Preparing for, During and After a colonic

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What to expect before, during and after a colonic

Relax! It isn’t as awkward or uncomfortable as you may think. Your therapist can explain everything every step of the way, and answer all of your questions. Our office is a very quiet, relaxed setting, with private rooms. Once you experience a session, the process becomes easy and enjoyable! Many people are amazed at how quickly they feel better, and find themselves eager for the next session.

Days before your session it helps if you start preparing your body for the best possible session. Which means eating well to reduce gas and internal inflammation as much as possible.  Eating alkaline forming foods – fruits, fresh juices (not tinned, canned or cartons), salads, vegetables & healthy raw fats will prepare your body for a deep release. If you body is contracted, dehydrated or acidic the results won’t be as satisfying & it could cause more discomfort during the treatment.

Before your appointment
Avoid eating or drinking to much at least an hour or two before your appointment time. Set aside at least an hour for your first visit. Sessions usually last about 30–45 minutes.

Wear comfortable clothing and drink lots of water. Make sure you have any medical history information with you that may be a factor in reaching your goals with colon hydrotherapy.

Always arrive early to your appointment, this will give you some time to settle in and start your relaxation prior to your appointment.

Greeting & Intake
Your colon hydrotherapist will meet with you, have you complete an intake form which includes medical history, past/present injuries and other physical conditions we should be made aware of. They will want to discus your goals in receiving your colonic your current physical condition and any specific concerns you are experiencing or want addressed.

Colonic preparation
Your therapist will show you to the colon hydrotherapy room. First time appointments, your therapist should let you know about the process they will be going through and answer any questions you may have. They will let you know what to do, and of any special draping is required for your service. Sessions should be 100% drapped.  You are fully clothed with the exception of your lower area and that will be fully covered with a sheet. Your colon hydrotherapist will prepare their supplies and give you a few minutes to get ready. Your colon hydrotherapist will knock on the door to ask if you are ready before entering your room.

During your Colonic
During your session, you will always be covered. Your colon hydrotherapist will only uncover the lower part of the body when it comes time to insert the speculum, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times.

You can expect a relaxing and comfortable environment during your colonic. The table is generally padded and a heating blanket is placed beneath the sheet.  There will be relaxing music, unless you request otherwise, and the room should be quiet, with no outside distractions.

Some people like to talk during a their colonic. Some prefer to relax without conversation. During your first few colonics, I always suggest that you remain quiet and focus on your breath. When clients are nervous, they tend to hold their breath which restricts the peristalsis. Once clients have been on the table for 10-15min in quiet, they usually are more relaxed.  Do what feels best. Your therapist will follow your lead.

Top 5 things to make sure you tell your therapist
1. Room temperature ok
2. If abdominal massage is ok
3. Any areas of soreness or pain around the lower ab
4. If at anytime you have extreme discomfort
5. If you become light-headed or dizzy

Therapists are only as good as the information they have been given to guide them. Remember, You are in control of the session. Provide them with feedback so that we may continue to improve on the services we provide to our clients. Over a period of sessions you and your therapist will get to know each other so your preferences will be established with them.

After the gentle insertion of a small tube into the rectum, you are completely covered. Warm filtered water is slowly infused into your colon. The time of a fill and empty will vary depending on the pressure and comfort level. Your therapist will be with you at all times during your treatment; we monitor the pressure, temperature, and offer abdominal massage that assists in a great release. Rubber tubing allows clean water to flow in and and your system uses peristalsis to eliminate the material (there is no suction or vacuum) waste out. You remain in the same private room with the bathroom to get dressed comfortably.

Colonics may be considered uncomfortable as your system gets ready to release and that is usually a symptom of resistance and tension. A professional colon therapist is skilled at putting you at your ease and minimizing discomfort. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clear afterward. Sometimes during a colonic, the colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the rectum. This may feel like cramping or gas, and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. Such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated.

90% of all colonics take about 45 minutes. It could also be shorter or longer than that, based upon the judgement of the therapist and sometimes, the wishes of the client. Colonics should not go longer to assure electrolytes stay in balance.

