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the latest client review ( 30 6 14)

3 months ago

Unforunately the client had difficultly  logging onyto cylex to post their review as can be seen from their e mail to WLC

E mail from client 30-6-14

Dear julia
I have just spent over an hour trying over and over at least 10 times to register( on cylex), log in without success. I just can't deal with these passwords, etc.
I'm totally stressed out and have given up, so am sending you my review via email separately.
Ang-Ang (not real name)


Review of WLC

I discovered Andreas Moritz's ener-chi.com web-site where he describes a holistic approach to taking responsibility for one s health, and in particular - the AMAZING LIVER AND GALLBLADDER FLUSH -which has to be done in conjunction with colonics before and after each flush.
After some research I found the WLC reviews from clients very helpful in making my choice of clinic and I liked the way Julia took the time to respond to every reviewer.
I was nervous about having the colonics but Julia was  reassuring and her warm, positive personality put me at ease. After the initial appointment she recommended a course of 10 sessions.
She is very  professional and takes pride and care in what she does and
I would absolutely recommend her to anyone wanting to do colon hydrotherapy.

Ang-Ang (not real name); Multiple visits April- July 2014 (continuing client)

here are the latest client reviews posted on West London Colonics Wahanda business page

4 months ago

 

As at the 1st June 2014, our Wahanda business page which is our primary collection point for client reviews  has 52 reviews , ie 8% of our clients post reviews, a good  enough rate to assure that reviews are giving an accurate representation of our service, and of client experience. 

Is 8% a good rate? Well Amazon scores .0.01% as a conversion rate of total users to  reviewers!

The two reviews below are hot off the site as at end of May2014.

May 2014 

client review 
I had wanted to try hydrocolonic therapy for years so finally I did my research and found Julia at West London Colonic.
When I first went for a treatment I was very nervous and unsure but I straight away felt relaxed as Julia is very friendly and trustworthy person and has great passion for her job.
The treatment room was warm and cosy with relaxing music in the background. I felt I was in good hands all the time.
I highly recommend WLC services. Thank you Julia 

solla80 visited May 2014




client review 
My aim was and still is to get my body into balance, years of nutritional starvation, sleep deprivation, stress, emotional and physical abuse and everything else that goes with having fun in your youtrh started to take its toll on me in my early 30's, the importance of the Liver and Colon only came to my attention 2 years ago after reading several books. It all was leading to one thing, Colonics was the way forward, a very natural yet effective treatment which was quite common before the use of modern day antibiotics, I wanted to go back to basics, Julia listens to you, works with you on your goals, offers suggestions, advice and appointments at times to suit, the whole experience is pleasant, and I feel it's an integral part of achieving any health and fitness goal.

back2basics visited May 2014 
 

case studies

5 months ago

1.Bloating / gas case study

Here is a interesting, educational post by my ARCH colleagueLinda Booth, a expert colon hydrotherapist who is always generous in sharing her knowledge.

"I've just had a 43 year old male in the Clinic today, let's call him Mr. X, for digestive health assessment and colonic hydrotherapy treatment.

Symptoms: smelly flatulence and bloating, and he has no idea why. He's been to see his GP and to see several different therapists, but they haven't been able to pinpont the cause.

I picked it up within 2 minutes of reading the health questionnaire I asked him to complete. I always ask for a full list of any medications taken currently, and in the past (if they can remember). It transpires that Mr X has been taking the proton pump inhibitor, Lanzaprozole at 15mg per day, for 10 years! He's taking this because he suffers with acid reflux.

However, there's a trade off here because although the acid reducing medication will help prevent the contents of his stomach and hydrochloric acid from migrating out of his stomach and up the oesophagus, his stomach acid will be ZERO! We know it's important to stop the acid getting into the oesophagus because it can lead to cancer, but what do we do about the effect the medication is having on the intestines and digestion.

We need stomach acid to help break-down and digest proteins. Acid is also important to enable absorption and assimilation of nutrients. On top of that, the acid acts as a neutraliser to any bacteria, virus, parasite or other pathogen trying to get into the body, via the mouth.

Mr. X has very smelly gas, and bloated intestines due to inflammation in this small intestines. I've tweaked his diet a little, asking him to avoid alcohol, for the time being, tomatoes, anything from the onion family, and anything spicy. Introduce some pineapple and papaya into his diet as these contain natural digestive enzymes, and put a few books or boards under the feet at the head of the bed, so the acid isn't pouring out of his stomach when he's asleep. It's important not to sleep flat in bed, especially if you have reflux. I've also recommended a daily probiotic and some digestive enzymes.

It's important not to stop taking acid-reducing medication, as this can cause reflux-rebound, where acid just pours into the oesophagus and into the throat. It has to be a gradual withdrawal of the medication, incorporating some gentle, natural digestive enzymes instead."

2.Working to change long term eliminative issues in a youngster

I like to share the success stories of other colon hydrotherapists doing great work ; here is a snippet from a profile of GAYNOR THOMASON who is based in Manchester.
I especially like her description of how she got rapport with the young girl. So cool. And the trust she gained ( and earned) would have been important in getting over the hump of the painful sessions.
In Gaynors’ words now:
‘One of my greatest successes has been with a young lady of 12 years old who had been taking laxatives since the age of two! Her doctors and consultants said that her anal passage must be slightly malformed- too small to pass good stools. She would be on laxatives for life but her mother thought otherwise. When she contacted me and made her appointment I made sure not to wear my tunic and tried to wear something a girl of her age could relate to so after the initial form filling in we talked about my leopard skin leggings and Primani!!
Ice broken, trust gained immediately. It was a painful couple of sessions for her initially but with the advice on probiotics and nutrition, regular colonics and exercise she is now a normal healthy 'poo-ing' young lady. Job done. Galina (Imrie ) continues to be a great fountain of knowledge and is supportive. Her advice helped to make the story such a great success.’
[Note-Responsible treatment: colon hydrotherapy for a 'minor 'requires ' a letter of referral' from their GP, consultant or health care specialist.& the minor is at all times accompanied by a parent / guardian.]

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Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis when is colon hydrotherapy ok

3 days ago

As you know I am not a medical practitioner, so I am not placed to diagnose what the current phase of  a clients’ condition is.

Just as an overview this is how I understand the condition.
Problems associated with diverticulitis are rooted in today's commonly consumed  diet. Highly refined & processed foods have a tendency to 'slow the BM flow'. And for our bodies to operate optimally, a crucial factor is BTT  bowel transit time (time between eating food & the elimination). If  BTT is prolonged, harmful toxins will form & feacal remnants collect & harden on the walls of the colon, reducing the internal diameter of the colon. Greater effort is then required by the colon's circular muscles to move this compacted waste material.
It's this internal pressure which causes small packets (diverticula) to develop along the colon walls.
Lets say a prospective client reports having both constipation & diarrhoea currently, as well as bloating, gas, griping (spasm)& abdominal pains .
An d they have previously been diagnosed with Diverticulosis, in remission, and have had occasional colon hydrotherapy treatments during the remission phase .

What to make of it?
To understand the symptoms, we should make a distinction that Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis  are in fact two different conditions
Diverticulosis, is when the diverticula have not yet become inflamed. (Or when diverticulitis is in remission, meaning severe/ large scale inflammation has been healed.)
Diverticulosis symptoms are constipation, bloating and cramping. There may also be some small amount of inflammation and possibly, rectal bleeding. (If there's bright red blood from rectum the diverticula are bleeding.)
Diverticulitis is when pouches bulge out of the colon and these pouches (diverticula) become inflamed.
For someone with diverticulitis, (the diverticula inflamed/ infected), the symptoms are somewhat different.
They may include: Pain in the lower part of the abdomen, nauseas with a fever, vomiting and a change in bowel habits.

According to University of California (San Francisco Medical Center) one sign of an inflamed colon is  diarrhea,which can be a gradual symptom, or can come on suddenly.
Abdominal pain is also a sign of an inflamed colon, the exact location of the pain can depend upon what section of the colon is affected with the inflammation.
Note that Active Diverticulitis is extremely painful (& requires emergency medical treatment when complications such as perforations, tears, blockages or bleeding occur).

Preventive and restorative Care .Changes in  diet can help stop attacks of diverticulitis.
¿Increase the amount of fibre  eaten by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
¿Supplement diet with a fibre product, as recommended by  doctor/nutritionist.( Make sure you are well hydrated before taking any fibre supplements ; they will otherwise do more harm than good.)
¿Avoid laxatives and narcotic medications that can lead to constipation.
If the colon is not being cleaned properly the waste that is left behind encourages bacteria and the bacteria will cause the diverticula to become inflamed, and the further worsening of diverticulitis. It then becomes a downward spiral.
Colon hydrotherapy can definitely help to break the spiral, but is advised only when the colon is not currently infected or inflamed to any significant extent. The reason is so as not to impose any stress on possibly weakened bowel walls.
So, the prospective client(pc) in the example  is currently apparently showing 2 signs associated with diverticulitis, namely abdominal pain & diarrhoea. As to how inflamed the colon is, will depend on how long it has been symptomatic, as well as how severe the pain is. Also, for how long has the diarrhoea been happening?
Colon hydro therapy is possible, but we need to know more. It also requires that the p.client is knowledgeable about the pros & cons of treatment, so they are making informed consent. Of course, they have been previously treated, but not lately. The chances are that the p.clients condition has moved to an active stage.
On balance, in this case, the p.client should have a GP check up, to establish the status of their condition. Also  its doubly important to ensure they up their  water intake up gradually, poor hydration is a real no-no in this condition.

