ARE COLONICS SAFE?
Yes. Colon hydrotherapy is one of the most gentle body therapies and thus extremely safe. Our clinic uses only top of the line equipment, with built in safety mechanism that exceed the FDA standards around the world. The Herrmann system is a closed system and we use special rectal speculums designed to ensure the health and safety of the colon are protected. The TGA approved speculums and tubes used are prepackaged and will only be used once, then disposed of. Our bed and room are sanitised after each client. Our staff of colon hydrotherapists are professionally trained, certified and tested on the equipment to ensure they know how to handle the equipment accordingly. 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. Cleaning off the necessary equipment is done as a normal procedure and fresh clean linen is used for each colonic, as well. There is no need for sterilization of any equipment as all equipment that would normally be sterilized is now disposable.
WHAT WILL MY FIRST SESSION BE LIKE?
Before beginning treatment at Nourish Mind and Body, your therapist will discuss your personal history and goals, explain the treatment and address any concerns or questions you might have. The session will begin and your therapist will guide you through your first colonic. This will consist of the insertion of the speculum while on your side, and you will then roll onto your back with your knees bent and you are completely covered up for privacy. The therapist will then turn on the water, and facilitate the fills and releases of water with you to slowly and gently loosen the compacted waste matter in your colon and allow your body to release it. You will be able to view everything that comes out of your colon and your therapist will explain what it means. Once you have finished your treatment, the water will be turned off, the speculum carefully removed, and you will go straight to sit on the toilet to let gravity do the rest. Once you are finished, you will get dressed and your therapist will discuss their recommendations and treatment plan with you before you go on your way.
WILL MY COLONIC BE PAINFUL?
Colonics should not be painful, however depending on your toxicity and the level of compaction in your colon, your first session may be a bit uncomfortable as all of these toxins are stirred up to be released. Some clients experience mild nausea which goes away immediately after the toxicity is flushed from the body. Some people experience mild to moderate cramping (similar to that of a period pain or diarrhoea) which again goes away once the body releases the toxicity. The feeling of release is euphoric and after your first session you should feel lighter, cleaner and refreshed.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We recommend wearing something comfortable that can be removed from the waist down. Comfortable pants/shorts and a top are preferable as you will remove everything from the waist down for your treatment and use a towel to cover up until you are under the towel on the table.
DO I STILL NEED A COLONIC IF I GO TO THE TOILET EVERYDAY?
Yes! Even if you don't think you are constipated (meaning your bowel moves a solid 2-3 times per day with ease) the high level of toxicity present in our environments from overuse of toxic chemicals in food and other products, we are at risk of toxicity overload which can affect us mentally and physically. Give your body the chance to detox from the processed foods, msg, gmo's, animal proteins, pesticides, sugars, other chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis by flushing the colon completely. Colonics also help to detoxify the liver, bloodstream, kidneys while providing a release for the mind, body and soul. So much more to offer than just the relief of constipation!
CAN I GO TO WORK OR SPORT AFTER MY COLONIC?
Yes, you can. All of your release should take place at the clinic. However, if it's your first colonic, we recommend coming at a time when you can relax afterwards as you may be exhausted with a large toxin release. Even though you are relaxing on the table, your body is working very hard! You may also find the need to pee more regularly after your session as there will still be water in the colon that will be absorbed over the next few hours.
HOW SHOULD I EXPECT TO FEEL AFTER A COLONIC?
For the most part, you should feel AMAZING! You should feel lighter, refreshed and relaxed. However, if you are very compacted, you may need several sessions back to back to truly empty your colon. If you have been experiencing emotional stress or trauma, you may feel tired after a colonic or even somewhat emotional as once the flood gates open,as its just another way our body detoxes. Many people have a FANTASTIC night sleep after their colonic!
CAN I HAVE A COLONIC WHILE I'M ON MY PERIOD?
Yes, of course you can. This is actually a great time for a colonic as your body is already detoxing through your monthly flow and you may be feeling tired, bloated or irritable which a colonic will help. Many women find that their period is less painful and heavy if a colonic is done right before or at the start of their period.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS (CONDITIONS) THAT COULD PREVENT ME FROM RECEIVING COLON HYDROTHERAPY?
A contraindication is any symtom or condition that makes it inadvisable to use a particular therapy. Please call us if you believe you have a contraindication. We will help clarify your situation and advise if colonics are right for you. The following are contraindications for colon hydrotherapy. If any of these apply to you we are not able to treat you with colon hydrotherapy at the present time, unless you have a written prescription from an MD or ND showing supervision over our services for the contraindication. Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy Cancer of the colon or GI (gastro intestinal) tract. Acute abdominal pain (please call us to clarify). Recent history of GI or rectal bleeding. Congestive heart failure. Uncontrolled hypertension. History of seizures. Carcinoma of the rectum. Abdominal surgery* Intestinal perforation. Abdominal hernia. Recent colon or rectal surgery. Diverticulitis (while it is in the inflamed stage) Recent heart attack. General debilitation. Vascular aneurism. Renal insufficiency. Epilepsy or psychoses. Severe hemorrhoids that are painful and/or bleeding Cirrhosis. Fissures or fistula. Pregnancy. Ulcerative colitis. Acute Crohn's disease. Rectal or abdominal tumors. * Please call us directly to inquire about your personal situation as this does not apply to all surgeries. If you have any of these contraindications you may still be eligible to receive colon hydrotherapy once they have subsided or been eliminated.
CAN COLON HYDROTHERAPY BE USED FOR COLONOSCOPY PREPARATION?
Yes, absolutely. Colonics are a natural and more effective way to cleanse the entire large intestine before a colonoscopy. 3 sessions, one day apart, with the last being the morning of, or night before your procedure. We will also offer you a supplement to take that can assist with removing the old waste off the bowel wall, for best results. This should be picked up from the clinic at least the day before your first session.
CAN I EAT BEFORE MY COLONIC?
Fasting for at least 4 hours is recommended (but not required) to ensure the body is not still digesting at the same time its trying to detox. If you do eat, please eat only light meals and not deep fried/heavy meal in the hours leading up to your colonic.
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD AVOID AFTER MY COLONIC?
Your therapist will discuss recommendations with you however as a general rule, avoiding greasy, sugary, spicy and other heavy foods directly after a colonic is best. Drink lots of water, take a probiotic (these are available for purchase at the clinic) and allow your body to rest if required. Alcohol should be avoided after a colonic as the colon, liver and bloodstream have just been cleansed and it will go straight into your system and effect you extremely quickly.
DO COLONICS REMOVE GOOD BACTERIA TOO? AND ISNT THIS BAD?
Both good and bad bacteria are both removed throughout the course of a session, however the balance of both is essential in your bowel for optimal gut health. If you have an overload of pathogens, yeasts, bacteria and parasites in your colon, it is better to remove them with the toxicity and repopulate the colon with good bacteria using a strong probiotic. With colonics, we are removing the waste that the 'bad' bacteria thrive in, leaving an environment that is favorable for the 'good' bacteria to thrive. It is always recommended to take a probiotic after colon hydrotherapy.
DOES HAVING TOO MANY COLONICS MAKE YOUR BOWEL LAZY AND RELIANT ON THEM?
No, in fact colonics increase colon muscle tone and peristalsis. Colonics can be done as regularly as you like and are a fantastic way to maintain good health.