Eggnog, gingerbread men, Hanukkah gelt, seven-course meals… regardless of holiday parties and vacations and pictures for which you’d prefer to not be at your most bloated state, it’s a naughty season. Yes, and this is why Holiday Season is also the season when curious spa-goers call up their local holistic health centers and wonder:

“‘Tis this season for a colonic?”

Such is the case at Fabylous Living in Chelsea, NYC (which you may remember from my ear candling experience) – owner Fabiola Turner’s phone has been ringing off the hook about colonics. What’s it like? Should I be afraid? Will it help me not gain 400 pounds this December? So she picked up the phone and called me – to come in and film so we can show people once and for all what this colonic biz-nass is all about. At Faby’s spa, it’s not just a colonic, but a full pampering experience. It includes massages, hot towels, vibrational therapy, aromatherapy… and – the kicker! – it even includes a coffee and a chlorphyll enema.

The idea behind a colonic is that food enters the intestine and a lot of it doesn’t get flushed out, causing toxins to accumulate, which can result in illness. Especially in today’s world, where we’re breathing polluted air and consuming pesticides, our bodies are overwhelmed trying to get rid of it all. So a little “push” now and then really helps the digestive system do its job better.

Although some believe a colonic is not necessary or even risky, I’ve done three with great results… so call me a believer! But before you bare your butt, you probably want to know:

First, how does one prepare? Here’s how to prepare for a colonic.

Then, what exactly are those benefits?


First and foremost… the reason I personally love it… That SKINNY FEELING! It’s like, the greatest bowel movement ever X 100, and sometimes it’s exactly what a girl needs. I once did a colonic specifically to de-puff before an event in a tight dress, and it really does wonders as an immediate de-bloater. Also, cleaning your colon can help your body modify its appetite, aiding in long term weight management.

A boost of energy. Colonics allow the nutrients and vitamins to be properly absorbed into the body again. Although sometimes immediately after I’ve heard that many people feel a bit fatigued, all three times I’ve done it I’ve felt energized. Ready to run a mile! Well, maybe a half mile.

Your colon could use some exercise. As Fabiola puts it, if you have a sluggish colon (AKA are constipated often), a colonic gets the muscles moving, making your colon stronger and more effective.

Boosting your immune system. It is believed that a clean colon helps your body fight disease, because instead of focusing on expelling built up toxins in the colon, it fights toxins elsewhere.

Now… you may be wondering about those other liquids that were flushed up into my intestine:


WHY A COFFEE ENEMA? Coffee is known for its many antioxidants, which helps benefit the health of your liver. Caffeine also stimulates your gallbladder to release toxic bile. Here’s a good medical explanation, if you’re looking for more detail.

WHY A CHLOROPHYLL ENEMA? The green stuff in plants is great for rehydrating the body and soothing the intestinal lining. It removes toxins and is effective in alkalizing your system when it’s too acidic.

So, there you have it. So, after watching the video, do you think you’ll try a colonic to help you feel slimmer this season?

And if you have any questions, don’t be shy to ask me anything! Either in the comments below or you can email me at michelle(at)spaweekmedia(dot)com – I know it’s a touchy subject and I’d love to help you out. Oh, and also, if 4.5 minutes wasn’t enough, check out this Live Spa TV session I did of  my very first colonic.

Fabylous Living – Chelsea
145 West 28th Street, Suite 900
New York, NY 10001

DECEMBER SPA DEAL: Colonic Therapy and Hot Stone Massage with Organic Oils for new clients for $160, normally $250