Case Study Multiple Sclerosis (MS ) with worsening constipation

21 days ago


Here is a case study, slightly edited for readability by general audience. [The original case study was written for a professional audience by my trainer & mentor, Master Colon hydrotherapist, Roger Groos.]

The female client age 50, presented with long standing multiple sclerosis (11 years), progressively worsening constipation (1 bowel movement per 1-16 days), taking pain medication, and also strong laxatives (senna and lactulose) daily.

Her first treatment resulted in partial evacuation of impacted faeces, large gas pocket released. Recommendations: Chew food more thoroughly.

Her second treatment (2 weeks later). Client reported some colic for 2 days after first treatment, but bowels moving 2-3 times weekly. Feeling "more human". Abdomen more relaxed, stool softer. In the treatment itself, there was complete evacuation to ascending colon.

The third treatment (2 weeks later): Client reported her social life was due to improved wellbeing, however increased business led to less water being drunk, so client presented with signs of dehydrated colon, bowel function poor. The ascending colon full, much gross flatus present, mucus present.
However the treatment was satisfactory. Complete evacuation with caecal flush. Recommendation given to drink more water.

This client went on to be a regular with a total of 51 treatments over a 5-year period. She showed classic hypotonic (slow moving) bowel symptoms with hard impacted stool and poor regularity.
The objective with a chronic degenerative disease such as MS is to provide maximum symptom relief and improved quality of life.
improvement in diet and hydration was also emphasised. These therapeutic outcomes were successfully navigated in the course of her treatments.

Is there a placebo effect involved in Colon hydro therapy (CHT)

27 days ago


Colon hydro therapists know that CHT works, that there are real mechanisms of efficacy at work. Client feedback, by and large, demonstrates this.
But: Is there also a placebo effect involved in Colon hydro therapy? (CHT)

Yes there is. Just as there is in all effective healing interactions –to some degree or another.

Without doubt, people respond better to physical medical placebos than those in pill form. For instance, sham acupuncture delivers better pain relief than fake Tylenol.
When a client commits to a physical therapy with a health practitioner, they increase helpful internal self-talk that leads to placebo effects.
In the real world both practitioners & clients of colon hydro therapy (CHT) routinely have (subjective) evidence of the efficacy of CHT.
CHT, just like acupuncture or massage, has a ritualistic aspect. The ritual creates the person’s state, and the state is what helps creates the impact.

I spend time and effort changing the state of the people who I hope to help. How?
I show I care. I provide relevant information. I open up a relationship with the client, on the phone & by e-mail ahead of the first treatment. I convey my confidence that the treatment will be of help. I convey my competence to support them in their objectives. When it comes to the treatment itself: taking the consultation, preparing the client for treatment clearly has a therapeutic dimension to it. I introduce empathy & caring to that dynamic. So too with after- care instructions.

All these factors have some degree of placebo impact, intermingled with proven, replicable therapeutic agents. After all, just how do you measure the extent of a therapists caring. How do you measure the efficacy of a semi-meditative state that both the practitioner & client enter ? The state , by definition is ephemeral and generally (in real world scenarios) is not measured. It operates as a placebo-like mechanism.

I am not ashamed to say that by this definition of Placebo I am a committed user of it!
It is a sovereign antidote for fear. After all, Fear (explicit or implicit) is a driving force in just about everything we do. At the start of any commitment, we operate from a place of faith. However much information we have, however prepared we think we are, the first step is into unknown terrain.
Placebo factors (such as the ones I have outlined above) gives us permission to believe in a helpful direction. It gives us needed courage to overcome our fear of change, it opens up the possibility to imagine a future where things are better.
Placebos trigger self healing mechanisms at multiple levels of body, mind & spirit.
Now tell me, frankly, what’s so wrong about Placebo effect?
What’s not to like?

Valuable results

one month ago


Value is a powerful concept in health. Better and bigger than price.
The fundamental goal of holistic healthcare is to increase value.

Two questions arise
1) Who defines value?

2) Who creates value?

(1) Results that matter are those the client says matter. Let clients define value. Measure those outcomes, measure client experience as well as ‘how the client does functionally’. Clients do not draw analytical distinctions between process vs outcome or experience of care vs its results. Experience is a fundamental dimension of quality. A bad Colon hydrotherapy experience, ie unnecessarily unpleasant, is a bad outcome, even if functional results seem positive.

Increasing episodes of feeling good is a good outcome and, one might argue, the only outcome that matters for someone who can’t point to functional, organic problems but knows for sure that they are not feeling well.

(2) Who creates value for the client?. It’s co-created, not unilateral.

Well informed clients are engaged in their treatment; engaged clients make informed choices.

People equipped to manage their own health conditions stay healthier and have a better quality of life. Knowledgeable clients are in apposition to extract greater value from their colon hydrotherapy treatments.

CANI constant And Neverending Improvement ( Part 3)

2 months ago

Furter emails sent to WW, content is self explanatory. 

Dear WW,
I hope you are well; not having heard further from you, I wanted again to sincerely thank you for your feedback so far.
Please feel free to contact me, without obligation, if you think I can help or advise on any holistic health -related topic. With my very best wishes for your health & wellbeing.
Warm Regards
Julia Rhodes

Dear WW,
I hope you are well.  I am just following up on my earlier e mails.


When we receive constructive feedback about our services we take it very seriously as it helps us shape ongoing  improvements.
CANI – Constant And Neverending Improvement is a motto that propels us forward. We are always open to listen and learn.  Feedback is a positive thing; the personal development coach, Tony Robbins, in his inimitable way calls it “the breakfast of champions”.


We will always report back to anyone who gives us feedback with a 'You said, We did' e mail. It’s how we acknowledge you and tell you the improvements we have made at your suggestion.Of course sometimes we are unable to act on suggestions, but we will always tell you what we have done.
It's the reason I am writing -just to ask if you are able expand on some of the points you made in your first e mail. Most people who write to any business about things they are not happy with want the business to make improvements; they are not against the business itself. I am sure that is so with you, so I very much look forward to your further comments.  It can be the form of e-mailed comments or a publicly posted review on Wahanda.


At the same time, I am conscious you may have decided that you have no continuing interest in WLC or in colonics. And you might prefer not to comment further. If this is the case, of course, I wouldn't want to trouble you further. 

Just let me know by sending me back an e mail with " unsubscribe " in the e mail header.
In any event, you have my sincere  thanks for interacting with us so far; and our best wishes for your continuing health & wellbeing.
Warm Wishes
Julia Rhodes

IBS case study

2 months ago

I am reviewing a case study published by my trainer & mentor, Roger Groos, edited a little for readability (the original having been written for a professional audience):

Overview: Female, age 38, long-term hospital-diagnosed IBS client (who had tried everything without improvement). She showed a number of classic IBS (Constipation predominant) symptoms with small hard, pelleted stool, infrequent bowel movement (BMs 1per 3 day), incomplete evacuation. She used senna and glycerol suppositories for relief. Associated facial spots with IBS.

Upon observation, she had a symmetrically proportioned abdomen, with good muscle tone; however it was apparent the lower bowel was in spasm.
She responded optimally to the first treatment session with extremely strong peristalsis resulting in a complete bowel evacuation with caecal flush.
The post-colonic recommendations were simple indeed: anti-spasmodic herbs and psyllium seed were prescribed. And she was asked to stop taking irritant laxatives. (Senna is highly irritant)

Prior to having a second treatment (some 6 months later) she reported greatly improved regularity (daily bowel movements), skin and menses much improved. However, her IBS-C symptoms had returned after 5 months hence the reason for follow-up sessions.

Roger commented that this lady displayed a typical hypertonic bowel (indicating a tendency for bowel muscle to spasm).
She only needed periodic colonic treatment, with warm water, to relax the spasm.
Treatment frequency: Six treatments were needed over a 3-year period (and typically the clients’ symptoms flared up when she felt stressed).

My comment: Whilst the case covered a 3 year period of client observation & treatment, this client likely would continue to benefit from regular treatments at the specified frequency as a preventative for stress build-up.

No man is an Island

2 months ago

“No man is an island” said John Donne.

Neither are the systems in a single human being separate, disconnected, isolated, unaffected by our emotions and our thoughts. No. Body Mind and Spirit are one indivisible unit.
When we feel stressed, we might get a headache or an upset tummy. We might feel our heart racing or notice other physiological disturbances when we are feeling anxious. We might notice that we are more susceptible to viruses when we have been pushing ourselves too much and not had the time or resources to look after ourselves. Or we may observe that after an emotional upset, there’s a visceral physical response as a consequence of internal imbalance.
Colon hydro therapy is a holistic treatment meaning it operates at multiple levels of the multi dimensional human being.

Constant and Neverending Improvement ( pt2) A sincere invitation for you to review us

2 months ago

Following on from the  e- mail featured in part 1 of this article (, ie the previous post ) , We wrote again to WW( not real initials) as follows:

Subject: Hi WW, A sincere invitation for you to review us
Date: 27-07-2014 10:13
From: West London Colonics 
To: WW

Dear W,

I hope you are well.  Just following up on my earlier e mail.

I confess I am on a mission to serve people with colon hydro therapy. When folk sign on as clients I go further in connecting with them than perhaps other clinics do. You'll find WLC quick to connect and slow to break. Some of our clients may like that about us, others may not. But that's how we are!

In view of the fact that your first treatment with WLC wasn't as you'd have wished, I making a special priced offer to for you to return and have another treatment for X pounds (instead of 69 pounds). I hope you may consider using it  to restart your colonics- which in my admittedly biased view- will help with candida. (It's easy to let what is useful to us  grind to a halt. Its called Psychological Resistance, and speaking for and about myself, I find it comes up in me when I am on the threshold of a significant change -all sorts of things seem to come up to derail it!)

