My brilliant beautician Debbie Thomas at Hari's and I were talking about whether the theory about colonics giving clear eyes and radiant skin was true. Debbie was going to put it to the test, but sooner than you could say Colon Hydrotherapy, I'd booked in a couple of sessions to find out myself.
You see I'm really sold on treatments where there's clear evidence of results. I can't bare massages where the therapist simply rubs in moisturiser, gives a facial without extraction or tickles you with a feather to remove hard skin during a pedicure. And few treatments have as obvious an effect as colonics. I've had a few in my time and have always felt great afterwards.
This time I visited Amanda at Balance the Clinic on London's Kings Road. Amanda really is the Queen of the treatment as I found out. It's not just the basics with her, she works bloomin' hard during your hour to massage your tummy and lower back to work everything through your system while using reflexology to release tension (and a few other things), letting you know what your body is lacking as she goes and prescribing supplements for better health. I'd been knocked for six by a three-week virus a couple of months back and she could tell the damage the antibiotics had done to me and knew why I hadn't felt on form since.
I've had two treatments, two weeks apart and my skin and eyes are indeed clear and bright. My tummy doesn't feel bloated as it did before and for the few days after each colonic, I felt sprightly and upbeat. Of course, the tiredness soon creeps up you but only a honeymoon can cure you of that. A common misconception is that a colonic should be done for slimming purposes. It's not about that at all. Use it as a method of re-booting your intestine after your body's been under stress or if your skin looks sluggish before your wedding. But you don't need to do them regularly.