Here are answers to the most common questions we’re asked. If you can’t find what you want to know here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
This is the type of colonic we use at Bottoms Up. During a closed colonic you lie on a massage bed and your therapist inserts a speculum with inlet and outlet tubing attached. This allows water to circulate in the colon and for waste to be removed. Your therapist remains in the room performing the treatment and massages your abdomen with pure grade aromatherapy oil.
During an open colonic, you are usually by yourself during the session. You lie on a purpose-built bed with a hole for the waste to enter and leave while running water continuously goes into the colon. This treatment relies on the integrity of the colon to hold and release.
Simply put, yes a colonic does remove good bacteria, but no more than a normal bowel movement would do. The function of a colonic is to remove the bad bacteria and create a clean environment where good bacteria want to thrive
The only thing we share at our clinics is conversation! At Bottoms Up our hygiene standards are extremely high. We have disposable speculums and tubing which are never used more than once. Beds and bathrooms are meticulously wiped down after each treatment and each client has a clean covering for modesty. All our equipment is TGA-approved and free of nasties like petroleum and BPA.
Colonic hydrotherapy is not a painful process, but it can be a bit uncomfortable at times, particularly before a release. It just feels like you want to poo. Your therapist will use a moulded disposable speculum and this is only inserted into the anus NOT the actual bowel. No force is applied. We have a pressure gauge on our equipment that indicates how much pressure is inside and this is adjusted to keep you comfortable. But our biggest gauge is your face! Our goal is the effective hydration and absorption of the bowel, not how much water we can get into the colon.
Possibly, but after 10 minutes or so you should relax. Our therapists often use the treatment themselves and are very respectful and sympathetic to how you feel. They do their best to put you at your ease. You're covered discreetly, your tummy is massaged and the warm water is soothing for your bowel. Faecal matter is removed via the tube so there is no odour or mess.
Your colon is a muscle like any other. It has the ability to stretch and contract. A colonic is like taking your colon to the gym. We promote peristalsis which means your bowel starts to contract and expand. It is a great work out for the colon, improving the integrity of this important muscle.
There is a lot of confusion about these different terms. Here’s a short explanation of each.
This is where you fill an enema bag with water and herbs or coffee and self-insert a small tube into your rectal area while lying on your back or side. You leave this liquid in your sigmoid colon area until you feel the urge to evacuate on the toilet.
• Colema board
Similar to the enema, but with the addition of a board that is purpose built that puts you in a position of buttocks higher than the shoulders. Sometimes placed over a bath or toilet.
• Colon lavage
A medical procedure undertaken in a hospital where the Doctor inserts liquid into the bowl from the cecum area to wash out the large colon.
A colon hydrotherapy session at Bottoms Up Colonics is completely safe and we have a clinical practice guide that guides our sessions to ensure all our clients have the highest quality of care.
Our certified colon hydrotherapist will slowly and gently insert a small speculum into the bottom. This isn't painful but the pressure can feel strange. During your session you may occasionally experience moments of discomfort in the form of stomach cramps that may feel like poo pains or period pain. This doesn't mean anything is wrong as we can sometimes feel these sensations when the body is releasing whether that be poop, gas, toxins etc. After all, digestive upset including constipation and bloating is by nature, uncomfortable. If discomfort does occur, your therapist will support you through this sensation by gently massaging your belly whilst applying a heat pack and essential oils to soothe and settle the belly.
No, it restores the microbiome while rehydrating your cells.
After your initial health assessment with our friendly, qualified colon hydrotherapist, you will be asked to remove your lower under garments and then place a clean sheet over you after the therapist leaves the room. The therapist will then check you are ready and then re-enter the room and ask you to lie slightly on the left side of your body while they slowly insert the small, medical grade colonic speculum into your bottom, checking on you to ensure you are comfortable at all times while the sheet gives you privacy. Then you will turn and lay back down on your back and the hydrotherapy session will begin.
All therapists at Bottoms Up Colonics are internationally certified in Rojas Therapeutics Colon Hydrotherapy technique. Some of our therapists have previously been nurses or worked in the health industry.
We understand everyone has concerns including haemorrhoids. They are quite common and nothing to be ashamed of. Please let your therapist know if you have haemorrhoids as they are quite common and we will be mindful and gentle when inserting the small, medical grade colonic speculum.
We maintain the highest level of privacy during your session by asking you to remove your lower under garments and then getting you to place a clean sheet over you when the therapist is out of the room. Once the therapist returns to the room, they will slowly insert the small speculum while you have the sheet over you to ensure they don’t see anything.
● Type 1 diabetes - the hydration from colon hydrotherapy can lower blood sugar. Please eat prior and bring your medication with you.
● Low blood pressure - the hydration from colon hydrotherapy can lower blood pressure. Please eat prior and be sure to let your therapist know. We will guide you to take your time before leaving.
Contraindications for colon hydrotherapy:
● Pregnant - trimester one, high-risk pregnancy or have been using IVF to get pregnant.
● Active, painful, bleeding haemorrhoids.
● Have had surgery on the digestive tract in the last 6 weeks. Including gallbladder removal, appendectomy, intestine resection etc.
● Anal fissure (tear in the bowel wall) and/or have a seton.
● Active, acute, inflamed, painful Crohn's, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis (need to wait until the pain, reactivity and any bleeding have subsided).
● Dialysis - kidney failure.
● Are on medication, or have been instructed, to keep fluid intake low.
● Have recently had a heart attack (fluid intake may be limited)
Each session of colon hydrotherapy can vary from person to person and session to session. Sometimes you'll have a big release through the tube, other times not so much as this depends on hydration, build up, blockages etc. Whatever is not released during your colonic can be eliminated on the toilet at the end of your session.
After your colonic, your therapist will instruct you to sit on the toilet, elevate your feet on the squatty-potty to open the bowel pathway and encourage you to take your time emptying your bowel. You may release liquid, solid matter and gas. It could be a lot, or not so much.
No, it doesn’t smell as you release through the tubing that goes through the device that is plumbed into the waste system so there is no mess or smell.
Yes, we use filtered water.
Most people feel nervous about things they’ve never tried before. We try to put the nerves at ease by explaining exactly what we are going to do, how this impacts the body and by giving you as much information as you need. We also give you the privacy and confidence you deserve.
No, you will continue to have bowel functions moving forward.
No, it will not.
Our Rojas colon hydrotherapy technique is both safe and gentle. However, every person is different and has their own medical history. We encourage you to call us if there is something that hasn’t been identified above or you would like to discuss your personal circumstances with us.