See attached articles that have some relevance.

If you choose not to return to us, I would still encourage you not to give  up on these treatments . Go have them with someone who is knowledgeable ( i.e. not a spa type set-up). But i sincerely hope you will return. 

The other thing is about Reviews (- notice, I don't call them Testimonials.) We request folk to review us on the basis of their experience with us just as it was, without rose tinting the experience. We think what's valuable for others thinking about these treatments for themselves is they have a wide spectrum of previous users experience to draw upon.

That's why, despite your poor first impressions about WLC, I still would be happy if you will consider reviewing us. And if appropriate, incorporating your views of how you felt we dealt with your situation, and concerns. Please tell it as it is from your point of view.

Ofcourse, I know that all the conventional wisdom about client reviews is to ask for them only  when  a business knows the client  definitely had a uniformly positive experience… Well, we think its wrong to cherry pick, that does a disservice to readers of the reviews. First & foremost we think that the loyalty of a client who writes reviews must be to future potential users of the service -not to the business.

So please do post review saying what you didn't like ( what we should Do Differently) and also perhaps what you liked (What Works Well).

Well anyhows, that's it from me.

Do act if it feels right; book a follow-up treatment and write a review; do either or preferably do both!

Warm Regards

Julia Rhodes
West London Colonics
 

Constant and Never Ending improvement How clients help us with feedback

2 months ago

In West London Colonics’ book, every client who takes the trouble to give us critical feedback is a supporter. Just as much as every client that gives us positive feedback. They are a supporter because their intention is to be helpful, not unkind. They want to support us to be the best we can be, to give us the information we need, the perspective & understanding we need, to improve.

This is self evidently the case with recent feedback we received by e mail, which we reproduce in its entirety (hiding only the name of the sender). She was courteous enough to write to us privately, indication indeed that she did not want to publicly criticise us. Well, so far as we are concerned she is a true friend in that she is prepared to throw a challenge at us, rather than simply turn away. We love it when clients engage with us even when they tell us things we might not want to hear.
This is what she had to say.

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[On 25-07-2014 11:16, WW (not real initials) wrote:]
“Hi Julia

I do really appreciate your emails.

However the reason I don’t want to post review is that I had a very bad experience with West London Colonics.

Bad location, not nice room (like in hospital), broken machine, not resultative treatment and extra charging, boring sales pitch of probiotics etc.

Many thanks

Regards
W”

A short e-mail, with an unmistakable message. We hadn’t got it right for her. It got us thinking. We needed further information. And also we needed to clarify things we had obviously not communicated very well at the time. So we ( ie Julia ) responded as follows:

Dear W,
I really appreciate the honesty of your feedback. And also your consideration in telling me directly about it first.
We shall be looking very seriously at your feedback, because if you had the experience you reported others may have too.
What can we do about it? The first step is to give as detailed a response as possible, without being defensive, but really focused on what we can learn. So we can improve.
So, if you are willing I would like to ask some further questions, and offer some comments, so I can pinpoint where the problems are a bit more specifically. And also offer a little amplification where necessary.
• Bad location - Is it area (Northolt) that’s the problem, or its location in a residential area? Walking distance from tube? Not clear directions ? { based on your feedback, we will post pictures/ images/ photos, and perhaps a videoed walk through of the route.

• not nice room (like in hospital)- do you mean that the treatment room is like a hospital (i.e. clinical feel), not warm & friendly enough? Again, one thing we can do is to post some images of the clinic so prospective clients can see what its like.

• broken machine - I think you may be referring to the fact that the machine piping got blocked. The machine is not faulty but very occasionally the size or hardness of stools can temporally block it, and it then needs clearing. This issue comes up with all makes of colonic machines, from time to time. Even top of the range machines like the one we have in our clinic. All Colon Hydro therapists will have encountered this experience in their practice. If and when it happens, it’s usually with first time clients, not in repeat sessions. Typically, clients do not have repetition of this experience in subsequent colonics because the stools are softened by the hydration from the initial colonic.


• Note that the colon is a muscle, and responds to exercise like any other muscle resulting in improved tone and function. Many people have a sluggish colon, and a colonic can be used to help tone the colon muscle rather like an internal exercise regimen. The rule of thumb is that: One good colonic is worth many regular bowel movements, so it’s a super charged release. When there is persistent build-up of stool, it decreases the muscular action of the colon, and results in hardened stool. This sometimes needs a lot of hydration to release it. [That’s why in this sort of situation, a single colonic is unlikely to be enough]. Once a series of colonics is completed, the colon will begin to function like Mother Nature intended.

not resultative treatment- I take from this that it didn't achieve your expectation. From your notes, actually you had a effective therapeutic treatment in that you were releasing well and needed extra time because of how well you were releasing. See also the points immediately above. Also , as background see the attached info sheet. (I have clearly not explained what a single colonic can and cannot do well enough, so I apologise. (The info sheets and other info here tries to explain further without, I hope, seeming defensive on my part.)

and extra charging- for the extra time? it was 15 minutes, I charged for 10 minutes. Do you have a suggestion for how I could have dealt with this in such a way as not to alienate you? The treatment is a time-based treatment, and WLCs introductory price is low compared to like-for-like competitors. With colonics, it is standard practice to have an hour long session length, and I try to make it go as far as it can, by getting clients to fill in questionnaires ahead of time, etc. I also have a telecom with clients before the first session, not all clinics do this. Did you find the fact I charged for part of the extra time made the overall offer seem less good value for money in your view?

• boring sales pitch of probiotics - Ok, I should make sure clients have an interest in this before talking about it. And I will in future. Thank you. My intent was to be informational , but I obviously got the tone, and perhaps content, wrong{ Probiotics, by the way, are the only products we stock, because its usually helpful as a support with colonics. We don't pitch any other products because we are offering a specialist service}

Comparison of WLC with others: Are you comparing WLC with any other colonics clinic? If you have experience of them, how are they better on the above, or other points?

Warm Regards
Julia

ABOUT JULIA RHODES principal colon hydrotherapist at WestLondon Colonics

2 months ago

ABOUT ME

Clients often ask me (Julia) what made me decide to be a colon hydro therapist.

The answer is that after having a colonic hydrotherapy treatment in the United States some years ago, I was blown away by how good I felt! It didn’t take me long to decide this was something I wanted to do professionally.
I already had a background as a qualified physiotherapist, so I fulfilled entrance qualifications into the training course. I had grown in my practice of physiotherapy to the point where I was operating in a semi-trainer role, which I enjoyed. But I yearned to be back working directly with clients, albeit not as a physio. The thought of working as a colon hydrotherapist felt right in a way that working a sa phsio never did. Funny that.

My background gave me an advantage in terms of already having an insight into anatomy and physiology. I am also interested in psychology and the body-mind mechanism. I often remind myself when working with clients that the colon is part of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) the second brain. It has a lot of nerve tissue which operates largely independent of the head-brain. That’s in part why I have adopted the nickname ColonWhisperer (courtesy of remarks by some clients of mine).

The nick  name is suggestive of communicating with an “intelligent entity”. Which I fully believe the colon to be.
I trained with Milo Siewert (doyen of British colon hydro therapists until his death 2 years ago) and Roger Groos (probably now the most experienced colon hydro therapist/ trainer in the UK). I am a member in good standing  of the Association of Registered Colonic Hydro therapists (ARCH), and for some time, served on its committee. I hope to serve again, once I have progressed sufficiently with certain clinic/ business objectives.

Since qualifying in 2011, I have thrown myself into my work at our specialist colon hydrotherapy clinic, West London Colonics. The clinic has quickly become recognized as a by-word for Quality, professionalism and value for money for colon hydrotherapy in the London area. (Says who? Says my clients !)
I have seen over 700 clients, and facilitated over 2000 treatments. And as at July 2014, West London Colonics has received 61 client reviews, mostly posted on an independent review platform on Wahanda.
I am passionate about listening to clients, and I invite all clients to have their say through their reviews, to honestly relate their experience for the benefit of prospective clients, not of WLC.

My personal and business philosophy can be summarized by the acronym: EDGY, standing for Exceptional( Extreme, Exemplary), Disciplined, Generous and ‘You” focused. Its an idea I borrowed from elsewhere, but I am growing into it.

Cases study What can empathy do...

3 months ago

To clarify, this case study doesn’t outline the shape of a therapeutic intervention with colonics. Firstly, I am not equipped to offer such support as a primary modality, and the client has had only one colonic treatment with WLC.
Rather I am writing this as a reflective piece about health & well-being, and how even when we cannot offer tangible help we can always attempt to “be there” for another.


The client, Shaila (not her real name), in her mid-40’s, came to see me on referral by another longstanding client. She hadn’t had a colonic treatment before, and had a productive first session.
My post-colonic advice to her included the following:
• To consider the additional detox burden her body would encounter as it dealt with the cancer. I suggested that liver detox effect would be hampered so long as her hydration (water consumption) level remained low. I recommended she adopt a systematic plan to increase how much she drank day -by -day.


• Since she was at this point interested in liver flushes, I pointed her to some articles on the subject and also to Andreas Moritzs’ book. I noted that this represented a holistic approach, and especially in her situation she should ensure that she was well informed on the subject, incorporating the considered views of her medical professionals.
• I suggested she consider simple steps to reduce the acidity of her body including drinking water with fresh squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning, helpful to drink to reduce acidity of body
• Take Liver support supplements (something like milk thistle)- lots of research to show it helps liver functioning.
• More veg (especially green leafy) less meat, especially reduce/ cut out red meat
• I suggested she consider having a follow up colonic in 2 weeks time and put off the liver flush until later. It’s a very strong process requiring a strong constitution (Cleansing is tough work on a system!) For this upcoming colonic implant I suggested Flaxseed , as it would help local hydration of the colon, plus the client could try out another hydrating drink, (i.e. flaxseed tea -I would provide instructions how to make + give her a batch that would be sufficient to drink for 3 days)
• I very much encouraged her to take up all the medical tests that are given; as it will give her information on how her body is doing.

