Frequently Asked Questions

We want to state that constipation can be successfully treated with natural, harmless techniques, including the use of Colonics. There are three factors involved in having a well functioning colon: diet, exercise and attitude. All three must be in balance for the colon to function well.

The process of Colon Hydrotherapy is excellent for cleansing and healing the colon sufficiently so that changes in diet, exercise, and attitude are then able to produce their effects. Many people find the relief provided by Colonics stimulates the motivation and enthusiasm to institute positive changes in their lifestyle.

Unless you are having a bowel movement for every meal you eat, you are constipated! In fact, many people are constipated without even recognizing the condition. When a person becomes constipated, the walls of his or her colon become encrusted with accumulated faeces. Therefore, the passage through which the faeces are forced to travel is greatly reduced so that stools become narrow in diameter, making it look like a normal stool. The average person has 5 to 20 pounds of accumulated waste matter in their Colon. Colon Hydrotherapy allows these accumulated faeces to be washed free from the body.

Not only do many medical professionals endorse the use of Colonic Hydrotherapy, many even incorporate it as an integral part of their daily patient care and healing. The therapy can alleviate pre and post-menstrual discomfort and pain for women and ease prostate problems for men. Cancer patients experiencing constipation and increased toxic stress during chemotherapy and radiation treatment can also benefit from Colon Hydrotherapy.

Elimination and digestion are two basic requirements for natural health. If the elimination organs are not functioning properly, the body soon becomes chocked with putrefying waste backing up into all the vital organs. Digestion then will be stifled, with the end result being death. For most people, this is a slow process with various waste toxins building up over the years to produce arthritis, diabetes, ulcers, hypertension, strokes, cancer and heart attacks. Many sufferers experience headaches and a sluggish tired feeling for months/years before the final breakdown.

Before the production of refined flours, sugars, pasteurized milk and cheese, chocolate confections, greasy and oily foods, cakes etc combined with an active living, elimination was less of a problem for previous generations that it is for us today. It is the above foods that we eat today that cause the colon to become chocked with putrefying waste backing up into all the vital organs.

IBS is a collection of symptoms that occur when the nerves and muscles in a person’s bowel, colon or large intestine do not work like they should. With IBS, a person’s bowel is extra sensitive, causing discomfort and changes in bowel activity.

There is no clear cause of IBS. However it is becoming more common in developing countries, which suggests some possible links to diet and cultural factors. IBS may be the result of the colons immune system’s response to different foods such as diary products.

There is some connection also in people developing irritable bowel syndrome after an episode of gastroenteritis, suggesting that there may be an immune system component possibly triggered by a viral illness. For women, it is known that menstruation can trigger or worsen IBS symptoms, while pregnancy and menopause can either worsen or improve the IBS symptoms. Most recently, researchers have found that bacteria in the intestines may be the cause of IBS.

IBS often begins before the age of 35, Symptoms of IBS may include
  • Constipation - infrequent stools that may be hard, dry, and painful
  • Diarrhoea - frequent loose stools
  • Crampy pain in the stomach
  • Swollen or bloated stomach area
  • Mucus in the stool

Feeling mentally or emotionally tense, troubled, angry, or overwhelmed may also trigger symptoms in people with IBS. Often IBS is just a mild annoyance, but for some people it can be disabling. They may be afraid to go to social events, to go out to a job, or to travel even short distances.

Yes, IBS is a ‘functional’ disorder, which means that the bowel doesn’t work as it should. It is one of the most common disorders that we see. Yet it is also one that many people aren't comfortable talking about. IBS is characterised by abdominal pain, cramping and changes in bowel function. This includes bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation, which can all be treated by Colon Hydrotherapy.

There is no hard and fast definition of constipation but the two key symptoms are not opening your bowels regularly enough, and having to strain when you do. Try this simple questionnaire. Over the last three months

  • Have you had to strain at least a quarter of the time that you have been to the loo?
  • Have your stools been hard or lumpy at least a quarter of the time?
  • Have you been left with a feeling that your bowel is not completely empty at least a quarter of the times that you have been to the loo?
  • Have you averaged two or fewer bowel movements a week?

  • Answering yes to two or more of the above suggests that you have a problem with constipation that needs addressing.

It depends what sort of weight loss regime you are following. Cutting back on the amount you eat shouldnt, on its own, cause constipation although you may find you need to go to the loo less often. Cutting out high fibre foods like baked potatoes, bran based cereals, fruits and vegetables and substituting high protein foods like meat, cheese and eggs can make the bowel sluggish.

Another common problem in people trying to lose weight is that they take up a new exercise regime but dont take in enough fluids to compensate for the sweat they produce during their work-outs.

Some people are undoubtedly more prone to constipation than others and our bowels may become less efficient as we get older, but your constipation is much more likely to be due to your diet rather than anything fundamentally wrong with the way that your bowel works. The most common problem with diet is too little fibre (the indigestible part of fruit, vegetables and cereals) and not enough fluid.

To help your bowel work at peak efficiency you should try and eat a fibre rich diet and drink at least 2 litres of fluids a day.

