What Happens During a Colon Hydrotherapy Session?

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When you arrive at my office you will see that it’s very welcoming, calm and comforting. Initially, we will review your intake forms and I will explain the process to you. You will then be given a gown and asked to disrobe from the waist down in preparation for your colon hydrotherapy session. I will suggest a trip to the restroom to empty your bladder.

For the procedure, you recline, covered by a sheet, on a padded massage table. Your privacy, throughout the session, is a priority. At the foot of the table is a wall unit containing the hydrotherapy equipment. A disposable speculum 3/4-inch in diameter (narrower than a healthy bowel movement!) is partially inserted with a lubricated round-tipped applicator approximately 2-3 inches into the rectum. Two tubes extend from the outer portion of the speculum into the wall unit: the inflow carries water to slowly infuse your colon and the outflow gently expels that water along with the waste it loosens. The temperature of the water fluctuates between 100 – 90 degrees simulating the natural peristalsis. I am always present and closely monitoring the temperature and pressure-sensitive flow of water while paying particular attention to your comfort.

As soon as you are ready I will activate the hydrotherapy equipment and begin to send warm water through the inflow tube into your colon. I am in control of the inflow and outflow of water at all times, allowing me to slow and even stop the procedure if necessary. Once you feel full, I will release the water and waste material, which travel through the outflow tube and into the drainage system. We can observe what is released through a viewing tube. While you are emptying, I may gently jiggle your abdomen to encourage easier, more complete elimination. This cycle of filling and emptying is repeated several times over 40 – 50 minutes.

The session lasts about an hour, leaving time for a trip to the toilet afterward, where gravity will help eliminate any excess water and waste. To ensure safety, the disposable speculum and tubing are thrown away and the instrument is sterilized. People often report feeling emptier and lighter after a session. I will provide you with information about aftercare before you leave. If you’re lucky, my dog Bo, a golden retriever who occasionally visits the office, will be there to provide a peaceful influence.

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Misconceptions About Colonics

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As a colon hydrotherapist I often encounter the popular misconception that a colon hydrotherapy session will wash away the healthy bacteria in the colon. Or even worse, that it will eliminate electrolytes, vitamins, and nutrients from your body. My experience of observing the results of over 65,000 sessions tells me otherwise.

First, with most of us having grown up on the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is high in fat, sugar and processed foods while being low in fiber and plant based foods, you may not even have an abundance of healthy bacteria in your colon. It’s much more likely that you are depleted of pro- and pre-biotics before you have even had a colonic. You may be deficient as well in Vitamin D and Omega-3, which also encourage a healthy colon. 

What a series of colonics will do is assist you in re-establishing the healthy environmental integrity of the gut, simply by cleaning out fecal material, excess mucus, and gas. It is a very gentle washing, under 1/8 lb. PSI, of multi-filtered water in and out of the large intestine. The good and bad bacteria may be temporarily affected; but by cleaning your colon, I believe the healthy ones have a better chance to proliferate. Scientific research shows that colonics have no negative impact on electrolyte or nutrient levels.

Good Bacteria and Bad Bacteria

Often the choices you make in what you eat after a colonic are actually what will determine the ongoing health of your colon. Taking both probiotics as a supplement or in foods where they naturally occur (such as yogurt, green peas, dark chocolate, and kefir) along with prebiotics (found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, and kombucha) is encouraged  along with adding sources of Omega-3s and Vitamin D. 

Most of the nutrients get absorbed into the body through the small intestine, while the large intestine is where the water is getting absorbed out of the remaining chyme (a mass of partially digested food created in the stomach). The numerous bacteria will respond to what is passing through. Furthermore, the colon is where a large part of your auto-immune system is located. Recent research also indicates that endorphins and dopamine get released in the large intestine – all the more reason to keep it clean.

If you would like to schedule a session of Colon Hydrotherapy please contact me. I am currently running a deal for 3 sessions of Colon Hydrotherapy for $285. That’s 20% off of the regular individual session price. Check out all of the details about the special here. I can be reached by phone or text at (860) 287 – 4558. You can also email me at Connie@CleanmyColon.com

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The History of Colonics, Part 3

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Over the last couple of weeks, we saw that the concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind. From ancient Egypt, through the Greek and Roman periods, in the east and in the west, the earliest  doctors recognized and recommended the intake of water and its subsequent release through the rectum.  In the middle ages, the aristocracy and upper classes made use of the most advanced procedures of the time, and the “Age of Technology” (17th, 18th, and 19th centuries) brought great improvements in the equipment and procedures.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy and enemas slowly dwindled among the medical community, as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer.   It wasn’t until the practice of Dr. Kellogg in the early 1900s that the therapy was rejuvenated.

