How to Prepare for your Colon Hydrotherapy Session
Are there conditions that prevent a colonic?
Yes. The conditions listed below require written approval from your doctor.
Surgery (6-12 months)
Acute liver failure
Carcinoma of the colon or rectum
Crohn’s Disease and Colitis
Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis
Fissures and Fistulas
Rectal or Colon Surgery
Ingestion of medications that weaken the intestinal wall
How it works
Colon hydrotherapy is a very simple, safe, comfortable, and hygienic way to irrigate the colon for endoscopic, radiological, or other medical purposes.
Colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation introduces warm water, by way of the rectum, into the colon (large intestine). This washes the colon, repeatedly, thereby resulting in the evacuation of its contents.
Colon hydrotherapy supports peristalsis (the contraction and relaxation of the muscles of the colon). Build-up along the colon wall causes sluggish bowel movements and slowing peristalsis. When peristalsis is reactivated, an atonic colon (a colon whose muscles have lost tone) will re-tone, thereby providing normal elimination functions. Good health truly begins in the colon.
Drink lots of water at least 24 hours prior to your session. Aim for 90-128oz. Don’t gulp the water; instead, drink slowly throughout the day, so that your body can absorb some of the water and put it to use. You will also urinate less, if you drink slowly.
We recommend that you stop eating two hours prior to your appointment. This will enable the majority of your earlier foods to travel from your stomach to your small intestines; thereby lessening pressure on your abdomen and decreasing chances of discomfort.
Drink plenty of water (one gallon, during the 24 hours prior to your session is recommended).
Avoid soda, coffee, alcohol for 24 hours prior to your session.
IMPORTANT: Do not eat 2 hours prior to your colonic.
Your First Visit…
On the day of your session, eat a light breakfast and lunch, depending on your appointment time. Avoid white flour and white sugar products, cakes and pastries. Remember to stop eating 2 hours before your session.
Your first visit is always longer (1 hour) because it includes a review of your health information. Depending on your diet and lifestyle, we will discuss nutrition and strategies to help your digestive system. We will also verify that is is safe for you to take colon hydrotherapy.
A colon hydrotherapy session takes 40 minutes. The length depends on the dryness of the colon and fecal impaction.
Your colon hydrotherapy is performed with dignity. You are covered at all times.
Women: Wear a two-piece rather than a dress, as you will need to remove everything below the waist. A thick cover cloth is provided so that clients always maintain modesty. The Angel of Water is a medical device, therefore, yours will be a therapist-assisted procedure. A pilot does not leave his passenger to fly his airplane.
The therapist may gently rub or manipulate the abdomen to encourage release or just to relax the muscles so that more water may be taken. See video.
We recommend that you:
Be gentle with yourself for the remainder of the day. Limit strenuous activity and rest, if possible. A mild walk is fine.
Drink plenty of liquids – pure, alkaline water, fresh vegetable or fruit juices, herbal teas, coconut water or coconut water kefir.
Fortify with probiotics (intestinal flora), such as kombucha, kefir, cultured vegetables like sauerkraut or kimchi, or a probiotic supplement.
Avoid eating raw vegetables for 2 days; steam them, lightly. Raw fruit (a small amount) is fine.
Eat light meals and soft food such as pureed soups immediately following the colonic session and for the first 24 hours after your session.
Lighter meals include steamed vegetables, soups, broths, berries, smoothies and fresh fruit or vegetable juices. If desired, you may re-introduce fish, chicken and eggs into your diet on day 2. Small servings of raw vegetables may also be re-introduced, then, gradually working your way back to the amounts that you generally consume. If you do not eat raw vegetables, consider including some in your diet. Mix with lightly-steamed vegetables. Chew food thoroughly to aid digestion.
Wild-caught, fresh fish is the preferred animal protein after the first 24 hours.
Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 48 hours after your session.
Add a Health step to your bathroom. The proper squatting position during eliminations will reduce stress and straining, and help with complete eliminations.
If you can, take an Epsom salt or baking soda bath the evening after your colonic. You’ll feel great and the bath will aid your sleep. Do not soak for longer than 20 minutes.
Will one colon hydrotherapy session completely empty my colon?
No. Everyone is different, however and Dr. Lawson will make recommendations regarding follow up sessions, based on the results of the initial session. Remember: your body did not develop constipation or sluggishness overnight; it took years. Many people have a considerable amount of impacted waste in the colon. Some will need more work than others, depending upon dietary habits, hydration levels and lifestyle. “First timers” receive 3-6 colonics on alternating days. Generally, the recommendation for most people is 12 colonics, over a period of 8-10 weeks. You would therefore have 9 sessions, after the initial 3. Take the time to learn about yourself and your body through this process.