I remained available for Shaila to keep in touch to bounce her thoughts off me. And I offered her a point of view ( non controversial) about general nutrition. For instance given the bad press about fruit juices. I suggested she might prefer to have apple cider vinegar, instead of apple juice. ACV unpasteurised, raw bought from health food shop- see what Andreas Moritz has to say about it. (Note: I am not a nutritionist, so I asked her to check out what she proposed to do with a qualified Nutritionist.)


I wrote to her: ”Please make sure that when and if you do the Liver flush, you don't also have too many day -to day things to do. Get the support of knowledgeable friends when you are doing it. Make especially sure you are paying attention to all the suggestions & cautions that Andreas gives. Be very moderate in what you ask your body to do - Healing itself takes Energy. Pace yourself”.
In the event, the client did not adopt colonics as a viable part of her health strategy. Nor, as far as I know, did she embark upon the liver flush. I had emphasized to her, that holistic approaches should be considered adjunct strategies , and they were not soft options so far as commitment & compliance were concerned.


So what’s he current score?

She wrote to me recently reporting that her health was deteriorating, and she was on chemotherapy with attendant complications and several admissions to hospital. Even at this time, she had her attention outside of herself, commenting:” Please you did very well with me give me time if I recover one day I will do what you want me to do …”


I wrote to her: ”Do please conserve your energy, and focus it on your own healing. Don't waste it on anything outside of yourself. Keep your nutrition good quality. If you think I can help you in any way, please ask. As I said, i will have you in my thoughts.”
So that’s how it stands. A rather inconclusive case study. With no points really pertinent to colonic treatments. And yet it felt important to me to write it up; its messy like life, there’s no final chapter as in life, except for the one we ourselves choose to write. And even when there is a final chapter, there always remains the possibility of a post-script.


We can always choose to be the cheerleader for another.

empathy

3 months ago

Did you know the word “empathy” itself is new, absent even in the 1971 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary? Isn’t that extraordinary!
Here’s my point of view: whereas previously an alternative health practioner may have been expected to possess intelligence ( expressed as technical knowhow ) and integrity ( trustworthiness in acting in their clients best interests) in good measure, now  a third requirement, empathy (a capacity to resonate with the clients life challenges) , has risen to equal if not greater importance.

Case study Long term relief from IBS after short course of treatments and lifestyle changes

3 months ago

 

Dominic (not real name),  a IT senior manager in the Hospitality sector (age 40) came to see me to see if Colonic treatments could help with his IBS (diarrhea predominant) and persistent bloatednes/ griping symptoms. 

He had 4 treatments in early 2013 and reported immediate improvements in his symptoms. Following his very first colonics, occurrences of bloating reduced, griping stopped.

The improvements were so pronounced that although Dominic intended to return in 2 months time, he didn’t feel the need to. in the event, I didn’t hear from him until July 2014. After a period of sustained improvement, recently Dominic noticed a relapse of IBS symptoms and has returned for a further series of treatments.      [Note: Many folk with IBS would be very pleased to have a 15 month period of relief from its symtoms.]

What is interesting about this case is that  a short course of treatments, plus relatively small changes yielded noticeable results. And a long period of freedom from the worst of his symptoms.

After his first series of treatments, Dominic had adopted the practice of regular water fasts for a 18 hour period 1 day every week, stopped coffees (in favour of herbal drinks), ate more consciously. The IBS relapse occurred after a period of letting the dietary discipline slip.

This suggests that Dominic will derive significant benefit from another course of treatments, as long as he follows through reasonably on sensible lifestyle changes.

Post colonic treatment- what do you do Do you remember ( Aftercare Instructional Process.)

3 months ago


You’ve told your story during the consultation. Your colon hydrotherapist gets it. You’ve had your on-table treatment. Time for the short post-treatment discussion. In conjunction with you, she formulates a plan to build on the progress made in the session. You’ve been engaged in the treatment plan dialogue. Plenty has been said.

Now: Do you remember what you need to do after the treatment?

This isn’t a trick question. A 1996 study at the Mayo Clinic showed that people going to doctors remember less than half of what medics tell them during office visits. Of course, colon hydrotherapy is a holistic health not medical intervention, but part of the service is providing aftercare instructions.
As for me , as a colon hydrotherapist,I am always conscious that I might end up providing a lot of information. It could be overwhelming, because I might say it too quickly (because I am familiar with the information,) but it might be the first time clients hear it.

I often repeat similar lifestyle recommendations: drink more water, Eat fresh food, more vegetables, stop smoking, lose weight, have probiotics, consider a fruit fast, consider fruit/veggie juices, have tests for parasites. There can be a lot to say. Perhaps I give too much information.

That’s why I give written after care sheets especially after a first treatment. And I will often follow up with an e-mail.
After all it is important you know what you need to do.
First of all, what works well (WW) – what you are already doing , but perhaps can do more of.
And also what to Do Differently (DD)
Also is it clear to you what the Treatment principles ( TP) are? Do you need to rest to get better? Stop unhealthy habits? Are you starting probiotics or changing strains of them? Do you know how to take them for best effect? Do you need to see a medic for tests? Do you need to attend any preventive health classes? Do you need to exercise more? What are your treatment goals and plans?
When should you return for further treatments? Do you return in a few days, weeks, months, or a half year for a follow up visit? Whats the best way to make the appointment? What signs or symptoms should you look out for which would indicate a need for treatments sooner?
These are just some relevant aspects of the Aftercare Instructional Process.

Ultimately the true value of colonic treatments lies in what happens afer the session/ in between sessions- thats where you , the client , is spending their life!

Case study Colonics as a solution for sudden (diet) induced constipation.

3 months ago

 

One memorable case at the beginning of this year, started with a desperate phone call and e mail message: 
“Could you please tell me when your next available appointment as I am quite worried and need some intervention because I haven't passed any stool for the past 2 weeks as a result of a change of eating habits.”
The client, Ali-Ali( not real name), hoped that with the help of colonic treatments she could avoid going to a hospital…
In the event, I was able to fit Ali-Ali in with an appointment at short notice (the same day as her enquiry).
The indications were for two colonics to be administered back-to-back with a short gap in between.

The first colonic was required essentially to begin to hydrate the impaction in her colon. There was minimal release of stools at this point, although the client reported feeling a lot better. However, the intervention was not complete. I sent Ali-Ali out to the nearby park/ green space to walk around, with instructions to return in around an hours time for her second treatment.

The second treatment achieved the desired result, copious release of the softened stools.
These two treatments were all the intervention that was required to return the colon to kick start normal functioning.
A grateful Ali-Ali  phoned me in the next few days to say she was “All Good”!

Case study Chronic constipation as a result of invasive medical procedure and long-term use of medications

3 months ago

Age, and having many pre-existing medical conditions, is no bar to having colon hydrotherapy treatments.

I have recently treated a male client in his late 70’s with multiple existing health conditions, including hypertension (well controlled), a history of heart attacks (bypass surgery and stents); diabetes type 2;BPH; chronic kidney disease; asthma, bronchitis, COPD.  He was also taking around 23 tablets per day (albeit no steroids).
The clients reason for wanting colonics was severe long term constipation ostensibly result of an invasive medical procedure two decades ago, and no doubt exacerbated by the amount of medications being taken.
None of the conditions were individual contraindications for the use of colonics, although the presence of multiple serious conditions meant that treatments were undertaken with extra care and attention.
The client was exemplary in his dedication and commitment and it was a pleasure working with him to help him enjoy relief from the misery attendant upon long-term, chronic constipation.
He reported that he derived enormous benefit from the 2 sessions he had.
" feel fantastic, really clean and clear… (although) still lots inside to be released …".
A central idea in colon hydrotherapy is to improve people’s quality of life.
The treatment sessions were extremely gentle ones, (with shorter time periods for fills and much less water in the fills than usual), appropriate to the clients state of health and constitutional strength.  The clients’ toleration of the treatment was " very good ", meaning little discomfort during the treatment, and no colonics-related  'healing reactions' after treatment. An ideal and entirely benign out turn.

Conclusion
Colonics have been shown to be a safe procedure, and people with many pre-existing health conditions can have it administered without harm.
One must apply a duty of appropriate care. In treating this gentleman I consulted with experienced colleagues and mentors, one of the advantages of belonging to a well established professional body. Moreover, it is helpful when the clients GP is supportive of treatments.

A cardinal rule in the use of colon hydrotherapy, most especially its application with those with pre-existing health conditions, is the principle of understanding the status of conditions that may have a bearing on treatment.

Candida and other yeast infections

3 months ago

 

Yeast infection ( popularly called Candida, Monilia or Thrush, which in fact are types of infections ) is a very common condition. ( Three out of four women develop it at some point).
Many people regard candida infection as a ‘on the surface’ problem  treatable with creams and antibiotics; few are aware of its potentially risky complications if it becomes systemic ( meaning if it infiltrates the overall body system).                                                             Paradoxically going to doctors might not help as much as one hopes if they prescribe antibiotics (the recent publicity about the reduced effectiveness of antibiotics points to one reason why this is so).  Another reason that doctors ( particularly those solely focusing on drug intake as a remedial) may not be so effective is that Candida is a lifestyle condition. Its better to find out the causal factors and do something about them.  Symptomatic treatment gives relief in the short term (possibly ) but leaves the larger problem unaddressed.

