High-tech colonic therapies satisfy the “urge to purge”
Balanze by HydroHealth
Our bodies’ plumbing systems are cesspits of accumulated toxins, and getting rid of these toxins can be achieved by three different means—through breathing exercises such as pranayama, through sweating them out in a sauna, and through colonics (also known as colon hydrotherapy). The latter is the main draw at Balanze by HydroHealth, an impeccably decorated, state-of-the-art facility that exudes the subdued grandeur of a five-star spa in a classy hotel.
Guests must first fill out a form asking about any physical or mental conditions that might be troubling them—from fatigue to depression—and list any recent injuries or operations, and any previous experiences with colonics. After that, a therapist takes your blood pressure and weighs you before your consultation with one of the centre’s three doctors.
Lifestyle, exercise, and diet are the building blocks of good health, but doing a colonics session every few months can hit the reset button for the body’s lymphatic system, which helps to drain toxins and waste products, just as it serves double and triple duty in service to both the immune and circulatory systems.
During colon hydrotherapy water swirls around your entrails, and while there are fleeting moments of discomfort, for most of the 40 minutes it’s smooth sailing in a fully sanitized and odorless sanctum. The therapist will come to check up on you regularly, and after 15 or 20 minutes rubs your abdomen to aid the waste process. All the while, you can read a magazine, play Candy Crush, or post on Facebook as the poisons of urban life are purged from your digestive system, leaving a wealth of positive effects in their wake.
Balanze is the only such facility in Thailand which has its own reverse osmosis water treatment plant. Imported from the US, this expensive apparatus utilizes five different purification processes to ensure that the water is as pure as that used in top hospitals for kidney dialysis. See the website for details on all-inclusive detox package treatments.
Tucked away in a quiet side street off Sukhumvit Soi 39, the Rasayana Retreat has a wonderfully tranquil air and relaxed vibe. Entering is like leaving Bangkok behind—it’s an oasis of calm in a desert of racket and sun-blasted concrete.
In business for more than 10 years, and having acquired a long list of loyal regulars, Rasayana—the name is an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “rejuvenation”—also serves as a community centre for the good-health set, featuring regular workshops on everything from cooking “raw food” to self-empowerment and yoga.
The 3.5-hour Half-Day Detox Package, priced at a reasonable B5,650, includes a one-hour lymphatic massage, a stint in the far-infra-red sauna, colon hydrotherapy, and a healthy meal at the end in the Raw Food Café. All the food here has been cooked at less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit (43°C), so that valuable nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are not burned off in the cooking process. The varied menu of dishes on offer—from soups and salads to pastas and a mushroom burger or shitake sandwich—have helped the café develop a healthy following of local health-conscious gourmands.
By Jim Algie