What happens during a Colon Hydrotherapy session? ...... The question we are all dying to know !
As a client lies comfortably on the treatment table in our spa-like treatment room, warm filtered water is slowly introduced into the colon. The temperature and pressure of this water is maintained and altered by the colon hydrotherapist. As the water volume increases in the colon it will stimulate an action called peristalsis, the rhythmic movement of the digestive tract. Your therapist may use pressure points or gentle massage on the abdomen to aid in dislodging waste from the walls of the colon. The waste and water is then carried out of the body through a small out flow hose attached to the speculum. The process takes about 30-45 minutes and the environment is both professional and tranquil. At the end of the treatment the therapist will step out of the room so that the client can use the toilet to empty any remaining water from their colon. After the session is complete the therapist may suggest specific supplements or dietary guidelines to follow before your next session. Most clients report feeling lighter along with an over-all heightened sense of well-being as they walk out of the clinic. Clients may return to their normal daily activities or work much like they would after a dentist appointment.
Because the colon is roughly 5-7 feet in length and needs to be properly hydrated in order to thoroughly cleanse, a minimum of 3 treatments is generally required. The treatments are designed to be completed in succession usually no more than a week apart as each treatment builds on the one prior. With each session the colon becomes both more hydrated and responsive to the treatment due to cellular memory. Those with more chronic issues may require a larger series of treatments, your therapist will discuss your goals with you.
History of Colon Hydrotherapy:
Colon Hydrotherapy was used initially to treat fever and remove mucous. In fact, it was not uncommon for many European cultures to have an enema bag hanging on the back of the bathroom door which would be the first thing to get put to use if any member of the house hold made mention of feeling the slightest bit sick or had a runny nose.
The practice of various forms of "colon hydrotherapy" (water therapy of the colon) began as early as 1500 B.C. in Egypt and was documented as “Eber Papyrus” Ancient Greeks also used colonic irrigation for digestive disorders. Elie Mechinkoff, a Russian in 1908 received the Nobel Prize for research on immunity and the influence of bowel toxins on immunity.
In modern days, Dr. John H. Kellogg (inventor of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Rice Crispies) was a big proponent of colon hydrotherapy and eating lots of fiber especially contained in fruits and vegetables. He used colon therapy in his practice on thousands of patients in the place of gastrointestinal surgery.
Colon hydrotherapy reached the United States in the 1920s and ‘30s. During that time colonic irrigation machines were used in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Unfortunately as the pharmaceutical industry grew, natural treatments such as this one, became less utilized in the hospital setting, but now, once again doctors are turning to natural treatments as an adjunct to their protocols instead of prescription drugs.
Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy include:
- Cancer of the colon, rectum or gastro-intestinal tract,
- acute abdominal pain needing medical attention,
- recent gastrointestinal or rectal bleeding,
- congestive heart failure,
- uncontrolled high blood pressure,
- epilepsy or seizures,
- recent abdominal or rectal surgery,
- intestinal perforation,
- abdominal hernia,
- recent heart attack,
- kidney insufficiency,
- severe hemorrhoids,
- cirrhosis of the liver,
- anal fistula,
- ulcerative colitis,
- acute Crohn’s disease,
- rectal or abdominal tumours.