Where is and What is a Colon?
The Colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract (food carrying passageway extending from the mouth to the anus).
The Colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Its major functions are to eliminate waste and to conserve water. Also, there are bacteria living in the Colon which synthesize valuable nutrients such as vitamins “K” and portions of the vitamin “B” complex.
I’m embarrassed to come in are you going to see my bum?
Well yes! I can't deny that will be the case…
You will be dressed in a disposable gown with a sheet across your lap.
There's a 20 second moment where I place the speculum in position; you will then be covered up for the remainder of your treatment—there are few seconds at the end of the treatment where this needs to be removed.
While you rightly don't want to show it off! I don't want to see it!
I have a job to do I have to ensure you're comfortable and the equipment is correctly positioned, trust me I've seen so many bots in 15 years… There's nothing I haven't seen before.
While you are settling into your first treatment, I'm here to support your treatment to be as comfortable and beneficial as possible. Even me, who's received colonics for 15 years forgets how odd and peculiar the sensations are.
Once you're over the initial thoughts and you're settled with the sensations, most people actually enjoy the Colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clear afterwards.
Sometimes during a Colonic, the Colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste. This may feel like cramping or gas and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. Such episodes, if they do occur, are very brief and easily tolerated.
What can I do in to ensure the best results from my treatment?
Since your abdomen will be massaged it is a good idea to eat or drink lightly in the 2 hours immediately preceding a Colonic. Also details of a lemon cleanse which is recommended, can be found by clicking the link in the website footer.
What happens during the Colonic treatment?
During the Colonic treatment itself. You will be relaxing on a heated treatment couch in complete comfort.
If this is your first appointment I have to carry out a brief digital rectal examination. This takes seconds. It ensures I know its safe to place the speculum in your body. Please discuss this with me if you have any concerns.
A small speculum is gently inserted into the rectum, through which warm filtered water and herbal infusions or coffee (if used) will flow gently in to the Colon. The speculum has a separate water and waste line that is attached to the hydrotherapy equipment and drain respectively.
All waste is discretely transported into the sewage system without offensive odour and without compromising your dignity.
At the end of your time on the couch you will go through to the changing room again and rest a while on the loo. Further water and matter may be released.
I am very aware of clients concerns about noise at this point. Please be reassured I have a speaker sending covering music into the clinic at this point so I can audibly hide your blushes!
Suppose I have been suffering from constipation for a long time, will Colonics help ?
I want to state that constipation can be supported and managed with natural solutions including the use of Colonics. Constipation is one of what may be termed “civilised man’s diseases”.
There are many factors involved in having a well functioning Colon: some of these are; diet, exercise and attitude.
Often, however, because the Colon has been sluggish for so long, it has become severely weakened due to being constantly bathed in toxic waste, stretched from holding excessive amount of stools, and frequently, constricted by chronic tension in the Colon.
The process of Colonic hydrotherapy is excellent for cleansing the Colon sufficiently so that changes in diet, exercise, and attitude are then able to produce their effects.
Many people find the relief provided by Colonics stimulates the motivation and enthusiasm to institute positive changes in their lifestyle.
Some people say that Colonics wash out intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so ?
The truth is that the washing out of putrefied material in the large intestine, increases the good intestinal flora.
Good bacteria can only breed in a healthy environment is free of putrefaction and its accompanying harmful bacteria. This is why the intestines of a new born baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora.
Each time you cleanse out the putrefying rubbish and make a better environment for the good flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural media. It also stands to reason that valuable nutrients can better be absorbed in a clean environment than in a putrefied one.
If your system is in perticular need a course of pro/pre biotics will be advised.
With all this talk of bacteria, I wonder what effect Colonic hydrotherapy has on our immune systems?
The removal of stagnant waste material and impacted toxic residue, supports the immune tissue that resides in the intestines.
Recent European studies speculate that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines. Colon Hydrotherapy is not a one stop cure-all, but an important adjunctive therapy in the overall health care of the client.
Will it be okay to eat after having a Colonic ?
We suggest that you eat at your normal meal time, and consume a moderate amount of whatever seems gentle and nourishing to you.
Just as it doesn’t make sense to have you car cleaned and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after a Colonic isn’t an intelligent choice.
Please follow the aftercare.
Will a Colonic clear up my skin ?
Your skin actually “breathes” and is an important organ of elimination of waste material. Sometimes, if the Colon, liver or kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin will be required to make up the difference.
Surface eruptions on the skin of various sorts may occur due to toxins being released. Cleansing and supporting the Colon diminishes the burden placed upon the skin as well as the other organs of elimination: Lungs, Liver and Kidneys. As elimination is accomplished through its proper channels, the skin will very often clear up.
You may also need to adjust your diet and hydration levels in order to support your skin.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
There are times when a waiting list is in place, and missed appointments prevent me from being able to offer time to others.
I do understand that sometimes cancellations cannot be avoided. However, in line with other practices I do have a standard cancellation policy and a cancellation fee of half the appointment cost will be charged when I am given less that 24 hours notice of a cancellation.
What is Regulation?
There are 2 types of regulation, statutory and voluntary. They are there to protect the public by making sure that the people on their registers are properly/professionally trained and agree to abide by a set of principles and rules, and give independent accreditation to the therapist.
Disciplines such as osteopathy and chiropractic are statutorily regulated. That means they are under the jurisdiction of the Government.
Colonic hydrotherapy is not statutorily regulated, so there are voluntary regulators who do a similar role. G.R.C.C.T. are two of the voluntary regulators in the UK.
They cover individuals, not associations.
Colon Hydrotherapy now has a set of National Occupational Standards (N.O.S.) which have been agreed and accepted by the regulators, G.R.C.C.T.
GRCCT already had a separate listing for colon hydrotherapy.
The National Occupational Standards, can only be amended with the agreement of the colonic associations.
These standards cover any therapist who wants to join the G.R.C.C.T. register.
They were set up and agreed by both R.I.C.T.A.T. and A.R.C.H. together as they represent the majority of colon hydrotherapists in the UK.
Why did I choose to be registered with a regulatory body?
Being a member of the regulatory body tells the public, I am professionally trained, I meet the National Occupational Standards for Colon Hydrotherapy that has been agreed by the professional bodies, and you are in safe hands. It also says you agree to abide by the rules and will accept any judgement that is made by the regulator in the event of a complaint from someone if you fail to meet those standards.
R.I.C.T.A.T. is the external verifier for G.R.C.C.T., so in the event of a complaint, G.R.C.C.T. may ask R.I.C.T.A.T. to give them their expert advice to help them decide to whether to uphold a complaint and what action may be appropriate.
Very importantly, it says, I have been accredited, accepted and awarded this statement by an authority that is recognised by the Government and Public Health England and this authority is independent of my professional association.
Regulators are there to protect the public and the registrant (me).
Each regulatory body has another layer of expertise so that in the event of a complaint about a registrant, the regulator can consult with this extra layer of people to ask for help and advice about whether the complaint is reasonable, especially if it relates to something specific about a treatment. The people who make up the layer of expertise is referred to as an external verifier.
It’s not just me or my professional association who are telling you I am professional and qualified; I have an independent body who also endorses my skills.