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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 243

Thoughts: Spring clean your bowels!!!

Today was my first experience of the LIBBE Unit - in other words - an open system colonic at The Balance Health and Wellness Center!

The Balance Health and Wellness Center was Long Island's First Professional Colon Hydrotherapy Facility. The Center was established in 1999 and has set the standard for the Colon Cleansing Profession here in New York. At one time, The Balance Health and Wellness Center was the training facility for the Long Island School of Colon Hydrotherapy.

Their staff provides therapeutic treatments to reduce stress and free you to become the healthiest person you can be. Your body, mind and spirit are so intertwined that stress, whether physical, mental or emotional, affects your entire well-being. All of the services they offer are designed to cleanse, detoxify and transform your body from within.

If I have totally lost you already - a colonic is a therapy that both involve introducing water into the colon through to rectum in order to cleanse the colon.

* Colonics cleanse the entire length of the colon.
* Colonics involve mutiple infusions of water into the colon.
* With colonics, fecal matter leaves the body via a tube. The client does not see or smell the fecal matter during the session.
* At the end of the session, the client usually sits on a toilet, and usually passes any residual water and stools.
* Colonics must be administered by a trained colon hydrotherapist and requires professional equipment.

The large intestine is the portion of the digestive system most responsible for absorption of water from the indigestible residue of food. The ileocecal valve of the ileum (small intestine) passes material into the large intestine at the cecum. Material passes through the ascending, transverse, descending and sigmoid portions of the colon, and finally into the rectum. From the rectum, the waste is expelled from the body.

Why you would get a colonic?

You were not born with the body you have right now. Whether you are pleased with your appearance or not, you created the body you live in through your actions and choices.

You have side effects of an unclean bowel:
Skin Blemishes
General Listlessness
Foul Breath or Body Odor
Excessive weight

When your intestines becomes dirty, it can lead to illness and negative health conditions throughout your entire body. Your digestive system also houses the majority of your immune system. Cleaning the garbage out of your digestive system can have a huge impact on how you feel, how you look, and how often you become ill.

If you want to read more check out my blog Day 130

I have had colonics before in a closed system and this was my first experience at the open system. There are basically two different types of equipment available for administering colonics, open systems & closed systems. There are many different manufacturers of colonic equipment, but all systems are either open or closed. The difference between a closed and open system colonic is this:

*A closed system, the water and waste matter you eliminate are carried via tubing directly into the plumbing system so there is no odor whatsoever.
*With an open system you eliminate into a basin or channel that typically leads to the toilet.
*Open systems are typically gravity flow, much like if you were receiving an enema or using a Colema board
*Whereas a closed system depends on gentle pressure, controlled by the therapist, to introduce the water and evacuate the waste.
*Another difference usually is the type of speculum (rectal instrument) used. With a closed system typically the speculum is larger, for an adult between 0.60 and 0.75 inches in diameter, and waste is evacuated through this speculum.
*Most open gravity flow systems use a pencil thin rectal attachment to introduce the water, and elimination occurs around the tube rather than through it.

My experience:

After experiencing both the open and closes system, I prefer the open system colonic! It is generally regarded as more comfortable and private than the closed system. The beautiful Carrie Pearsall who is a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist explained the entire digestive system to me before we begun - the body continues to amaze me!

With an open system I lied on a molded fiberglass table that looks like a recliner - it is very comfortable. The form-fitted table has a basin cut into it & a small, disposable rectal tube, about the size of a pencil is attached at one end. After Carrie demonstrated how to gently insert the tube, she left the room, providing total privacy. Carrie then returned when I was ready & begun a gentle, continious flow of gravity-fed water through the rectal tube & into my bowels. Then when I felt full, I simply pushed out & the rectal tube automatically moved to one side within the rectum allowing the softened matter to flow out. It then flows down a drain in the bottom of the basin & past a three inch clear viewing tube. So yes I could see everything coming out! An odor exhaust system ensures the room remains odor free at all times. Carrie can remain in the room & provide instruction during the first session, but private time can be provided during future sessions.

Carrie looked after me before and after the treatment. Before the treatment she checks in with you to find out what is in your bowels - foods that you often eat. She gave me a chart to fill out (and this is what a typical Earth Dieter's list would look like!)

How often do you eat the following foods?
(A)-Every Day (B)-A Few Times A Week (C)-Sometimes (N)-Never

(A)-Every Day:
Fruit Juice (Home made)
Green Salads
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Fruits

Salt & Pepper
Herbal Tea
White Rice
Fresh Fish
Whole grains, Quinoa, Millet, Barley, Brown Rice

Coffee, Chips, Decaf Coffee, Candy, Tea, Cakes/Cookies, Decaf Tea, Artificial, Sweetner, White Sugar, Soda, White Bread, Diet Soda, Bagels, Ice Tea, Pizza, Pasta, Canned Foods, Fast Foods, Fried Foods, Ice Cream, Frozen/Yogurt, Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Rice or Soy Milk, Beef, Pork, Veal, Any deli meats, Canned Tuna, Whole grain bread, Frozen Vegetables

Rice milk, meats, eggs, milk and coffee are items on The Earth Diet however I have written N (never) as I simply do not enjoy eating them. If you do eat meats, eggs and milk on The Earth Diet, it is encouraged these foods to be organic.

After the treatment Carrie gives you information "What to expect after your colon Hydrotherapy Session" and what are the best foods to eat afterwards. The Balance Health And Wellness Center treat their clients with dignity and respect. They have absolutely earned an impeccable reputation for cleanliness, honesty and client appreciation.

Other Services Include:
Colon Hydrotherapy
Massage Therapy (All styles and techniques)
NAET – Allergy Elimination Techniques
Ear Stapling (Weight loss)
Ear Candling
Ionic Foot Bath
Herbal Medicine

Additional Services:
Hot Stone Massage
Facial Rejuvenation (Acupuncture, Herbs and Facial Massage)
Acoustic Wave Therapy
Ultra Violet Heat Therapy
Electric Stimulation

Specialty Services:
Drug and/or Alcohol Detoxification Treatments
Stop Smoking Clinics
Senior Citizen Specials

Mention this blog and take $10 treatment of your choice!

*All Major Medical Insurance Accepted – provided your plan has coverage

Contact Carrie Pearsall or Joesph D'Antona at the Balance Health and Wellness Center
C: 631-BALANCE (631 225 2623) W:

1. 57 Main st 672 N. Wellwood Ave
2. Kings Park, NY 11754 Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Challenges: Taking life far too seriously! Forgetting that this is all an illusion! I am reminding my self who I am and who I am not, and observing how and when I drop in and out of this.

Triumphs: The entire experience of the open system colonic was relaxing, recharging, and empowering! Any system where one gets to purge toxins out of the body has got to be invigorating!

What I Ate Today:

Food fest 1: An orange and grapefruit juice mmm mmm mmm!

Food fest 2: A beautiful ripe creamy avocado!

Food fest 3: 3 nectarines (I love summer!)

Food fest 4: Another avocado :)))

Food fest 5: Some sweet chilled cherries

Food fest 6: Beans and Rice - grounding, warm and absolutely fufilling.

Recipe: Recipe for Beans and Rice are on The Earth Diet website

Exercise: Riding my bike! :) And working/playing/loving/watering my garden ;)

122 days to go!!!

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