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What is Colon Hydrotherapy

A healthy colon is essential for the absorption of vital nutrients and the natural elimination of waste and toxins by the body.  It's proper functioning is critical to overall health and well being.  Unfortunately the modern diet of convience foods, refined carbohydrates, and a lack of fiber can break the colon down, inhibiting it's ability to function optimally.

Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe, comfortable way of cleansing the colon.  Colon Hydrotherapy is a gentle fusion of filtered temperature controlled water into the colon.  As it gently circulates throughout the 5 feet of large intestine it coaxes the body to release stored toxins, waste and bacteria that cling to the intestinal walls.
Colonic muscle tone is improved, which facilitates peristalic action and enhanced absorption of nutrients, while helping to minimize the absorption of toxic waste material collecting in the colon.

Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy

A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body.  Conventional diets comprised of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats and low in fiber, contribute to many problems associated with the large intestine.  The elimination of undigested food material and other waste products are as important as the digestion and assimilation.  Waste material allowed to remain stagnant in the colon results in decomposition of these substances and increased bacteria and their toxins.

The colon contains the largest concentration of bacteria in the body.  These bacteria provide important functions, such as the synthesis of folic acid, B-vitamins, and vitamin K from foods.  Bacillus coli and acidophilus comprise the majority of the healthy bacteria in the colon along with other disease-producing bacteria in small numbers.  Waste material allowed to stagnate alters the proportion of the healthy bacteria  to disease-producing bacteria, and increases the potential for disease to exist.  These bacteria decompose proteins and carbohydrates, resulting in the production of toxins.  Some of these toxins are thought to be absorbed and may be a potential source of disease elsewhere in the body.

The purpose of the colon as an eliminative organ is to remove  waste material.  Improving muscular tone  by  facilitating peristalsis can benefit the atonic (sluggish) colon.  The effects of a stagnant colon can be manifested in the form of constipation, halitosis, (bad breath), skin blemishes, headaches, lower back pain, and lack of energy.

Expert Advice About Colonics

This article is written by Sheila Shea.  Director of Intestinal Health Institute, Spa & School for Colon Hydrotherapy.  Located in Tuscon, Arizona.  She has the absolute finest Institute for teaching colon hydrotherapy in the country.  Sheila has 32 years experience as colon hydrotherapist.  I can assure you that these are words from an expert.


Difficult colonics is an issue that comes up from time to time in Colon Hydrotherapy.  The difficulty can be from many perspectives and primarily from the point of view of the therapist and the client.  I begin with an initial question about difficulty releasing waste from the intesines.  That question opens the door to other challenging issues during colonics.

I make the analogy with the 'sleeping dragon' to give yet another insight into why difficulties might occur during the process of receiving colonics.

"Unleashing the forces of the dragon, unleashing the powers of the gut, opening what has been asleep for many years if not decades is potentiated in intestinal healing.  The colonic and the person have the power to awaken that which has not been stirred, has not been touched, has not been opened, has been left uncomfortable, ignored, poisoned, drugged, isolated, and alone.  The intestines are the seat of personal power and energy.  Awakening and enlivenling this center brings power back to the person.  The dragon awakens and takes space." 


Introduction - Definition - Assessment - Causes - Other Difficulties

Protocal - Conclusion

What If The Client Is Unable To Release During The First Colonic?


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, I have a more difficult case on my hands.  The ability of the person to eliminate or have material flow through their alimentary tract from mouth to anus without restriction.  I call it 'awakening the sleeping dragon.'  Then other levels of work can begin such as cleansing the walls and balancing the flora.


A difficult first or sequential cleanse(s) can mean nothing comes out, very little comes out, or the person experiences pain or a deep sense of urgency when the 'dragon begins to awaken.'


I have learned to ask more questions over the phone and use my health questionnaire to assess a potential case in which nothing might come out the first time or in which a release will be difficult.
The therapist has to be sure that their phone conversation and uptake form eliminate  any contra-indicated conditions.  Also, clients might come in the first time and with a situation they are either unaware of or which has not been diagnosed that might prevent elimination. If I get a sense something more serious  might be going on, I ask the client to see their primary physician for a check up to eliminate any organic or functional obstruction or pathology.


Dehydration is initial reason for a difficult first cleanse.Espcially if the person is drinking less than one quart or less of fluid daily. The lack of fluid allows hardening of waste in the gut.  Dehydration may also affect the quality of intestinal muscle tissue and the ability to expand and contract properly.

is another potential cause.  I ask the client how long has it been since their last bowl movement and what their bowl movements have been like.

Another cause is what I call the peanut butter effect.  Some low fiber diets and likely combined with insufficient fluids can create a very sticky and thick elimination that gets stuck in the intestined not to mention the speculum.

