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.
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.
“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!