It’s a subject that tends to provoke nervous giggles or playground-like poo jokes … colonic irrigation.
It’s the act of having a pointy-ish probe connected to a plastic hose inserted up one’s rectum and the large and small bowel (intestines) flushed with water while the abdomen is massaged, to loosen and release impacted faeces, thus toxins.
Colonic therapy helps to detox the body (and mind, it must be said), improve sluggish digestive and elimination processes, relieve pesky bloating and fluid retention and promote gut health – all of which adds up to glowing skin, more energy and clarity, and a better ability to manage weight.
Dubious bonus – you get to see what’s coming out via the glass window of the colonic machine, with the therapist explaining its contents and what they signify. Noice. But also very enlightening.
I became a fan, if that is right word, of colonics when I was working at an office in Randwick, Sydney, a few years ago. Across the road was the Colon Care Centre, and with a sign in all seriousness pointing to the “entrance at rear”, who could resist?
It was something I had been considering for a long time but the visions it conjured rather deterred me, despite my cricketer brother’s wife telling me all the English WAGs had a weekly colonic to stay slim and trim.
But I had reached a stage of feeling sluggish, mentally as well as physically, and intuitively knew it would be the key to getting back up to speed, so bit the bullet.
I won’t deny I found the first treatment, er, confronting. And also uncomfortable at times as the water pressure hitting “gas pockets” felt like I might explode, or send the hose and its contents spraying around the treatment room … noice #2.
I’ve not had children, so can’t compare, but if a woman can go through childbirth and all the ob/gyno procedures it involves before and after, surely a colonic would be a walk in the park.
My therapist – a former colo-rectal nurse from RPA Hospital – talked me through my embarrassment and anxiety as she explained what she was doing and what was happening, and why. Dee recommended I come back once a week for the following two weeks so she could access the three areas of the bowel for a complete clean out. Geez, I was surely bogged down and clogged up!
In short, she also recommended I take 30ml of liquid chlorophyll a day (specifically Swisse spearmint flavour); 30ml in the morning and again in the evening to reduce inflammation in the body and make the further colonics easier for her – and me. Also, to drink lots of water, as dehydration is a primary cause of constipation and bloating.
All I can say is that a month after I completed the treatments and followed her advice, the pesky extra 3kg I had been carrying for ages disappeared and I felt firmer and flatter all over, and so much sharper mentally and physically.
Colon hydrotherapy is the ultimate internal spring clean. Why not see for yourself?
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