Other scenerios might involve exhaustion, abuse, hyperactivity, adrenalization, emotional upset, obesity, distended abdomens, and legal or illegal drugs.  Some of these situations are related to the emotional body.

Some individuals have habitual holding patterns in the muscles that might be due to emotional imbalances, inflammation and injury.  Anything that causes someone to contract their muscles and not allow them to return to the relaxation state can create a holding pattern, a constriction, a chronic tension, a state of perpetual or alternating contraction, a spasm, or paralysis.  It may occur anywhere along the GI canal.

Some diseases like Hirschsprung's remove some of the intestinal nerve endings and hence the gut muscles do not work.  Some results of bowl inflammation (which can be the result of gut flora imbalance) may be paralysis or impairment of the nerves hense the muscles.  Some inflammation leaves fibrotic tissue that is not flexible. Other types of inflammation leave narrowing with the potential for obstruction.  Pain and nausea may be signs of this.

Some individuals have had one or many abdominal area surgeries during their life.  The surgeries create adhesions that in turn can restrict or constrict passage through the lumen or tunnel of the gut.

Other Difficulties

Another situation is the urgency some of the first timers feel.  Nothing is coming out and suddenly their muscles start moving, the dragon awakens.  I can feel their muscles expand under my hands; I can feel movement for the first time.  At this point, some clients might say; they are going to let loose, or go all over the place, or they can't hold it or they don't know how to let it go. Some clients feel so overwhelmed by their thoughts of what 'might' happen that they hold back or hold in which is in opposition to the bodily movements that are occuring.

Some of the initial sessions with the first timers are just the opposite.  The muscles do not respond.  The colonic is like CPR.  The aim is to get the 'heart' going again or in this case, to get the intestinal muscles to start pumping or 'peristalting' as we say for the intestines.  The aim is to get the muscles to expand and contract in a balanced rhythm like the heart.  Breathing, massage, other subtlle body therapies and the introduction of water into the large intestines aid in this process.

In both modes, the colon hydrotherapy is rehabilitating and retraining of the gut muscles.

Pain and Discomfort
Sometimes, after life long constipation, there might be some discomfort with first colonics. The colon hydrotherapy process over time desensitizes the discomfort and allowes you to relax and receive and let go throughout the process. You'll get to know your 'intestines' so to speak and will have learned a more comfortable and functional way of relating to them. 


Whenever I assess via the phone that I may have a difficult first cleanse, I ask the person to prepare for the first session by; drinking a gallon of fluids daily, making fruits and vegetables 50% of their diet, taking an enema or laxative the day(s) or night(s) before.  This is volunteering on their part, and is not required.  I explain that it helps facilitate the colonic, removes some of the most hardened or sticky fecal matter, and allows them to have an easier and deeper cleansing.  This is also going to be true of people who return.  Hydration and preparation are key.

I use all the tecniques I have to get the muscles working and all the coaching I know to direct the client.  The deep abdominal breath is extremely important.  I ask them to draw a deep breath into the area of the navel and pelvic floor slowly and easily with easy releases or exhales.  I use a physical therapy massager on the abdomen, and on the oblique muscles. I have found those areas to be most effective to achieve releases.

A difficult cleanse on the first visit indicates the need to do a series of sessions closer to awaken the gut muscles and get waste moving.  A dozen sessions might be necessary to 'awaken the dragon.'

I might treat the first inflows like an enema. I have the person get up off the table and use the bathroom toilet to elimate.  I ask them if they think they can make it to the bathroom if urgency is the issue. Very often, the client asks to go to the bathroom and I honor their request.  This is all part of the session and perfectly valid.  While they are in the bathroom, I check if the speculum is blocked.  The client sees if they can pass any hardened material and if they want they can return to the table.  Getting rid of the hardened material is like breaking the dam.  Afterwards, the softer material can flow more easily.

Another tecnique I find works well is pumping the waste line rythmically and continuously by hand while they breathe.  Very often, reams of waste may come pouring out.  The pumping has been essential in the process and has allowd many impacted, dehydrated or urgent cleansings to go well.  I also pump the line when I think the client may have blocked the speculum.  That can happen with hard and sticky feces.

I can examine the speculum.  It's worth taking the speculum out if I suspect it is blocked so I can either clean it out or eliminate a blocked speculum as the reason that why nothing is coming out.  Discomfort escalates with the combination of a blocked speculum and the peristaltic waves propelling material toward the rectum.  Leakage might be a major result.

