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May 30, 2012

“The action of visceral (unitary or single-unit) smooth muscle tissue is usually involuntary, and some smooth muscle tissue, such as the muscles that propel chyme through the gastrointestinal tract, has autorhythmicity.

The fibers of smooth muscle connect to one another by gap junctions, forming a network through which muscle action potentials can spread. When a neurotransmitter, hormone, or autorhythmic signal stimulates one fiber, the muscle action potential is transmitted to neighboring fibers, which then contract in unison, as a single unit.

Although the principles of contraction are similar, smooth muscle tissue exhibit some important physiological differences from skeletal and cardiac muscle tissue. Contraction in a smooth muscle fiber starts more slowly and lasts much longer than skeletal muscle fiber contraction. Another difference is that smooth muscle can both shorten and stretch for greater extent than the other muscle types.

Smooth muscle tone is a state of continued perpetual contraction. Smooth muscle tissue can thus sustain long-term tone (hours to days), which is important in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small and large intestines), where the walls maintain a steady pressure on the contents of the track, and in the walls of blood vessels called arterioles, which maintain a steady pressure on blood.

Most smooth muscle fibers contract or relax in response to action potentials from the autonomic nervous system. In addition, many smooth muscle fibers contract and relax in response to distention or stretching, i.e., stomach and large intestine, hormones, or local factors such as changes in pH, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, temperature, and ion concentrations.

Unlike skeletal muscle fibers, smooth muscle fibers can stretch considerably and still maintain their contractile function. When smooth muscle fibers are stretched, they initially contract, developing increased tension. Within a minute or so, the tension decreases. This phenomenon, which is called stress-relaxation response, allows smooth muscles to undergo great changes and length while retaining the ability to contract effectively. Thus, even though smooth muscle in the walls of hollow organs such as the stomach, intestines, and urinary bladder can distend (stretch), the pressure on the contents within then changes very little. After the organ empties, the smooth muscle in the wall rebounds, and the wall retains its firmness.”

Tortora and Derrickson
February 28, 2018

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"Although the neurons of the ENS can function independently, they are subject to regulation by the neurons of the ANS. The vagus (X) cranial nerves supply parasympathetic fibers to most parts of the GI tract, with exception of the last half of the large intestine, which is supplied by parasympathetic fibers from the sacral spinal cord. The parasympathetic nerves that supply the GI tract form neural connections with the ENS. Parasympathetic preganglionic neurons of the vagus or pelvic splanchnic nerves synapse with parasympathetic postganglionic neurons located in the myenteric and submucosal plexuses. Some of the parasympathetic postganglionic in turn synapse with neurons in the ENS; others directly innervate smooth muscle and glands within the wall of the GI tract. In general, stimulation of the parasympathetic nerves that innervate the GI tract causes an increase in GI secretion and motility by increasing the activity of ENS neurons.

Sympathetic nerves that supply the GI tract arise from the thoracic and upper lumbar regions of the spinal cord. Like the parasympathetic nerves, the sympathetic nerves form neural connections with the ENS. Sympathetic postganglionic neurons synapse with neurons located in the myenteric plexus and submucosal plexus. In general, the sympathetic nerves that supply the GI tract cause a decrease in GI secretions and motility by inhibiting the neurons of the ENS. Emotions such as anger, fear, and anxiety may slow digestion because they stimulate the sympathetic nerves that supply the GI tract."

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 13 Edition, Tortora and Derrickson

On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 12:05 PM James Allred

Hi B,

Hope life is good for you.

My vision and ideas for hands on at the convention should be very clear. At this time I feel the need to keep focus on my personal projects. Here's my little feedback from our first phone conversation.

How is hands on colon hydrotherapy defined?

Hands on: practical, the actual doing or giving, and the receiving or experience of colon hydrotherapy. The facilitator generally leads the session and accompanying modalities. The person of the table actively participates with the session.

What would the hands on scenario look like during the convention(s)?

Using smaller breakout rooms a specific topic may be addressed. Using a massage table with no device, instruction or options of what could be done are offered.

Off site at the convention using a device, a selected group may observe instruction for a specific topic. It would be ideal for the instructor the demonstrate and then have the student briefly practice the exercise. Then have the instructor confirm the exercise as correct with additional feedback to the student(s).

For larger groups off site at the convention using a device, the instructor would demonstrate a specific exercise which is fed by video back to the convention site where the group can observe; Q&A follow.

Another option, have a hands-on topic and video already made before the convention; make these videos available for viewing during the convention which could be during a specific time only, or run continuously during the convention.

Have an INSTRUCTOR’S BOOTH where members can ask questions. It would be smart to have at least two Instructors always respond to the same question. It’s imperative to teach correct physiology and information, and remain neutral and not biased about our preference. More thought needs to go towards this.

What is the process to determine who is qualified for this portion of the convention?

I-ACT instructors who are NB Credentialed are the first to be considered.

Qualified applicants must be screened by a group of peers before they are considered further.

Excessive credentials are not what we are looking for. We do seek quality instructors who know their profession.

Each applicant must submit a video (this can be accomplished using any iPhone) of at least 20 minutes to demonstrate their skills.

