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What is the difference between a colonic and an enema?


A colonic and an enema are both forms of colon cleansing however they are different and can achieve different things.

An enema is a mini version of a colonic that that you can do in the privacy of your own home, choose the ingredients and travel with wherever you like. An enema is flexible, versatile and provides quick relief to bloating, gas, constipation and abdominal discomfort. One releases the contents or fill from an enema on the toilet. A Happy Bum Bag enema kit is reusable and can be washed out for regular use. A two litre enema bag will cleanse the lower part of your colon but will not clear the same amount of toxicity and waste as a colon hydrotherapy treatment.

A colonic is like a continuous enema where the water comes in but then the waste gets released through an outlet hose so the person does not have to get off the treatment table to release. This allows the wash out to be more complete and to hydrate and soften more of the colon. A professional therapist will also guide the treatment with fills, drains and massage to ensure the best release possible. A colonic fill does not have a limit as the enema bag does (2 litres) so one can hold for as long as they like and then release when ready through the tube. Generally a colonic takes about 45 minutes and is a treatment that you cannot do at home.

The benefits of colon cleansing are far reaching as the colon is the rubbish bin of the body and clearing it out promotes better organ function, peristalsis and a cleaner system. Many report feeling clearer, lighter and rejuvenated after detoxing the colon. It can help with boosting energy levels, symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, skin conditions, regulating hormones, losing weight and all other gut related issues. Cleansing the colon can also leave you glowing as your body rehydrates on a different level.

In periods of chaos and lockdown, like our world is in now, there is nothing better than having some freedom to control your gut, emotional and physical health. Stress often brings on symptoms of IBS, constipation and diarrhoea so having your Happy Bum Bag enema kit handy will keep you healthy through this incredibly stressful and uncertain time we are all facing.

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