My first colonic. (Yes, you read that right.)

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Before you read on, take note. While I will put all of this in the most lady-like manner that I can, be warned: This post is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended!

So… last month I had my first colonic. The backstory (pun intended) is that I’ve been interested in colon hydrotherapy for years. I’ve heard incredible things about the experience—immediate six-pound weight loss; pieces of blockage the size of oranges coming out; miraculous flat tummies; and so on.

Through research, I found that a colonic can be incredibly beneficial to your health. Colon hydrotherapy washes away the toxins that build up over the course of your lifetime, leaving your colon fresh, clean, and non-toxic. I also learned that a colonic can treat irregularity, constipation, indigestion, diarrhea, gas, bloat, hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diverticulitis, colitis, parasites, skin conditions, and much more. Although the jury is still out (or outright against the idea) from some of the medical community, I’d heard enough positive accounts to give it a go. Fasting has done tremendous things for me—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—and I was eager try another method of cleansing. As fate would have it, Groupon sent me a fabulous offer for 50% off a colon hydrotherapy session at nearby Wellness Innovations. How could I resist!? ;)

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When I called to make my appointment I received very basic instructions to avoid eating two hours beforehand so that I wouldn’t be digesting. The first thing I noticed, arriving in the office, was the beautiful, calming environment. Sandra LaMorgese was my colon hydrotherapist and she made me feel incredibly at ease. I filled out a short questionnaire and a little while later, Sandra brought me into the room where my colonic would take place.

My experience was as follows:

  1. Sandra explained the entire process, then left the room
  2. I undressed from the waist down, and lay down on a comfortable chair/bed
  3. I put on gloves, lubed up, and inserted the speculum (which is so small that you wonder if it’s even there!)
  4. Then I covered myself from the waist down with a soft sheet and towel
  5. Finally, I texted Sandra and she came back in to turn the water on

Next, the actual process began. I assume it is different for each person, but for me, I could not “release” with Sandra in the room. It was obviously psychological because as soon as she left, I had no trouble.

As for the process, a slow stream of water runs inside and fills your colon. You hold it in as long as you can and then you release it. You repeat the process over and over for the length of your procedure, mine was 45 minutes.

It is non-invasive and (believe it or not!) quite relaxing.

It takes some getting used to, but after a while it seems very natural. I was shocked by how easy it was. There was no pain involved, except for a few brief moments where my stomach twisted. That was mildly uncomfortable, but it felt like a part of the process, like my body was working to eliminate toxins.

There is a hole in the chair/bed where the speculum and water come from. It is this same hole where all of the waste goes down. There is a view-tube beside you so that you can see everything that passes out of you. What surprised me was that after the initial “movement” (which was pretty standard) there was not that much that actually came out of me. No giant clumps the size of an orange, mostly just the clean water coming out exactly as it came in. After awhile, this made me anxious. Why wasn’t anything happening? Then, I had another smaller movement, but that was it for the length of the procedure. If anything else came out, it wasn’t visible. I had the expectation that something major would be removed and there would be a lot of movement over the course of the treatment. In retrospect, I think that having that expectation was detrimental. It caused me unnecessary anxiety during the process.

The process is calming and therapeutic. It’s a shame that I got worked up/anxious about the lack of activity. I think that I would have gotten more from it if I’d just let go of my expectations—come what may. That’s why I plan to get another colonic in the future. Next time, I will go into it with no expectations and truly relax.

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Following the session, I didn’t feel very different. I’d once read a post-colonic account where the writer recalled feeling so clean afterward that she craved nothing other than water and cucumbers. Well, that wasn’t the case for me! I was hungry! Sandra said that I should stick to soft food for the rest of the day so I had some boiled squash and rice, but I was craving a thick slice of pizza. My stomach did feel empty, but not much more than it would after any substantial “movement.”

