What is a colonic?
Simply put, colon hydrotherapy is the gentle purified water-washing of the last five feet of the digestive tract known as the large intestine or colon using FDA-approved equipment. At All’s Well That Ends Well, we use what we think of as the most comfortable, safe equipment on the market: The LIBBE (The Lower Intestine Bottom Bowel Evacuation System).
The LIBBE is designed with your comfort in mind. It uses a small, disposable rectal tube which you insert yourself. The temperature and flow of the water is easily regulated. There is no odor and you are covered at all times. You can choose to have a colon hydrotherapist in the room with you to support your eliminations OR you can have your session in solitude.
Sessions last about an hour although plan on being here for an hour and a half for your first session to include a consultation.
Why do people have colonics?
People choose to have colonics to detoxify their bodies; to prevent disease; to increase energy and well-being; to adress specific digestive issues such as gas, bloating, and constipation; to diminish food cravings; to aid in the clearing of parasitic infection, heavy metals, and candida; as well as to receive guidance and support for nutritional changes and cleanses.
The digestive tract refers to many parts and organs of the body: the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. There are also auxiliary organs which aid in digestion such as the pancreas, liver, and spleen. We rely on all of these organs to function well so that we can properly break down food, absorb nutrients, kill off harmful bacteria, and eliminate waste.
The colon refers to the last five feet of the digestive tract and while its primary job is to eliminate waste and toxins from the body, it is also where we absorb electrolytes, vitamin k and water. The intestines/gut is host to the majority of the bacteria and microbes in the body, which we rely on for a strong immune system and healthy digestion.
The issue of toxicity is one that affects all of us. There are some ways that we can control the amount of toxins we take in. We can do this by eating organic fruits and vegetables (no need to load our bodies up with pesticides!), drink clean purified water, exercise so that we can keep our bodies strong and excrete toxins out by sweating, get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, use natural cleaning and beauty products that don’t contain chemicals, reduce and alleviate stress in our lives, and eat whole foods that don’t contain preservatives, food dyes, artificial sweeteners and other potentially harmful ingredients.
But there are also the toxins we can’t control in our lives. As children, many of us were raised on processed food, sugar, and soda. Many of us have long histories of taking antibiotics which affects our gut bacteria balance. We have inadvertently toxified our livers with the use of medications and alcohol consumption. And last but not least, there is the issue of environmental pollutants which we breathe, drink, and eat in spite of our best efforts leading us all to be overexposed to heavy metals and other harmful matter.
The colon’s role in detoxification
Our bodies are brilliant! Despite what we do to ourselves, our body works hard to clear out toxins in the best way it knows how. The main pathways for toxins to leave the body are through the skin by sweating, through the urinary tract by peeing, through the lungs with the creation of mucous when we are sick, and through the large intestine by eliminating. The liver and lymphatic system are also essential in supporting these detoxification organs.
There is much to be said about what happens when one of these processes is not functioning well. In the colon, many speculate that constipation may lead to intestinal putrification, caused by the build up of matter on the walls which may lead to an overall lowering of an individual’s defense mechanism, making us more vulnerable to illness and disease.
It is said that unhealthy bacteria and toxins may be absorbed through the walls of a colon with cellular damage into the portal system which leads to the liver. If that liver is already overburdened, the toxins may then be stored in the lymphatic system, circulatory system, cellularly and in joints.
It is believed that because the colon is a reflex organ,during a colonic, information is sent to the systems that are storing those toxins and a cleansing effect is put into action, supporting further detoxification,and therefore achieving less systemic toxicity.
The emotional component of colon hydrotherapy
Having a colonic can be more than a physical experience. Our colon (aka as “the gut”) can be an emotional center. For most of us, it is easier for us to “hold on tight” than it is to “let go.”
Having a colon hydrotherapy session is all about letting go, and many people are surprised how colonics can move things physically and emotionally. When it comes to colonics, everyone has their own personal narrative. Some see it simply as a way to cleanse their large intestine, while others experience a deep release on every level. As your colon hydrotherapists, we are here to support your journey in a way that will assist you to have the best possible sessions. Feelings, emotions, and memories are welcomed and honored.
Indications for colon hydrotherapy
There are many conditions which lead people to have colon hydrotherapy sessions. They are as follows: constipation low energy, indigestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea, insomnia, fatigue, allergies, asthma, bad breath, toxic smelling body odor, foul-smelling compacted stool, a distended abdomen, headaches, lower back pain, food cravings, candida, parasitic infection, fever, immune deficiencies, skin problems, dark circles under the eyes, hemorrhoids, and heavy metal toxicity.
Contraindications for colon hydrotherapy
The following is a list of contraindications for colon hydrotherapy. We do NOT give a person a colonic if they have one of the following conditions: aneurysm, cirrhosis, advanced pregnancy, renal insufficiency, severe anemia, fissures/fistulas, abdominal hernia, carcinoma of the colon, GI hemorrhage/perforation, severe hemorrhoids, recent colon surgery, and severe cardiac disease.