Colonic Hydrotherapy

The Colon

The colon, or large intestine, is an important part of the digestive system; some 5 feet in length and 2.5 inches in diameter situated at the end of the alimentary canal, it completes the digestive process and handles food waste and much other bodily waste. It is normally populated by billions of friendly bacteria which assist in detoxifying waste, synthesise certain vitamins and help us guard against infection. These same bacteria make up 70% of the dry weight of our fecal waste.

The colon structure is of smooth muscle and it is broadly divided into 3 segments; the caecum and ascending colon into which food enters in a fluid state through the ileocaecum valve the transverse colon where water, minerals and vitamins are re-absorbed and the descending colon where mucous is secreted to coat the faeces prior to defecation through the rectum and anus.

In health, bowel transit time from eating to defecation is 24 hours or less and bowel movement is at least one daily. In disease, poor digestion, yeast overgrowth, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and diarrhea are usually accompanied by auto-intoxication, literally, “self poisoning” – the re-absorption of soluble wastes into the bloodstream – which places a heavy burden upon the other eliminative organs of the body, the skin and the lungs.

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Chronic constipation can lead to further direct complications, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, fissures, atonicity, spasticity, prolapse, colitis and even bowel cancer as well as chronic toxic conditions in the rest of the body, like the skin (e.g., acne and eczema), the cardio vascular system, the nervous-system and liver.

Correct function of the colon is a necessity for health, for truly “disease can begin in the colon”. It has been said that the colon malfunction can lead to 80% of all diseased states.

Some of the known benefits of Colonic Hydrotherapy:
  • Improved energy and stamina
  • Flat tummy
  • Helps with skin ailments and improves the complexion
  • Preventative for many diseases caused by a build up of toxins in the body
  • Relieves constipation

The Colon

FAQS

Colonic Hydrotherapy is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas, accumulated fecal matter and mucous deposits. Such techniques were first recorded in 1500BC., and have been used in traditional and naturopathic medicine since that time. Using sterilised equipment, filtered water is gently introduced into the rectum which progressively softens and expels fecal matter and compacted deposits.

Colonic Hydrotherapy is more effective than an enema, since the whole colon is treated and water is not purposely retained. It is best used as a complimentary technique to other therapies. By improving elimination response to dietary, homeopathic, herbal, manipulative and other therapies is markedly improved.

Poor elimination can lead to many chronic conditions that colonic hydrotherapy can help: Constipation – Diarrhea – Mucous Colitis – Colitis – Spastic Colon – Diverticulitis – Liver sluggishness – Halitosis Headaches – Flatulence – Hemorrhoids – Skin problems (acne, eczema, psoriasis) – Abdominal bloating – Asthma – Allergies – Fatigue – many “Psychological” states such as depression, lethargy , schizophrenia, etc. It is also of benefit prior to and following barium enemas and during therapeutic fasting. Some complex conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Myalgic encephalomyeliyis (ME) and intestinal Candida are also helped by the resultant detoxifying effect of Colonic Hydrotherapy.

Conducted by a trained therapist, filtered water at a carefully regulated temperature is introduced under gentle gravitational pressure through the rectum into the colon. With special massage techniques, the water begins to soften and cleanse the colon of fecal matter and old deposits which are piped away with the waste water. The therapist works progressively round the structure of the colon allowing water alternatively to flow in and release.

The whole process takes about 30 minutes. Herbal preparations may be used for certain conditions, and regular colon implants of Latobacillus acidophilus are given to assure normalization of bowel fibre. The modesty of the patient is preserved to the utmost during the process.

No, special measures are necessary prior to colonic hydrotherapy, although results may be more rapidly achieved by following a colon cleansing programme.

Yes. Equipment is disposable or sterile. The water pressure is very low so there is no danger of bowel perforation.

Unlike regular use of laxatives, colonic hydrotherapy is not habit forming, and in fact improves colon muscle tone.

Ann Page is a medically trained colonic hydrotherapist. All medical procedures are carried out under clinic conditions. Detailed medical history is taken prior to the treatment. Herbal medication is prescribed post treatment.

Most people quickly experience improved mental clarity after colonic irrigation. With their toxic load diminished and elimination improved, a greater feeling of well-being and lightness is felt.

Obvious relief from bloating and constipation, toxic headaches, painful hemorrhoids and skin problems. In the longer term, bowel disease risk is also diminished and nutrients are better absorbed leading to improved all round health.

Essentially anyone with a condition aggravated or caused totally or in part by auto toxicity, and where the resulting improved elimination aids healing. Most diets include mucous forming foods like dairy, eggs, sugar, flour and tofu and even those people on relatively good diets and who have regular bowel movement have old hardened accumulations of mucoid deposits with hinder proper elimination and need periodic cleansing.

Depending upon the condition being treated, the individual and the initial results, anything between 6-12 treatments may be recommended spread over one or two months.

Deposits built up over a lifetime cannot be shifted in one or two irrigations only. Following the course, it is a good idea to have a treatment every 6 months to maintain inner cleanliness and good elimination.

Your first appointment will require one and a half hours as this will include your initial consultation.
All subsequent treatments take approximately one hour.
A Colonic Hydrotherapy is £70 per session.  If you book a course of six sessions the course price would be £360. (paid in full on first session) a saving of £60.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage
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Indian head massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders. It aims to rebalance your body’s energies.

