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Colonic FAQs


The colon is also called the large intestine. The ileum (last part of the small intestine) connects to the cecum (first part of the colon) in the lower right abdomen. The rest of the colon is divided into four parts:

  • The ascending colon travels up the right side of the abdomen.
  • The transverse colon runs across the abdomen.
  • The descending colon travels down the left abdomen.
  • The sigmoid colon is a short curving of the colon, just before the rectum.

The colon removes water, salt, and some nutrients forming stool. Muscles line the colon’s walls, squeezing its contents along.  Billions of bacteria coat the colon and its contents, living in a healthy balance with the body.

In a healthy body, nutrients will absorb and waste will be eliminated completely within about 24 hours. Ideally, one should have as many bowel movements per day as meals. Rushing through our day overrides our body’s normal reflex to defecate after eating. Failure to eliminate thoroughly and in a timely manner affects the balance of bacteria and leads to re-absorption of waste products that should have been passed out of the body. These re-absorbed wastes can poison the intestines and the rest of the body.

The three essential functions of a healthy body are:

  • Building tissue from food
  • Balance and maintenance
  • Proper elimination of waste

What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy , also known as colonics and colon irrigation, is a method of cleansing the colon (large intestine) of accumulated fecal matter, mucus, harmful toxins and bacteria from the bowel. A gentle infusion of filtered warm water flows in and out of the colon over a 45-minute session.

The colon is a 4-layer muscle and colon hydrotherapy helps to stimulate and exercise this muscle. Like any muscle, if it is not toned and working efficiently it will become sluggish and not work at an optimum level.

If you are not eliminating the same number of meals today which you ate yesterday, then your colon may not be working efficiently and you may be constipated. Waste and toxins that remain too long in the intestines feed harmful bacteria causing putrefaction and fermentation which can cause symptoms such as gas, bloating, nausea, headaches, fatigue, skin problems, etc.

These poisons can also be reabsorbed into the system and cause autointoxication (or self-poisoning) and can lead to more serious health problems.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy safe?

Yes, everything is disinfected and sanitized with hospital grade cleaners recommended by the manufacturer before each session. Each client receives their own pre-packaged, sterile, disposable, medical grade rectal nozzle which is disposed of after a single use. The water is filtered upon entering the unit and warmed to body temperature, then it is purified and sterilized by an ultraviolet light before gently flowing into the client. The colonic unit is FDA approved. The colon hydrotherapist is trained, certified, and insured.

What is the difference between Colon Hydrotherapy and an enema?

Colon hydrotherapy is much safer and easier than your typical enema. An enema reaches only the rectum and lower part of your colon whereas with colon hydrotherapy the entire length of the colon is cleansed. With an enema, water enters the body from the rectum under gravity force, distending and weakening the lower section of the colon before being released into the toilet. Colon Hydrotherapy, on the other hand, has a beneficial toning effect while also hydrating and enhancing absorption.

What is the difference between an open & closed colonic system?

There are basically two different types of units available for administering colonics and they are either open or closed systems. Before deciding to have a colonic it is helpful to understand the basic difference between the two types.

The OPEN System:

With an open system, which is mostly self-automated, the client lies on a molded fiberglass table that looks like a recliner. The table has a basin cut into it and a small, disposable rectal tube, about the size of a pencil is at one end. After demonstrating to the client how to gently insert the tube (only about one inch inside), the therapist leaves, providing total privacy for the client. The therapist returns when the client is ready and starts the continuous gravity-flow water through the rectal tube into the client. When the client feels full, they simply push out and the rectal tube moves to one side within the rectum allowing the softened matter to flow out. The waste then flows to the bottom of the basin, out through a 4-foot clear viewing tube, and straight into the sewer. An odor exhaust system works so that it remains odor free at all times. The therapist remains in the room and provides initial instructions during the first session, but some private time can also be provided at the request of the client.

This type of system is very gentle and is usually the better choice for clients who have had any type of bowel concerns. The open system is generally regarded as more comfortable than the closed system. Clients are allowed to have the privacy they typically desire and they’re also able to trust their own intuition, holding and releasing when they feel the need to.

The CLOSED System:

With a closed system, which is a manual device controlled by a therapist, the client lies on a table (usually a massage table) and the device is attached to plumbing near a wall. The therapist then inserts a larger sized speculum into the rectum and attaches one end of a disposable hose to the speculum and connects the other end to the device. A pressurized stream of water is then delivered through the attached hose and when the colon is filled and pressure reaches maximum levels, the therapist manually drains the waste through the same hose. Because both the water and the waste go in and out the same tube, this is the reason the rectal speculum is much larger and inserted much deeper using the closed system (so nothing comes out around the outside of the speculum). Water pressure and temperature within the colon must be monitored to avoid leakage or perforation, requiring the constant attention of the therapist.

This type of system is generally the better choice for clients who have spinal injuries causing a loss of control of the anal sphincter muscle. It may also be best for clients who prefer to have the constant attention of a therapist, who will control every aspect of the session, from inserting the rectal speculum to coaching them when to hold the water and when to release the waste.

What kind of colonic system do you use?

SkinnyLabb Health and Wellness uses an open system called the “LIBBE” (Lower Intestinal Bottom Bowel Evacuation). This is the finest, state of the art equipment on the market.

FDA approved

Durable, fiberglass, ergonomic reclined chair system

Gravity Flow = SAFE!

Ultra-Violet Water Filter & Purification

Automatic Temperature Shut-off

Odorless Vent System

Therapist assisted and/or operated in privacy


What can I expect at my first colonic appointment?