To effectively overcome candida infection, you need to be aware of the real cause of yeast infection and be able to identify its symptoms. You need to know how to self-test and diagnose, learn about the dietary principles needed to maintain a candida free environment and about the complementary treatments that will help you deal with the negative effects and complications. For a while it’s a major part-time job, one you have to embrace in addition to your day job!

About the importance of Likeability

3 months ago


In general, all of us like to spend our time with people who we like whether in social, business or therapeutic settings. Meaning you and I are more likely to be influenced by someone whose company we enjoy rather than someone we dislike. Not brain science, is it? Think back to the most influential teachers you had- the ones who made a positive impression on you. Chances are that at some level you liked them or at the very least liked what they stood for.
There are 3 main aspects to likability. [SGC: similarity, generosity, cooperative.

(1) We tend to like people who are similar to us.

(2) We like people who  are generous-spirited ( for example with  compliment/ feedback; cheerleaders for us ).

(3) We like people who cooperate (support, help) with us.

Holding the space for high , positive client expectations

3 months ago

A campaign may get someone to try a product once, but WLCs goal is to get clients to buy it on autopilot. [The definition of a strong brand is that its purchase is habituated.] The quick win of a campaign (surge in quantity of client numbers) must be matched by the sustainable win of branding (surge in quality of clients).
The success of marketing via business directories is also strongly dependent on introducing our suggested health strategy into people’s existing habits. The next step is getting people to adopt colonic treatments as a viable strategy in their daily lives. The best content in the world would still fail if  we don’t understand our prospective clients (habituated) information sources, media usage, and user habits. (eg time of day /occasion.)
Coveys wonderful paradigm : Seek first to understand then to be understood , applies.
However, data scientists tell us that  analytics reveal people don’t really know what they want until they buy it. So the seeking to understand has an element of “trial & error “about it. What people know about themselves is often buried in their unconscious and subconscious repertoire of thoughts and feelings.
Outstanding client service and consistent preparation of a high quality service depends on relating to clients at this level just as much as at their conscious levels of beingness. I presuppose that when folk come to colon hydrotherapy a part of their psyche is deeply curious about what the treatments might do for them at multiple levels of their being. The treatments are not for the benefit of the conscious mind but for the unconscious/ subconscious.
The Rosenthal effect says that a teachers expectation plays some part ( even a major part ) in shaping results. So too a colon hydrotherapists! My role in this regard is hold a space for the client to BE. And to the extent that I hold expectations, to hold high ones ( ie positive ones ) on behalf of the client without imposing my world view on them.

Case study recounted by Sharda Sharma , MD

3 months ago

Case study recounted by Sharda Sharma , MD

Dr Sharma, primary care physician( for almost 30 years) offers multi-disciplinary  health care to her patients, including  colon hydrotherapy).She treats the body as a whole (holistically).
She supervises colon hydro therapists to care for her clients’ constipation, abdominal cramps, allergies, and a variety of other conditions, including many patients with hepatitis C. According to Dr. Sharma her hepatitis patients respond to colonic irrigation and do well.

Case 1: She offers the example of   Mrs. Felicia, a forty-two-year-old high school teacher  who  had suffered with constipation (no bowel movements for 6 days at a stretch). She was bloated, fatigued, lethargic, headachy, and crampy.
The treatment protocol was enzyme supplements and colonic  hydrotherapy twice weekly for thirteen weeks. These treatments solved the constipation problem. The client reported she goes to the toilet without having to sit there for long periods waiting….for BMs to occur.

Case2: Dr Sharma also reports colon hydrotherapy  is excellent as a treatment for the yeast overgrowth issues. She reports the case of a very anxious fifty-year-old female, Mrs. Audrey, who was  going to the toilet every two hours with alternating diarrhea and constipation. She  had IBS ( irritable bowel syndrome ) Plus Candida. The telltale signs of the candida were very evident in the colonic treatment. (White yeast organisms floating through the transparent tube of the colon machine). Good results reported from treatment, with the client  in fine shape-much relieved. She has good bowel movements twice daily with no gas. According to Dr Sharma, this is typical of almost all patients having  colon hydrotherapy treatments.

Please note that this case study is anecdotal in nature, and is a second party report(  taken at face value and in good faith). No claims are made as to  medical or clinical efficacy.  Readers are asked to exercise their own judgement.

The road to health is paved with good intestines."

3 months ago

 The Naturopathic Doctor, Gloria Gilbere, has said: "The road to health is paved with good intestines."                     Why should you trust your colon to West London Colonics, rather than another clinic? Whilst we have our own ideas about this, however it’s much better to let our clients speak for us………

What our clients have said

At last count we had 56 feedback comments (mostly  on Wahanda), a sufficient number to allow prospective clients to get a representative sense of our service ethos. Some stats:30 of these reviews were posted in the last 9 months. 41 reviews are Five star reviews ; 12 are Four star, and 3 are Three star or lower. We average around 3 client reviews a month. Around 8% of our total client base (of approx 700) have posted reviews.  ALL client reviews for WLC relate solely to colon hydrotherapy services. If thats what you are looking for, then these reviews are 100% relevant.

The very latest client review 

E mail from client 30-6-14 /1-7-14: "Dear julia, I have just spent over an hour trying over and over at least 10 times to register (on Wahanda), log in without success. I just can't deal with these passwords, etc. I'm  stressed out and have given up, so am sending you my review via email separately. I think the problem is more to do with me and computers not getting on - rather than the site.
You have my permission to post my review anonymously -without my details". :Ang-Ang (not real name)

Directly quoted Review of WLC:"I discovered Andreas Moritz's ener-chi.com web-site where he describes a holistic approach to taking responsibility for one s health, and in particular - the AMAZING LIVER AND GALLBLADDER FLUSH -which has to be done in conjunction with colonics before and after each flush. After some research I found the WLC reviews from clients very helpful in making my choice of clinic and I liked the way Julia took the time to respond to every reviewer. I was nervous about having the colonics but Julia was reassuring and her warm, positive personality put me at ease. After the initial appointment she recommended a course of 10 sessions. She is very professional and takes pride and care in what she does and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone wanting to do colon hydrotherapy."Ang-Ang (not real name); Multiple visits April- July 2014 (continuing client)

What has changed and what hasn’t in the practice of colon hydro therapy

4 months ago

 

The basic concepts of the science of colon hydrotherapy has not changed much  since the time that Mae West used it, in the 1960 s and !970s.Thats what one would expect when the fundamentals of the approach are fundamentally sound.  Remember, colon hydro therapy is simple an extension of the practice of enemas which is recorded in antiquity.
[Just as an example- the Ebers Papyrus (14th century BC) prescribes internal cleansing (enemas) for around twenty stomach and intestinal disorders.]
However, what has been improved is the colonic hydrotherapy equipment. In Contintental Europe, German manufactured equipment is widely acknowledged as the best in the market. It  incorporates temperature-controlled water mixing and back flow prevention valves, plus pressure and temperature sensors, and built-in chemical sanitising units. Water purification is a routine feature now.
And of course no reputable colon hydro –therapist would do any thing other than use  disposable single-use tubes, and speculums, the gold standard for cleanliness & sterility.

You are seen as ‘added value’ by positioning yourself.

4 months ago


This is a kind of differentiation. I am not just another colon hydrotherapist, I am ColonWhisperer!
I think any Professional should aim to be increase their appeal by becoming an expert in the field. Keeping up professional development is one part of this, also it’s important to get recognition by becoming a ‘writer’, first of all on blogs wherever one can( eg the business directories) and then perhaps for the local paper on my particular therapy.
Another way is to treat someone famous (I have done, but absolutely respect client confidentiality). That appeals to some clients, because it’s a sort of endorsement.
My preferred way is to do ongoing research on the subjective efficacy of treatments. Which is why I write up anecdotal case studies.

Case study Colonics to support Liver Flushes

4 months ago

Case study: Colonics to support Liver Flushes

Allan D (not real name) is a long -standing client, who has been coming to West London Colonics for treatments since the end of December 2102. He is self employed, in the package delivery service industry.

Key objective for having colonic treatment:
Allan was very clear about his objectives in having colonics, it was essentially to support his self-selected Cleansing/ Detox regimen of choice. His commitment extended to a period of self education about health from a holistic perspective, following which he embarked his chosen primary detox plan , ie Liver flushing as described by Andreas Moritz ( the author of “the Amazing Liver Flush”).
Moritz recommends colonics taken strategically during the liver flush program. Optimally, he suggests that they be taken twice during the Flush protocol (once just before the Olive oil intake (on the same day) and the other the day after the Oil intake. (The latter colonic being the one he recommends as being more important if 2 colonics are not feasible.)

Other issues reported at start of treatment:
At the outset, in Dec2012, Allan weighed 12st,13lbs and reported lower back pain and neck whiplash residual effects as issues. Sleep issues also reported.

Overview of treatments:
Allan has had 21 colonics so far (as at June2014). Most of them have been at least once a month, some have been 2 (back -to –back) sessions within a day of each other (as advised by Moritz);and in some months he has had as many as 3 colonics.

Chronological review of treatments
In February 2013, Allan reported he had had the ATLAS treatment for neck whiplash/ back .He had lost 1 stone. He had been going through a period on encountering night sweats (toxins releasing from system ?). Whilst generally feeling well, he noticed his gym work had decreased in intensity.

As at March 2013, he had done a total of 10 liver cleanses ( obviously the majority predating colonics with WLC. Liver flushes are not to be done at a frequency of 3 to 4 weeks between each flush, per Moritz).

As at April 2013, he reported that large stones had been released during the latest Liver flush. Reported intermittent constipation and gas build up between March treatment and current treatment.