In a 1917 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Kellogg reported that in over forty thousand gastrointestinal disease cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases.  The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise.

Later Dr. James Wiltsie offered, “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organ systems of the body.  As long as we continue to assume the colon will take care of itself, it’s just that long that we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body”.

In the 1930’s, chiropractor and iridologist Bernard Jenson also published his first works on bowel care with these words:  “In times past, knowledge of the bowel was more widespread and people were taught how to care for the bowel. Somehow, bowel wisdom got lost and it became something that no one wanted to talk about anymore.”

Dr. Joseph E. G. Waddington said the following in his 1940 work Scientific Intestinal Irrigation and Adjuvant Therapy: “Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill-health, especially of chronic disease. Restoration of physiological intestinal elimination is often the important preliminary to eventual restoration of health in general”.

By the early 1950’s, Colon Hydrotherapy was flourishing in the United States. The prestigious Beverly Boulevard in California was then known as “Colonic Row”.  One of its vocal proponents was the long-lived Mae West!   Towards the mid-1960’s the use of colonic hydrotherapy slowly dwindled again in favor of enemas, prescriptive laxatives, and even surgery.

But the 1960s brought an era of questioning mainstream medical practices, and ushered in a renewed interest in older, traditional, and alternative therapies.  More people investigated and learned about colonic hydrotherapy along with long-neglected practices such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, and Reiki.  Modern and safe technology such as the Dotolo Toxygen system provides a hygienic and comfortable procedure, and current training of hydrotherapists keeps them in touch with the client and their needs during the entire session.

Though much has changed since Ancient Egypt, people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water.  The actual process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.

Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, and movie stars have relied on for thousands of years!  Schedule an appointment with Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.


The History of Colonics Part 2

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Last week we saw that the concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind.  The ancient Roman bath (shown above) had a complex series of warm, hot, and cool baths which were taken in a specific order to achieve purity of the body and, it was believed, the soul.  From ancient Egypt, through the Greek and Roman periods, early historians and the first doctors (Hippocrates in the west and Chang Chung Ching [Zhang Zhanjiang] in China) recognized and recommended the intake of water through the rectum.  During the middle ages, more complicated procedures were developed for the aristocracy and upper classes, and the 17th century was known as the “Age of the Clyster” for its common practice of enemas for cleansing and well-being.

The 18th and 19th centuries brought a surge of interest in the purely scientific aspects of medicine.  Clysters and enemas were still popular among the upper classes: it was said that Louis XIV had over 2,000 enemas in his lifetime.  But there was still a significant need for improvement in the equipment, and the technological age of the 19th century brought those improvements.

The invention of a permanent freestanding apparatus was an important development. In the 1820’s Edward Jukes developed both a gravity enema called “flexible Clysmaduct” which would hang from the wall, and a pressure-fed pump that employed a “syringe”.  With the latter, pressure could be adjusted during the procedure rather than depending on gravity of the suspended water bag.

But even with improvements to the equipment, there was still no consistent form of therapy until Vincent Priessnitz began practicing in the 1840’s.  He stressed remedies such as suitable food, air, exercise, rest and water, over conventional medicine.  His regimens were known as “The Nature Cure” and “The Water Cure”, and his facilities were visited by many dignitaries and royal peers.  Though he advised on diet, activity, and communing with nature, his main focus remained hydrotherapy.

Equipment was developed with the specific intention of allowing colonic hydrotherapy to be carried out more quickly and more hygienically.  By the end of the 19th century, underwater bowel irrigation became the norm.  The warmed water was positioned above the bathtub, and a hose carried the water into the patient’s bowel.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy and enemas slowly dwindled among the medical community, as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer. It wasn’t until the practice of Dr. Kellogg in the early 1900s that the therapy was rejuvenated.

Of course, a lot has changed since Ancient Egypt, and while people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water, the actual colonic process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.

Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, high priests and priestesses have relied on for thousands of years and schedule an appointment with Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.


The History of Colonics, Part 1

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The concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind.  Although people tend to assume that colonics are a modern invention, early evidence of colon hydrotherapy can be found in Babylonian and Assyrian tablets from 600 BCE as well as in an Egyptian papyrus from the 14th century B.C.E.   Hippocrates (4th and 5th centuries BCE) and Galen (2nd century BCE) were proponents of colon lavage for fever therapy.

 

Herodotus (484-425 BCE) described a monthly three-day cleansing practiced in Egypt, and Pliny (77 CE) identified the mythic origins of the enema in the Ibis.  This long-billed Egyptian bird was said to draw water into its beak and self-administer the enema.  One of the prominent Egyptian gods, Thoth, was depicted with the head of this sacred bird.

