The Lowdown on Colonics

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Today we are talking colonics – yes people, sticking a tube up your bum to clear out all that toxic cr#p (literally) that has compacted in your colon and been there for god knows how long! Whenever I talk about colonics to people, there is always a lot of wincing going on! Unless already tried and tested, people are always appalled by the thought of having anything anywhere near their bums, let alone lying there for the best part of an hour with a hose pipe stuck up there! Today I wanted to give you the lowdown on colonics and explain how they work.

My first experience of colonic hydrotherapy happened about 7 years ago when I was in London and as part of my reflexology training course I had to try out some other therapies offered by the college. One of the teachers there also did colonics and she recommended that I give it a go – so I did! I was a bit apprehensive, as you can imagine, but I had always wanted to try it to see what all the fuss was about. The treatment was great and I left feeling lighter, although emotionally I felt very teary. I remember going out for dinner that evening, feeling really sad and fed up.  The next day I felt great so I didn’t really give it too much thought as at that time I didn’t really know too much about the whole mind-body connection. I had my second colonic a couple of weeks ago and a similar thing happened! However, now I know that it is more than likely my body letting go of old garbage and that includes old emotions too! Fantastic – we can all do with some of that!

So what are colonics all about?

Colonic Hydrotherapy or Colonic Irrigation as it is also known, is a way to cleanse the whole bowel including both the small intestines and the colon, so that any faecal matter that has not been removed by passing a bowel motion gets flushed out. When you get onto the ‘bed’ the therapist will insert a plastic tube into your anus (it is pre-greased with some coconut oil to aid entry!) whilst you are lying on your side. You then need to move over onto your back so that the tube is facing downwards.  He or she will then start the machine which slowly starts to release water into the colon. The movement of the water causes the colon to contract (AKA peristalsis) which basically pushes the poo through the hose so that it can be disposed of in a closed waste system. The really cool thing is that you can see all your poo coming out through the perspex screen on the machine. Mine wasn’t bad and to be honest there wasn’t that much but the therapist told me that she sees all sorts – black huge massive bits, white bits and sometimes even green! In terms of how it feels – it can be slightly uncomfortable, but only mildly and nothing like having an enema! However, this crampy feeling does subside as the treatment goes on and I think it only feels weird at the start as it is a completely new sensation that your body has never experienced before. The therapist also massaged my abdomen as this helps to release anything that maybe stuck and also facilitates the whole process. The whole treatment takes about 1 hour and the colonic part of it normally takes around 45 minutes.

Why are the benefits of Colonics?

Colonics are so amazing for getting rid of old waste, helping to prevent or alleviate constipation and help with health in general. By allowing faecal matter to build up in the bowels can lead to harmful bacteria and yeasts colonising the gut, cause toxins to get reabsorbed into your system and prevent nutrients from being absorbed. So many people live with constipation, thinking that it is normal to only have a poo 2-3 times per week and then wonder why they feel tired and sluggish all day long! It is NOT normal, everyone should be poo-ing at least once per day, ideally once after every meal as this is what our bodies have been designed to do.

How many do you need to have?

When you first start having colonics, it is recommended that that you have 3 or 4 quite close together, over a week to 10 days as this facilitates complete cleansing of the colon. As you can imagine, there may be a lifetime of bad habits compacted in there and it is going to take more than 1 to make it as clean as a whistle! After that the therapist may recommend weekly colonics for a set period of time (this will vary from person to person depending on their health or condition) and then just maintenance colonics are recommended after that – so maybe 2 – 3 times per year.

Have you ever had a colonic? How was your experience? Has it helped improve your overall health? Don’t be shy, please share your experience as we would love to hear from you!


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Michelle is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner who is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and helping others to achieve their health goals. She is also a Jungle Body Dance Fitness Instructor, which not only keeps her fit but also helps her to inspire others to feel confident and get in shape.

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