This year I will see my 53rd birthday. Like most people over half way through their lives, I can’t help but wonder where it is going and where the time went! I was pondering yesterday, ‘what would it be like if I could travel back in time to the body that I was inhabiting when I was say, 10 years old?’ What would my experience be of that physical body and also what would my thoughts be like? What would it be to have that childlike sense of spontaneity and freedom of movement. Imagine being able to just run, and bounce and do handstands and cartwheels, and have the confidence that, if you fall, it’s not the end of the world. You’d just laugh, brush yourself off and get back up.

And then, imagine coming back from your 10 year old to your present day body and what would that experience be like? I think I would be surprised at the difference in my movement and flexibility. I suspect I would be shocked by how tight and restricted my body has become, and also by the somewhat anxious nature of my thoughts.

Years ago when a friend invited you to play, you’d check it was okay with your mum or dad and just run out of the door. Nowadays, if someone invites me anywhere, I have to check I’ve got my glasses and dental floss, and I worry if I will get cold feet, or find myself sat in a draught – and a host of other peculiar concerns!

Does this happen to us all? – this gradual deterioration and narrowness of experience, so insidious in nature that we don’t even recognise it is happening? And this reminds me of the parable of the boiling frog. If you dropped a frog into a pan of boiling water it would jump out immediately and save itself. But if you dropped the frog into a pan of tepid water and slowly increased the temperature to boiling, it would not recognise the change, resulting in being boiled to death. I wonder how many of us are like this frog, when it comes to our health?

frog in pan

There is good news however because we can make changes and climb out of the pot! We can improve our lives with awareness and a little bit of effort. The choices we make for ourselves today form the foundation of our tomorrows – and you can choose how that goes – in your favour or against.

So what changes can you make in your life to ensure more flexibility in body and mind? Is there something that you need to let go of perhaps; an emotional burden that you’re carrying around that is weighing you down and negatively influencing your life experience? As it is now understood that our thoughts and emotions influence the expression of our genes (thanks to Dr Bruce Lipton’s groundbreaking work in epigenetics), and since this lies in the realms of the sub-conscious, we owe it to ourselves to be curious about what is happening beneath the surface of our awareness.

This is where colon hydrotherapy can help. Our digestive function is predominantly a sub-conscious process. If you don’t believe me, ask a constipated person if they can think themselves in to having poo! They cannot! Colonics help us to clear out the stuff that is embedded in our bodies and minds – often so deeply hidden that we don’t even know it is there! This is one of the reasons that being a colon hydrotherapist is such rewarding work.

Article by Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, international speaker and bestselling author on the subject of gut health and poo. Katherine trained in Colonic Hydrotherapy at the National College of Holistic Medicine in 2005.

Colonic hydrotherapy is a safe and gentle treatment that supports the cleansing of the body via the large intestine. People use colonics as a systemic detox programme, or to help provide them with much needed relief from functional bowel problems like constipation, IBS, bloating and diarrhoea. Read more about Colonics.