Your first colonic appointment will take about 90 minutes. The colon hydrotherapist reviews your Colonic Intake Form which you will fill out once you arrive for your appointment. You do not need to come in early to your appointment, as we include the paperwork in your session. The Colonic Intake Form provides the therapist with the necessary information to understand your colon and digestive health needs, as well as verify that it’s safe to provide you with this service.

Individualized colon health education will be provided next. Then we will go over any questions or concerns you may have. After briefly explaining how to prepare to use the colonic unit, you will begin your 45-minute colonic session.

During the colonic session, the client is modestly draped and will always maintain their personal dignity. The colonic unit is designed to be user friendly and once coached, the client may be in control of the session. The therapist is present but allows the client to have some privacy, which often helps the client to relax and have a more effective cleanse. The last 5 minutes of the session is reserved to allow your body to “drain” any excess water it may be holding.

Will getting a colonic be painful?

Getting a colonic should not be painful. However, you may feel some slight discomfort or cramping prior to releasing, especially if you have an excess amount of waste matter in your colon. But we do have a user friendly device which allows the client to slow or stop the flow of water if they should want to do so at any time during their session.

How should I prepare for my colonic?

The day before your colonic as well as the day of your colonic, be sure to hydrate and drink plenty of water- at least your daily recommended intake which is half your weight in ounces (so if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water every day). Also, in the same 24 hour period prior to your colonic, eat lightly and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages if possible (since they are dehydrating). It is important to avoid eating food two hours prior to your colonic.

What should I do after my colonic?

After your colonic, be sure to continue to drink plenty of liquids – alkaline water is most ideal plus fresh vegetable or fruit juice, herbal tea, coconut water, and soup. No pop, coffee, or alcohol. Take probiotic supplements or eat fermented foods such as cultured vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea to put more friendly bacteria in your body. Follow proper food combining rules to reduce gas and aid digestion. Avoid strenuous exercise immediately afterward.

Will everything in my colon be eliminated during a colonic?

Many of us have a considerable amount of impacted waste in our colon due to many different diet and lifestyle factors. So the contents of the bowel are typically not entirely released during a first session. Second and subsequent colonics will likely release more material as your body tunes into releasing and the colon muscles become more toned and hydrated.


Who benefits from Colon Hydrotherapy?

Nearly anyone and everyone can benefit from Colon Hydrotherapy. The colon is one of five eliminative organs in the body so colonics are a safe and effective way to rid toxins from the body. The less toxicity we have in our bodies, the stronger our immune systems, and the healthier we will be overall.

Medical indications for the use of Colon Hydrotherapy include constipation or fecal impaction. Colon Hydrotherapy may also be prescribed by physicians as preparation prior to surgery and intestinal diagnostic procedures (i.e. barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy).

How often should I get a colonic?

After your first colonic session, you can discuss future session recommendations with the therapist and a maintenance plan will then be determined based on the individual condition. In order to bring the body back into balance, many clients benefit from doing a series of anywhere from 6-24 colonics . A recommended protocol is 2 the first week, 2 the second week and once a week for 2-8 more weeks. Doing a long-term series of colonics helps to slow detoxification to a more gentle and tolerable rate.

It depends on your toxicity level. One or two colonics might be all you need to recover from minor health concerns. However, overcoming lifelong constipation or a more serious illness and achieving vital health may require regular colonics for some time. Remember that it took years to create your current body condition, so it will not be repaired overnight. Certain diet and lifestyle changes may also be needed along with the colonics.

Will the colonic wash away the good bacteria in my colon?

Colonics can cleanse both the good and bad bacteria from the bowel just like regular bowel movements can as well. If we are cleansing a lot of toxic waste from the bowel, then we are creating a better environment to re-establish the good bacteria in. So it is important to take probiotic supplements/beverages and/or eat probiotic foods to provide the body with these good bacteria.

Will the colonic cause my bowels to not work properly?

No. Colon Hydrotherapy hydrates and exercises the colon creating better peristalsis (muscle contraction), which will help tone and strengthen it to function and eliminate much better.

Is it okay to get a colonic if I’m menstruating?

You may still get a colonic during your menstrual period. Some women feel it is an appropriate time to have a hydrotherapy session since your body is already cleansing. However, some prefer to wait until their period is over. It’s a matter of personal preference.

Will the colonic cause any side effects?

Most clients say they feel much better, lighter, and more energetic. Some first time clients may temporarily experience slight headache or fatigue due to their body detoxifying. This why we highly recommend two initial colonics for new clients. The second session can be necessary so that the rest of the toxins that were stirred up from the first colonic are eliminated rather than reabsorbed.

Who should NOT get a colonic?

There are certain contraindications (a condition or factor that increases risk) with colon hydrotherapy:

Abdominal hernia or abnormal distension/masses

Abdominal surgery (within 12 weeks)

Acute Liver Failure

Anemia (severe)


Carcinoma of the colon or rectum

Cardiac Disease (severe)

Crohn’s Disease


Colon or rectal surgery (within 12 weeks)


First & last trimester of pregnancy


Hemorrhoidectomy or severe hemorrhoids

Intestinal hemorrhage/perforation


Renal Insufficiency or dialysis patients

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The information presented in this website should NOT be construed as medical advice. Colon Hydrotherapists DO NOT diagnose, prescribe, insert, cure or prevent any disease. You should always discuss your medical history with your own personal practitioner licensed by law.