Okayyyyy today we’re chatting colon hydrotherapy, aka colonics. Scared yet? Don’t be. I’m here to dazzle you with an honest experience along with the ins and outs (pun intended) of why this age-old old wellness world therapy is something everyone can benefit from.
How I First Heard About This Thing
I first heard about people getting colonics a few years ago in Austin, Texas (the hippie-dippie-ish city in my great home state of Texas. Austin offers much more of a healthy lifestyle than the other major Texan cities in my personal opinion. If I ever move back, I want to move there for sure!) Now let me preface this whole post by saying a few ago I ALSO started doing coffee enemas as a way to detox.
Coffee enemas are a common detox method in the holistic health world. I first heard about THESE from my Mom. She uses them for holistic cancer treatment recommended by The Gerson Institute. I plan to write a second post about all that really soon. But in the meantime, I bring this up because I think it’s definitely something that made a colonic way less scary for me. Especially in comparison to probably what most people think in general about colonics. But if Kate Upton can do it, so can you! Read on to find out more about that.
I finally decided to bite the bullet and try out a colonic earlier this year when I accompanied my Mom on her doctors’ visits at the Cancer Center for Healing out here in Orange County, California. She was getting a colonic too so I had to join the party for a lil mother/daughter bonding time lolz. Anywho, I visited Advanced Colonics OC and I gotta say, like…WOW. I couldn’t believe I had waited so long to test this out! I’ve now had two done in the last 6 months, so I figured I had enough research now at this point that it was a great time to share. I broke down my whole personal experience for ya below. Keep readin’ if you’re brave enough 😉
What is a colonic?
As stated by Gil Jacobs in this Mind Body Green article, (he is the guru of colonics in NYC): “A colonic is a means of washing out the large intestine’s waste from years of food collecting in it that is not meant for human consumption.”
The way it was described to me by my wonderful colon hydrotherapist in the OC, Kitty Marteen (who has over 20 years of experience in this field), is the following:
the colon builds up plaque in the body from things like food, antibiotics, and more not properly digested. The colon is like a sponge and this plaque blocks the body from properly cleansing waste and consuming nutrients and water. As I was further instructed,
“A colonic is like your biannual teeth cleaning at the dentist, it removes that plaque!”
How does it work?
To start, what I love about these is that there really is no prep or recovery time afterward. You can eat/drink up to about 1 hour before and then you can resume as normal. This is an amazing way to detox and cleanse for us people with busy lives, AKA EVERYONE lolz.
Next up, let’s chat actual logistics. Apologies in advance for painting this visual but I think it’s necessary for you to understand how this works if you’re really considering the treatment. The colon hydrotherapist inserts a small tube (lubed up with coconut oil) a small way into your a$$. I know, this is the part that kind of freaks people out and I totally get it. But, I swear to you, it doesn’t hurt AT ALL. It’s not even really uncomfortable. It just feels, like, different. You get the gist.
Then, as you lay on your back in a spa-like setting, the therapist starts a machine that slowly releases water into you. You can’t really feel it at all until suddenly you start to feel full and kind of like you have to go to the bathroom. Then, the therapist stops the water and everything releases slowly out through the tube. A typical treatment is about 45 minutes to an hour. This process of filling with water and releasing happens a handful of times throughout.
Now, it’s not like, #2 that comes out. It’s gross, but it’s truly plaque that looks like pieces of dirt flushing out of you along with other stuff like acid, etc. I actually had some candida (yeast overgrowth from what I presume is antibiotics I’ve taken from sinus infections over the years) and built up acid flush out during this last treatment a couple of days ago. Lovely, right? Sorry for the overshare.
Additionally, my therapist uses reflexology during the treatment. This is a nice bonus to really become in tune with your body. For example, she was able to tell what was going on with my colon by pushing on different acupressure points in my body. I’m a nerd so I think this stuff is fascinating. I bet you will think so too when you’re able to gather this info about your own bod.
How did you feel after?
It’s all about improving your DIGESTION. I gotta say, the mental state you feel afterward is very FREEING. I feel like I saw the effects of 10 years of shit I wish I hadn’t put in my body be removed. Watch out, world!
As supermodel extraordinaire, Kate Upton, puts it here in this interview with Well + Good, “Not only does it make you feel better—especially with all of the bad food I put in my body—but [I feel like] it helps cleanse you of any stress or any feelings you’ve been holding onto. I’ve noticed a big change in everything—in my skin, my attitude, everything.” And I couldn’t agree with her more!
From a physical perspective, there can be a few minor side effects. The first time I had no side effects except that I was more tired than usual that day. My second time around, I did feel a bit bloated. Oddly enough I felt it in my kidney area behind my back. Fortunately, this subsided within 24 hours. My body naturally detoxed whatever the colonic had stirred up and was leftover to be removed! Alrighty, enough about that.
What’s the co$t?
Honestly, for how effective this treatment is for one’s overall health, I was surprised at how affordable it is. I bought a 2 pack that also comes with personalized consultations for only $125 (~$62/treatment)! That’s like the same cost as getting yourself a mani/pedi, and not even with gel! 😉
SoOoOo, have you ever had a colonic? What are your thoughts about how it helps your digestion? Wanna find even more ways to detox that bod? Check out other health posts here about infrared saunas and dry brushing.
Until next time, folks!