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What is colonic hydrotherapy

Colon hydrotherapy is a safe and effective way of cleansing the colon of accumulated waste and gas. Waste material, especially that which has remained in the colon for some time (i.e. impacted faeces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucus, parasites, worms. etc), poses several problems.

  • Toxins from waste material can re-enter and circulate in the bloodstream, making us feel ill, tired or weak

  • Impacted material impairs the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and vitamins

  • A build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action, causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation.

You may feel a little apprehensive about the process of colon hydrotherapy, but most clients look forward to subsequent treatments because it leaves them feeling clean, revitalised and well. Colon hydrotherapy may be very beneficial to the following concerns:

  • IBS

  • Constipation

  • Headaches

  • Skin conditions

  • Weight loss

Colonic hydrotherapy in York

A water based therapy that aims to restore health by cleansing the colon of accumulated waste and gas.

About your treatment

You’ll be provided with a clean gown and towels and asked to rest on the treatment couch. Your practitioner will spend time explaining the colonic procedure and answering your questions to make sure you feel at ease. Cleansing is achieved by flushing the colon with warm, highly filtered water through a small tube that’s attached to a sterile disposable speculum. This stimulates your bowel to empty itself, and waste and water is piped discreetly away. The treatment isn’t painful, and with your consent, an abdominal massage may be applied to help further relax the area. All equipment used during the treatment is disposable and pre-sterilised with a modern, proven wide-spectrum virucidal disinfectant.

You’ll need to allow 1.5 hours for each session – the actual treatment is 30 to 60 minutes plus time to get changed before and after. Your first session will include your consultation.

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The colon, also known as the large intestine or large bowel, is the final part of the digestive tract and is located in the abdomen. Its main functions are to eliminate waste and absorb water. The colon is 5 feet long and 2.5 inches in diameter, and is inhabited by billions of ‘friendly’ bacteria that assist in detoxifying waste, assimilating certain vitamins and minerals and helping guard against infection.

What is the colon?

You’ll have a comprehensive consultation before your first session, to make sure colon hydrotherapy is right for you. Only a small amount of water enters the colon at any one time during treatment, and it’s introduced at a low gravitational pressure, lower than is normally generated during a bowel movement, so there is no risk of perforation. Although large numbers of the friendly bacteria which inhabit the colon will be expelled during the treatment, they quickly breed back up to strength. The environment in the colon after treatment is usually healthier than before, leading to a better balance. Colon hydrotherapy, unlike laxatives or enemas, is not habit forming and actually improves the tone of the colon.

Is colonic hydrotherapy safe?

Any discomfort during treatment is usually the result of resistance or tension and can be overcome by relaxation, helped by deep breathing. Sometimes during treatment the muscles of the colon will contract suddenly, expelling considerable amounts of waste. This may feel like cramping or gas, and may create a feeling of needing to empty the bowels. Such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated. All waste is expelled immediately through the tubing and into the waste system so there is never a delay or need to 'hold yourself'.

Is colonic hydrotherapy painful?

Not at all. Your personal dignity will be completely maintained, with just you and the practitioner in the treatment room, which is quiet and secure. Each step will be fully explained to you throughout your visit and your emotions or any anxieties will be acknowledged and understood. You’ll get changed in private and will be covered by a towel during the treatment. Only the bottom half of your clothing need be removed.

Is a colonic embarrassing?

This is a common concern. Many people fit a colonic into their working day and return to work straight afterwards. It’s unusual to experience urgency or the need to be near a toilet after a treatment. However, for peace of mind some people prefer to go home and rest. Most likely you’ll feel a lightness and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. Some people feel tired, but this shouldn’t be any more than the tiredness experienced after exercise as the body starts to detoxify itself. For some, the colonic therapy 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 that you may feel light headed but if so, this quickly passes.

Will I feel okay after a colonic?

On the day of treatment we suggest you have a light diet and plenty of water. A heavy meal is best avoided as your stomach may be massaged during the treatment and would be uncomfortable. We’ll advise you regarding aftercare at the time of treatment, including dietary advice.

Can I eat before and after a colonic treatment?

You may find it takes a few treatments for your colon to start expelling waste. In cases where there are long standing concerns, such as constipation, it may take the body time to correct itself and adjust to new habits. Many people have a course of treatments while others just have just one. It’s up to you and your practitioner will offer advice based on the consultation and treatment outcome. Many clients choose, after initial treatment, to continue using colonic hydrotherapy a few times a year, in order to maintain a healthy digestive system.

How many colonic treatments will I need?

Certain conditions such as active infections, active inflammation (such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis), a painful fissure or painful haemorrhoids mean treatment cannot be comfortably carried out until they are healed or are in remission. Diseases such as congestive heart disease, severe uncontrolled hypertension, severe anaemia, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, severe haemorrhaging and colo-rectal carcinoma are also contra-indications for treatment. Some physical conditions such as severe abdominal or inguinal hernias make it an unsuitable treatment. Pregnancy is unsuitable for treatment.

When is colon hydrotherapy not advisable?