What led you to become a colonic therapist?
My path to becoming a colon hydrotherapist began with the first colonic I received as a client at LYT (Love Your Transformation was the predecessor to DTX). I was dealing with health issues that left my doctors stumped (along with the various specialists they sent me to). In desperation I started to do my own research. I read a book called, "I Was Poisoned By My Body: The Odyssey of a Doctor Who Reversed Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut Syndrome & Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Naturally!" by Dr. Gloria Gilbere. This book introduced me to the idea that a compromised gut is at the root of disease and set me on a path to heal my own gut through colonics and diet. I saw immediate results from my efforts to clean up my diet and reduce my toxic load. I wanted to learn more about how to take charge of my own healing and so I became a receptionist at LYT. The colonic hydrotherapists there became my mentors and I spent two years learning and healing myself. I began to appreciate the complexity and logic of the human body and the power of lifestyle choices to promote deep healing. Eventually I wanted to help others as I had been helped and to share what I had learned. So I decided to become a colon hydrotherapist and completed the training in 2010.
What did you do before you became a colonic therapist?
Before I became a colonic hydrotherapist, I was a Family Therapist at a drug treatment center for women. I worked with children and families who were recovering from the impact of a parent’s drug addiction. I do draw on my past experience in my current work. For me and for many people I know, changing one’s diet or lifestyle can be a struggle. We have become attached to our sugar, alcohol, coffee, etc. They temporarily comfort us when life gets tough. Shining the light of awareness on the energy behind those attachments can give us a little more wiggle room, and a little more freedom to make healthier choices. Practices such as mindfulness, mediation, yoga, and breathwork have helped me to find that bit of wiggle room and a greater sense of freedom in my own choices. It is my hope that my past experiences help me to support my clients as they explore their own process of expanding awareness and making healthier choices.
What has been your greatest reward as a colonic therapist?
My greatest reward has been in becoming part of a community of colleagues, clients, and mentors who are thinking deeply about health and healing. In life, we are each our own grand experiment. Our unique genetic inheritances and past experiences mean that our individual healing journeys will also be different. But we are also cut from the same fabric and our human bodies, minds, and spirits thrive or suffer based on certain universal principles. The irony is that by steadfastly exploring our own personal uniqueness we learn how deeply we are all connected. I am inspired and nourished by this connection with my fellow explorers and our common adventure in grappling with this human experience that Jon Kabat-Zinn calls “the full catastrophe of living.”
What is the most valuable lesson you've learned from this work?
One of the big lessons I have learned is that symptoms are not our body betraying us, but our body trying to communicate its needs to us. If we don’t listen at first, the body may escalate its attempts to communicate its needs with more extreme symptoms. In my experience, conventional medicine is often aimed at silencing symptoms, whether or not it addresses the underlying imbalance in the body. This may be effective in pain management, but it does not support long term healing. I have been inspired by pioneers in Functional Medicine such as Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Amy Myers, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Alejandro Junger, who are showing us how to eliminate the root cause of disease and empowering us to take charge of our own path towards vibrant health.
What myth would you like to dispel about colonics?
Some newcomers to colonics are worried that colonics will be habit-forming, like laxatives, and will make the body function less effectively on its own. Actually, I have found the opposite to be true. Gravity colonics work by engaging the colon’s natural muscular action called peristalsis. Toning the muscles of the colon during a colonic will help it work more effectively on its own, not less so. Getting a gravity colonic is like taking your colon to the gym!