Colonic Hydrotherapy

Most people hold a preconceived idea about colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation. Understandably clients are a little apprehensive and anxious prior to a treatment; however it is not unusual for clients to look forward to subsequent treatments because it commonly leaves them feeling clean, revitalised and well. Colonic Hydrotherapy has been practised for thousands of years in ancient Egypt, Greek, Chinese and Indian civilisations. Colon hydrotherapy at the York Clinic is provided by Joanna Priestley.

The Colon

The Colon, also known as the large intestine or large bowel, is the final part of the digestive tract and is located in the abdomen. Its main functions are to eliminate waste and absorb water. It is 5 feet long and 2½ inches in diameter. It is inhabited by billions of ‘friendly’ bacteria which assist in detoxifying waste, synthesising certain vitamins and minerals and helping us guard against infection.

What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe and effective way of cleansing the colon of accumulated waste material, gas, mucous and toxins. Waste material, especially that which has remained in the colon for some time (i.e. impacted faeces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms. etc), poses several problems. Firstly this material is quite toxic. These toxins can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream making us feel ill, tired or weak. Secondly, impacted material impairs the colons ability to assimilate minerals and the bacterial produced vitamins. Finally, a build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation. Cleansing of the colon is achieved by flushing the colon with warm, highly filtered water, which stimulates the bowel to empty itself with waste and water being piped away.

Is It Safe?

A comprehensive consultation prior to treatment ensures colon hydrotherapy is a suitable treatment for you. Only a small amount of water enters the colon at any one time during treatment. It is introduced at a low gravitational pressure, which is actually lower than is normally generated during a bowel movement; hence there is no risk of perforation of the colon. All equipment is sterilised with a modern proven wide spectrum virucidal disinfectant. Clean linen and towels are used as a matter of course and disposable gowns and covers are provided. Although large numbers of the friendly bacteria which inhabit the colon will be expelled during the treatment, they quickly breed back up to strength and a probiotic tablet is provided to aid this process. The environment in the colon after treatment is usually better than before, thus leading to a better balance. Colon Hydrotherapy, unlike the use of laxatives or enemas, is not habit forming and actually improves the tone of the colon.


How Long Does It Take?

As a consultation is included prior to your initial treatment you will need to allow a total of 1¼ hours for your first session. Subsequent sessions allow 1 hour. Time is required for getting changed before and after treatments and actual treatment time is 30 to 40 minutes.

Is It Painful?

It is rarely painful. Any discomfort during treatment is usually the result of resistance or tension and can be overcome by trying to relax, this is helped by deep breathing. Sometimes during treatment the muscles of the colon will contract suddenly, expelling considerable amounts of waste. This may feel like cramping or gas, and may create a feeling of needing to empty the bowels. Such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated. All waste is expelled immediately through the tubing and into the waste system so there is never a delay or need to “hold yourself.”

Is It Embarrassing?

Not at all. You will fully maintain your personal dignity. Just you and myself will be in the room which is quiet and secure. Each step will be fully explained to you throughout your visit and your emotions or any anxieties will be acknowledged and understood. You will get changed in private and wear a gown and are covered by a towel during the treatment. Only the bottom half of your clothing need be removed. After the first treatment the majority of people say they don’t know what they were worried about.

Will I Be Okay Afterwards?

This is a common concern. Many people fit a colonic into their working day and return to work straight afterwards. It is unusual to have urgency or a need to be near a toilet after a treatment, however, for peace of mind some people prefer to go home and rest. Most likely you will feel a lightness and enjoy a sense of well-being. Some people feel tired but this shouldn’t be any more than the tiredness experienced after exercise. For some, the colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours but there won’t be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It is also possible that you may feel light headed after treatment but if so, this quickly passes.

Is It Okay to Eat And Drink Before And After A Treatment?

On the day of treatment I suggest you have a light diet and plenty of water. A heavy meal is best avoided as your stomach is massaged during the treatment and would be uncomfortable. I will advise you regarding aftercare at time of the treatment including dietary advice; light nourishing food will be the most appropriate.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

One treatment will not completely clear the colon nevertheless it should remove a significant amount of waste. Many people have a course of treatments while others just have a one off treatment. It is up to the individual how they proceed and I will offer advice based on the consultation and treatment outcome.

Are There Circumstances When Colon Hydrotherapy Is Not Advisable?

Yes. Certain conditions such as active infections, active inflammation (such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis), a painful fissure or painful haemorrhoids mean treatment cannot be comfortably carried out until they are healed or are in remission. Diseases such as congestive heart disease, severe uncontrolled hypertension, severe anaemia, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, severe haemorrhaging and colo-rectal carcinoma are also contra-indications for treatment. Some physical conditions such as severe abdominal or inguinal hernias make it an unsuitable treatment. Pregnancy, especially the first three months is also an unsuitable time for a treatment.

How Much Does It Cost?

1st treatment including consultation £60.

Subsequent treatments & previous Colonics clients £60.

Making An Appointment

Joanna Priestley is the Colonic Hydrotherapist working at the York Clinic. Please phone Avril or Diane on 01904 709688 to book an appointment. It is advisable to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment in order to fill out the confidential consultation record. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the Clinic and we will get back to you.