As for weight loss, the morning after my colonic and saw a 1.5 pound loss—not the 6 pounds I was hoping for, but a positive change. :) Perhaps the greatest effect of the process has been the positive change to my digestive health. A week after my colonic, I left for vacation. Typically I experience irregularity on vacation (with all of the changes to my diet, being in a strange environment, altered sleeping patterns, etc). However, on this vacation, my digestion ran like clockwork! I felt so good the entire time I was away—never bloated or lethargic.

I did have one substantial hiccup in the process.

If you are considering colon hydrotherapy, please take note.

After my session, Sandra informed me that while the process would improve my digestion, I might not have a movement for a few days as my colon would be empty. However, the very next day I did have several movements and they were not normal. (Brace for grossness.) The movements were loose and bright yellow! I was pretty terrified and immediately jumped online to research. (Thank goodness for Google!) Turns out that bright yellow stool results from a lack of good bacteria in the colon. This made sense to me—while washing the toxicity from my colon (great thing!) I also washed the good bacteria from my colon (bad thing!). I hightailed it to the grocery for some Activia and Kefir (both excellent sources of probiotics [good bacteria]) and by the next morning all was well in my world.

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Would I recommend colon hydrotherapy? Absolutely. I think that it is a worthwhile endeavour. It’s virtually painless and it’s a therapeutic experience for your body & spirit. I do expect that I will make a habit of having a session every few years. Of course, my one big recommendation is to keep probiotics on-hand and enjoy a nice big bowl of yogurt after your session.

If you have any questions, please ask! Apparently I’m not too shy after all. ;)


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23 Comments on My first colonic. (Yes, you read that right.)

  1. Meg
    August 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I get colonics every six months. I usually do them in three sessions increments. I love them. I have heard over doing them van be bad as they do flush out good bacteria but I think doing them as part of a spring cleaning and cleanse is very beneficial. I would highly recommend them. You just reminded me that it’s time for me to schedule my series. I’m glad you tried it. I’ve never done it for weight loss so I have never actually weighed myself. I will have to try it. I do feel like I have more energy and almost cleaner. If you can even feel that! Ha! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Dena
      August 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm (3 years ago)

      I know exactly what you mean about feeling “cleaner.” I don’t know if it’s a mental thing or if it’s physical — but there is definitely this sense of cleansed. :) I am definitely looking forward to my next session. Every six months actually sounds like a good idea. I am so glad to know someone else that has actually done this and has something great to say! So far I’ve just been getting a lot of raised eyebrows. ;)

      XOXO

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    • Dena
      August 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha! That is exactly the kind of response I was expecting, James. Don’t know it ’til you try it. :) lol

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  2. Kristin
    August 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I know several people who SWEAR by these treatments (some like the water ones, some like the juice/smoothie-only cleanses.) They participate more frequently, though, seeking a cleanse with the change of seasons. The only reason to really avoid it is if you have a suppressed immune system to begin with, which is not a problem for you! Congratulations for being brave enough to write about the experience. I didn’t find it it to be very “gross” at all, but then again, I may have a high threshold for bodily functions.

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    • Dena
      August 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Kristin! It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but I am so glad I was able to share the experience. I’m always excited to try new things. I could definitely see myself going in for a–Spring & Winter cleaning–so to speak. :)

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  3. Anonymous
    June 15, 2012 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the info.  I’m mentally prepping for my first flushing.  However, in the interest of accuracy, I think it’s important to point out a couply of things.  Colonics don’t release anything that wouldn’t have been coming out anyway and there are no toxins removed during a colonic other than your normal feces.

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    • Alan
      July 14, 2013 at 3:08 am (1 year ago)

      Surely one of the main benefits of colonic irrogation is that it also removes a build up of mucus substances and other material that can stick and build up on the colonic wall and which are full of bad bacteria and toxins. This ‘material’ is not passed with your normal feces hence the benefit of colonic hydrotherapy.