As at May 2103: has come through a plateau, now feeling very good, better food intake, feeling stronger and fitter.

July 2013: Post flush releasing stones, and interestingly during colonic treatment , there was release of major amounts of what holistic therapists describe as ‘mucoid plaque’.

Ayurveda describes this sort of mucus discharge as kapha ama ( kapha being one of 3 body doshas, and ama being a term for toxins). Again from a holistic point of view this relates to release of deeper layers of toxic debris. Ayurveda notes that release of toxins roughly corresponds to vata dosha ama ( wind, gas) pitta dosha ama ( liver related toxins ) and kapha related ama – each deeper layers of toxins.
Similar result seen in post Flush colonic in September 2013. *(Allan had 3 colonic treatments in the month).

In his October treatment, he reported feeling somewhat weary of liver flushes, although in November he reiterated his commitment to continuing “until all the stones were out “. This, by the way, is the school of thought which Moritz suggests for those who are up for it. (It’s definitely not an approach which will suit everyone).

In his post Xmas January 2014 treatment, he reported another subjectively felt breakthrough “ feeling a lot cleaner inside” and also unlike in previous Liver flushes he wasn’t feeling ‘sick ‘early in the morning ( ie a toxic reaction).

In February 2014 , when Allan had 3 treatments, we reduced the length of the sessions to 45 min because he released well on the table, and this also helped the affordability of his treatment regimen.

As at February 2014, at an intermediate review Allan reported the following improvements: • Headaches (during driving ) were no longer an issue. • Habit of scratching top of head unconsciously (and somewhat compulsively) when stressed, had reduced. • Regularly going to bed between 10-11pm, rather than erratically, and late. Therefore sleeping better and longer. • Able to delegate workload better, therefore less stress. • Emotional stability much improved. • Weight now stable at 80 to 83 kgs. • Able to eat some cheese now (evidence of stronger digestion)

Breakthrough results persisted. In his March treatment, Allan commented “ Last session I could have skipped home… feel good today too!”

In April 2014(when Allan had 3 treatments), he commented that his Liver flush protocol wasn’t done yet, because his lower back pain persisted.
(Indeed in the Colonic some largeish stones were evident in the debris released.)
Allans’ last treatment at time of writing was in June 2014 at which time he said he would take a 3 month break from Liver flushes , a decision I endorsed.
Allan also posted a ‘Client review ‘ on WLCs Wahanda business page, and an exchange of e mails is also featured on that page. [See ‘back2basic ‘ client review on- https://www.wahanda.com/place/west-london-colonics/ ]

I have outlined this case in some detail, because it is interesting, and non-typical. Obviously some will consider it controversial. It should be clearly understood that Allan is undertaking his Liver flush treatment based on his own research, his own intuition about what is right for him and what it means to live based on holistic principles. WLC 's role is as support to his self selected health objectives and regimens.

Allan understands his body and psyche well and is a deep thinker with considered views about health, wellbeing, spirituality – he is fully engaged in the journey of being human. He is treading his own path and I count it a privilege to have been invited to walk side by side with him on some of the health part of his journey.

References
See back2basic client review on https://www.wahanda.com/place/west-london-colonics/

Disclaimer All information shared is from a holistic, not medical perspective. Colon hydrotherapy is not a medical procedure. Julia Rhodes is not medically trained. This case report is anecdotal in nature and no claim of clinical efficacy is made. This case report has been passed to the client in question, and is published with their consent and explicit confirmation of its accuracy. That said, obviously should there be any minor inaccuracies in the text it is solely the responsibility of the the author.

Client modesty during treatments

4 months ago


A colon hydrotherapy colleague at the well regarded health centre,  Obsidian in Spain consulted me  with a query as follows:

“I am just wondering what you use for client modesty during treatments? We have hospital gowns we are looking to replace and was wondering if you knew of something less clinical and more up to date. I saw on the video on your site they used a type of wrap around skirt? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.”

I am always interested in sharing good practice with colleagues. I responded as follows:

Re ‘client modesty’ I personally have found that the combination of the gown and a small blanket work best.   Clients seem to like the proper cotton gowns and with a small blanket to cover the legs and lower abdomen. "Dignity is preserved at all times" and clients are warm and feel safe. I only expose the abdomen for the initial palpation pre- colonic and if I am doing a pre treatment abdominal massage, otherwise they are completely covered at all times.
I have preferred to use throw-type blankets as wraps,  used in conjunction with the gowns. They are made of that wonderful soft fleecy material that are washable and dry really quickly, and therefore are very sanitary. (I use the ones from Ikea and though they are quite large I just cut them in half.)
Sometimes male clients prefer to use the blankets as a wrap (like in the video) instead of the gown. I always offer the option for either when explaining how to get ready for the treatment.

Case study Inviting all clients to leave client reviews, whether or not their experience has been “positive”

4 months ago

Case study:
Inviting all clients to leave client reviews, whether or not their experience has been “positive”

OVERVIEW
People reading client testimonials for any service    (let alone colonics) could be forgiven for having some degree of skepticism when they view all, uniformly and blandly positive comments. (WLC itself has generally positive reviews, but not all.)
More important, we think, is that our clients have cared enough to write substantive (and substantial) reviews in an effort to help newcomers considering having treatments decide on whether or not it’s for them.
WLC’s policy is to invite every single client to post a review. We think that’s the only way to work against reviewer bias. One of the interesting things about customer reviews in general (not just those for colonics) is that there is a natural – but perhaps unexpected bias – for clients to report their positive experiences.
By asking every client whether they would like to review us (and sending them all the links etc) to do so, we try to make sure that our future clients are well informed not selectively informed.


SPECIFIC CASE EXAMPLE
We had a client recently a lady Yoga enthusiast, age:60 + who came in for a treatment. I had been recommended to her by her yoga teacher. She had had colonic treatments before (with another colonics clinic), about 3 or 4 years ago, which she had found uncomfortable. She had had a bowel perforation many years ago, predating her first colonics, which had obviously completely healed. Unfortunately, her treatment with me wasn’t particularly comfortable.
POST COLONIC RECOMMENDATION
I wrote to her post-colonic with some recommendations:


• 1/2 lemon in warm water first thing every morning (to help detox the liver and assist in keeping the body in the alkaline state needed for optimum health).
•  Good strength probiotics daily to maintain a healthy gut flora. I also addressed how to  achieve a "comfortable" colonic session for her; and secondly, how to ensure her body utilises the water she was drinking.

1) Re the comfortable session – I suggested a good way forward would indeed be for her to take a break half way through the session to go to the toilet.   Principle: to go slow, to go  fast.

2) Re feeling constantly thirsty in spite of drinking a lot of water - I suggested  flaxseeds in both a tea form for you to drink and as an implant after the colonic.

PHONE CALL TO REPORT REACTIONS
As it turned out, the client phoned me to report having abdominal pains as a result of bloating post colonic. I wrote to her that whilst these forms of reactions were rare in my experience (circa 2000 colonics under my belt), they do happen. I offered to see her for a same-day follow up in order to do some investigation. (I always like to probe the situation without being intrusive, because there’s so much to learn when things don't happen exactly to plan.) The client decided against doing this as her schedule didn’t allow it.

INVESTIGATIVE QUESTIONS
I asked her about possible factors ie:

1.Pro biotics. The client was taking some of her own supply. I wanted to check if the probiotics contained FOS? A prebiotic, included sometimes in the probiotic dose, which feeds the good bacteria. FOS feeds bad bacteria too, and a probiotic with FOS won't be good  for anyone with an overgrowth of bad bacteria (dysbiosis). I only give particular strains and with/without FOS depending on what is going on. Even with good bacteria, too much of  one strain causes problems. With health focus on the use of probiotics, people are using probiotics indiscriminately. The default  standard acidophilus or bifidobacterium is overused and sometimes problematic; less common  strains such as sacchromyces boulardii or streptococcus thermopiles  can be better.

2. Another question I asked was about anything in the food water intake? Cold water for instance? room temperature, or mildly warm water is best.

3. Any gas producing foods eaten?

4. Overly stressful day?
Anything else you can think of? Of course my questions are in pursuit of a semi-scientific understanding, not to absolve the colonic itself from "blame". As I said to the client if there’s nothing else, then we have to conclude the preparation process for the colon (what to eat, drink, etc) was faulty either in advice given, or execution. Or that colonic itself (herbs used etc) were not quite right. Or that the colon /psyche wasn't sufficiently relaxed etc.
In writing into the client I expressed the hope that she would return for another session, so we could delve into this a little further.
At the same time I equally respected her feeling and intuitions about continuance, since the client is the resident expert on their body. First and foremost, I wanted her to feel emotionally and physically up for giving colonics another go, (obviously with amendments and adjustments to the process/ implants / pre and post preparation.)

CLIENTS DECISION
The client decided not to continue so there was no opportunity to find out what was behind the short term reactions (they swiftly subsided).
The client commented to me:
“Thank you for your email and concern. I have been doing abdominal lifts and other yoga exercises to help with the bloating. I feel better now, but the experience was a bit alarming and it has made me wary of further colonics. I have decided to detox with herbs and I feel this is the best solution for me.”
I have deliberately quoted the clients comments in full.
The point is that not every one takes to colonics, although many do. Stats, of course, say nothing at all about individual experience!

