being released. Cleansing and healing the colon diminishes the burden placed on the skin as well as on the other organs of elimination; the lungs, liver, and kidneys. As elimination is accomplished through its proper channels, the skin will very often clear up.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HAVING A COLONIC AS A PART OF A FASTING PROGRAM? DO YOU THINK IT’S BETTER TO HAVE hydrotherapy AT THE BEGINNING OR END OF A FAST?
Whenever you do anything that increases the rate at which toxins are released into the bloodstream, it is essential that you eliminate whatever you can through the colon.
If you don’t have the colon hydrotherapy during a fast, then you may unnecessarily experience increased discomforts of toxemia (poisonous toxins in the bloodstream). Instead of being expelled from your body, toxins may merely recirculate and settle elsewhere in organs, joints, muscles or tissues. Whether you use colonics or some other elimination aid, you should do something daily.
It is often best to do 2-3 colon hydrotherapies a week during your fast, always start with one at the beginning of the fast.
CAN I HAVE HYDROTHERAPY WHEN I’M MENSTRUATING?
Yes. In fact, it’s an effective time for a treatment since the body is already cleansing. Your flow will not interfere with the success of the treatment.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE GOOD BACTERIA IN THE COLON? WILL I LOSE BACTERIA BALANCE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
The helpful bacteria cannot grow and thrive in a toxic environment, whereas the harmful ones thrive and should be removed often as they generate disease and prevent the good, friendly bacteria from living in the bowel.
Just as when we grow flowers or vegetables we must first prepare the soil. A colonic is like preparing the soil. You cannot expect good bacteria to take root in a negative, decaying environment.
Once we have removed the decay we can then begin to recolonize the bowel with trillions of friendly bacteria creating a wonderful and friendly environment. We give you a big dose of the good bacteria at the end of your session. Good bacteria can and should be taken as a health supplement regularly.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE TREATMENT?
The therapist will hydrate your bowel in order to rid toxins and fecal matter moving out of the body, so there’s a feeling of relief. You should feel better than you did when you walked in.
DO I NEED TO TAKE PROBIOTICS (GOOD BACTERIA) AFTER COLON HYDROTHERAPY?
After your treatment, you will be given a probiotic drink, but after that, it's up to you. Good bacteria in our gut is so important for our health – not only for our digestion but also for our immune system.
Gut bacteria is disturbed by many of the influences of modern life – alcohol, refined sugary foods, coffee, the Pill, cortisone (steroid anti-inflammatories), chlorine (in tap water) – so it’s a really good idea to take a probiotic supplement.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A COLON HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT?
Initially, it is recommended 3 visits in the space of a week to hydrate and loosen accumulated waste.
After that, it really depends on you. If you want to detox and cleanse your entire system, rid yourself of parasites, or achieve a high level of health, more sessions are recommended.
After you have gained benefits from your cleanses it would be advised not to allow this accumulation to develop and debilitate you again. Your body will let you know to eliminate what has accumulated once every 3 months after your last procedure.
WILL I EXPERIENCE ANY INTESTINAL DISCOMFORT OR FATIGUE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Usually, you will not experience problems after the colonic, but there are some cases where old debris and toxins can be stirred up causing nausea or fatigue. A mild vegetable broth or peppermint tea can help to settle this if needed.
CAN I WORK OR DRIVE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
There is no recovery time associated with colonic hydrotherapy. You can return to normal activities as you would immediately after a regular bowel movement.
WHAT KIND OF DIET SHOULD I FOLLOW AFTER COLON HYDROTHERAPY?
Following large intestinal cleansing, the body may feel weary or relaxed. This is simply your body working out and possessing through its cleaning period; so, proper rest is important for your body to rejuvenate.
After your Colonic Hydrotherapy session, we suggest that it is important to:
Drink plenty of liquids (purified or distilled water, juices, herb teas, and electrolyte liquids)
Eat pure food for 24 hours after each session – nothing processed or with high sugar or fat content
Lots of fruit, vegetables
Reduce or eliminate flesh consumption (especially beef, pork, and chicken)
If you have any additional questions about colon hydrotherapy that you didn't see answered here, please make sure to get in touch with us and ask! We are happy to answer more questions and add the answers to our Q&A to help other potential patients out there!