colonics is an issue that comes up from time to time in Colon Hydrotherapy.
The difficulty can be from many perspectives and primarily from the point
of view of the therapist and the client. I begin with an initial question
about difficulty releasing waste from the intestines. That question opens
the door to other challenging issues during colonics.
I make the analogy with the 'sleeping dragon' to give yet another insight
into why difficulties might occur during the process of receiving colonics.
"Unleashing the forces of the dragon, unleashing the powers of the gut,
opening what has been asleep for many years if not decades is potentiated
in intestinal healing. The colonic and the person have the power to awaken
that which has not been stirred, has not been touched, has not been opened,
has been left uncomfortable, ignored, poisoned, drugged, isolated, and
alone. The intestines are the seat of personal power and energy. Awakening
and enlivening this center brings power back to the person. The dragon
awakens and takes space." Sheila Shea
- Definition - Assessment - Causes - Other Difficulties
- Conclusion - Case Study
The Client Is Unable To Release During The First Colonic?
come in for the first time and expect the colonic to instantly release
all waste from their large intestine or colon. When it doesn't happen,
some clients say, 'Why should I come back if nothing came out the first
time, I'm empty, it's not really that effective.' When nothing comes out,
I have a more difficult case on my hands. The ability or inability to
release is one of the ways I assess a colonic session.
The first job is to get the gut muscles to respond by creating what I
call a 'flow through'. 'Flow through' is the ability of the person to
eliminate or have material flow through their alimentary tract from mouth
to anus without restriction. I call it 'awakening the sleeping dragon.'
Then other levels of work can begin such as cleansing the walls and balancing
first or sequential cleanse(s) can mean nothing comes out, very little
comes out, or the person experiences pain or a deep sense of urgency when
the 'dragon begins to awaken.'
I have learned
to ask more questions over the phone and use my health questionnaire to
assess a potential case in which nothing might come out the first time
or in which a release will be difficult.
The therapist has to be sure that their phone conversation and uptake
form eliminate any contra-indicated conditions. Also, clients might
come in the first time with a situation they are either unaware of or
which has not been diagnosed that might prevent elimination. If I get
a sense something more serious might be going on, I ask the client to
see their primary physician for a check up to eliminate any organic or
functional obstruction or pathology.
is initial reason for a difficult first cleanse. I know I might be in
for trouble when I find out the person is drinking one quart or less of
fluid daily. The lack of fluid allows hardening of waste in the gut. Dehydration
may also affect the quality of intestinal muscle tissue and it's ability
to expand and contract properly.
Constipation is another potential cause. I ask a client how long
has it been since their last bowel movement and what their bowel movements
have been like.
is what I call the peanut butter effect. Some low fiber diets and
likely combined with insufficient fluids can create a very sticky and
thick elimination that gets stuck in the intestines not to mention the
might involve exhaustion, abuse, hyperactivity, adrenalization, emotional
upset, obesity, distended abdomens and legal or illegal drugs. Some of
these situations are related to the emotional body.
Some individuals have habitual holding patterns in the muscles
that might be due to emotional imbalances, inflammation and injury. Anything
that causes someone to contract their muscles and not allow them to return
to the relaxation state can create a holding pattern, a constriction,
a chronic tension, a state of perpetual or alternating contraction, a
spasm, or paralysis. It may occur anywhere along the GI canal.
Some diseases like Hirschsprung's remove some of the intestinal
nerve endings and hence the gut muscles do not work. Some results of bowel
inflammation (which can be the result of gut flora imbalance) may
be paralysis or impairment of the nerves hence the muscles. Some inflammation
leaves fibrotic tissue that is not flexible. Other types of inflammation
leave narrowing with the potential for obstruction. Pain and nausea may
be signs of this.
Some individuals have had one or many abdominal area surgeries during
their life. The surgeries create adhesions that in turn can restrict
or constrict passage through the lumen or tunnel of the gut.
Urgency Another situation is the urgency some of the first timers feel. Nothing
is coming out and suddenly their muscles start moving, the dragon awakens.
I can feel their muscles expand under my hands; I can feel movement for
the first time. At this point, some clients might say; they are going
to let loose, or go all over the place, or they can't hold it or they
don't know how to let it go. Some clients feel so overwhelmed by their
thoughts of what 'might' happen that they hold back or hold in which is
in opposition to the bodily movements that are occurring.
Some of the initial sessions with first timers are just the opposite.
The muscles do not respond. The colonic is like CPR. The aim is to get
the 'heart' going again or in this case, to get the intestinal muscles
to start pumping or 'peristalting' as we say for the intestines. The aim
is to get the gut muscles to expand and contract in a balanced rhythm
like the heart. Breathing, massage, other subtle body therapies and the
introduction of water into the large intestines aid in this process.
In both modes, the colon hydrotherapy is a rehabilitating and retraining
of the gut muscles.
Pain and Discomfort I plan to devote another paper to this subject. I am a classic case.