Other early practitioners of colon cleansing were the Sumerians, Hindus, and the Chinese. The “Chinese Hippocrates” Chang Chung Ching (Zhang Zhanjiang) in the 3rd century of the Common Era advised the intake of water and vinegar through a bamboo cane inserted into the rectum.  In the west, the enema was prevalent in the later days of the Roman Empire due to customs of overindulgence at the banquet table.

Through the middle ages enemas or “clysters” were popular among the aristocracy, especially with the use of complex solutions including honey, oils, herbs, vinegar, wine, milk, egg yolks, fragrances, or even boar’s bile.  These practices were common among royal families and their peers, sometimes up to four times a day.  King Louis XI of France (1423-1483) was relieved of seizures by the use of clysters, and even had his dogs clystered.

The 17th century ushered in “The Age of Clysters” (enemas) with Regnier DeGraff’s 1668 invention of a flexible tube connecting the enema bag to the anal nozzle.  Unlike previous gravity-based equipment, this finally allowed easy self-administration without the need for an assistant, servant, or doctor.  Privacy and modesty were also preserved with this method.

Of course, a lot has changed since Ancient Egypt, and while people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water, the actual colonic process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.

Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, high priests and priestesses have relied on for thousands of years and schedule an appointment with Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.

 


Colon Cleansing: Why Chewing Thoroughly Promotes Gut Health

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As a holistic professional, Constance Jones of Colon Hydrotherapy is dedicated to providing her clients in the Manchester, CT, area with excellent colon cleansing services as well as holistic health recommendations.

People seek out colon hydrotherapy for a lot of different reasons, but primarily because they want to find a safe and gentle method to cleanse their colons. With 35 years of experience in the field, Constance Jones knows that while colonics are one effective way to care for the colon, there are other things people can do to promote gut and colon health. One of them is to thoroughly chew food when eating.

Eating with the intention of proper, methodical chewing has these three gut health advantage

When You Chew Thoroughly, You Absorb Nutrients More Completely

When you chew your food thoroughly, it breaks it down into smaller pieces and becomes easier to digest. It also makes it easier for your intestines to absorb the nutrients from the food and pass waste without obstruction. So, if you want to boost your nutritional intake and ease your digestion, eat with intention.

Smaller Food Particles Equal Less Unhealthy Bacteria

Your stomach may have issues breaking down large food particles, because the stomach’s digestive enzymes cannot adequately do their job before food is pushed into the intestinal track. This results in the undigested food pieces making their way to your intestines. Eventually, this may cause unhealthy bacteria to develop, which you may notice in the form of bloating, constipation, cramping, or diarrhea. Smaller bites can give your digestive enzymes a chance to break down food in the stomach and help you avoid unnecessary harmful bacteria growth along with its side effects.

Lots Of Chewing Helps Your Saliva Do Its Job

When the food you eat is exposed to your saliva, it begins to break down long before it hits your intestines. If you swallow large bites without chewing very much, your saliva doesn’t have the opportunity to begin the process of breaking down fats, which means your stomach and intestines have to do the hard work.

Giving your body the chance to do what it’s supposed to do is a great way to promote digestive health. To learn more about digestive health and colon cleansing call Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy at (860) 287-4558 or visit her online now. You can also like her on Facebook for the latest news and updates.


Colonics Aren’t a Quick Fix

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Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle rinsing of the colon and large intestines; this involves the careful infusion of warm water through the rectum. This warm water cleanse helps to rid the digestive tract of mucus, gas, and fecal material.

It is amazing how great you can feel after a colonic. Folks often report a sense of being much lighter and more energized. However, it’s not a quick fix.  Instead, think of this as a great way to jump-start or tweak a new life style where you commit to eating healthy foods, drinking more water, and exercising regularly. Think of it as a way to move you through this transition more easily. Colon hydrotherapy can assist you in living a healthier life style. But it is not enough to simply cleanse your intestines; you must be willing to follow through with healthy choices and behaviors after your colonic.

After your colon cleansing from Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy, you’ll need to implement the following best practices to stay on track and see sustained results:

Have Reasonable Expectations: One colonic will feel good but is unlikely to change your life. To aid the process, you can eat properly, drink lots of water, and exercise. You have to do your “homework” to fully reap the benefits!

Schedule Future Sessions: One session is usually not enough.  I encourage several sessions to help you become more self-aware and make healthier choices. Regular colon cleansing makes it possible to see continued results rather than temporary benefits.With this in mind, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy offers three sessions for purchase at the reduced rate of $315.