I try using different positions.  Usually the client lies on their back to receive the colonic.  However, I may ask the client to shift on their left and /or right side and alternate various positions from side to back to side.  Occasionally, I ask the client to do small crunches or pull-ups for their abdominal muscles.  At other times, I do hip joint manipulations, moving the legs one at a time, toward the abdomen and then releasing it.  The rotation of positions allows the intestines to assume positions that might be more beneficial for releasing.


This does not exhaust the possiblity of tools and skills.  Some therapists and clients use visualization techniques.  Each person has his or her own specialty.

The client's action toward their healing is integral to the colonic process.  The client addresses important issues such as high fluid, fruits and vegetables, appropriate proteins, electrolytes, and flora, exercise and therapy, rest and meditation.  The client builds up areas of insufficiency and calms areas over activity or excess.

My biggest responsibility is the education of the clients; to provide them a context in which their inability to eliminate is occuring,  to let them know why it might happen, to give them the tools for releasing, to set forth a plan of sessions that will allow them to gradually let go.  If it were so easy to come out, I would not be in business.  That's the paradox.  Most clients think they get hooked up and everything flows out.  Not so.  About 10-20% of the clients I see have a difficult first cleanse with little coming out and / or with some urgency.

Some individuals can have this happen occasionally during their series of sessions.  Some have had travels, or surgeries, or fights with their family members, or over worked, or poor diet or little or no exercise or pain medication or antibiotics.  Some have chronically poor elimination with a tortuous or twisted, elongated or expanded intestines or past injury.  Each time is a challenge.  The more the client prepares, the better the session goes.  As a rule of thumb, the client's elimination improves as they continue to progress through their series. 

Why Consider Colon Hydrotherapy

Misdiagnosed parasites and a clogged colon are the main causes of diseases.

Toxins and parasites thrive in an unhealthy, unclean intestine.  When the bowl contains partially digested proteins, it can harbor an amazing variety of harmful bacteria and parasites.

Some parasites may not be affected by the harsh acid of the stomach or the juices of the large intestine and are able to survive the journey to the intestinal region that is most favorable to their development.

Another culprit is Candida Albicans, a fungus found in every intestinal tract.  Normally kept in check by friendly bacteria, factors like poor diet, antibiotics, birth control pills, estrogen, stress, and even caffeine can stimulate the fungus into the immune system, compromising total body infection.  (Candidiasis).
Candidiasis can trigger dozens of systems: weight gain, system infections, hyperactivity, mood swings, depression, arthritis, acne, allergies, fatigue, and more.

Colon Hydritherapy benefits immune compromised sufferers of lupus, MS, rheumatiod arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue and Epstein-Barr by returning balance between the lymph system and the intestine, the lymph glands waste.

Colon Hydrotherapy can restore optimum health by:

  • Clearing the colon of impacted waste material and harmful toxins
  • Restoring the proper pH balance
  • Stimulating the immune system
  • Facilitating nutrient absorption
  • Increasing prevention of toxic absorption via healthy mucosa
  • Providing a favorable environment for digestive bacteria and micro flora
  • Strengthening natural muscular contraction in the colon
  • Promoting a return of normal regular bowl movements

What Should I Expect

During therapy you will lie comfortably on a custom treatment table while a small disposable speculum is inserted into the rectum through which 8-10 Liters of warm filtered water is passed gently through the colon.

  Water temperature and pressure are monitored by the therapist and can be varied to stimulate peristalsis (muscular contraction) in the colon.  This is very important in helping the atonic (sluggish) colon.

A skilled Colon Hydrotherapist will use several fills and releases of water as well as light massage techniques to dislodge toxic waste matter adhering to colon walls.  The dislodged impactions are then gently washed through the system's waste disposal hose.  This is a closed system, so waste is discreetly transported into the drain line without any offensive odor.

Each Colon Hydrotherapy session lasts approximately 45 minutes, and you should allow at least one hour per visit.  Keep in mind that each session will vary based on the person; and I won't kick you out at the one hour mark simply because your time is up.

Prepare For Your Session To Maximize Results

1.  Be sure that you are well hydrated.  An easy way to figure out how much is enough is to take your body weight and divide it in half.  This will give you the number in ounces of water that you need to drink each day.

2.  Fiber supplementation is recommended.  20 - 35 grams per day.  This will help break up some of the build-up and make your session more productive.

3.  Lubricate the colon further by taking essential fats and oils, such as flax, and borage and fish oils.

Frequency Of Treatments

An initial series of three to six treatments is recommended.  Years of improper nutrition cannot possibly be reversed with  one or two treatments.  More treatments may be required in cases of chronic constipation or  atonic (sluggish) colon conditions.  Following the initial cleansing program, it is advisable to have a series of minimum three treatments every three to six months to maintain optimal colon health.