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By Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, Sep 30 2019 07:00AM

I don't know about you but I'm really appreciating the few sunny days that we're having at the moment. I was rather hoping for a little more sunshine over the school holidays as it all felt a bit damp and grey to me. Have you managed to get away or is your holiday scheduled for a little later in the year? My daughter and I went to visit relatives in the Outer Hebrides - that was damp and grey too - though it doesn't seem to bother me so much up there; probably because of the vast expanse of cheerful heather and dramatic mountainous skyline.

Whilst I was away I had a little time to reflect on my life and I've made some important, if difficult decisions. If you've visited the clinic in the last twelve months, you may know that I've been nursing an RSI to my right hand which has developed as a result of clamping the colonic hose for fifteen years! I've reduced my hours in the hope that it would heal it but alas it flares up again as soon as I see a few clients in succession. As I don't want to find myself without a functioning opposable digit in my later life, it's become apparent that I must make changes.

Somewhat appropriately and in accordance with the energy of the Autumn season which is now upon us, I've decided that it is time for me to do my own "letting go". And so it is with very mixed feelings that I've decided to stop working as a Colon Hydrotherapist. I will be hanging up my hose at the end of January 2020, so if you've been thinking, "you know I ought to book that appointment with Katherine" can I urge you to take action!

As you can imagine it is not an easy decision to make. I've immensely enjoyed my colonic practice and consider myself privileged to have been able to work with so many amazing people. It really has been a wonderful fifteen years and I am, and always will be, extremely grateful to each and every one of my lovely clients for what we have shared in those somewhat unusual circumstances!

The Healthy Gut Clinic as you know it will still be here and Lotus Finch, my highly esteemed colonic hydrotherapist colleague, is excited to be working with my colonic clients, so there's no need to worry that your needs will not be met. Lotus will also be offering Saturday appointments for those who can't make it during the weekdays, starting at the end of September. I cannot say enough good things about Lotus and I've had some amazing feedback about her wonderful bedside manner and therapeutic approach. Keep in mind that she also offers Abdominal Massage which yields extra benefits in the efficiency of the colonic treatment.

I will still be running the business, writing these newsletters and offering other services from the clinic such as PSYCH-K®️ sessions, and I've got something new and exciting up my sleeve, which I'll be sharing with you in my next newsletter. It's a 21 day Gut Microbiome Reset Programme. I completed the programme myself recently and felt enormous benefits which I'm continuing to enjoy. You might have seen my Vlog on our Facebook page recently but if not, check it out here: If you can't wait for the next newsletter and want to find out more about this, please email me [email protected]

Everything else will remain the same up until the end of January 2020 - I'm really just giving you plenty of warning in case you've been thinking about making an appointment with me but just haven't quite got around to it. Here's a link to our booking page to make things easy for you:

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By Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, Sep 27 2019 07:49AM

I've been reflecting on something from my Traditional Acupuncture Degree back in 1999.

In the first year of study, along with learning about acupuncture needles, meridians and anatomy, we were required to focus on the natural world. We were encouraged to feel into the energy of each season, and to observe as many changes and shifts as we could and contrast them with each other. We had to study plants, trees and animals, light and darkness, and even smells! At the beginning of that first year, I couldn't really appreciate the value of such a quest, but I have since gained untold benefit from that experience. It has served to support my understanding of my own health and process, and enabled me to get a better handle on that of my clients too.

Is it a fair assumption that most people enjoy a good nature programme on the TV? We are in awe of the capability and order of our natural world aren't we? Yet we tend to observe nature like we are separate from it - like nature is something that is "out there" happening in a field or distant plain or ocean, and us humans are merely the observers of this phenomenon! But that is not true and if we really want to live stronger and healthier lives, we must integrate the wisdom of nature's order into our daily habits.

I was at a ladies group recently, presenting a talk on 'Why Paying Attention to your Poo could unlock the Secrets to your Health and Vitality' and a lady asked me, "Is it okay to only poo once a week?" Encouraged by her engagement with the subject, I wanted to answer with gentle reassurance for her, but I could not lie and firmly replied with a "No. It is not." And here's why.

Having a poo is part of a natural system. It is the end of a process and should happen at least once a day. To deny this is folly and it will upset the apple cart of your healthy expression as a human being. To release your waste is a fundamental and essential part of your nature. If you do not, you must begin to ask why and take into account not just your diet, but your psychology, and your existing daily habits and lifestyle, when looking for answers. Also factors like medication, present and historical, can have a massive impact on your body's ability to perform naturally. For example, if you've received several courses of antibiotics historically, it would likely have caused a problem with your microbiome - your body's internal ecosystem. Thankfully these kinds of problems can easily be remedied when we're asking the right questions.

The importance of having a daily poo is something that needs to be embraced and not swept under the carpet. There is so much information to be gained from paying attention to this essential part of our natural daily process and it can provide key information for your overall health.

