A Deeper Clean
by Felicia Brower
The body has a natural way of cleansing itself: it produces and removes waste on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the diet of the average person now contains large amounts of processed food and chemicals that can negatively alter the way the body functions. Colon hydrotherapy is a method to remove manually compacted waste from the colon using warm water in an attempt to reduce the amount of toxins in the body.
There are several different methods for removal available. In Central Ohio there are three practices, each using a different technique, thus offering potential clients an opportunity to choose based on their personal preferences. Two of the methods – the open system and closed system – involve cleansing the colon with machines that introduce purified water into the colon at a comfortable temperature and steady pressure. The alternative, gravity-centered method does not involve the use of any machines. Instead, it relies on gravity for the intake of water and the expulsion of waste.
Debi Boyle, owner of Vibrant Health in Columbus, uses the open system. Some favor this system because the colon hydrotherapist does not have to be present during elimination, offering privacy that many enjoy during the sessions. “I don’t have to be in the room for the whole session while they’re eliminating. A lot of people have a hard time eliminating with someone else is in the room,” explains Boyle.
With the closed system, however, the hydrotherapist is present throughout the process. Beth Seemann, owner of Gentle Waters in Mt. Vernon, finds that her clients prefer to have someone present to ensure that a physical comfort level is maintained and that everything is going as planned. During a session, she helps control the flow of water while massaging the abdomen to help break up any compacted waste in the colon.
Seemann has found that people are generally open to the idea of colon hydrotherapy, but they tend to be nervous about the insertion of the speculum, which is actually only about the width of a finger. “It’s much smaller than most waste matter people pass every day,” explains Seemann.
With gravity-centered colonics, gravity is used to draw the water into the body and patients can receive abdomen massages to help the colon release the waste. With this method, there is a continuous flow of water in and out of the body. There is no waste retention and the colon’s peristalsis, or contraction and relaxation, is allowed to occur on its own. Kate Dixon, from Alternative Health Oasis in Powell, explains, “To me, it’s much more natural. It’s a gravity-fed flow, so it’s more like an enema kit. You get between 12 to 14 gallons of water in and out of your colon over 40 minutes.”
Regardless of the method chosen, those with digestive issues, constipation problems, and other ailments have found relief through continuous sessions. Many say that the benefits of the procedure include an increase in energy, an increase in focus, improved sleep, and an enhancement of general well-being – all from eliminating waste and toxins by releasing layers of colon buildup. Some even argue that frequent cleansing may decrease the risk of colon cancer.
While the idea of colon hydrotherapy might seem unusual to some, for many it is a viable option for relief from various medical conditions. Seemann concurs, arguing, “At some point, people decided that talking about a bowel movement was taboo. It’s not taboo. Anything that eats, sleeps, and breathes has a bowel movement. It shouldn’t be taboo.” This is especially true if the idea of colon cleansing being taboo keeps someone from getting needed help.
The number of necessary treatments varies from person to person and can be determined during a consultation with a colon hydrotherapist. It is important to remember that in addition to cleanses, patients should also undergo diet changes to maintain the positive effects of the cleansing and to get their bodies on the right track.
For more information, contact any of the following Central Ohio facilities:
Alternative Health Oasis – 614-717-9144, or visit AlternativeHealthOasis.com
Gentle Waters – 740-392-3377, or visit GentleWaters2010.com
Vibrant Health – 740-704-7197, or visit BestVibrantHealth.com
Felicia Brower is a freelance writer based in Columbus. Connect at Felicia-Brower.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.