What to expect at your first Colonic Hydrotherapy

(Colonic Irrigation)



You will be greeted in a quiet, relaxed and clean environment.
In order to assess your suitability to the Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment,
you will be handed a consultation form on your arrival to fill in. This form will allow the therapist to evaluate how your colonic treatment will go and what its result could be. It will contain mainly questions about your lifestyle habits and medical history as well as any possible contraindications. This will approximately take you 10 minutes before you are invited to the treatment room. You will then discuss your consultation form through with the therapist, and she will be able to answer any questions that you might have before your Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment starts.

Before the colonic irrigation

After going through your consultation form, your blood pressure will be taken to make sure that you are in the accepted range for the Colonic treatment.
The Colonic treatment is carried out in a private and relaxing, safe and hygienic environment where you will also be explained to how the Colonic system works. You will then be explained how to prepare yourself for the Colonic treatment, so that the therapist can exit the room to give you some private time necessary for that preparation. Once you are ready, you will call the therapist back into the treatment room by using a call button. The treatment will then be able to start.

First colonic irrigation

If this is your first Colonic Irrigation treatment and you intend to use it as body maintenance, cleansing and educational experience, it is probably best to do nothing before hand, extent to which the colon is able to get rid of its waste, state of hydration of the colon, state of the communication between the colon and the brain, and body's efficiency at eliminating waste.

Before your visit, avoid any food or liquid except water for two hours before the Colonic treatment, and wear comfortable clothing.

After your colonic irrigation treatment

Once the treatment is complete, the therapist will exit the room for you to get dressed while she prepares you a complementary drink. This drink will help you to replenish some lost body fluids that you experienced throughout your Colonic Irrigation treatment.
She will then give you some lifestyle advice related to that treatment. Only when you have had your first Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment, will she be able to assess when you should next come back for your second treatment or if you need a course.

Since the colon has been cleared of solid matters, it may take up to four days before your bowel movements are resumed which is normal. Some water is absorbed through the colon's wall during a Colonic and one may notice the need to pass urine for a few hours afterwards.

This beneficial effect of flushing the kidneys may also be enhanced by drinking a few glasses of water with the juice of half a lemon added to each glass. A Colonic has a profound effect on the body and many people feel so good afterwards that they want to double their jogging or work out time. Caution is advised here for it can be overdone. Although light to moderate exercise is good if you are used to it.

Any strenuous activity should be avoided up to 24 hours after the treatment. Ideally, keep the rest of the day for relaxation to enable the body to continue the Colon cleansing process. If a condition such as habitual constipation or irritable bowel has existed for a while, tiredness might be experienced for a couple of days after the Colonic.

A light diet of fruits and vegetables, salads, soups and chicken or fish should be followed for two to three days. Although, irrigating the colon does not remove all of the intestinal bacteria, it is still beneficial to take probiotics to maintain bacterial balance.
Allow 1h30 for your 1st appointment which will include a consultation and an introduction to the Angel of water or the Aqua, the treatment and some lifestyle tips to conclude your treatment.

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What food to have and to avoid before a colonic treatment

A couple of days before your treatment, it is best to avoid foods that have little or no fibre content such as ice-cream, cheese, meat, processed and fried foods. Coffee, regular tea and alcohol consumption are also best to be avoided. Aim to drink 1.5L of filtered water every day.

What food to have

My recommended menu ideas that you can repeat for a couple of days previously to your Colonic Irrigation treatment are as follow:

(opt for organic ingredients whenever possible).



  • Start with a squeezed slice of lemon in a 250ml of lukewarm filtered water
  • A handful of blueberries OR 1 apple OR 1 slice of pineapple OR 1 kiwi

Wild blueberries are packed with anti-oxidant and anti-ageing chemical contents. They come ahead of garlic, spinach, strawberries, broccoli and kale in a survey of 22 different fruits and vegetables showing a higher amount of anti-oxidant content (J. Agric food chem. 1998).

J. Agric food chem. 1998, 46: 2686-2693

Porridge recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp of jumbo oat or raw buckwheat (soak raw buckwheat overnight)
  • 100ml of water and 100ml of coconut milk (or almond milk or oat milk)
  • 1 tsp of extra virgin coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp of chia seed (soaked overnight) OR 2 Dsp of ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder

In a pan, mix the jumbo oat or raw buckwheat, and the vegetal milk together. Bring it to the boil and then, lower the heat and stir for the next 5 minutes until smooth paste, or until the water has been completely absorbed if using buckwheat. Turn the heat off and add the coconut butter until melted.

Pour the mixture in a bowl and add the cinnamon and the chia seed OR ground flaxseed. Add water or vegetal milk if you prefer a more liquid porridge.


Optional: add 1 tsp of bee pollen or manuka honey (although the coconut or almond milk might already be sweetened).

  • Enjoy a rosehip tea (ie: from Clipper) or a liquorice/peppermint tea (ie: from Pukka) 1/2 hr after your breakfast

Buckwheat technically a fruit rather than a grain, is super rich in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids (our proteins building block). Scientific studies have shown that buckwheat ingestion during a period of 30 days in laboratory rats had a significantly greater amount of friendly bacteria than those of the control group (Nutrition research 2003). This means that buckwheat could be part of the prebiotics family (food for our friendly bacteria colonies).

Nutrition research, volume 23, issue 6, June 2003, pp 803-814



  • 1 vegetable juice (Try 2 celery sticks, 1 inch of fresh ginger root, 3 carrots, ½ cucumber)
  • Mix ½ avocado with a few slices of cucumber in hummus, and enjoy it with a salad on the side (a few leaves of lettuce, rocket, spinach and watercress)

Dressing for the mixed salad: 1 tsp of organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 2 tsp of flaxseed oil OR hemp oil OR olive oil. A pinch of Himalayan crystal salt and a pinch of black pepper.


Steam 1/2 beetroot, 1/2 fennel with 50-75 gr of brown rice or lentils.

Use the following dressing:

Extra virgin olive oil OR flaxseed oil OR walnut oil, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 1 clove of garlic, a pinch of Himalayan salt, a pinch of black pepper.

Steamed Jerusalem artichokes and 1/4 of a butternust squash (or any vegetables of your choice) with 50gr of red quinoa.
Quinoa is an excellent source of amino-acids, calcium and iron.

Use the following dressing:
Extra virgin olive oil OR flaxseed oil OR walnut oil, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 1 clove of garlic, a pinch of Himalayan salt, a pinch of black pepper.

Brown rice is a better option to white rice as it is unprocessed and therefore, rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and lipids, all contributing to a more balanced health.

Use dark leafy greens vegetables to promote healthy bowel movements such as spring greens, kale, watercress, spinach, parsley, coriander, collard greens, Chinese cabbage and rocket.

If you need anymore information, please, email or call me on 0207 247 7742 within the hours of 9.30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday,
I will be happy to answer any enquiries you might have.

Your therapist at 4 Balance and Health, Edwige Cabanetos

Therapies offered at 4 Balance and Health are not substitutes for traditional medical care by your GP, they are complementary therapies that may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Should you be aware of any reasons why these therapies are contra-indicated to you or you have a serious health problem, please consult your GP prior to their use.