Commonly Asked Questions
Q: What can I expect during a session?
A: A session is a comfortable experience for many people. During the session, you will be lying face up on a massage table with a drape across your lower body. You will then self insert a small speculum into the rectum. We only use completely sterile, disposable tools during the procedure. A small amount of purified water will flow into the colon gently stimulating the colons natural contractions to release the softened waste. This is repeated several times with the colon therapist monitoring the water temperature and pressure, guiding and supporting the entire process. When there is some discomfort or mild cramping due to gas for example there is support given as the releases are occurring with breathing and abdominal massage. You get to see the waste being released through a closed system in a lit up viewing tube. After some time the therapist will advise you to use the bathroom to release.
Q: How long does a treatment take?
A: Each colon hydrotherapy session lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes and one should allow at least one hour per office visit.
Q: Will I experience any intestinal discomfort or fatigue after a colonic session?
A: Not usually.
Q: Can I work after a colonic session?
A: Certainly. Colon cleansing should not interfere with your scheduled day.
Q: Is it possible to have a colonic session while having periods?
A: Colon Hydrotherapy is perfectly safe during this time.
Q: How many treatments are recommended?
A: The number of sessions depends on the individual, everyone is different. It is based on a person’s needs, Physician or Certified Colon Hydro-therapist recommended.
Q: How do I know when the colon is empty?
A: The colon will probably never be empty, as it’s an organ in continuous use. As more of the impacted material is released clients comment on feeling 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.
Q: What if I’m unable to release during the first colonic session?
A: Many people come in for the first time and expect the colonic to instantly release all waste from their large intestine or colon. When it doesn’t happen, some clients say, “Why should I come back if nothing came out the first time, I’m empty, it’s not really that effective.” When nothing comes out, it is a more difficult case. The ability or inability to release is one of the ways to assess a colonic session.
Q: Is a colonic session painful?
A:For the vast majority of individuals who receive colonics, the procedure is free from pain. During the treatment, you may feel some cramping in the stomach and occasionally clients feel slightly nauseous.
Q: What is enema cleansing?
A: Enemas cleansings are limited to the rectum area and due to the body’s natural wish to expel are limited in duration. Enemas only bathe the lower part of the colon.
Q: Do I need colonic treatments if I have regular bowel movements?
A: A person with a healthy and well functioning colon will have 2 to 3 bowel movements per day, shortly after each meal taken. Elimination should be complete and easy. The stool should be light brown in color, long and large diameter.
Q: If I am fasting can I skip colonics?
A: It is not suggested to skip colonics during fasting.
Cecily-Bing Ding is a Certified member of I-ACT, The International Association of Colon Therapy.
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Colon Hydrotherapy Preparation and Aftercare Guide
Day of Colonic Session
· Do not eat or drink for 2 hours before your appointment and eat lightly on that day.
Try to arrive a little early: 10-15minutes before your appointment is recommended. This will allow your entire body, including your intestines to relax. Rushing will only stress you out.
24 Hours Before Your Colonic Session
· Drink 6-8 glasses of water the day before having an appointment.
Suggestion: Drink 16 to 32 fluid ounces of juiced vegetables. Order the drink at your local juice bar. Or use a juicer (juice 5 or 6 stalks of kale, 1 head of romaine lettuce, 1-2 tablespoons of ginger, a whole lemon, and 1-2 whole apples for sweetness.) Try to use organic ingredients.
Avoid gas-forming foods:
· Raw apples
· Brussels sprouts
· Soy products
· Processed foods
· Foods with preservatives
· Fast food
· Spicy food
· Red meat
· Dairy (eggs, chocolate, cheese)
· Flour (bread)
· Very hot or very cold foods
Minimize intake of:
· Carbonated drinks
· Fruit juice (Raw vegetable juice is more suitable than fruit juice.)
Exercise: A good workout before your colonic will help stimulate the bowels for the session. If you don’t normally exercise, go for a walk or have a yoga session.
Suggested food and beverage to eat before and after colonic:
· Organic vegetables (spinach, kale, carrots, garlic, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, peas)
· Fibrous foods
· Salads with Olive Oil
· Fresh vegetable soups (not from a can)
· Fish & Chicken (baked or grilled)
· Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
· Whole Grains (brown rice, quinoa, millet)
· Purified or Lemon water
· Aloe-Vera juice (no sugar added)
· Vegetable juice
· Chamomile and Peppermint teas
After Colonic Session
· It is normal to wait 2 to 3 days for your first bowel movement
· Drink plenty of water to keep the toxins flushing from your body
· Drink electrolyte liquids to help you stay hydrated
Recommend: During the colonic session, some of the good bacteria may be eliminated. Take a probiotic supplement to re-protect your system with the good bacteria that you need.
Food and Beverage to Avoid:
· Gas-forming foods for 2 days
· Raw Vegetables for 4-6 hours
· Heavy meat consumption for 8-12 hours (beef, pork)
· Mucous forming food (dairy)
Exercise: avoid strenuous exercise that day