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  4. Niccc80
    August 9, 2013 at 10:45 am (1 year ago)

    Do you get really badflatulence after the colonic for 48 hours???? This is the only reason I’m avoiding going since I have house guests and would be soooo embarrassed .

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    • denabotbyl
      August 9, 2013 at 10:47 am (1 year ago)

      Ha. No — that didn’t happen to me at all. Good luck.

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  5. Cassandra
    September 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been interested in colonics for quite sometime now. After ready you’re positive experience I’m going to find a clinic to try this. Is it weird that I’m really excited!?

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    • denabotbyl
      September 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm (1 year ago)

      Not weird at all! It’s a really cool experience. I’m glad I did it and wish you the best of luck! Here’s to happy, healthy digestion. :)

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  6. Chass
    October 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm (1 year ago)

    I am considering getting a colonic and I’ve always had this thought of lying down on a table with my hiney exposed during the process. I never followed through because of that. Thanks for easing my anxiety.

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  7. Gillian
    October 7, 2013 at 7:41 am (1 year ago)

    The two colonic l have had have been really good after two I can now go to the bathroom every day, I have always suffered with constipation and I would go three days before l could go to the bathroom now I am going every day. I am having my third one tomorrow and l am really looking forward to it, the person who does it makes me feel at ease l was very not sure about having a colonic but now l say to everyone go for it

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  8. Kimberly
    October 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm (1 year ago)

    I actually feel better about getting a colon hydrotherapy at first I was scared but I went ahead and schedule my appointment. Is their anything besides not eating a few hours before to get myself ready

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    • denabotbyl
      October 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Kim! You should definitely check with the center about preparation as every cleansing center is different. Good luck! :)

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  9. Patsy Fox
    October 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for all this information. I also have a Colonic Irrigation session booked through Groupon and you have made me feel more relaxed about it. My hairdresser has had a few and excuse this but she said its possible to see undigested foods like sweetcorn come out! not sure what to expect but ha a weight loss would be good!

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  10. Jennifer
    October 28, 2013 at 9:43 am (1 year ago)

    I have always been interested in doing this due to my IBS and irregularity. I am very anxious about my comfort level as well, but my MAIN fear….is there any pain? I would imagine there would be significant cramping? I have an opportunity to an offer from Groupon as well and am eager to do so. Just a tad uneasy….

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    • denabotbyl
      October 28, 2013 at 9:44 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Jennifer! No — no pain at all! The most uncomfortable thing was some gas passing through (yuck I know) at the beginning of the process. Other than that it felt like a normal bowel movement. Nothing to be worried about. Good luck.

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  11. Lin
    December 11, 2013 at 8:01 am (11 months ago)

    I’ve had colon hydrotherapy on and off for a few years now. The place I go to in Las Vegas normally puts healthy bacteria in the final part of the session. Foot and hand massage are also performed if wanted. They also massage the stomach to help loosen areas/help water flow. At the end as you are leaving, they provide a cup of emergen C mix and cup of homemade vegetarian soup to complete your session.

    Great place, makes you feel very welcome and at ease…staff is awesome. My first time I was very nervous like everyone else says…but you learn that it’s not as bad as you first thought!

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  12. Jaycee
    February 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi Sharon (and anyone else who reads this), just wondering if you got to visit your physician about your situation? I am curious because I have been researching whether I want to try this colonic or not. I really want to try, but when I read this, it concerned me. I am a relatively healthy person, and have always thought about trying this, but I wonder if a colonic can do harm to those who are healthier with less fecal matter in their intestines or is I am reading too far into this.
    Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks!

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  13. kmarie
    February 3, 2014 at 1:29 am (9 months ago)

    I have my first one scheduled this week, but now that I have seen Sharon’s comment I am concerned…

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  14. Dena
    February 21, 2014 at 10:56 am (8 months ago)

    Maria — Every person’s body reacts differently. You should discuss with your provider if you have additional questions. Generally, colonic irrigation is a very safe practice. Best of luck.

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