Exploring the Power of Gentle Cleansing and the Microbiome: Insights from Switzerland

Written by Ann Kennedy

A lifelong nutrition advocate, expertly trained in multiple wellness disciplines and certifications. Owner and founder of Concord Colonics & Wellness

June 25, 2024

(Above: I am learning a new point on the body called the DJJ, Duodenum Jejunum Juncture. Working on this point can help with bloating and releases gas.)

I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend an advanced training session in the serene and pristine environment of Switzerland. Hosted by Dr. Rau at the Sonnenberg Biomedical Health Center in the picturesque Appenzell region of the Alps. This training has provided me with valuable insights and techniques that will enhance my practice and benefit my clients significantly.

A Breath of Fresh Air: The Swiss Environment

The magnificent Switzerland

Switzerland’s vast farmlands, fresh and local produce, and a generally more relaxed atmosphere contributed to a rejuvenating experience. The clean air, pure water, and nutritious food served as a perfect backdrop for learning about the profound connection between our gut health and overall well-being. Unlike the fast-paced and often polluted environment in America, Switzerland offered a stark contrast, highlighting how minimal disruptions can significantly impact our health.




Gentle Techniques for Relaxation and Healing

During my training, I learned gentle techniques designed to help clients relax during treatments. These methods are crucial because relaxation is a key component of effective healing. By focusing on specific points on the abdomen, I can facilitate smoother movements in the gut, enhancing the efficacy of the treatments. This gentle approach ensures that clients experience a soothing and healing session every time they visit.

The Vital Role of the Gut Microbiome

One of the core focuses of the training was understanding the gut microbiome and its essential role in maintaining a healthy body. The gut is intricately connected to the heart and mind, making its health paramount. A healthy gut can lead to a heart filled with love, peace, and happiness, and a mind free from dark, unhappy thoughts. Conversely, an unhealthy gut can lead to a cascade of negative effects, clouding the mind and burdening the heart.

By promoting a happy gut, we pave the way for experiencing pleasurable and good feelings, making life more exciting and fulfilling. The training emphasized that processed foods are detrimental to the microbiome, and that a diet rich in fresh, natural foods is crucial for maintaining its balance. As Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Personal and Client Well-being

To the right of me is Ela Sabou, and to the left is my instructor Cathy Shea. The training was taught by Cathy Shea aka the Queen of Colonics. She teaches internationally and has trained therapists in 35 different countries.

Another significant aspect of the training was the importance of the therapist’s state of mind. I learned techniques to ensure I remain relaxed and present during treatments. This self-monitoring is vital because a relaxed therapist can create a calming environment for the client. Being present in the body is essential, especially for clients dealing with trauma or illness, which can disrupt the healing process.

By fostering a state of relaxation and presence, I can help clients break barriers to a happier, healthier life. Healing the gut is not just about physical health; it’s about mental and emotional well-being too. Helping people digest food helps them digest life. It’s a holistic approach to healing that addresses the mind, body, and spirit.


Learning from the Best

The training with Dr. Rau at the Sonnenberg Biomedical Health Center was an eye-opener. Dr. Rau’s approach focuses on detoxifying the body and promoting healing from within. He highlighted that many Americans suffer from immune deficiencies and leaky guts, leading to widespread inflammation—a root cause of many health conditions.

Swiss team having lunch with Dr Rau outside the Sonnenberg

Dr. Rau’s facility offers a comprehensive detoxification program where clients stay at his hotel, eat clean food, and undergo treatments designed to restore their health. This holistic approach underscores the importance of a clean environment and diet in maintaining health.

Future Endeavors

I am committed to continuing my education and enhancing my skills. Currently I am working towards my Colon Hydrotherapy Instructor Certificate and will be attending further training in Florida in September. This continuous learning will ensure that I remain at the forefront of the field, providing the best possible care to my clients.

In conclusion, the training in Switzerland has enriched my practice with new techniques and a deeper understanding of the gut microbiome’s role in overall health. By incorporating these insights, I aim to provide gentle, relaxing, and effective treatments that promote restorative health and well-being. The journey to a healthier, happier life begins with a happy gut, and I am dedicated to guiding my clients on this transformative path.