What is Indian head massage?

Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic treatment that has been practiced in India for thousands of years, and is incredibly relaxing. Part of the Hindu health care practice of Ayurveda, Indian head massage focuses on your head, neck and shoulders. It is a deep massage, which uses a variety of pressure and techniques that tap into your seven “‘chakras” or paths of energy and encourage healing and balance in your whole body.

Indian head massage has become a popular component of combined treatments or rituals, including massage and facials.

What is Indian head massage good for?

This form of massage focuses on the three higher “chakras” – mind, body and spirit and as such hits your energy epicentre.

It doesn’t seem sufficient to say that a good, long Indian head massage (involving proper neck and shoulder and back massage as well) will relax you. It’s more than this. It should actually make you feel detached and serene, and leave you sighing and wordless.

Even if you don’t experience this level of relaxation, this massage treatment offers all kinds of other benefits. It will relieve aches, pains and tension in your neck, back and shoulders, improve the texture of your hair and encourage it to grow. An Indian head massage stimulates the flow of blood, lymph and oxygen in your upper body which will clear your sinuses, relieve stress and help you sleep better. And because it can help cure headaches (even migraine!), eye strain and anxiety, an Indian head massage can even help you to concentrate better at work.

What’s more, the use of fragrant oils can stimulate as well as relax you, clearing your head, and soothing you even further.

All in all, an Indian head massage will leave you feeling happier and more relaxed all round.

Before you go

You should wear loose-fitting clothing, so that you don’t feel restricted or uncomfortable. It’s a good idea not to have too many layers. For an Indian head massage, the masseur is liable to want to massage your neck and shoulders, even your upper back, so a polo neck is a bad idea, as is complicated or tight-fitting underwear.

Indian head massage is kind to hair; it is not kind to hair-dos. Remove any hair bands, clips or slides before you go in, and book that hair appointment for the day after

Bear in mind as well that as you may have oils rubbed into your scalp – you might want to take a cap, “Alice” or other hair band with you to make yourself look respectable on your way home, or back at work.

Precautions

As with any treatment it is important to tell your therapist in advance if you:

  • are, or think you might be, pregnant
  • have any medical conditions or are receiving any treatment or medication
  • have recently had an injury or operation
  • are allergic to anything, particularly skin allergies
  • have any broken skin or sores on your scalp as this may affect the kind of oil and treatment you receive.

Be aware that after your massage your hair will smell very strongly of the essential oils used during the massage. If you’re going out for a meal afterwards, you might want to give your hair a good wash beforehand. Chances are it will still smell good, but less overpowering.

What to expect from an Indian head massage

A complete Indian head massage will probably take between 25 and 45 minutes. Your therapist will probably chat with you beforehand to get an idea of your lifestyle, any particular aches, pains or ailments you have. She may ask you if you are having any medical treatments or taking medicines, as this might affect which oils she uses, and what type of pressure and technique.

In an Indian head massage, you are likely to have oils rubbed into your scalp. You may be asked whether you have dry, greasy, normal hair so that the therapist can use an oil which will most improve your hair’s shine and texture. It’s worth mentioning, too, if you have dandruff, or thinning hair, as some oils are can help improve these conditions.

Be prepared for the fact that some of the massage will be quite firm – it can be quite an odd sensation to have your skull massaged, for example – but stick with it. You will feel really relaxed and serene afterwards. The results are worth it.

 

Afterwards

After an Indian head massage you are likely to feel great: relaxed, serene, ache-free, clear-headed, ready to tackle that important report for work, run the children ragged round the park, or fall asleep immediately, depending on the kind of oils used probably!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

But beware: you will feel great; you won’t look great. With all that oil stiffening on your hair, you’ll probably look like you put conditioner on it three days ago and forgot to rinse it out.

In the long-term, the deep-down effects of your Indian head massage may well leave your hair softer, shinier and in much better condition; in the short-term, wear a hat or a very cunning hair band.

Different types of Indian head massage

A lot of generic head and neck massages are based on techniques that you’ll find in Indian head massage. What you will find is that they may have removed the harder elements and will just stick to the gentler movements. This is fine, but may do you less good.

Indian head massage – in its pure or a derivative form – features as a component of many other treatments, including specific massages or facials, or combined treatments or rituals.

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client’s body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels. Always check with your doctor before getting a hot stone massage; individuals with certain conditions–including pregnant women and people with high blood pressure–are advised to avoid this type of therapy.

Muscle Relaxation

The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.

Pain Relief

While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetrate deeper, you may find that a hot stone massage leaves you feeling physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage that does not incorporate heat. It is important to let your massage therapist know if you feel that the heat from the stones is too much or that the pressure they are using is too harsh. Pain or discomfort during the massage process can cause more harm than good after the massage is over so do feel able to say if something does not feel right.

Improved Circulation

Typically, a massage therapist allows the heated stones to rest on trigger points in your body before beginning the actual massage. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation delivers more oxygen to the muscles, which can help ease aches and pains.

Psychological Benefits

Massage therapy can result in psychological benefits as well as physical ones in many people. You may find that the relaxation afforded to you through a hot stone massage helps ease some of your mental stress and tension. A hot stone massage may also help you combat some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression. While massage therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical or psychiatric care, it can be an integral part of your treatment plan.