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Office of Sheila Shea and Colon Hydrotherapy
The World After a Colonic!
The Questions People Ask
Now that I’ve had my first colonic,
what can I expect?
get all sorts of questions about what happens after the first
colonic. I hope to answer of few of them here. It’s great that
one colonic can raise so many questions about our elimination
process and all the factors that go into making it better,
optimal, in superior working condition, complete, easy, and
When will I have my next elimination?
Some people have a redundant colon
which means it takes many rises and falls, loops and coils
before it reaches the anus. This tortuous or circuitous gut
makes for very difficult elimination both during the colonic and
in one’s everyday life. These people may eliminate later in the
day or on the way home. One client with a redundant colon would
eliminate water after the colonic whether on the way home or at
home. This pattern improved after subsequent colonics and more
attention to bowel care. These instances occur in maybe 5% of
For some, the colonic gets things moving in the gut and the
person is quite happy having a few more eliminations later in
the day. Some have to go back to the bathroom before they leave
the office and have a big elimination. The water, breath,
massage, hot rocks and vibrator or whatever techniques the
therapist uses - stimulate and relax the muscles enough so that
one finally lets go.
Most people do not eliminate again until the next day and in
quite a few cases, 2-5 days later. That’s what I call transit.
Transit is how long it
takes matter to fill the gut so that one has a bowel movement
again. Most people do not have peristalsis or the natural
expansion and contraction of the gut muscles. Most guts work on
gravity, one meal pushes the next one around and eventually one
poops again. For many, it takes a few days to fill up.
It’s better if one can have an elimination cycle of 24 hours
however that’s not case in most people. The colon serves as a
storage tank rather than a pulsating muscle system working
efficiently. Colon hydrotherapy helps to stimulate and train
Can I eat and what can I eat?
Wow! Unless you are using the colonic to launch a fast, most
people use the colonic to launch a better dietary program or
even a cleansing program. A better diet is personal to you.
Obviously, the closer to nature one stays on the food chain, the
better it is. That means letting go of or NO refined foods like
white sugar, flour, milk, chemicals, additives and
preservatives. If you take just that out of your diet, you are
Some people have symptoms of carbohydrate indigestion, a
faulty carbohydrate metabolism or Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Those people usually follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that
forbids all complex carbohydrates. See
Some people prefer to do raw foods for the rest of the day or a
few days such as fruits, veges, nuts, seeds, and juices all of
which are alive or uncooked.
Others begin a cleanse and that can mean many things. One can
find cleanses for the liver/gall bladder, kidneys, intestines,
parasites, yeast, pathogenic bacteria and heavy metals.
Protocols exist for each of these cleanses. See or email me for
further information on cleanses.
is an enormous factor in intestinal and immune health. I
encourage people to bring their fluids to one gallon a day. That
can mean water, herb teas, and raw juices. Get off any diet
drinks because the chemicals they contain are toxic. Also,
people may be dehydrated when they come in for a session. The
colon hydrotherapy as the latter word says, is a 'hydrating'
process. It introduces water into the system and helps to
Make sure you are balancing your electrolytes.
are minerals and trace elements. Many companies produce the
liquid or colloidal minerals, or mixtures of fine grasses, algae
and herbs such as
the product I carry at the office for the purpose of building
oneself up and balancing out all the important elements that
make us work right.
Make sure you are taking a probiotic,
or good flora or bacteria such as acidophilus, bulgaricus or
thermophilus. They are the natural good bacterial inhabitants of
the GI tract that do wonders for your gut wall and immune
system. Antibiotics destroy the good and the bad flora and many
people have a history of antibiotic use. Many people are
bankrupt in good flora from inappropriate lifestyle. Probiotics
assist the colonic process.
How will I feel after the colonic?
This can run the gamut. Most people feel more relaxed because
they hold tension in their gut. Most people feel lighter. They
have successfully released stored waste and they are ready to
fly. Many people are more in touch with how their gut feels; the
colonic opens their intestinal and internal awareness process.
Some feel tired. The stored waste or toxins irritate and when
they are removed or stirred, the person can feel their true
fatigue from holding on, from fermenting or putrefying wastes or
a build-up of waste from incomplete elimination. Constipation
affects the quality of one’s life so if the colonic helps
release stored waste the person feels a greater sense of well
being. One person recently told me they felt a "resurgence of
Some people feel fatigue, toxic, sick or weak after a colonic.
They fall into the 5% or less category. What does that mean?
Generally, that person is more toxic and the gut wall is more
compromised. Often their electrolytes are imbalanced and their
pH or acid-alkaline balance is upset before the colonic. These
clients usually have environmental illness, chronic fatigue,
multiple chemical sensitivity, dehydration, advanced candida or
dysbiosis – imbalance in good/bad flora. They are the big
sufferers. When people feel weak and sick, they need to build
themselves up and often come in daily for 2-3 days until they
clear their system. See
for testing pH.
Will the colonic affect my emotions in any way?
Many old emotional patterns are stuffed deep in our bowels or
deep in our unconscious. According the
Institute for Biodynamic Psychology in UK, the gut is the
seat of the unconscious. That’s where we store those parts of
ourselves we don’t like. Maybe that’s why it is so difficult to
talk about and deal with intestinal health. It’s brings up our
taboos, the unknown, the secrets, the skeletons, our shadow or
dark side we don’t want anyone to know about least of all
ourselves. You might see your life in review, old feelings may
come up, former physical or sexual abuse issues may surface,
repressed and hidden feelings may arise and memories of old
injuries return. Better to have it surface and deal with it than
to continue repression. The colonic does assist this awakening
in some people. Doing therapy while taking colonics is helpful
for these individuals.
Breathing and Exercise
encourage my clients to practice deep belly breath, to draw the
breath into their torso from below the navel, from the pelvic
floor. It gives the intestines more space, massages the internal
abdominal organs and promotes better elimination. One can
practice while working out, driving, working on the computer and
Movement stimulates circulation and promotes peristalsis so all
clients are encouraged to include an hour a day of exercise,
something one really enjoys. Exercise encourages deeper
breathing. Deeper breathing allows for greater relaxation. The
gut performs better when we are relaxed.
Should I get more, how many should I have?
Most people begin with a series of 6-12 colonics taken weekly
depending on their condition. Some need to do 2-3 colonics a
week initially to clear their system, to break up a bound
condition. While fasting, some take the colonic daily or every
other day. I encourage people to learn to take enemas as home in
between colonics when it is called for. Serious constipation,
chronic fatigue, fasting or a cleansing program might call for
daily colonics or enemas for a period.
If you can think of any more questions, let me know.
Congratulations on your first colonic session!
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