How long have you been a colon hydrotherapist and what have you learned over that time?
I’ll be celebrating 10 years in 2017. The great thing is that I keep learning, with every new client, which is wonderful. I’ve learned that no two clients are the same, that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all diet’ and that health means much more than simply the absence of disease.
Why did you choose a career in colon hydrotherapy and what skills and experience do you bring to the role?
I worked for nearly 20 years as a nurse, including experience as a palliative care nurse, and finally specialising in bowel surgery as a stoma care nurse. This last nursing role took me into the community, working with patients in the recovery period and beyond following extensive bowel surgery. In that role I witnessed some people recovering wellness and vitality very fast compared to others who seemed to never get ‘well’. I began to appreciate that wellness is the result of what you put into your body in terms of nutrition and hydration and also that wellness is a powerful belief. At the same time I was personally experiencing IBS, and with a head full of clinical knowledge I was able to really scare myself that there was something seriously wrong. Thankfully there wasn’t, but in overcoming my own IBS I realised my career was being pulled in a new direction and I took a leap of faith and retrained as a colon hydrotherapist.
What is your favourite part of being a colon hydrotherapist and what one thing would you change if you could?
Feedback. I will never tire of hearing feedback about the difference colon hydrotherapy has made to a person’s life, particularly sufferers of chronic constipation or IBS. These functional bowel problems can have really devastating effects so it’s great to be able to help. I also love seeing my clients embracing their health and wellbeing.
The one thing I would change is professional recognition by the wider health sectors. I believe that colonics have a lot to offer, and see on a daily basis the relief it can offer for many people, yet it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for that.
You are chair of the national colon hydrotherapists association, ARCH. What does that role involve and what have you achieved during your time as chair?
I was elected Chair of ARCH in 2014 and I oversee the day to day running of the association and the activities of our committee. This involves supporting our members and promoting colon hydrotherapy with the public. I’m also very active representing our industry in the wider Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Sector as well with other health providers.
I am proud to have taken our industry through an important professional process in creating a Role Template for Colon Hydrotherapy with Skills for Health.
Colon hydrotherapy sits outside of the standard medical model. How do you feel about that?
I feel fine about that. The medical model involves active interventions to remove or manage disease. These interventions might involve pharmacology, surgery etc and these will potentially cause trauma to the body on one level or another to get the desired outcome.
Colon hydrotherapy is a passive intervention used as part of a wider approach to health, enabling the individual to connect with their body and motivating them take better care of themselves. So I’d say that it’s much more about health promotion and disease prevention than the Western model of medicine.
What do you think needs to change about our current approach to healthcare?
We all know that we are in a health system crisis right now. Our population is ageing and we have preventable diseases at epidemic numbers. At least 80% of western diseases are as a result of diet and lifestyle choices. That’s astonishing, and yet nothing has changed, year on year the numbers diagnosed with preventable diseases are going up and up.
The CAM therapy sector has been quietly having an impact on the nation’s health for a long time, chipping away at the edges, helping people to help themselves. We call this Self Care, and the Department of Health is finally catching up. Prevention through Self Care is cheaper than cure through the medical intervention model. It’s my hope that over the coming years we will see much more support and collaboration between doctors and practitioners, like those at Cheshire Natural Health.
Many people are put off having colon hydrotherapy because they are embarrassed. What would you say to reassure people?
It’s not uncommon for people to tell me they’ve been putting off booking an appointment for months because they feel embarrassed, only to find themselves feeling relaxed and comfortable after just 10 minutes of our consultation!
It’s true that for some people just thinking about anything toilet related causes embarrassment. I understand this completely. The trouble is embarrassment like this can cause inhibiting behaviours around toilets, which in turn leads to constipation problems. My own IBS problems in the past were definitely aggravated by my embarrassment around public toilets. I think that I knew deep down that I was making things worse by not using facilities when I needed to.
Each new client is allowed plenty of time to ask questions and feel comfortable about the procedure. I am very happy to chat on the phone to answer any questions before a booking is made. The consultation is in a private room, where discussing all things bowel related will feel surprisingly easy even for the most embarrassed and hesitant of clients. I’ve worked in this area of health for over 16 years now and have helped thousands of clients to experience better digestion.
What advice would you give to people considering having colon hydrotherapy?
I would say check out the therapist’s credentials, and experience. Visit the premises if you still feel unsure and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Preparation ahead of the treatment might include increasing your water intake and dietary fibre, but remember there’s no one-size-fits-all rule here. So if you have a specific problem like long term constipation then call ahead for guidance that is suitable for your condition.
You are also a fully trained NLP Master Practitioner. How can NLP help your clients?
NLP is a talking therapy that focuses on how you think, not what you are thinking about. It is not like counselling or psychotherapy in that regard so may not be suitable for everyone. In my practice as a colon hydrotherapist I find that the coaching skills I have as an NLP Master Practitioner are useful to help my clients to learn about the link between their gut and their mind. We experience our ‘feelings’ in our bodies not our limbs, and sometimes our emotional stuff gets in the way of normal digestion. Feelings of anger, fear and frustration don’t start in your big toe; they begin in your gut. So for some clients their bloating or constipation will have nothing to do with the food choices they make and everything to do with the how they are thinking about the situations and circumstances of their life. NLP coaching can help you to think better.
Where can people find out more about you?
They can visit the colon hydrotherapy section of the Cheshire Natural Health website, call this clinic on 01925 730123 or they can contact me directly with any questions on 07934 489516.Share