There are basically two types of colonics...open-system and closed-system. I have had and administered colonics on all sorts of 'machines' and my personal preference is for a closed-system colonic...more water can be used during the session, you release more waste and you are able to relax more. Under the category of closed-systems there are various types of colonics...the Woods Gravity Flow method, Hydrosans, Toxygen, etc. Most of the machines are basically the same from the recipients standpoint...however, the Woods method is different in that it only uses the force of gravity to administer the water...and the control of the water pressure is not done by a dial, but manually by the therapist working with the client. It generally allows for closer contact with the client and the therpaist is able to simultaneously control the water flow and perform abdominal massage (with the other machines the therapist does one and then the other...back and forth...so they usually don't use as much water during the session and don't get as much released). The Woods method...in general...is the older method of doing colonics and is generally not compatible with disposable equipment. HOWEVER....provided the equipment is properly sanitized and disinfected and the speculums are autoclaved...there is NO risk of contamination. Autoclaving is the same procedure used to sanitize surgical, dental, etc. instruments.
As far as what to ask prior to getting a colonic:
Do you have an open- or closed-system? (Your preference determines this...but know beforehand! If you've had one type of colonic and then end up at a facility that has the other...you're likely to be very surprised...and possibly dissapointed!)
Do you use disposable equipment or do you autoclave your speculums? (VERY IMPORTANT...one or the other is a must!)
Do you use purified water? (VERY IMPORTANT...if they say no, take a pass!)
These are the main questions that you need answered. Every therapist has their own style and puts their own twist on doing a colonic...most will do abdominal massage, some will perform reflexology, some use essential oils, some do mini- castor oil packs during the colonic, some offer nutritional consultation as part of the session...some seperately. Regarding probiotics and implants...acidopholus, wheatgrass, coffee, ozone, etc....some facilities will do this and others will not. This does not reflect the quality of the colonic or facility. Introducing anything into the body other than water is considered administering that 'treatment' and has previously been interpreted at 'practicing medicine'...hence it is a felony if the individual is not licensed as a healthcare practitioner. Colon hydrotherapists are NOT licensed in most states and there is no regulation for the industry...so providing this service can leave the facility vulnerable to being shut down and the therapist charged with practicing medicine without a license...that's the felony! Yes, it has happened...so some facilities will not provide probiotics or other implants. However, a good colon hydrotherapist will discuss the importance of probioitcs etc. and may sell them to you so that you can self-administer when you return home. BTW...a growing number of facilities will also require that you insert the speculum yourself...with their guidance...for this same reason. I believe that California is now requiring this.
All that being said...there is considerable difference in the skill and knowledge of one colon hydrotherapist and the next...regardless of the equipment. Your best bet is to ask around at health food stores and alt/com healthcare practitioners (chiropractors, naturopaths, massage therapists...even estheticians and beauty salons) for a referral. If you hear the same name over and over...chances are good that they have a good reputation and loyal following.
I would like to get a home colonic irrigation kit. As I live in Southern Mexico I need to get just the speculum and tubing parts, and try to set up my own tank and board here. Do you know where I can get them? I've searched all over the web, with no luck!
I have Candida and am interested in getting the fungus all the way out soon!
Madie, I was in Vegas last month and got my first high colonic. I was nervous too but the folks there made me feel welcome and at ease. I went to Healing Waters on 820 Rancho Lane #62 702-388-4124. They were very friendly and I totally recommend them. Tell them Steve from South Carolina recommended them. Good luck.
Love to find a colonics Hydrotheraphist in my area. I went onto www.colonichydrotheraphy.com. The site didn't mention any states or practictioners. Can Any one help me, with this I need it bad. Have a fabulas day
I would love to find one too!! I have been looking all over with no luck. I have found websites that list a few, then call to hear that they don't do it anymore or the phone has been disconnected. I am desperate to find one!
In the Central Florida Area the best place I have found is the Sirine Institute of Health and Beauty in Winter Park. It is a very comfortable, very clean, and very reasonable priced place they make you feel like family. The make a very embarrassing situation very enjoyable. They are located right on 17-92 just north of Fairbanks. You will love them, I do!
It is a complete kit with disposable parts but they can also be reused if you want.
A different board and kit can be purchase here:http://www.colonics-online.com
I have also found this website to purchase more of the disposable speculum and tubing kits for my board: http://kmbodycare.com/essentials_06.htm