Colonics MaryJo Navarra

2914 5th Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
phone: 402-506-3321 | website:
Mary Jo Navarra, Certified Hydro Colon Therapist
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Colon Hydrotherapy - Because Health Begins in the Colon

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If you are new to colon hydrotherapy there are often many questions about the benefits and risks of the treatment. To try and provide some guidance, we have produced this question and answer flyer which will hopefully address many of the most frequently asked questions. If there is any further information that you require, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is Colon Hydrotherapy (Commonly Called 'Colonic')?

Colon hydrotherapy (commonly called 'colonic') is the gentle rinsing of the colon with warm water, to remove encrusted fecal matter, gas and mucus. This allows vital nutrients to be absorbed more easily and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and healthier. Colon hydrotherapy can also help re-tone and reshape the colon. The ideal transit time of food through the body is 18-24 hours. On average in the US it currently takes 60 hours for men and 70 hours for women.

Does colonic therapy hurt?

For the vast majority of individuals who receive colon therapies, the procedure is free from pain. A minor amount of discomfort can be felt during the insertion of the speculum but this only lasts for a few seconds. During the treatment, you may feel some cramping in the stomach and occasionally clients feel slightly nauseous, whenever toxic waste detaches from the intestinal walls and leaves the body, particularly if you have a clogged up colon.

Is it safe?

Colon hydrotherapy is very safe when performed by a qualified therapist. We only use FDA

approved medical devices for the procedure and all of the equipment used is sterilized or disposable and the water goes through an advanced filtration process prior to entering the colon. Our Therapists are AINH (American Institute of Natural Health) trained and certified and meet the highest professional and ethical standards. You are in very safe hands.

How can it help?

The benefits of colon therapy can include increased energy, improved circulation, clearer skin and eyes, mental clarity, weight normalizing, better digestions, relief from bloating and heaviness. By removing the waste material from the colon, the process of detoxification is given a boost and the harmful bacteria that is produced by encrusted fecal matter is removed from the body. Colon hydrotherapy helps your immune system to help itself, by giving it a chance to breathe and allow the lymph system to effectively cleanse your body.

What about "friendly bacteria" being lost?

Healthy intestinal flora are present throughout the small and large intestines and colon hydrotherapy helps to improve their habitat, facilitating their reproduction and multiplication.

What is the difference between an enema and a colon therapy?

An enema is the procedure of introducing liquids into the colon, causing a rapid expansion of the lower intestinal tract which results in a powerful peristalsis and evacuation. It can often result in uncomfortable bloating and cramping and put a strain on the anus, possibly resulting in hemorrhoids. By contrast, colon therapy involves the gentle inflow and outflow or warm water that slowly dissolves accumulated toxic material and encourage release naturally, without any undue stress on your system.

Is it embarrassing?

No. There is no odor from the bowel movements as the system is "closed" and your dignity is always maintained with proper draping in a private room.

How many treatments do I need?

Every person is different and changes in our lives create different stresses, so there is no standard number of treatments that are recommended. We suggest you book a single treatment initially and discuss with your therapist during the consultation what their recommendations are. In our experience we have found that a course of 3 treatments over an initial 10 day time frame produces the best results with regular maintenance thereafter.

How should I prepare for the colon therapy?

We recommend that you refrain from eating at least two hours prior to your appointment and ensure that you are well hydrated. If possible, a diet of vegetables and grains 2-3 days in advance rather than heavy foods will help prepare your colon for the treatment. Do not drink alcohol 24 hours in advance.

How will I feel afterwards?

Colon therapy has a "relieving" effect. There may well be a feeling of lightness and often people are energized following a colon therapy. Many clients have reported clearer skin. Once the colon has been thoroughly cleansed then diet, exercise and other health programs will become many times more effective. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids, avoid raw vegetables, and reduce consumption of meats for a couple of days. Steamed vegetables, fruit and soups are recommended.


Holistic Healing Oasis
2914 5th Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
phone: 402-506-3321 | website:
Mary Jo Navarra, Certified Hydro Colon Therapist