Constitutional hydrotherapy employs the use of hot and cold waters in combination with electrical stimulation on the skin overlying the vital organs of the lungs and digestive tract. This stimulates circulation through the internal organs bringing to them increased oxygen and nutrients. Constitutional hydrotherapy also stimulates the production of white blood cells that fight infection, digestive enzymes, and aids in detoxification.
Constitutional hydrotherapy has been successfully used in conjunction with other therapies to treat a wide array of illnesses:
- Digestive conditions
- Low immune function
- Chronic fatigue
- Soft tissue injuries
To find out if hydrotherapy might be beneficial to you, please contact us to make an appointment.
What is Colon Hydro-Therapy?
Colon Hydro-Therapy, also called Colonic, is the safe, gentle infusion of warm filtered water in to the rectum using no chemicals or drugs. It is a restorative, painless procedure which is effective for removing; Colonic waste, encrusted matter, gas, mucous, toxins and parasites from the Large Intestine (colon) using purified, pressure regulated warm water.
Effects of a stagnant colon:
Anxiety & worry
Gas & bloating
Lack of energy
Lack of sex drive
Low back pain
PMS or hormonal imbalance
How does it work?
After the gentle insertion of a small tube into the rectum, the patient lies on a comfortable treatment table and the trained therapist will monitor the temperature and pressure of the water infused into and out of the colon (large intestine). No assistance is needed on the part of the patient.
This infusion of water will induce contractions in the colon, and the patient will start to expel fecal matter through the colonic hose which leads back to the colonic machine and through a clear glass viewing tube. It is quite interesting to see what is expelled during a normal treatment session.
While the patient is receiving the colonic treatment, the colon therapist will gently massage various parts of the abdomen to help loosen and dislodge areas of fecal impaction.
How does a Colonic differ from an Enema?
Colon therapy cleanses the entire colon without stressing the individual and provides a closed system in which waste material is eliminated through the instrument and out the drain line, avoiding any offensive odor and maintaining the dignity of the patient.
Colon therapy is an extended and more complete cleansing then an enema cleansing. The enema cleansing is limited to the area of the rectum and to shorter periods of time due to the body’s natural wish to expel any material from the rectum. The Colon therapy method extends beyond the rectum to cleanse the entire large intestine and offer greater cleansing and therapeutic benefits. Enemas or laxatives may precipitate dehydration in the individual but colon hydro-therapy in effect, could improve the hydration status of the patient.
Is it clean?
At Holistique, we use new and sterile disposable tubings and speculum with every patient with every visit. The Colon therapy machine affords thorough cleansing and disinfection following each treatment with a built-in check valve which prevents waste water from returning to the water supply. The machine also features a disposable unit which eliminates any possible contamination to the patient from the previous treatment.
Why do Colon Therapy?
A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. The elimination of undigested food material and other waste products are as important as the digestion and assimilation of healthy foods and nutrients.
The colon (large intestine) is approximately 5-6 ft long and 1 inch wide. This has a two way wall, and is the last part of the digestive process, absorbing nutrients & water from the digested foods and receiving toxins, dead cells, and waste from around the body.
It can be thought of as the plumbing system of the body. If the toxins present are not removed, they can leak back through the intestinal wall into the blood stream to be redistributed around the body. The body then builds up an overload of waste material. The other elimination organs; liver, kidney, skin and lungs must work even harder to eliminate this waste from the body.
Causes for waste buildup
- Bad dietary habits: eating low fiber, high fat foods; eating too much or too quickly, poor food combinations and/or drinking large quantities of liquids at meals that dilute digestive enzymes.
- Dehydration: drinking coffee, tea, alcohol or colas that contain caffeine dehydrate the stool.
- Emotional stress: the “fight or flight” stress reaction to anger, frustration, fear, overwork and unhappy life circumstances all involve release of adrenaline.
Adrenaline triggers defensive needs, like an alert mind and tense muscles, but slows or shuts down “non-essential” systems like digestion and elimination.
- Bad habits as adults ignoring the call of nature or being in jobs that don’t allow you to go to the bathroom when you feel the need, which ruins the tone of the sigmoid and rectum muscles-the parts that push out the feces.
- Illness, long bed rest, anesthetic for an operation or pain medication can result in sluggish body functions
- Physical stress or defects: genetic or accidental impairment of nerve functioning or spinal misalignment.
