What is the colon?
The colon, or large intestine is comprised of the last five to five 1/2 feet of the digestive tract. Its primary function is the removal of digestive and cellular waste from the body although some nutrients and water are absorbed through the colon wall as well. Bowel transit time is anywhere from 12-24 hours in a healthy person, depending on water intake and types of food consumed.
Is colon hydrotherapy completely safe?
YES. The modern colon hydrotherapy equipment used by the therapists at Embody is manufactured through compliance with strict FDA guidelines that dictate rigorous accountability. This FDA-registered equipment features temperature controlled water mixing and backflow prevention valves, pressure and temperature sensors, and a built-in chemical sanitizing unit and/or water purification unit, as well as disposable single-use rectal tubes. In fact, treatments are much safer than the common enema.
Should I consult with my physician before my first colonic?
If you have a concern about your health or the appropriateness of colon hydrotherapy, you should consult your doctor.
Why should somone get a colonic?
The colon is designed to completely and naturally remove digestive and cellular wastes from the body. Unfortunately, the modern diet of cooked, processed and devitalized foods, combined with low water intake, sedentary lifestyles and stress has contributed to an epidemic of digestive disorders. These include constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, spastic colon, and irritable bowel syndrome to name a few. It is not uncommon to hear of bowel transit times of anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks. The build up of waste matter within the colon can lead to autointoxication and overgrowth of yeast (candida albicans) preventing proper absorption of the nutrients through the intestinal wall, and hinder the muscular movement of the colon, leading to sluggish peristalsis(muscular contraction) and chronic constipation. A colonic may help loosen up and remove waste matter from the colon as well as improve and even restore the healthy muscular action of the colon. It is not uncommon for clients to notice an improvement in energy level and bowel function with their first session.
What will colonics do for the colon?
Specifically, a colonic is used to accomplish the following:
1. Cleanse the colon.
Toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently removed in the process of a series of treatments. Once material is removed, your colon can begin again to co-operate as it was intended to. In this very real sense a colonic is a rejuvenation treatment.
2. Exercise the colon muscles.
The build up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristaltic activity by which the colon naturally moves material.
3. Reshape the colon.
When problem conditions exist in the colon, they tend to alter its shape thus causing more problems. The gentle action of the water, coupled by the massage techniques of the colon therapist helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions, finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state.
4. Stimulate reflex points.
Every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points, colonics stimulate these points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way.
Are there any additional benefits I might expect from a colonic?
Yes, there are several. By working with a skilled therapist a colonic can be a truly enlightening educational process. At Embody, you will learn to expand your awareness of your body's functioning by including signals from your abdomen, your skin, your face and even from that most taboo of natural product, your eliminations. You will find that you can spot the beginnings of developing conditions through clues from these body regions and functions before they become serious. Also, the solar plexus is the emotional center of the body and the transverse colon passes right through it. If an emotional event is left uncompleted, it often results in physical tension being stored in the solar plexus, which affects all organs of the area, including the colon. This ongoing tightening of the colon muscle results in diminished movement of fecal material through the colon, which is experienced as constipation. Not only do colonics alleviate the constipation, they can assist you in creating a fully holistic view of your body's functioning, leading to a better quality of life.
What preparation is required before getting a colonic?
It is recommended that you refrain from eating or drinking for two hours prior to your session. Our therapist will be massaging your abdomen (if consented) during the procedure and it is optimal to not have a full stomach or bladder. Twenty four hours before your appointment, you should try to only eat fruits and vegetables and avoid gas-forming foods (bananas, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, melons, peppers, and unripe fruit can trigger gas). Also, avoid bread, dairy, meat, soda, and alcohol. It is also recommended that you drink plenty of water at room temperature for proper absorption. Drinking one half your body weight in ounces is a good rule of thumb to follow.
Should I fast before my colonic?
It is not necessary to fast before a colonic. However, many people find it beneficial to have colonics before, during, and after a fast (depending on its length) to assist in the removal of toxins from the body.
Will one treatment empty the colon? How many colonics will I need and how often should I get them?
The number of treatments varies with each individual and his/her condition. Often, waste is so hard and deeply lodged in the colon that it may take a series of colonics to sufficiently soften and loosen it. Colonics also stimulate the liver, kidney and lymph system to dump toxins. An initial series of 3 colonics spaced 7-10 days apart, followed by maintenance schedule of at least one session every 1-3 months, is recommended. Think about this... We clean our teeth twice a year and change the oil in our car every 3,000 miles, yet neglect to clean our colon.
Do treatments hurt?
Colon hydrotherapy should never be painful. Sometimes during the procedure the muscles of the colon contract suddenly, expelling considerable liquid and waste into the rectum. The contraction may feel like cramping or gas. With the advanced equipment and training of a certified colon hydro-therapist the process is mild and gentle with a wonderfully light and empty feeling afterwards.
How long does a treatment take?
You should plan for an hour stay, if it is your very first time to have a colonic it will be a few minutes longer.
Why is it important to see a certified colon hydrotherapist?
When you are a certified I-ACT colon therapist it ranks you with the top colon hydro-therapists nationally and internationally. I-ACT is an organization formed to support the ethical and educational standards for those who practice colon hydrotherapy. I-ACT also promotes continuing educational and professional development for its members and subscribes to the basic tenets regarding our profession and vow to uphold them to the best of our ability to achieve a common mutual awareness within the colon hydrotherapy field.