Water used during a session is highly filtered water, which passes through three separate filters before being heated to the correct temperature. This kind of water is capable of absorbing and flushing more toxins out of the colon because of its drawing effect on solid particles, chemicals and other matter. Tap water is not used because it already has numerous chemicals and inorganic substances present.

After your appointment
Most likely, you’ll feel great. Probably you’ll feel lighter and enjoy a sense of well-being. For some, the colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there won’t be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It’s also possible you may feel light-headed or a little chilly for while following a colonic.

We suggest that you eat when you feel hungry and consume a moderate amount of gentle and nourishing food. Just as it doesn’t make sense to have you car cleaned and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after a colonic isn’t an intelligent choice. Salads, vegetable soups or broths, fruit, or juices are the best choice.

Some general Post colonic questions

How will I know when the colon is empty?
It will probably never be completely empty, as its an organ in continuous use. As more of the old impacted material is released you will actually feel the water enter higher regions of the colon without any sense of obstruction. The objective should not be an empty colon, but rather a well functioning colon.

Will one colonic completely empty the colon?
Almost never. Firstly, many of us have a considerable amount of impacted feces in our colon. This is hardened, rubbery or wallpaper like material. Substantial work must be done to remove it. Secondly, there is a subtle learning process involved in receiving colonics. As you become more aware of what is going on in your abdomen, and as your body learns how to allow the cleansing experience, you are better able to enter into that process, and therefore more material is released. One colonic will remove some of the stagnant waste in the colon. The second and subsequent colonics will remove more. How many you may wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives.

Why will I need so many treatments?
Problems of a lifetime can not be changed in one treatment! The number of treatments varies per person and their health complaints and sometimes some people respond very quickly whilst others are a little slower. To really cleanse the bowel of waste build-up and to re-train the bowel we need four sessions. You will notice further improvements with each treatment and, if you are having any difficulties, we can improve them immediately. We will also be giving advice on eating habits, diet, and life-style and these can be more difficult to change. When you have completed your initial four treatments, you may then be recommended one treatment a month decreasing to one every six months to ensure that no waste deposits or toxins become trapped in the colon and cause further build-up.

 Will a colonic make me constipated or give me diarrhea?
The most frequent post-colonic experience is to have a slight delay in bowel movements and then a resumption of a somewhat larger, easier to move stool. Sometimes if the colon is weak and sluggish, there may be no bowel movement for several days following a colonic. However this is not due to the colonic, but rather to the weakness of the colon, and should be interpreted as an indication that the colon requires strengthening and healing. Very infrequently diarrhea or loose bowels may be experienced. This could be due to the extra water introduced into the colon or to the stirring up of toxic waste. If this should occur, it is usually of very short duration. However, since severe diarrhea dehydrates the body, it must be carefully monitored.

Some people say that colonics wash out intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so?
The truth is that the washing out of putrefied material in the large intestine, increases the good intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment which has been washed free of putrefaction and its accompanying harmful bacteria. This is why the intestines of a new born baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora. Each time you clean out the putrefying rubbish and make a better environment for the good flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural media. It also stands to reason that valuable nutrients can better be absorbed in a clean environment than in a putrefied one.


The International Association of Colon Hydrotherapist (I-ACT) before during after colonicrecommends your first two sessions be within 24-48 hours of each other.



70% of the blood that passes through your body also passes through your colon. On the first session toxins are going to be stirred up and may get out into your bloodstream. Your second session within 24-48 hours will help eliminate some of the toxins that have been stirred up so you are not walking around feeling tired, run down and lethargic. Most people do not drink nearly enough water. Because your colon loves water, on your first session it may act like a sponge and absorbs a lot of water. This is good in the since that it will have a softening effect on fecal matter. Approximately 95% of the time people will have a better release on their second session than they do on their fist because of this softening effect. Where you go from your first two sessions is up to you. However, neither I-ACT or myself want you to believe that two sessions will get your colon completely clean. It simply does not work that way.

The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) advocates the highest standards of education and professional conduct to assure properly administered colon hydrotherapy. Today, colon hydro-therapists are thoroughly-trained professionals, who must pass rigorous testing and adhere to strict guidelines established by I-ACT.

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