Presentation topics, either Foundation or Advanced, will be approved based on relevance to the convention theme or uniqueness of the material.

“So, off I went back to California to find a Colon Hydrotherapist. I found a fairly new colon therapist in Huntington Beach and had 6 sessions. Went back to the doctor and he re-tested me (Iridology) and told me that I was still very congested, and needed to continue to cleanse my colon. So I made the decision to do the 15 colonics within 5 weeks.

For my 10th colonic I was highly recommend to go see James Allred in Los Angeles, so off to see James I went. He was very professional, caring and educational, even made an exception to see me on Saturday. After getting me all set up on the colonic table and beginning my session, he very gently suggested that I say out load, " I don't need this relationship any more", my eyes got really big, because he knew nothing of my life, nothing of my past, at that moment I knew that he was being led by a higher source. He could tell that I was surprised by his words, but he proceeded to encourage me to trust the process and I did.  As I repeated the words that he encouraged me to say. My tears began to flow, sometimes you can hold back the tears and compose yourself, but this was nothing like that, it was an overflow of emotions that had been opened up. But what surprised me the most was that as the tears flowed, an abundance of poop began to flow in the colonic tube (remember this was my 10th colonic) so you would have thought that I was pretty clean already.

As my session continued, James continued to do body work on me to encourage my body to relax, he then said, "you have been holding some of these emotions since you were a little girl", when he said this I began whaling. Again, I was so surprised because he did not know any of my childhood history. At that moment my poop release got even stronger & darker it was like rubber coming out of me. It was awful!. James made sure that I saw what was coming out. I remember saying to him "I don't think that is coming out of me", but he reassured me it was coming out of me. And today as a colon therapist I know that the only waste that passes in the colonic hose is what is coming out from the client.

After that session I felt like a wet noodle, I had released not only physically, but had released emotionally and spiritually. I truly believe that it was during this colonic session that I had an integration of body, mind and spirit. I believe that it was at that moment that my Colon Hydro Therapist profession began.

After that experience I began to be very curious about Colon Hydrotherapy, I wanted to know what the secret was of this amazing therapy that had changed my whole life (I just knew there was a secret to this). How was it that I was healing, physically, emotionally and spiritually by just having filtered water flowed in me, and removing my poop.  I did not get it. I had been raised with the knowing that in order to get better, you had to take something (a pill, a treatment) something to get better.  But with colonics they were taking it from me (my old poop) get it. So, I was confused. At the time I had severe constipation, migraines, high blood pressure, cystic acne and had had a mild stroke at the age of 36, so you can see I was not doing well at all. I began to research colonics, read books, searched where they gathered, attended some regional meetings before I was a colon therapist. I was determined to find out the secret of colonics. As I continued to get more colonics done, all my symptoms began to go away little by little. It was like magic.”

July 4, 2016

On Aug 14, 2016, at 6:30 PM, James Allred wrote:

Hello Everyone!

Great to see you at the convention. Here's my follow up to the conversations I initiated during lunch and dinner on June 23, 2016, in St. Petersburg, FL.

For many years I have suggested having practical colon hydrotherapy training during the conventions. In the early years of I-ACT development, hands-on was how members learned - either sharing knowledge and technique, meeting the requirements to become an instructor or school, testing, etc. Even though I was not in attendance during this historic time, I was very aware of what was taking place.

I would like to be one of the instructors to present more technique development through practical teaching at the conventions. With my background and experience, I believe there are endless possibilities towards the practical potential at each convention.

On June 24, 2015, in Nashville during the convention, I gave a session to Jay Wilson; he never experienced the closed system. I found a previous I-ACT member close to the hotel; she was willing to allow Jay and I to come to her facility for the session, while she observed. As an RN for more than 30 years, she and Jay, both learned something about the device, its functions and my technique.

In Los Angeles 2014, and then St. Petersburg 2016, I was not able to secure such a positive experience. The first therapist wanted to be the feature while the second uses a device which is not registered with the FDA.

It would be great to consider finding I-ACT member facilities close to where the annual conventions are held to continue this opportunity of teaching. The best scenario I could wish for is to give a colon hydrotherapy session while those who attend the convention observe, in person. I believe it’s possible.

First option: Have a location to do colon hydrotherapy and with a camera record the session live and feed it over to the convention room where the majority of the members may observe.

Second option: Record a video of the colon hydrotherapy session before the convention and then show the video during the time of the breakout groups - possibly that therapist being a main speaker.

As the electronic world has become the standard for communication, we need to stay up with technology. Just a few years ago the I-ACT Quarterly was mailed through the postal service which is very costly and time consuming; now we receive it by email.

Third option: Those therapists with exceptional skills or diverse topics could teach using videos at the convention and could serve to prepare members for the NBCHT exam, I-ACT written exams, pretest Instructor Candidates, CPR renewal, CEU’s, Regional Meetings, etc. Of course the topics, presenters, and video would need to go through a screening process and be approved.

These teachings could possibly generate revenue for I-ACT by attracting existing members, those who have never attended the convention, if they felt they could learn something and integrate that information into their business.