Isn't every colon hydrotherapist in Los Angeles certified or at least have some kind of training?
No. Many people assume that all colon therapists are certified. This is simply not true. In most states, you are not required to have any license or certification whatsoever to perform colon hydrotherapy. Many people unknowingly seek help from a person who has not had any formal I-ACT certification in colon hydrotherapy. It is always advised to ask if your colon therapist is I-ACT certified so you can achieve the safest and most effective results. Embody uses only I-ACT certified colon hydro-therapists.
I know this is a good thing to do, but I am nervous! What can I do to help me feel more at ease?
It is perfectly natural for one to be nervous before their first colonic, most people are. There are a few things that can help you feel more comfortable. First of all you can feel assured that you are in a safe and professional environment with a highly trained colon therapist upholding the dignity of the client. Deep breathing techniques will help you to relax, expel toxins, and activate your pelvic floor. The most important thing to remember is that this will be a positive and enlightening experience that you will wish you had started long ago. Read more on our first colonic appointment page to help you know what to expect and real more relaxed.
Can I be constipated even if I have 1, 2, or 3 bowel movements a day?
Yes. Accumulated waste, mucous, and gas in the colon may inhibit its natural peristalic action resulting in incomplete though frequent bowel movements. This backup of toxic waste can cause a wide range of problems in the digestive tract and throughout the entire body.
Is colon hydrotherapy habit-forming?
No. The purpose of the colon is to allow it to relax, rejuvenate, and promote better peristalsis. The colon cannot heal when it is constantly working to get rid of accumulated waste, gases, and poisons. Most clients report that they are much more 'regular' after completing a few colon hydrotherapy sessions.
Does having a menstrual period at the time of my cleanse have an effect on the treatment?
It is usually a good time to receive a treatment during the menstrual cycle since your body is already cleansing. Your menstrual flow will not interfere with the success of the treatment. Flushing the colon will also reduce abdominal pressure associated with menstrual cycles.
I have had a colon hydrotherapy session using the gravity system. What is the difference between this system and the one used at Embody?
The equipment used by the Embody therapists is FDA approved. Our closed system monitors bowel pressure and water temperature very precisely, during every session only disposable speculums and tubing are used. It has a UV water filter system for the cleanest water possible. The closed system utilized by Embody is in no way powered by electricity and therefore should not be referred to as a "machine", rather our system relies on the natural body process of peristalsis as a means of gently cleansing the bowel.
Will colon hydrotherapy damage normal flora?
Accumulation of encrusted feces in the colon makes it impossible for the glands to produce the necessary intestinal flora resulting in increased constipation. Cleansing the colon helps bring the acid-alkaline ratio back into balance allowing freindly bacteria to thrive while inhibiting disease-causing organisms. It is believed that 60 - 70% of the immune tissue resides in the colon and intestines.
I have had a colonic before and nothing came out during the session, it was very discouraging. Why should I try it again?
Some clients visiting for the first time expect the colonic to instantly release all waste from their large intestine. When this does not occur, 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 little or nothing is released it is all the more reason to continue with treatments. The ability or inability to release is one of the ways to assess a colonic session. The first job is to get the gut muscles to respond by creating what we call a “flow through”. “Flow through” is the ability of the person to eliminate or have material flow through their alimentary tract from mouth to anus without restriction. Dehydration could be a reason for a difficult first cleanse. If a client states they drink one quart or less of fluid daily, we know that the colon is probably dehydrated. The lack of fluid allows hardening of waste in the gut. Dehydration may also affect the quality of intestinal muscle tissue and its ability to expand and contract properly. Another cause is what we call the "peanut butter effect". Some low fiber diets combined with insufficient fluids can create a very sticky and thick elimination that becomes trapped in the intestines. If this is suspected, you can prepare before for the first session by drinking water half of your body weight in ounces (example: 150 lbs. divided by 2 = 75 ounces of water per day), and making fruits and vegetables at least 50% of your diet. This is voluntary on your part and is helpful for your first colonic.
What can I expect after my colonic?
Most likely you will feel great! You will probably feel lighter and enjoy a renewed sense of wellness. Frequently, after a first colonic, clients comment that it was one of the most wonderful cleansing experiences of their life. As soon as the colonic is finished, you can carry on with your daily routine. For some, the colonic may trigger subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours but there won't be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It is possible that you may feel lightheaded or chilled for a few moments following a colonic. This is considered normal and passes quickly.
One should be aware that since colonics eliminate and stir up toxins, a select few have reported nausea, vomiting and cold-like symptoms. While this is a rarity, it can occur and is the body's way of eliminating the toxins through other means. Should this very small percentage happen to you (or possibly has already occurred in the past), then please advise your colon hydrotherapist so she can reduce the amount of water going into you by shortening your session to achieve better balance. Once these symptoms pass, then you can gradually increase your water intake to the normal allotted time.
I did not have a bowel movement the day after my first colonic. Is this normal?
If your colon is not in good shape when beginning your treatment, it would be considered normal. Simply put, you are not finished cleansing. Ideally, if you have a healthy colon and receive a colonic, then eat a healthy meal, you should have a large bowel movement the next day.
How do I get started?
Call Embody at (310) 808-7131 to make your colon hydrotherapy appointment.
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