My First Colonic irrigation treatment

Back in 2003, I had my very first colonic treatment. I had heard about colonic irrigation from a reality TV show;
I had reached my lowest point and was prepared to try anything.
I was on the road of self-discovery and also became open to complementary therapies then. I was ready to listen.

If you read "my journey", you will know that I used to be a regular painkillers and antibiotics consumer since my early teens. I had also relied heavily on laxatives for a year throughout the worst period of my IBS. As a result, I had caused extreme damage to my gut lining. From the moment I found out about what this therapy was about and what it entailed, I was keen to research it and carefully selected a therapist. I will not hide the fact that I was very skeptical about it but I had to eventually make a decision.

I kept the clinic details and put them in a drawer. My closest friend who I asked to come with me, decided to have one himself for support. It took me approximately 6 months before finally booking my first appointment. I was lucky to come across a brilliant therapist and so, started my journey of recovery. However, my first time wasn't such a good experience...

The colonic irrigation treatment

As I was lying on the table, trying to be brave and deal with any discomfort, my therapist reassured me and explained to me why I was feeling that way. She taught me how to breathe throughout the treatment in order to relax. The whole process was all a bit traumatic.
A headache kicked in half-way through and my mouth was so dry, I found it hard to talk. She explained that the combination of a junk food regime, lack of water intake and a chronic laxative use, as well as straining for a bowel movement may have caused irritation to my bowel. She advised that I should consider retraining myself with the help of colonic irrigation , combined with a nutritional plan to regain a natural bowel movement again.

The treatment was finally over and I just wanted to sleep on the table. I felt so weak! She sent me away with recommendations on how to deal with my constipation issue, and aftercare advice but above all to start drinking water!

My friend's colonic irrigation treatment

My friend on the other hand, had quite a different experience and came out of his treatment room feeling great and full of energy! Apart from the fact that he had felt slightly embarassed throughout the whole process as it was also his first time. He didn't go through any of the discomforts that I went through at all.
We went back home and whilst I was feeling exhausted and needing to sleep, he just wanted to party! It's alright for some...

After the treatment, I firmly told myself that I would never go back again!
Once I arrived home, the first thing I did was drinking a glass of water, which I never would have done in normal circumstances; I would normally have had a coffee. I then went to bed early and slept through until the morning.

I had a bowel movement the following morning. I felt so light and happy that day, my body had already forgotten the negative sides of it all. It brought such a big smile to my face that I had to call my friend to tell him! I was so overwhelmed as I felt free of discomfort, free of bloating, free of this whole unfinished business feeling. It was such a relief! I never knew I could feel that way all these years; after all, I had convinced myself that this constant discomfort was an inevitable part of my life.

My follow up colonic irrigation treatment

I just had to be brave enough to go back for that second treatment! I am so glad I did. The second colonic wasn't great either, but each time I went back for a treatment, there was less discomfort and I embraced the therapy even more. Over the next couple of years, I managed to reach my goal of getting a healthier colon with the aid of colonic hydrotherapy and the rest is history.

It is important to stress that Colonic Irrigation is not a substitute for bad habits and lifestyle choices, but rather a supportive therapy to aid you with the journey towards a better you. I hope this explanation will help you in that journey, and that you will consider colonic irrigation as a positive tool in helping you to move forward. Give yourself a chance in having this colonic treatment, and let your own experience become part of your own recovery as it did to me.

Just keep an open mind as you read my story. Always remember that one's colonic experience may vary from one person to another. We all are unique individuals, and what you may experience throughout your colonic irrigation treatment, depends on what frame of mind you are in, the level of stress you may be having at that time in your life, also what your eating and drinking habits are and so on.

The amount of colonic treatments needed from one person to another will vary depending
on the severity of their constipation, bowel's history etc...

I would strongly recommend that you read what food to have and to avoid
before a colonic treatment on my treatment page for a colonic.

The importance of keeping your colon clean and healthy

How many bowel movements a day one will have over a given period of time,
will depend on a combination of factors such as food intake, exercise regime, health and stress level.

It varies from one to three bowel movements per day for some to one or four bowel movements a week for others. A bowel movement should occur during or immediately after a meal. The reason why this mechanism occurs is because once our stomach receives enough food to fill it up; it sends a message to our colon via a so-called gastro-colic reflex in order to communicate its full content. This signal generates a wave like motion, called a mass peristalsis pushing what’s already in our sigmoid colon (the previous region to the rectum) into the rectum. The bulk now pushed into the rectum will then trigger elimination as it weighs onto the anus nerves endings.

This is when the enteric nervous system, the gut's own nervous system, engages as it uses its stretch receptors. The weight of the waste onto the anus nerves endings will stimulate the stretch receptors. Those will send the message from the colon to the brain announcing its full content. The brain will then send a message back to the colon commanding it to let go of its content. This is pretty much how defecation happens.

Taking care of your colon

Our digestive system knows very well how to keep its mechanism in check. It should be easy to get things going on an everyday basis. What happens is that it gets taken for granted. Nobody has time to take the time for it! Running, running and running after what we have to accomplish in life. Loosing connection with our inner-self, the gut!

Some individuals can teach themselves from a very young age to not respond to this call of nature. There could be a diversity of reasons for that matter. Some of them report they always struggled going for number two, growing up and thinking it was normal by adapting themselves to this pattern. This would very much confuse the enteric nervous system as every time this mechanism doesn’t take its course, as it should when the urge occurs, the waste backs up into the sigmoid colon. The colon has to wait until the next wave of mass peristalsis stimulates the stretch receptors, again creating the urge to go.

We were all born with the same mechanism of elimination when it comes to our body. We were just never really taught properly I guess, how to connect with it, myself included, until I started having problems with my digestive system and bowel movements.
Then I had to start educating myself more, to get a real understanding about its purpose and functionning. We don’t really think about our digestive system until it doesn’t do its job properly anymore.

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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.