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My Colonic: Part I

Getting a Colonic

While I’ve been to many a colon hydrotherapist (those trained in the process of delivering colonics), this fall, I decided to visit Denise Souza (of Body Symmetry) who is a licensed colon hydrotherapist. Her new wellness center is located in Fuquay-Varina, a 25-minute drive from downtown Raleigh.

Body Symmetry Lobby

Entrance into her facility entreated a sense of calm and I settled into her warm, welcoming lobby noticing the artwork referencing our Creator – a piece whose paint colors reminded me of a sunset. This was going to be fun.

After receiving a warm welcome from Denise, we sat down to reconnect, and she provided education on the intestinal system as well as colonic protocol. She also shared about the importance of diet in maximizing the value of colon hydrotherapy, indicating that individuals won’t gain benefit from a colonic unless they are also implementing a healthier diet.

Using the diagram of the digestive system located on the wall, she demonstrated the areas which the colonic addresses, and shared about the gut. The large intestine, for example, really has 2 parts – the latter of which is the area that holds our soon-to-be (or not so soon-to-be, depending on constipation levels) bowel movements. The longer the waste stays in this last half of the colon, Denise explained, and dries up, the more constipation increases.

Denise Educates

“The colon is a muscle,” Denise continued. “But it’s not one we can control.” For example, you can’t tense that muscle by will like you might your abdomen in a crunch position during your exercises at the gym. Peristalsis is the inner contraction of the colon that occurs along the length and/or circumference of the intestine to help promote the movement of waste toward the exit. “If one gets dependent on laxatives,” Denise noted, “peristalsis weakens.”

But for those of us who’ve tried laxatives (even herbal ones) that might be concerned about weakened peristalsis, Denise has good news!

“A colonic exercises the colon,” she shares, “[which] can help restore peristalsis.” That right there gives me one more reason to keep getting colonics, for over the years (amidst chronic bowel challenges – which included constipation), I’ve tried a variety of all-natural supplements to help me “go” – but I sure would rather my body “go” on its own without them!

I vote for healing over bandaids any day! And that, my friends, is exactly what colonics can help promote.

Stay tuned for “My Colonic: Part II” post next Monday where I’ll go into more details about the actual procedure of my own colonic!

Comments on: "My Colonic: Part I" (8)

  1. This is great info! I had my first colonoscopy 2.5 weeks ago, and they found out that I have a tortuous colon as well as a lot of looping! This made the procedure more difficult and more painful! The reason I was getting a colonoscopy at 26yrs. is due to me having gastroparesis, and crazy changes in my bowel changes. I have to use herbal and non-herbal laxatives a lot…which I HATE to do…so I think I am going to check Denise and see what she can do for me…look forward to reading Part 2!

    • Wow – sounds like you went through quite an ordeal with your colonoscopy. What is gastroparesis? I know what you mean about wanting to avoid laxatives (even if they are herbal!) Keep me posted on how things go connecting with Denise! She holds a wealth of information…

      • Yes, I did! I had an EGD with a Botox injection into my pyloric sphincter to try and help my gastroparesis, right before I had the colonoscopy…haha. It was a crazy day for sure! 🙂 But, Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Normally, the stomach contracts to move food down into the small intestine for digestion. The vagus nerve controls the movement of food from the stomach through the digestive tract. Gastroparesis occurs when the vagus nerve is damaged and the muscles of the stomach and intestines do not work normally. Food then moves slowly or stops moving through the digestive tract.

        I am extremely limited on what I can and can’t eat as well as how much…I am lucky if I can take in 700 cals. a day most of the time that is not from food, but from juice or other liquids.
        It is a very crazy decease that I never heard of until I was told I had it in June of this year…and can you believe that 5 million Americans have this varying from mild to severe!

        • Bless your heart – are you on a super food? And/or have you tried juicing? Just other thoughts about things could boost your nutritional intake and be easy to “digest”…despite challenges with food digestion.
          Given colonics can help exercise the colon to give it a boost to get things moving, I’d be curious to see if that might indeed be helpful…hmm…it’ll be interesting to see what Denise has to say when you talk with her as well. Please keep me posted on what you discover that is beneficial – whether colonics are part of that or not…

  2. Mike Rundle said:

    This would be a great thing for a COUPLE to do together. WISH that was an option!

    • Hmmm…never thought of that. Wonder if Denise has? I just reached out to her to see what she might know on this…

    • Hi Mike, I’m wondering your thoughts behind a couple’s colonic session. I have never known a therapist who had a set up for simultaneous, side by side colonics. It’s a very theraputic session and not one with a ‘treat’ in mind. There are centers with multiple rooms and therapists available for colonics at the same time but not in the same room; which is what I assuming you were referring to. Interesting idea Mike. Merry Christmas. Denise

  3. Kat Navarro said:

    @ livingencouraging- “Yes, I did! I had an EGD with a Botox injection into my pyloric sphincter” I too have Gastroparesis, after having my gallbladder removed recently to help relieve some of my symptoms didnt work, my dr is wanting to try Botox injections as well. Can you tell me a little about it and if it helped you at all? I know everyone is different though.

    @ Lisa Guatier- I would love to try a colonic, as it sounds like it could really help with my constipation and bloating that comes with it, I’m just worried that maybe im wrong? I have read the people with certain gastrointestinal issues shouldnt have it done? I am curious as to if GP is included?

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