With new technology and advice on health, wellbeing, beauty and aesthetics cropping up everyday it can be hard to know exactly what will work for you and what you as an individual should be doing. We decided to team up with industry experts in health and beauty to answer your burning questions in our Expert Panel Series, covering everything from gut and digestive health to the best fat reduction treatments available. We begin with our health panel; we asked personal trainers to the stars Matt Roberts, specialist Colonic Hydrotherapist Victoria Cooper and cold pressed juice experts CPRESS to answer your burning questions! Victoria Cooper – The Colonic Hydrotherapist Victoria is a specialist in digestive gut health, utilising the gently healing process of Colonic Hydrotherapy to soothe issues in the bowel, diagnose food intolerances and help her clients make healthy lifestyle decisions. Victoria is a committee member of ARCH (Association of Registered Colonic Hydrotherapists) and has also contributed as part of the working group for ARCH to the development of National Occupational Standards in conjunction with Skills for Health. Here she answers questions commonly asked about digestive health and Colonic Hydrotherapy. I eat healthily but bloating is a big issue for me. How can I change my diet to help this? There are many reasons why someone would experience abdominal bloating, despite having a healthy diet. It isn't just a question of swapping burgers and chips for salads. The causative factors are highly individualised, many and varied, and cannot be addressed in a blanket "one-size-fits-all" type of approach. When a client books in for a colonic session a full medical history is taken, which can often throw some light onto the cause (or, more often, causes) of the bloating for that particular individual. We discuss general gut conditions and lifestyle factors which may not be optimum for the client or alternatively, which may need to be "managed". Clearing the gut of old and trapped residues by means of a gentle colonic, some of which can be contributing to the dreaded bloat, is a good place to start. Further feedback and guidance is given during the session for steps to take which, if followed, may reduce this problem. What is involved in Colonic Hydrotherapy? When a client arrives at EFMEDISPA for a colonic, a detailed medical history is taken as the first port of call. Our Practitioner will ask several questions about what is on the form, to firstly ensure that the treatment is appropriate for the client and secondly, to see how best we can help the client. An explanation of the treatment itself is given so the client can understand the procedure as it occurs.
- The client lies on the couch whilst a new packet of disposable tubing is prepared (the tubing is ergonomically designed for comfort) and subsequently inserted, using plenty of lubricant. This insertion should not feel painful.
- The client's position is adjusted and once comfortable, the treatment begins. A gentle inlet of water is allowed to make its way into the first few inches of the colon to begin the process of dislodging waste material, followed shortly after by the opportunity for the body to release again. This process is repeated and the water reaches slightly further in with each inlet.
- The client will feel the abdomen gently rising as the water inlets, and will feel it subsiding again as the body releases. This process continues, with gentle abdominal massage, for the duration of the session, which should remain comfortable at all times.
- The client is then transferred to our en-suite loo at an appropriate juncture, where further releases may occur. Once abdominally stable, the client can get dressed and has the opportunity to raise any further questions.