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Nervous about your first colon hydrotherapy detox?

Don’t be!

Here’s exactly what to expect when you arrive for your colonic:


When you first arrive at Bayside Colonics, you will be greeted at the door by your therapist who will invite you inside and give you a new client intake form to fill out. Don’t be shy to put down everything that is going on with you bowels on this form, the more information we have the better. Your therapist will discuss everything with you in more detail but its best to be open about why you are here. If possible, try to avoid eating within a few hours before your colonic so your body is not trying to digest and detox at the same time.


Once you’ve completed your form, your therapist will explain the colonic irrigation process, go over your client intake form and discuss your goals of the session. We go through your diet, lifestyle and what’s brought you in today – whether it be a current health struggle, or simply curiosity!


Before we begin your colonic detox, it is important for you to empty your bladder as you will absorb a lot of water during your treatment (one of the many benefits of colonics – total rehydration!). But on the table, a full bladder is not only uncomfortable but can also block your bowel from releasing. To avoid having to get off the table and empty your bladder and then having to do the insertion again, it’s always advised to empty first. Once you’ve done this, you will need to remove everything from the waste down – underwear and pants and make your way onto the treatment table. You will be given a towel to wrap around you to cover up. Once on the table, you will start laying on your back and the therapist will place a sheet or blanket over top of you so you are all comfortably covered up.


To begin the treatment, you will need to roll over onto your left side with your knees bent up towards your waist. The therapist will guide you through the insertion of the speculum, which will take approximately 15 seconds at most. The best thing to do is try to relax so your muscles release. The therapist will ask you to take a deep breath in and on the exhale as all your muscles relax, the speculum will be inserted into your rectum about 2 inches. This will be a strange feeling the first time, and probably a few times after that but its not painful and once the speculum is inserted properly you wont feel it throughout the treatment. If you have bad haemorrhoids this may be a bit painful but then again, so is going to the toilet and anything else in that area when you have them so you’re better off softening everything up with a colonic anyways.

Once the insertion is complete, you will be asked to lift your hips and gently roll back onto your back keeping your knees bent. Phew – there...we are ready to begin!


Once the speculum is inserted and you are lying on your back, the therapist will begin the flow of water. You probably wont feel this at first as it will be body temperature and both the inlet and outlet hoses will be flowing meaning that water is coming in and coming out simultaneously. Don’t worry, the inlet hose where the purified water comes in is one way and the outlet takes out all the toxicity. After a few minutes of letting your body adjust to the water and rehydrate, your therapist will ask you if you feel ready to do a fill. A fill is where the outlet hose is temporarily blocked so that the inlet hose can begin slowly filling your colon with water as to reach farther around. Remember, your colon is over 5 feet long and if you’ve never had a colonic before – there will be a ton of old waste stuck – in fact, up to 5-7 kilos!

Once the therapist starts the fill, you will be asked to let them know when you feel like you need to release (which means when you feel like you really need to go to the toilet). Trust me, you will know when that is but remember

Once you finish your fill and feel the urge to release, the therapist will open the outlet hose back up so that your colon can release and wash away all the compacted waste matter and mucus plague that was softened by the water. This will look different for everyone and will heavily depend on the state your gut, diet, stress, hydration levels. Don’t stress if you don’t see anything come out even for the first half an hour, its common to actually not even release at all on the table for your first session as with anything your body needs time to adjust to a new process and may be a little shy.

Mix that shyness with dehydration, a bad diet and extreme constipationl and its likely your body will take a lot longer to rehydrate before it starts to release anything. Together with your therapist, you will try a variety of different fills to spark the peristalsis (muscle tone) in your colon to release. Often once the body starts to dump toxicity, it gets easier. The colon starts to detox and the liver jumps on board which will be the warm feeling as you release. It is also quite common to have a large release on the toilet after your treatment as gravity works with the familiarity of being able to push on the toilet.As long as you are detoxing and ridding the body of all the compacted waste, it doesn’t matter where this release happens.

The more colonics you do and the healthier your colon is, the easier your colonics will be. Maintenance is the key to success so we encourage all clients to come in at least once a month for a session and then do a spring clean detox of three session back to back in one week twice a year.


Once your treatment is finished, the therapist will turn off the water, remove the speculum and you will be able to go sit on the toilet in peace. Many people think that they will have no control once the speculum is removed but the muscles in your rectum will not let you poo yourself as you get up off the table. You may however feel the need to rush to the toilet as the water may have loosened everything up and as soon as you stand gravity will kick in so best to head straight there and take as long as you need. Your therapist can explain the best ways to massage the belly, which can also help stimulate a release. You can now let your body totally relax and release whatever toxicity is left as you’ve survived! Well done! And when you get up – you’ll feel lighter than ever. If you still feel a bit bloated and sick, it just means that we have stirred up more toxins than we have been able to release in one session and the best thing to do is come back as soon as possible – the next day being ideal to continue the flush. A toxic body will be dying to get rid of the waste and purge, waiting an extended period of time before returning will only allow the toxicity to build up again and we will be starting from scratch.


Based on your colonic and the toxins that were released, your therapist will discuss with you what they think would be the best treatment plan moving forward. It is always recommended to have three sessions back to back (within a week if possible) as the colon is so large, its impossible to clear the entire thing in one session. Your therapist will also recommend any supplements or probiotics they think are necessary to assist your health goals. Probiotics should always be taken after a colonic to repopulate the good bacteria after a colonic removes everything. Supplements recommended could include a parasite cleanse, dietary fibre, magnesium, herbs to assist in bowel movements, etc. For best results, try to eat light for the rest of the day, drink lots of water and take it easy as you may feel exhausted after a large toxin release.

So there you go, a step-by-step guide of what to expect at your first colonic. I hope this eases the unknown and makes you feel a bit more confident in giving colonics a try because it's an incredible thing to do for your body and we can’t wait to show you just how powerful colonic detoxing can be for transforming your physical, mental and emotional health.

Call us or book online today to take the plunge.

See you soon Baysiders!

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