While the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver also serve to eliminate toxins, people have experienced throughout history, that when they ensure that the colon is cleansed and healed, the well-being of the whole body is greatly enhanced. Colonic Hydrotherapy has been found to be the most effective process available to accomplish this work quickly and easily.

Well, everything has its proper place, but these are not really substitutes for colonics. Enemas are useful for emptying the rectum, (the lowest 8-12 inches of the colon.) Usually, one or two pints of water are used to do that. Suppositories are intended to accomplish the same task. Laxatives, particularly herbal laxatives, are formulated for various purposes, such as to undo the effects of temporary constipation, but the ‘Rolls Royce’ of colon cleansing, without question is Colon Hydrotherapy.

Yes, there are several. Working with a skilled therapist, a colonic can be a truly enlightening educational process. You will learn to expand your awareness of your body’s functioning by including signals form your abdomen, your skin, your face and even from that most taboo of natural products, your eliminations. You will find that you can spot the beginnings of developing conditions through clues from these body regions and functions before they become serious.

You can deal with them sooner and more easily than you otherwise might if you waited until they produce effects seen elsewhere in the body. Also, the solar plexus is the emotional centre of the body, and the transverse colon passes right through it. Emotional events and anxiety often result in physical tension being stored in the solar plexus, which affects all organs of the area, including the colon.

This on-going tightening of the colon muscle, results in either diminished movement of faecal material through the colon, which is experienced as constipation, or expulsion due to anxiety, leading to diarrhoea. Both or either of which are typical symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Not only do colonics alleviate these problems they can assist you in creating a fully holistic view of your body’s functioning, leading to a better quality of life

No quite the opposite. As stated previously, your colon is a muscle, and responds to exercise like any other muscle resulting in improved tone and function. The colonic is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy colon. A colonic therapist who is dedicated to your health will encourage you to set a goal of having a well-functioning colon. Our fulfilment comes from assisting you in healing your colon. Many people have a sluggish colon, and one of its features is that a colonic can be used to help tone the colon muscle so that the colon doesn’t perform so sluggishly.

It may take a few days for bowel movements to return after a good colonic. This is when people think they are becoming ‘dependent’ on colonics. One good colonic is worth many regular bowel movements, so it may take some time for faecal matter to build up in the colon once again if you have a sluggish colon. When the colon is sluggish and bowel movements do not return for a few days after one colonic, it is an indication that further treatment is needed to remove debris that the bowel has built up over the years.

This build-up of faecal material decreases the muscular action of the colon. Once a series of colonics is completed, the colon will begin to function like Mother Nature intended. Colonics give you a feeling of being lighter, cleaner and healthier with an improved sense of well-being. Dietary changes may also be necessary to ensure long lasting and vital health.

Being an essentially natural process, there is virtually no danger with a colonic. Our intent is to provide a safe and healthy service so that you do not have to worry. For each client a new disposable pack containing speculum, water inlet and outlet tubes are used.

Cleaning and sterilisation of other necessary equipment is done as normal procedure and clean linen is used for each colonic as well.

The purpose of your treatment is to improve your well-being in a relaxed environment. Most concerns are whether insertion of the speculum is painful. The answer is no! Your therapist is trained and experienced in this procedure. Usually any discomfort is the result of resistance and tension. A professional colonic therapist is skilled at putting you at ease and minimising discomfort.

However, if you experience any discomfort at any time during your treatment, just tell your therapist. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are often surprised at how relaxing the treatment is. Also the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clear afterwards. Sometimes during a treatment, 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. This is a normal occurrence and easily managed by your therapist.

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 an amazingly relaxing treatment. As soon as the colonic is finished you can carry on with the daily routine. Before you leave the clinic, your therapist will make sure that your bowel is empty of any residual water. Your therapist will also give you advice and an aftercare leaflet following your treatment.

A few people find that the colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there won’t be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It is also possible that you may feel light-headed or chilled for a few moments following a colonic.

Probably 90% of all colonics take about 45 minutes. It could also be longer or shorter than that based on the judgement of the therapist, and sometimes the wishes of the client. There will be around 15 minutes required before the colonic for the therapist to go over you medical history, and another 15 minutes should be allowed for changing. On a first colonic you should expect to spend an hour and a half at the clinic.

We use highly filtered water, which passes through three separate filters and is purified to between 1 and 3 microns, (very pure!) 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.

Almost never. Firstly, many of us have a considerable amount of impacted faeces in our colon. This is hardened, rubbery or wallpaper-like material. Substantial work must be done in order 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 can remove some of the stagnant waste in the colon. The second and subsequent colonics will remove more. A bit like going to the gym, you don’t walk out with a beautifully toned body after one visit. How many you may wish to have will depend on your personal objectives, and will be discussed with your therapist.

Yes. Conditions such as active infections, active inflammation (such as diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), a painful fissure or painful hemorrhoids mean treatment cannot be comfortably carried out until they are healed or in remission.

Diseases such as congestive heart disease, severe uncontrolled hypertension, severe anaemia, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, severe hemorrhaging and colo-rectal carcinoma are also absolute contra-indications for treatment as are some physical conditions such as severe abdominal or inguinal hernias which cannot be easily reduced. Treatments are also not performed during the first three months of pregnancy and not at all during complicated pregnancies.

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