Yes I had a Colonic Hydrotherapy session .

So it's been a few weeks now since I had my colonic hydrotherapy session, and I'm finally able to talk about it! Only joking, it wasn't that bad, but let me just say, I underestimated just how intimate the whole process is!
I've had a colonoscopy before at the hospital, but when I had that I was sedated, for my colonic, I was very much awake!!! 👀👀  Anyway, let me take you through my procedure.

First of all my Colonic Therapist asked me some question, date of birth etc my medical history, health problems, operations and procedures I had had, and who my doctor is.
Then he asked me why I was interested in having a colonic, and I explained that I have a family history of bowel problems (diverticulitis) and that my brother has had to have a partial bowel removal, he suffered a perforation, so I'm keen to keep my own bowel healthy. During the winter months, my digestion can become very sluggish, and my tummy can get very uncomfortable with bloating and a general feeling of being congested. 
He asked to see my tongue, and inspected it for what seemed like forever, told me I showed signs of being very congested, then he took my pulse and said "you don't sleep very well do you" which is very true, I can't actually remember the last time that I had a good nights sleep and woke up feeling refreshed.  How he could tell that from my pulse and my tongue I don't know, but maybe the dark circles around my eyes were a dead giveaway though. 

The therapist then went on to explain the benefits of having colonic treatments (for my personal issues), to maintain a healthy digestive system and how it can help minimise diverticular flair ups, by keeping everything moving correctly.

Apparently,  Colonic Hydrotherapy can treat a number of different condition,  including Asthma, Allergies,  Diarrhoea, Constipation, Sinus problems, Diverticulitis, Bloating, Headaches, Fatigue, Haemorrhoids, to name but a few.

I was informed that this session would be an introduction session, so it would be quite gentle to gauge what was needed and how my body responded. 
This news I have to say was I little disappointing, as I thought a once a year clear out was all that would be needed. But as it turned out it was suggested that I might need 5-6 sessions initially to get my bowel in a good place.😕

After our chat I was given a gown to put on, like a hospital gown, backless, (I thought I'd be given some kind of knicker to wear but that wasn't the case) then I lay on my side and the tube was inserted, 😲 not uncomfortable really, just umm... you know, strange.   I then turned over and lay on my back, and warm filtered water was introduced into the colon. Again, it's not at all uncomfortable, though you can feel the water slightly gurgling around, a bit like wind really, and a bit of bubbling. 
During the procedure, my tummy was massaged to help release the contents of my bowel, but it seems I was just too full of gas for my bowel to give up its contents!  And let me tell you there is nothing more embarrassing than someone, a total stranger I might add, looking down at you and saying "you are just FULL of gas"🙈🙊! 

 Every so often I felt presser in my rectum, then a woosh sensation, a bit like when you need to fart, and it's at this stage you need to relax and just let it go, (I currently have visions in my head of Elsa in the Frozen Movie singing let it go, let it go..) and you feel the contents, and the wind passes through the tube. 

When the session had finished and the tube removed, I was asked to go to the toilet and just sit and relax there for about 10 minutes to let the residual water and bowel contents drain out, after that, I could get dressed.  Again my therapist explained that I would need at least 5-6 session close together before I would start to feel any benefit, and it was suggested that I consider a block booking of 5 or so sessions, which works out slightly cheaper as well, a session usually cost £60  and that prior to any further colonics it would be advisable to take a herbal supplement to help with bowel elimination.

Everyone is different though, I have specific problems with my bowel, but for someone else, it might be totally different.

Did I feel any benefits after? I can't really say that I did, perhaps I felt my tummy was a bit flatter, but that's all.  Would I consider having it again, I think surprisingly, yes I would!  Though it's a little out of my price range at the moment bearing in mind I would need several sessions to see any improvement, but yes having gone through it, and learnt a bit about it I can see the benefits of having colonics to help maintain good bowel function.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave them in the comment section at the bottom of the post.
 I visited the Meridian Clinic in Jersey and my therapist was Mr Badrul Huds D.O., M.A.C.H.R.T., ACA registered Osteopath, Acupuncturist, and Colonic Hydrotherapist.

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