Complement Your Colon Hydrotherapy With Healthy Living: Colonic irrigation can only do so much. Healthy living helps you feel better and nicely complements your colonic. Be sure to eat whole foods, practice deep breathing, and enjoy massages and yoga to enhance the benefits you feel and see.

Don’t expect your colonic to offer a quick and fast solution; instead, help expedite it with patience and healthy living. Call Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy today at (860) 287-4558 to experience a natural, healing colon cleanse for yourself.

 

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The Role of Prebiotics in Colon Cleansing

While most of us have probably heard the term ‘probiotics’ bandied about, many may not know that prebiotics are also an important part of colon health. Probiotic-rich foods are a crucial component of gut health and wellness, but prebiotics nourish the probiotics, increasing their efficacy. These natural ingredients are designed to promote the growth of good bacteria, so they can be considered the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner for probiotics”. Want to learn more about this synergistic relationship? Let’s go!

The Prebiotic and Probiotic Relationship

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in our digestive system. Our gut can also harbor unhealthy bacteria. The healthy bacteria help the unhealthy bacteria from growing unchecked. Sometimes the system of digestive checks and balances can get out of sync and allows an overload of toxic organisms. This can cause a whole host of illnesses. A colon cleanse can be a useful way to flush an overgrowth of negative bacteria from our digestive systems.

An important part of a successful colon cleanse is restoring the healthy bacteria into your gut afterward, with the help of probiotic foods and supplements. This is where prebiotics come into play! They are a specialized soluble fiber that nourish our good bacteria and allow them to flourish in our colon. For this reason, it’s important to consume prebiotic foods as well as probiotic foods after a colonic.

Foods Rich in Prebiotics

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Jicama
  • Legumes
  • Onions
  • Raw Chicory Root
  • Raw Garlic
  • Whole Grain Oats
  • Wild Yams
  • Kombucha

Side-Effects of Prebiotics

  • Better Gut Health
  • Hormone Regulation
  • Improved Digestions
  • Lowered Risk of Heart Disease
  • Weight Loss / Management
  • Better Moods
  • Reduced Inflammation

Prebiotic and Probiotic Food Combinations

  • Yogurt and Honey
  • Feta Cheese and Onions
  • Yogurt and Sliced Bananas
  • Kombucha and Chia Seeds
  • Yogurt and Oatmeal
  • Beans and Pickles
  • Sour Cream and Garlic
  • Whole Wheat Bread and Garlic
  • Spinach and Oranges
  • Pickles and Garlic
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut

If you are interested in improving your digestive health, we are here to help. Visit us Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy online today to learn how colon cleansing can work to improve your health and wellness.


Why Colon Cleansing and Probiotics Go Hand-in-Hand

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When you hear the word “bacteria”, you probably think of the common cold or of other germs that make you sick. But did you know that some types of bacteria are good for you? Well, Manchester’s Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy wants you to know that this negative view of bacteria is a misconception.

Probiotics are live bacteria found in foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and tempeh, and in products such as dietary supplements, and skin creams. While research on probiotics continues, current studies suggest that they protect and promote the health of your intestinal tract. Breaking the stereotype that all bacteria are bad, probiotics fulfill a very beneficial role in our digestive system.

There are many different types these good gut bacteria. They are largely responsible for the synthesizing of B and K vitamins in your digestive system. For that process to occur efficiently, these microorganisms must not only stay healthy but also remain in a particular equilibrium of “good” and “bad” bacteria, also known as gut flora.

Unfortunately, various aspects of our modern world have an effect on our intestinal tract. Today’s diets, for example, are full of highly processed foods high in saturated fats and low in fiber. This kind of food can negatively influence the balance of gut flora. Other substances like drugs and alcohol, as well as exposure to stressors, can also decrease the number of good bacteria in our intestines. Probiotic foods and supplements, on the other hand, can help re-establish the balance of these microorganisms.

Colon hydrotherapy, also called colonic irrigation, rinses the rectum and large intestine with gentle infusions of purified water. As it rids the area of gas and fecal matter, it may also remove an overgrowth of bacteria living in your intestines. Eating foods high in probiotics following a colonic can replenish good bacteria in your gut in a matter of days. This allows good bacteria to flourish and keep the bad bacteria in check. As a result, probiotic foods and supplements are a valuable addition to your post colonic routine.

For more information about probiotic foods and supplements consult a Naturopath, Dietician or Nutritionist. You can access the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians on their website and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on their official site.

A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. With almost 40 years of experience, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy is here to help you make the first step towards good colon health. To schedule an appointment, call their office at (860) 287-4558. To learn more about colonic irrigation and about how Connie will help you feel at ease throughout the procedure, visit their website.

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