Difficult Colonics

Difficult Colonics
Awakening The Sleeping Dragon

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 intestines.  That question opens the door to other challenging issues during colonics.

I make an 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 enlivening this center brings power back to the person.  The dragon awakens and takes space."  Sheila Shea


Introduction - Definition - Assessment - Causes - Other Difficulties

Protocol - Conclusion - Case Study

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.  When it doesnt happen some clients say "why should I come back if nothing came out the first, its not really that effective."  When nothing comes out, I have a more difficult case on my hands.  The ability or inability to release is one of the ways I assess a colonic session.

The first job is to get the gut muscles to respond is by creating what I call a "flow thru".  "Flow Through" is 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 cleaning 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 deep sense of urgency when the "dragon begins to awaken.'


I have learned to ask more questions over the phone and use my health questionaire to assess a potential cause 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 update form eliminate any contra-indicated conditions.

Also, clients might come in the first time 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 patholgy.


Dehydration is the initial reason for a difficult first cleanse.  I know I might be in for trouble when I find out a person is drinking one quart or less of fluid daily.  The lack of fluid allows hardening of waste in the gut.  Dehydration may also effect the quality of intestinal muscle tissue and its ability to expand and contract properly.

Constipation is anothert potential cause.  I ask a client how long has it been since tgheir last bowl movement and what their bowl movements have been like.

Another cause is what  I call thepeanut 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 instestines 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 allow them to return to the relaxation state can create a holding pattern, a constriction, 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 hense the gut muscles do not work.  Some results of bowl inflammation (which can be the result of a gut flora imbalance) may  be paralysis or impairment of the nerves and the muscles.  Some inflammation leaves fibrotic tissue that is not flexable.  Other types of inflammation leaves 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, in the lumen or the tunnel of the gut.  The surgeries create adhesions that in turn can restrict or constrict passage through. 

Other Difficulties


Another situation is the urgency some of the first timers feel. Nothingis coming out and suddenly the musclesstart moving, the dragon awakens.  I can feel their muscles expand underneath my hands; I can feel movement for the first time.  At this point, come 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 go.  Some clients feel overwhelmed by their thoughts of what "might" happen that they hold back or hold in which is in oppostion to the bodily movements that are occuring.

Some of the initial sessions with 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 gut muscles to expand and contract in a balanced rythem like the heart.  Breathing, massage, other suttle body therapy, and the introduction of water into the large intestine aid in this process.

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

Pain and Discomfort

I plan to devote another paper to this subject.  I am a classic case.  When I received my first colonics after a lifetime of constipation, I felt tremendous discomfort.  The colon hydrotherapy process over time desensitized my discomfort and allowed me to relax and receive and let go through out the process.  I got to know my "intestines" so to speak and learned a more comfotable and functional way of relating to them.  I plan to share case studies and show how clients change through the process of colon hydrotherapy.


Whenever I assess via phone that I may have a difficult first cleanse, I aks the person to prepare for the fitrst session by; drinking a gallon of fluides daily, making fruits and vegetables 50% of their diet, taking an enema or laxative the day (s) or night (s) before.  This is volunteeringon their part.  It 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 gut muscles working and all the coaching I know to direct to the client.  The deep abdominal breath is extremely important.  I ask them to draw breath into the area of the navel and pelvic floor slowly and easily with easy releases and exhails.  I use a physical therapy massager on the abdomen, shoulders, ribs over spleen and liver, and on the obique 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 together to awaken the gut muscles and get waste moving.  A dozen session 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 feel if 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 their 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 technique I find works well is pumping the wasteline rythemically and continueously by hand while they breathe.  Very often, reams of waste may come pouring out.  The pumping has been essential in the process and has allowed many impacted, dehydrated or urgent cleansings to go well.  I also pump the line when I think the client might have blocked the speculum.  That can happen with hard and sticky feces.

I examine the speculum. It's worth taking the speculum out if I suspectitis blocked so I can either clean it out or eliminate a blocked speculum as the reason why nothing is coming out.