Having attended numerous conventions I can honestly say there have been many outstanding speakers with excellent information. My opinion, there may have been a few speakers and their information, that is in question towards its benefits of our members and profession.

My observation: when the speaker is talking over the head of the members, or outside the scope of our practice, training and abilities, this is not productive. If the speaker says, “Buy my product” that money and energy of the member moves away from colon hydrotherapy rather than towards it. I understand this is not the purpose of the conventions but this may be something to discuss further.

Another consideration is to have more colon therapist as main speakers. Sharing information is the best way to educate our members and develop relationships between them. An example of this is the therapist who has great public speaking ability. If that therapist could lecture how to be a better speaker or teach others who wish to improve their skill, this would benefit them and our profession.

I’m sure there have been countless people over the years who have tried to improve and reinvent I-ACT; please understand this is not my intention. For what it’s worth - I find the holes and fill them in.

Happy to contribute!
James Allred

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Allred Colonic School and Clinic

My experience with Colon Hydrotherapy began in 1973. As a Therapist, the concepts and expanding work which I pioneered from 1977 ~ 1982 are now considered the foundations that paved the way for many more Colon Hydrotherapists and methods to follow.

All of my School’s Certification Trainings are unprecedented. It’s your personal development that prepares you to assist others. I facilitate an emotional process using life experiences to demonstrate, teach and learn, establishing a solid foundation for change and success. The process is encouraging, supportive and challenging.

April 28, 2000 - Presentation at the I-ACT Convention Colorado Springs, CO.

The Importance Of The Spine During A Colon Hydrotherapy Session.

This was my basic introduction to the work now coined The Mechanics and Function Of The Soma. Of the eleven Body Systems which provide function and homeostasis, the Nervous System is most important.

My presentation reviewed the Peripheral Nervous System; specially the Cranial and Pelvic Splanchnic Nerves. Demonstrating how, where, and when to touch the Spine to encourage the Nervous System to respond and open the Large Intestine during a Colon Hydrotherapy session.

May 5, 2001 - Guest Speaker I-ACT Convention Dallas, TX.

Body Psychology and Colon Hydrotherapy
Documented in the Speaker’s Information Book, Section 11:

This discussion will focus on how to stimulate peristalsis by working on the Body during a Colon Hydrotherapy session. We will also explore the application of Acupuncture and Reflexology theories to Colon Hydrotherapy. The polarities and similarities of Anatomy will highlight this event.

Body Psychology is an understanding of how our physical structure, and functions, reflect the incomplete and unresolved emotions, feelings and thoughts from our past.

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June 3, 2010

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May I Be Frank
May I Be Frank

What Type Of Colon Hydrotherapist Do You Want To Be?
Education with Teacher Of The Colon

This question is for You, as an individual. The device or system you choose to operate is not the point of this article.

However, the means by which each of us sustains our health and supports our own emotional, spiritual, physical and mental wellness, and lifestyle, these are crucial to our true joy in life and our success as colon hydrotherapists. Every choice we make, what we do and what we don’t do, determines how our body functions, our ability to be present and conscious, and ultimately our peace.

I am sure you will agree we are intelligent, loving and feeling people, before we put on the professional hat. Our intrinsic connections with others are necessary for the proper development of the nervous system and mind, the body, our society, and especially with the client who seeks our professional service. Many people have not yet found the solution to their quandary.

Some colon hydrotherapist may consider what they do is a job - I do not. The manner in which I work with clients and mentor all students is through and by experience, and is similar to a ministry. I choose to delineate this technique with every client and student. I believe it is essential to establish and then cultivate a personal connection. This always begins during the first telephone conversation; here I answer all questions and learn about them so I have something to relate to. As needed, I screen for contraindications and then schedule their session.

With all I have acquired through knowledge, training, and skill development, relating to and with the client or student is most effective. This comes through and by our life experiences which cannot be taught but must be learned and refined if we are to mature. The process and events of life are our stage for skill development as people, and colon hydrotherapists.

Empathy may be considered the primary way to connect with clients and students. Attentive listening to words and tone may effect our verbal responses and determine the next question, even prompting us where to work on the body during the colon hydrotherapy session. Eye contact is important and intimate, communicating sincerity, honesty, and trust. Saying, “I understand” to your client or student may be the only words they need to hear from you to bring them comfort. Perceptively, telling our stories and sharing our experiences are great ways to relate to our clients and students, helping them understand or accept they are not alone in the process of life and health.

About 33 years ago, after a plethora of failed attempts to fix my clients’ health challenges, I came to accept it’s not about what I do as a facilitator, not the number or frequency of colon hydrotherapy sessions, or about cleaning the colon. True change can only come from within the client and what they choose to do differently with their life.

Understanding my approach must also change, I offered my clients a safe place for them to feel their body, and provide options of how to retain their experiences from being on my table. Then, practicing what they learned on the table out in the real world - after and between each session.

If we desire to facilitate a greater process in colon hydrotherapy and truly be available for our clients and students, and establish our own real foundation of health, then we must first do our personal work. As we continue to walk various paths away from self-sabotage and towards sustaining our truth from within, then we will become those who lead others, encouraging and supporting them to become refined, as new creations.

February 5, 2018
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