INVITATION TO REVIEW
I wrote to the client as follows:
“I am putting in a small request for feedback.  I would deeply appreciate it if you would be willing to take a few minutes to write a few words about your recent experience with colonics and with WLC. Recording client feedback is vital to a service like ours.
I realise, of course, that your experience wasn't a positive one. And that’s why its important to me to make sure that I have taken on board everything that can be learnt from this. With colonics, the general feedback that is received is so uniformly positive that there’s a very real danger of colon hydro therapists taking this for granted, and discounting (and rationalising away ) the very real instances of negative client experiences. I have seen this in the attitude of some of my fellow professionals, either wittingly or unwittingly. I don't want to fall into this trap. Rather its an opportunity for me to broaden my own map of the terrain of colonics, and learn.
So my request for feedback falls into 2 parts. 
Part 1.(a) Was there any part of my approach to the colonic itself ,starting from taking your health history  to the administration of the colonic, that you feel I could have handled differently/ better, i.e. anything that left you feeling uncomfortable with me , either my manner, attitude, competence - anything at all?
         ( b) After you phoned me about your post colonic discomfort, equally, was there any thing that I should / could have done differently to help you, and support you? (Note, this does not imply any expectation that your decision to discontinue colonics could, or should, have been changed). Please feel free to be completely honest in your feedback- I am after all asking for it. I will not be hurt or offended, but rather, will  value it. 
Part 2. If you think it’s appropriate to share the way I handled your colonics experience with a wider audience, there is a facility on our WLCs (Wahanda) business page for clients of WLC to leave their feedback. I tend to ask all my clients to write a review. Not all do of course. But it would be wrong of me not to ask folk who have less than positive experiences.”
In the event, the client did not provide any further, public , independently posted feedback which is why I have created this article.

Medical doctors use of colonics ( dysbiosis & liver detoxification)

4 months ago

Medical doctors use of colonics
Extract from a report by James P. Carter, (MD, DrPH )
Dr. Carter is Professor and Head of the Nutrition Section at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Approach to Dysbiosis : “After conducting a comprehensive digestive stool analysis on any patient suspected of having dysbiosis (poor intestinal hygiene), I attempt to wipe the bowel clean by prescribing colonic irrigation once a week ( for 3 weeks)”

Colonics & liver detoxification:
"Also I use colonic irrigation as part of an overall detoxification program, and it may be combined with treatment of drinking epsom salts, however the  two are not done on the same day. The rationale?  "It promotes the second stage of liver detoxification to cause dissolved poisons to come out in the bile as a solvent.
According to Dr Carter "colonic irrigation is an excellent detoxifier for the overindulgence of alcohol drinking and drug addictions of all kinds. Residues of drugs and other agents in the tissues are eliminated with colonic irrigation," "It takes away any desire to use drugs or imbibe in alcoholic beverages. colonic irrigation should be part of nearly any addict's therapeutic regimen."

Note: This is a report from the web. It has been taken at face value without direct verification with Dr. Carter. Although ostensibly posted by a medic, it is not a clinical study, and has not been peer reviewed.
It is shared from a holistic, informational perspective and is not be taken as a recommendation or prescription. Readers must exercise their own judgement and discrimination.

“Value is, as value does”

4 months ago

“Value is, as value does”
This is the kind of aphorism that might trip off the tongue of Forrest Gump!
What do I mean by this? Let me explain. I am a colon hydro therapist which means I am already sold on the benefits of colonics.
And, so it would seem, are more and more ordinary folk, not to mention trendsetters in the public eye (actors, media personalities, royalty, perhaps even presidents of countries). Some are quietly admitting to having the treatment-whilst the peak performance expert Tony Robbins is a vocal and passionate advocate of its benefits.
This is ‘Value is’. 
But the increasing popularity of colon hydrotherapy generates the problems of popularity, ie quality control. My take on this that the public will increasingly clamour for colon hydrotherapy, and not knowing any better they will (some of them) be seduced by the lowest price denominator. That’s always going to be Groupon or similar.
Look, there is definitely a Groupon marketplace for colonics. If you watch the sales ticker on Groupon colonics “deals”, its not uncommon to see 100’ s of sales being made within a 3 or 4 day deal period. That’s the power of the Groupon –type “reach.” Now, whilst I am all for spreading the word about colonics, I am concerned that quality suffers, and many of the clients end being ‘one timers’ disappointed or downright turned off by their experience. Why is that so? My suspicion is that its because many clinics using the Groupon approach are all for commoditising the experience. It’s well nigh impossible to turn a return on Groupon priced colonics
( typically 39 pounds ) but it appears some clinics try. They therefore must be cutting some corners diminishing the client experience. The only point of running a ‘deal’ is to attract clients to try out the service, and then continue with a series of colonics. It will be rare client (in my experience) who genuinely would not benefit from at least a short series (e.g.  3 colonics). WLCs  repeat client rate is around 60%, I doubt the lowest cost clinics muster anything remotely as good.
In effect and in practice, a lowest–price sales mentality on the part of the seller, and on the part of the client, ends up being shortsighted. It seems as though it reduces the financial risk to the client but conversely it increases their experiential risk of a suboptimal treatment. So “value is” becomes eroded and diminished-breeding cynical and skeptical users who have been burnt in the process.

So what about “value does”?
Here’s my take on it. Colon hydrotherapy is more than a mechanical process undertaken by a technician. Rather it’s an art and science born from technical expertise, physiological knowhow and intuitive understanding: what I like to call ColonWhispering.
The term has no professional counterpart but has the advantage of being readily understood by people. (It’s rather like the term ‘quality’ which most people would struggle to define adequately, but we all know quality when we see it!)
West London Colonics principal hydro therapist, (Julia) is a trained physiotherapist
(although currently non-practicing) and colonic hydro therapist with over 6 years experience in the  two fields. She trained with Dr. Milo Siewert  and Roger Groos at The National College of Colonic Hydrotherapy and is a well –recognised and active member of the Committee of the best established colonic association in Europe, the Association of Registered Colonic Hydro therapists, ARCH.
Is a colonic hydrotherapy treatment simply a colonic wash, as some attest? Some refer to it as an internal bath! Superficially this is the case- but in the hands of a skilled therapist it’s potentially so much more than that.
Of course it should be emphasised that colon hydro therapy is not a medical procedure. It’s a holistic process. When clients work with Julia over a series of treatments, the health of whole of the digestive and eliminative system  (stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small intestine) is considered, and reflected in treatment focus. This is the terrain of the 2nd brain.( the Enteric Nervous System)
With over 2,000 colonic hydrotherapy treatments under her belt, Julia is fast gaining a reputation with her clients (and in her profession) as the principled, knowledgeable, health coach (of choice) in the West London area. Folk interested in the multiple dimensions of balanced health  (physical, spiritual, mental and emotional) find themselves drawn to her and West London Colonics.


Given this orientation, aptitude for colon hydrotherapy, professional recognition West London Colonics could be forgiven for charging at the upper end of the colonics market place. But the fact is that we don’t!
The perspective we take is that whilst indeed “Value is as value does”, someone in the market needs to show clients what high quality colonics looks like, what it can potentially deliver -”what…value does”. That’s why we offer very affordable introductory colonics. And equally affordable prices for a series of colonics. Our intention is to make colon hydrotherapy a sustainable health strategy that provides a ‘place mat’ for all the other health & lifestyle measures a client takes. Our lower end prices for peoples first sessions allows them to reduce their financial risk trialing out the  treatment -and seeing whether its for them- secure in the knowledge that they are  receiving a quality treatment, that is neither oversold or undersold, in terms of its constituent elements.
‘Value is as value does’. Indeed.

I salute my clients.

4 months ago

I salute my clients.
Typically, by the time clients come to see me, they have done a great deal of work on their digestive/ eliminative issues. The Pareto rule applies. Clients always have to do 80% plus of the work. That’s the 80:20 rule.  The colon hydro therapist can only do 20%or less of the work, that’s just the way it is. The client has to do the 80%: they must do not just what’s necessary, but what’s rightly sufficient. The means taking the prescription, be it bitter or sweet. Making mindful food choices, exercising and dealing  with “stuff”. The colon therapist is cheerleader, the client is the one playing on their field of life.
The clients who get results are the ones who persist even if they haven’t seen a result for a  treatment or two and keep  on keeping on. As the adage from Kundalini Yoga goes: ‘Keep up and you will be kept up’.
By taking responsibility for their health these clients make a stand against their conditions and for their goals. For all of us: wellness is a conscious choice not an accidental occurrence. Even if we are healthy, ultra healthy is a quantum jump up. Supporting our bodies nutritionally, exercising, eating supportive foods, avoiding excess medication and working on destructive  emotions. The prize is:
Exuberant aliveness, optimally balanced health & wellness.
So this is for all my amazing clients walking this incredible journey of life, I salute you. It’s a privilege to know you and to support you.

KIS-SSS FOOD RULES 101

5 months ago

 

KIS-SSS: Keep it simple: STOP, SUBSTITUTE, SUPPLEMENT
Stop that which harms.
Substitute with that which is good.
Supplement with that which is a secondary help.
• Stop eating processed food, substitute with foods as close to their natural state as possible.

• Stop eating stuff that has a long list of ingredients, substitute stuff that doesn't need a list of ingredients (i.e. the fresh stuff!)

• If you don't stop eating processed foods; at least stop eating calorie rich foods, substitute nutrient dense foods.

• Stop eating "foods " that have a long shelf life; substitute them with foods that have a short shelf life. The principle, stated dramatically for effect, is that if the food is packaged to preserve it for a long shelf life (with preservatives etc.), then it has equally been unwittingly designed to shorten your shelf life. The rule of thumb is: if the product is long lived, your consumption of it makes it likely you are going to be short lived.

• Stop spending most of the weekly food- shop money on the inside aisles of the supermarket; spend it on the outside aisles, where the fresh produce is. (Apply the 80: 20 rule - Spend 80% of the food bills on the natural, fresh stuff that" has no eyes, and did not have a mother.")

