Colonic FAQs

Is a colonic painful?
A colonic (colon hydrotherapy) is not painful at all. A professional colon therapist is skilled at putting you at ease and minimizing discomfort. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter and initially cleaner 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.

Is it embarrassing to have a colonic?
No, you will maintain your personal dignity at all times. You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the colonic procedure and will help you feel more comfortable. A small tube is gently inserted into the rectum and then you are completely covered. At that point, you are alone and can relax. If you need attention, there is a bell you can ring and a therapist will come to assist you.

What is the purpose of having a colonic?
Waste material that remains in the colon can lead to severe health related problems. First, the waste material becomes toxic and can re-enter the body by circulating in the blood stream. Secondly, the impacted waste material impairs the colon’s ability to absorb and assimilate minerals, nutrients and good bacteria from our food and vitamins. Last but not least, a build-up of toxic waste material in the colon wall leads to sluggish bowel movements and constipation.

What is the difference between a Closed system and an Open system and why is it more expensive?
An Open system (also known as a Libbe system) is self-administered. A therapist will set you up and will check up on you during the session. You will have a bell to ring if you need assistance. However, for most of the session you will be in the room by yourself. A Closed system is administered by a certified colon hydrotherapist who will be with you during the entire session. The therapist will be controlling the water flow and massaging your abdominals for better release and outflow. Since the water flow is controlled by the therapist it will clean your colon thoroughly. The Closed system is a little more powerful and you are paying for the full hour of the therapist’s time….hence it is a little more expensive than the Open System. Furthermore, with a Closed system the therapist is in a position to evaluate your personal condition and give you nutritional advice if needed.

Will I lose weight after a colonic?
Perhaps but not definitely. It will help you to eliminate bloating and old impacted material as well as increase your metabolism. If you are heavily impacted it is possible to lose up to 5 pounds in one session or even more. However, everyone is different and it is impossible to guarantee weight loss in a session.

How often should I have a colonic?
If you have never had a colonic before then one session will definitely help but it can take from 2-5 sessions to be thoroughly cleaned out and detoxified. It depends on the individual. However, once you are cleaned out it is advised to have one at least once every 3 months. Once a month is better. We have clients who come every week.

Why not use enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead of having a colonic?
The over-the-counter products are not substitutes for colonics. Enemas are useful for emptying the rectum (the lowest part of the colon). Suppositories are intended to do the same thing. Laxatives, particularly herbal laxatives, are intended to undo the effects of temporary constipation. But the most successful method to cleanse your colon is colon hydrotherapy.

Are there any additional benefits I might expect from a colonic?
Yes, there are several. Working with a skilled colon therapist a colonic can be an enlightening, educational process. You will learn to expand your awareness of your body’s functioning by including signals from your abdomen, your skin, your face and from your eliminations. You will find that using clues from your body you may be able to spot the beginning of a developing condition before it becomes serious so that you can deal with it sooner rather than later. Also, the solar plexus is the emotional center of the body and the transverse colon passes directly through it. For example, if an emotional event is left uncompleted, it often results in physical tension being stored in the solar plexus, which can affect all the other organs of that area, including the colon. This on-going tightening of the colon muscle results in constipation. Not only do colonics alleviate the constipation but they can help you in creating a fully holistic view of your body’s function and lead to a better quality of life.

Will a colonic clear up my skin?
Your skin actually “breathes” and is an important organ for 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 may occur when toxins are released. Cleansing and healing the colon diminishes the burden placed upon the skin and the other elimination organs. When elimination is accomplished through proper channels the skin will very often clear up.

How long does a colonic take and how does it work?
A session lasts about 45 minutes.

Is there anything that I need to do to get ready for a colonic?
One should not eat for 2 hours before the session. Drinking water before a session is fine. Try to avoid red meat the evening before.

What can I expect after my colonic session?
Most likely, you’ll feel great! Probably you’ll feel lighter and enjoy a sense of well-being. Not infrequently, someone having their first colonic will remark that it was one of the most wonderful experiences of their life. As soon as the colonic is finished you can carry on with your daily routine. 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 chilled for a few moments following a colonic.

Do I need to stay near a toilet after the colonic?
Absolutely not. Once the session is over you can go about your day as usual. You can return back to work, go shopping, go to the movies, do yoga, etc.

Is it OK to have a colonic during my menstrual cycle?
Yes. It does not interfere with the colonic procedure at all.

The path to health begins in the colon.

The path to vibrant health begins in the colon…

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