When I received my first colonics after a lifetime of constipation, I
felt tremendous discomfort. The colon hydrotherapy process over time desensitized
my discomfort and allowed me to relax and receive and let go throughout
the process. I got to know my 'intestines' so to speak and learned a more
comfortable and functional way of relating to them. I plan to share case
studies and show how clients change through the process of colon hydrotherapy.
I assess via phone that I may have a difficult first cleanse, I ask the
person to prepare for the first session by; drinking a gallon of
fluids daily, making fruits and vegetables 50% of their diet, taking an
enema or laxative the day(s) or night(s) before. This is volunteering
on their part, it is not required. I explain that it helps facilitate
the colonic, removes some of the most hardened or sticky fecal matter,
and allows them to have an easier and deeper cleansing. This is also going
to be true of people who return. Hydration and preparation are key.
I use all the techniques I have to get the muscles working and
all the coaching I know to direct to the client. The deep abdominal breath
is extremely important. I ask them to draw breath into the area of the
navel and pelvic floor slowly and easily with easy releases or exhales.
I use a physical therapy massager on the abdomen, shoulders, ribs over
spleen and liver, and on the oblique muscles. I have found those areas
to be most effective to achieve releases.
cleanse on the first visit indicates the need to do a series of sessions
closer together to awaken the gut muscles and get waste moving. A dozen
sessions might be necessary to 'awaken the dragon.'
I might treat
the first inflows like an enema. I have the person get up off the
table and use the bathroom toilet to eliminate. I ask them if they feel
they can make it to the bathroom if urgency is the issue. Very often,
the client asks to go to the bathroom and I honor their request. This
is all part of the session and perfectly valid. While they are in the
bathroom, I check if the speculum is blocked. The client sees if they
can pass any hardened material and if they want, they can return to the
table. Getting rid of the hardened material is like breaking the dam.
Afterwards, the softer material can flow more easily.
Another technique I find works well is pumping the waste line rhythmically
and continuously by hand while they breathe. Very often, reams of waste
may come pouring out. The pumping has been essential in the process and
has allowed many impacted, dehydrated or urgent cleansings to go well.
I also pump the line when I think the client might have blocked the speculum.
That can happen with hard and sticky feces.
I examine the speculum. It's worth taking the speculum out if I
suspect it is blocked so I can either clean it out or eliminate a blocked
speculum as the reason why nothing is coming out. Discomfort escalates
with the combination of a blocked speculum and peristaltic waves propelling
material toward the rectum. Leakage might be a major result.
I try using different positions. Usually the client lies on their
back to receive the colonic. However, I may ask the client to shift to
their left and/or right side and alternate the various positions from
side to back to side. Occasionally, I ask the client to do small crunches
or pull-ups for their abdominal muscles. At other times, I do hip joint
manipulations, moving the legs one at a time, toward the abdomen and then
releasing it. The rotation of positions allows the intestines to assume
positions that might be more beneficial for releasing.
not exhaust the possibility of tools and skills. Some therapists and clients
use visualization techniques. Each person has his or her own specialty.
A client's action toward their healing is integral to the colonic process.
The client addresses important issues such as high fluid, fruits and vegetables,
appropriate proteins, electrolytes and flora, exercise and therapy, rest
and meditation. The client builds up in areas of insufficiency and calms
areas of over activity or excess.
My biggest responsibility is the education of the clients; to provide
them a context in which their inability to eliminate is occurring, to
let them know why it might happen, to give them the tools for releasing,
to set forth a plan of sessions that will allow them to gradually let
go. If it were so easy to come out, I would not be in business. That's
the paradox. Most clients think they get hooked up and everything flows
out. Not so. About 10-20% of the clients I see have a difficult first
cleanse with little coming out and/or with some urgency.
Some individuals can have this happen occasionally during their series
of sessions. Some have had travels, or surgeries, or fights with their
family members, or overwork, or poor diet or little or no exercise or
pain medication or antibiotics. Some have chronically poor elimination
with a tortuous or twisted, elongated or expanded intestines or past injury.
Each time is a challenge. The more the client prepares, the better the
session goes. As a rule of thumb, the client's elimination improves as
they continue to progress through their series.
I had one
client and friend for many years. She developed cancer of the ovaries
that went into remission. A few years later, the cancer returned, this
time in the lungs and lymph. She was also taking chemo, was in great pain
and felt a blockage or large impaction inhibiting her elimination. She
asked if I would give her a colonic. It was a slow and painful process
and she kept saying she felt something large, a large impaction in her
lower descending area. Finally, after a few inflows, some massage, and
enough pain on her part with minor releases, she asked to sit on the toilet.
When she returned to the room, she said she passed a piece of fecal material
nearly 2 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter and felt greatly relieved.
I finally lost my dear friend to cancer May 10, 2000.
If you have
any questions about 'awakening your dragon', or if you wish to set up
an appointment, please call me at 520-325-9686. The 'dragon' is the symbol
for developing personal power and the intestines are the site of that