• Stop using supplements as a substitute for good food; use supplements as supplements to top up rather than as a mainstay, they don't work very well the latter way.

• Stop eating foods that will not rot or sprout, throw them out.

• If the foods you eat result in sticky messy utensils and plates that are hard to clean, then they will leave an equivalent sticky mess inside your body. The principle is: If it’s hard to clean on the outside, it will definitely leave a mess on the inside.

• Change your criteria from eating foods that you like, to eating foods that like you. If the foods you like, like you back just as well, well and good. If not, pay attention. Eat the foods that are true friends, not 'pretend -friend’ foods. The latter are like people who work to make you like them (and succeed), only for you find out too late that they were insincere. Better to keep company with foods who like you (their actions are for your benefit), instead of foods you like (whose actions are anything but).

You will have noted that some of the rules are the same ones just said a little differently. It helps to have principles coded in ones mind in slightly different ways. Multiple ‘coding’ is one key to knowing something well. In this context, it helps protect against the sneaky attacks of bad habits, or environmental cues, or the unconscious effects of advertising.
*'101' is an American term for a basic level foundational course in a subject

Marching to the beat of your own drummer

5 months ago


The reality is that not everyone around you is going to be supportive of the positive changes you are attempting to institute in your life.
Some will; search them out, and spend time with them.
They are your cheerleaders.
Others won't.
They are your naysayers. Avoid them until you have developed rock solid commitment.
That's just how it is.
There will be those who if you share with them that you have had colonics will pooh-pooh (pun intended!) the idea, without having any understanding of its dynamics of action. Anything that doesn't fit into the medical paradigm, neatly and cleanly, is viewed with suspicion, by some holding a wholly conventional medical perspective - never mind that iatrogenic disease is the third leading cause of death in Britain
Please understand this is not a dig against the medical community. We are proud to have friends and colleagues there. And Dena, or business manager is a pharmacist by background. At WLC we also do also have clients who push for referrals from medical doctors- who to their credit have been open-minded about the benefits of colon hydro therapy. And that's what is needed, an open minded willingness to utilise different pathways to health to best effect.
(Actually we have a soft spot for people in the health service sector; we think to be found there are some of the nicest and most dedicated folk one could hope to find, notwithstanding the pressure cooker environment they work in.)
Here is an extract from an article by the health writer Robin Hoffman (3) in which she reflects on the necessity of 'moving forward with her body as the driver' rather than being held hostage by the 'people that judge me'.
'And sure, there will be people who judge me or think I am "too healthy" or "being unhealthy" or whatever the judgment may be. And sure, maybe it is extreme, but the last time I checked, cancer treatments and open-heart surgery are pretty extreme, too.
So why not take the risk...and do something a little bit different?

That way one can be assured of different results .

why people might pick one colonic clinic over another

5 months ago

Of course there are lots of reasons , ranging from the obvious to the not so obvious. Sometimes people try out clinics without really knowing whats important to them(understandable when its a new service ).That's another reason we think prospective users of colonics should read client reviews from previous users of the clinic they are considering. It will help them figure out what others have found to be important.

That said here are some excerpts from client reviews West London Colonics has received that relate to a criteria that Newbies to colonics dont put high up in terms of whats important to them, but find compelling once they have their treatments. It has to do with a personalised approach to clients.

These are excerpts, so vist the relevant curation page by googling 'Wahanda, westlondon colonics' to read the full reviews in context.

Personalised approach

Julia called me right after I had booked the appointment, to explain a bit about the treatment what to expect etc. She has the most calming voice and lots of knowledge I knew I was going to be in good hands for my treatment.
- Mandykk; Visited April 2014

I've been to Julia 9 times now, even though the clinic is miles away from where I live. I go back because I trust her, she knows what she’s doing, I enjoy chatting to her when I’m lying there all tubed-up and because she’s so often pleased with my colon’s performance.
- angel-a visited March 2014


I got the stomach massage first which was so relaxing I nearly fell asleep! It really put me at ease and there was calming music in the background too.

- eleda79; visited March 2014


Everything the other reviewers say about Julia and her clinic is true- relaxing atmosphere and professional treatment. I am a man and didn't feel uncomfortable at all.

- ronin; Visited March 2014


She makes you very comfortable and gives some valuable aftercare advice.
- Lom004; Visited March 2014

Julia is welcoming and friendly. Before I even had my appointment I was sent ample information about all aspects of my treatment and the days leading up to and after the treatment itself. I was given clear instructions on how to get the best from my experience.
- Lizzie1987; visited March 2014

As most people have reviewed, Julia really makes you feel really at ease pre and during treatment - I was pleased with the colonic and would recommend to anyone to try a colonic at West London colonics.

- samanthaaethorne, visited Feb 2014( posted review March 2014)

From the moment I booked an appointment with WLC right up through to a couple days after my treatment I have been very impressed with the level of customer service and professionalism I have received.
-Crystal90; visited Feb 2014
Julia was very eager to understand my past history with my stomach problems and did everything she could to ensure that she catered my session to best help me overcome the issues I face.
-Crystal90; visited Feb 2014

Julia paid attention to us throughout the colonic, making sure we got the best result possible.
Anonymous, visited Jan 2014

Julia managed to put us both at ease and explained how the treatment would work. The treatment itself was painless and comfortable.
Anonymous, visited Jan 2014

I was also very pleased with the aftercare advice that was given to me. , I especially liked the diet advice.
AmyBumstead, visited Jan 2014

Julie is very calm, friendly, reassuring and gentle. She guided me step by step through the procedure and she was very gentle and I felt at ease as its not a pleasant thing to be doing personally but I felt that I needed to do it for my well being. I also topped up my treatment with herbs and even a massage for the tummy and the massage was lovely.
- cutiepie79, visited Dec 2013 & Jan 2014
I went to West London Colonics just after New Year’s Day along with my boyfriend, to give us a kick start for 2014. Julia was very thorough with her consultation, taking time to find out about both our goals and tailoring the treatment for each of us individually.
Anonymous, visited Jan 2014


Had a really relaxing and pleasant first experience thanks to Julia, everything is really friendly yet professional and I am definitely going back!
kirstyjj; visited Dec 2013

I have been going to see Julia at West London Colonics since July 2013 for monthly colonic treatments. I find Julia to be incredibly friendly, discreet and professional and she has a very reassuring approach to the treatment, which puts you instantly at ease. Julia is also caring and offers an efficient and friendly service.

-S3238D; Visited between July 2013 & January 2014


The lady who received me, her name is Julia took time before and after the treatment to know me better and give me the best advice post treatment.

I felt uncomfortable at the beginning but Julia helped me to relax. Sorayat, visited Sep 2012

We discussed any problems I felt I was experiencing and she always put me at ease answering any embarrassing questions.
-Hicky, visited Jul 2012
Welcome & Friendly made you feel at ease; I had this in the past at another salon but this treatment here was by far the best. I would recommend this treatment to my family members who also purchased a session
-Lexus, visited Jul 2012


I felt totally comfortable, Julie was very professional, she spoke to me throughout….
-Yvonne, visited May 2012

I highly recommend Julia to anyone for a colonic. She instantly set me at ease so I was able to relax and she was professional at all times. The way she explained the treatment to me and what would happen was easy to understand.

-DenaG, first visited March 2012

The ultimate facial Beauty starts from the inside

5 months ago

The ultimate facial: Beauty starts from the inside

So here’s my perspective on the ultimate facial; it’s one you may not have heard of, and which is hardly likely to be top of mind when thinking
of having a facial. It involves tubing, plenty of water, and a topsy –turvy view on things.…

Hydration is all the vogue these days; it’s in every health professionals top 5 recommendation.
But this is hydration with a difference!
Its called colon hydrotherapy. OK, the term is a mouthful (an alternative colon irrigation is mores so, in my opinion) but this is a generally well-regarded alternative therapy, with ancient roots, and was once common practice in hospitals. Pity that cost cutting measures pushed it out of the forefront. Whilst of course I am biased (being a practicing colon therapist) I believe it is one of the most rejuvenating and healing treatments one can have. Colonic hydrotherapy provides an internal wash (when was the last time you had one?) that leaves many people with a spring in their step and a glowing sense of well being afterwards. What’s the procedure? Briefly, it involves the gentle introduction of filtered water into the colon to progressively soften waste, and facilitate its movement out of the body. The steady flow in and out of water stimulates the colon musculature helping it to regain natural tone, shape and peristaltic action. You might call it a form of internal fitness training. One can expect progressive, gentle relief from bloating and constipation, as well improved mental clarity, improved sleep clearer skin. I said earlier that this is a generally well regarded practice, and so it is. However , not every one has a sanguine view of it. There are detractors, so everyone considering it should make up their own minds.
One of my clients put it rather well in a client review she wrote:

‘I was quite apprehensive before talking to Julia and having the colonic. I've never had one before and feel like all you ever see in magazines and online is about negative experiences so I was a bit hesitant but wanted to experience it myself before I made a judgment.
I'm not going to go into miles of detail as Julia is the expert but it was so not what I was expecting. It was relaxing, soothing and a great experience. I thought I was going to feel horrible and embarrassed but its so far from the truth.’
- Mandykk; Visited April 2014

(Actually there are plenty of positive reports about colonics but as in news, the bad gets way more coverage, even when patently poorly formulated). A spirit of cautious experimentation, based on commonsense and respect for holistic viewpoints, is a useful way to go for some.
Personally – and I am only talking personally-I believe in the approach of Tony Robbins, the peak performance expert of our time, who argues for action over inaction. He says Model those who have gotten the results you want, rather than listening to those who haven’t, but propound theories about why not to take action. He says, in effect: Theoretically, there will never be a right time for taking action.