An ideal poo is one that presents comfortably to your awareness, without a sense of urgency, and in sufficient time for you to get yourself to an appropriate facility! It should pass from your bottom without needing to be pushed and definitely without you having to strain. Ideally, it might float for a moment, then sink in the water. Yes it smells - it's meant to - but it shouldn't be stripping the paint off your toilet wall! And then the paperwork.. one or two cursory wipes should finish the job and see you on your merry way. If you're using half a loo roll, not only are you depleting the rain forests, but you're definitely putting something into your body that it doesn't like - so two reasons to get curious!

By Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, Jan 25 2019 04:22PM

During our wonderful summer I began cycling. I thoroughly enjoyed getting on my bicycle and bumbling around our country lanes in a pretty summer dress (hiding ghastly unflattering lycra cycling shorts). But I have to say it requires a bit more determination to get the bike out in this weather. However, I did manage it at the weekend and whilst out in the country, I stopped at a clearing in the hedge, leaned over the gate and watched and felt the energy of this season. Have you ever done that? There is a profound sense of timelessness; a stillness if you like, with little to no movement above ground. There is a haunting hollowness in the quality of sound too. It is almost brittle.

As part of my acupuncture degree, we were required to study the energetic shifts in nature and the seasons, as these correspond to organs within our body. The organs of winter are the Bladder, considered to be the body's energy reservoir, and Kidneys; considered as the Root of Life. At this time of year, we, like mother nature, should be at rest, consolidating our energies, and contemplating and reflecting on our existence. The energy is in the descent, and we should be quiet, gentle and nurturing to ourselves in all ways possible in order to top up our reservoirs. In theory, this will provide us with the resources to take on new ventures when the spring comes.

Sadly, our modern lives do not support this kind of awareness, and we find ourselves doing the opposite; especially with Christmas and all that it brings. Consequently, year after year, we become more and more depleted and instead of feeling just a little tired occasionally, we feel exhausted and overwhelmed.

Health is the most precious gift we can give to ourselves and those that we love. It is much easier to maintain your health than it is to mend what becomes broken. So please, take note and book yourself some time off, for you - to rest, to breathe, to bathe, to read, to stare out of a window - whatever it takes to top up your reserves.

By Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, Feb 9 2017 12:13PM

At Healthy Gut Clinic, Chippenham, stool analysis is just one of the services we offer to help you to get to know your body and systems better. Poo is, hopefully, a regular part of your life and it can tell you a lot about your health and what is going on in your body.

The stool you pass can indicate whether the digestive processes in your body are working well. It can also tell you a lot about your gut bacteria and even indicate early warning signs of bowel cancer. Some people incorporate testing into their yearly health screening routine in order to keep an eye on themselves.

Getting stool analysis in Wiltshire is a simple process that is designed to minimise any embarrassment or unpleasantness that might be worrying you. You do the initial test at home by following simple instructions and then send it off. The results are sent back to Katherine at Healthy Gut Clinic and she can go through them with you to help you decide what, if any, action to take.

Colonic Hydrotherapy in Bath and the surrounding areas

Another service we offer is colonic hydrotherapy which is sometimes known as colonic irrigation. This is where water is gently passed through your colon in order to cleanse it and remove stubborn deposits, mucous or toxins. It’s a great way to give you a fresh start if you are considering making changes to your lifestyle or eating habits. Many people report that they feel better, mentally and emotionally, after a treatment. It may be that, after a reset, persistent issues that you have been living with for a long time are no longer a problem for you.

At The Health Gut Clinic, you are in a professional, hygienic environment where you can feel relaxed. Katherine is frank and straightforward about treatment. Feedback from clients is that she is able to put people at their ease in this unusual situation. She is happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

By Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, Jan 5 2017 12:01PM

The brain in your head is often seen at the centre of all thought, sensitivity and emotion in your body. This is sometimes known as a cranio-centric model. Whilst it is responsible for a lot of what we think of as conscious thought, it is processing information from other areas of the body where there are high concentrations of neurons. One of these is your gut which is sometimes referred to as a second brain.

The lining of the gut is filled with hundreds of neurons that collect information and transmit messages. It is a complex system although the processes it controls are simple compared to that of the cranial brain.

It stands to reason that, if your gut is lined with unwanted materials and toxic build up, the capabilities of these neurons can be affected causing you, at the very least, to feel sluggish and tired. It can even lead to you having difficulty absorbing the nutrients you need which can affect the amount of energy you are getting from your food. This is one of the reasons why people have colonic hydrotherapy. In Chippenham, at The Health Gut Clinic, Katherine works with people to clear out their colon and make way for good communication between their guts and their brains. She has a strong interest in the connections within the body.

Colonic Hydrotherapy in Chippenham and mBraining

Katherine has undertaken training with organisations such as mBraining who champion the connection between various neural centres in the body such as the brain, heart and gut. They teach that you can affect the whole system by cleansing each of the areas in some way. In fact, they believe it is essential to pay attention to all three if you want to escape old patterns and poor physical and mental health.

When you choose to work with Katherine, you are availing yourself of a holistic approach to colonic hydrotherapy. Bath, Chippenham, Swindon and the surrounding areas are all places that people travel from to take advantage of this unique and innovative approach.

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