Benefits of Colon Therapy
Colon therapy aids in the hydration of the large intestine. The water is absorbed which increases the volume of the blood. Circulation is thereby increased, resulting in greater bathing of individual cells. Colon therapy also dilutes toxins and flushes them out, relieves uremia and toxemia, increases the elimination of the kidneys and the skin as well as the bowels. This assists the cardiovascular system and circulatory systems to be more efficient.
By cleansing the colon of impacted and putrefactive fecal matter, colonics may offer relief from the above listed disturbances. Your sense of well being is often dramatically improved. You feel lighter and more energetic. The body can again take nourishment from food and defend itself against disease.
How often do I get Colon Therapy?
Colon Therapy should not be done without first discussing it with your physician. The physician will then recommend when, how often and how many colonic treatments you should have done.
Who is the trained Colon Therapist?
Marta Broda is a certified colon therapist who studied in Vancouver, BC. She is one of the very few certified colon therapists in Washington and has over four years of experience. Marta is passionate and caring about her patients and work here at Holistique Medical Center. She uses reflexology, acupressure, abdominal massage along with her big heart and highly skilled knowledge to help patients through this cleansing procedure.
Why Do Colon Therapy at Holistique?
Recently, the Department of Health has indicated that colon therapy must be performed by a physician or therapist supervised by a physician to minimize complications. At Holistique, colon therapy is supervised by our physicians in a warm, caring and hygienic environment.
Download/print the Colon Therapy Questionnaire (pdf)
What is a Bionic HydroTherapy Foot Bath?
Bionic HydroTherapy™ is a mineral bath similar to those found in famed European health spas. It uses a gentle current to stimulate the release of polarized mineral ions in a warm salt bath. These ions interact with the body providing a gentle form of general detoxification. The treatment is a form of iontophoresis where polarized charge of the water attracts the opposite charged substances in the feet.
How does it work?
Bionic HydroTherapy™ generates a programmable mix of positive and negative ions (charged atoms) which attach themselves to oppositely charged toxic particles and draws them out of the body through the pores in the feet.
How long has this been around?
Ion technology has been researched for decades, but the secret to its successful use in detoxification has only recently become available to health care practitioners and their patients.
Why do I need a detoxing foot bath?
The human body is like a giant magnet that attracts and holds onto toxins. Heavy metals, partially oxidized fats, unassimilated proteins, cholesterol deposits, uric acid, plaque, free radicals, lactic acid and the vast array of chemicals that pervade our water, air and food attach themselves in ionized forms to joints, organs, arteries, nerves and connective tissues, disrupting their function, and creating an environment for disease, allergies and immune system breakdowns. While Bionic HydroTherapy™ is not a “cure” for any disease, it is a way to assist the body in eliminating toxins freeing up energy it can use elsewhere.
Is it painful?
No. Bionic HydroTherapy™ is a painless and efficient way to dissolve toxic accumulations no matter where they are located in the body without the unpleasant toxic aches and pains one can get from other methods. You will sit comfortably in a chair and place your feet in a tub of warm salt water. That is it. Many find it a relaxing experience and don’t realize they are doing something therapeutic.
What can I expect to achieve with this foot bath?
The result over several sessions is a remarkable release of many different toxic materials, a growing feeling of well-being and a significant increase in overall energy.
How often will I have to do them?
Your physician will order a treatment session for you depending on your individual needs. Not everyone will need to have this therapy. She will tell you how many and for how long. Foot baths should not be done on a daily basis. Since this bath pulls out metals, it also pulls out minerals, which are metals. Doing this daily could deplete you of important minerals and throw your body off of balance. That is also why it is important to drink a mineral replacement while doing your foot bath. When the world we live in no longer produces pollutants that invade our bodies and befuddle our minds we won’t have to be concerned with protecting our health. Until then, Bionic HydroTherapy™ is a practical method just about anyone can use to promote good health and quality of life.
What to expect during treatment
During your treatment you will notice changes to the appearance of the water. These changes are a normal part of the exchange of ions that are taking place and the result of toxins being removed from your body. Not everything you see in the water will be coming from you. There are metals in a mineral bath that donate part of themselves to ionize the water. With that said, the color and intensity depends upon whose feet are in the bath and what toxins are being removed and from where.