Relaxation and Rejuvenation: The Art of Massages in Fort Collins

Relaxation and Rejuvenation: The Art of Massages in Fort Collins

Welcome to Living Arts Wellness, where we believe in the power of holistic healing and rejuvenation. Nestled in the vibrant community of Fort Collins, Colorado, our wellness center is dedicated to providing an oasis of tranquility amidst the bustling city life. Today, we invite you to embark on a journey of relaxation and renewal through the art of massages.

Discovering Bliss in Fort Collins:

Fort Collins, known for its scenic beauty and outdoor adventures, offers more than just picturesque landscapes. It’s a haven for wellness enthusiasts seeking solace and rejuvenation. Amidst the array of activities and attractions, massages stand out as a timeless practice cherished by locals and visitors alike.

At Living Arts Wellness, we understand the profound impact that massages can have on physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Our skilled therapists blend ancient healing techniques with modern methodologies to create personalized experiences tailored to your unique needs.

The Healing Touch:

Step into our serene sanctuary, where the soothing ambiance sets the stage for profound relaxation. From Swedish massages to deep tissue therapies, our diverse range of offerings caters to every preference and requirement. Whether you seek relief from muscular tension, stress reduction, or simply a moment of indulgence, our massages are designed to melt away your worries and revitalize your spirit.

Our therapists are not merely practitioners but artists, adept at intuitively understanding the intricacies of the body and mind. With gentle yet firm strokes, they alleviate tension, improve circulation, and promote holistic balance. Each session is a symphony of touch, guiding you towards a state of profound bliss and inner harmony.

A Holistic Approach to Wellness:

At Living Arts Wellness, we believe in nurturing the body, mind, and soul in unison. That’s why our massages extend beyond the physical realm, encompassing elements of mindfulness, energy healing, and holistic wellness. As you surrender to the therapeutic touch, you’ll embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and renewal.

Moreover, our commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices ensures that your wellness experience is not only enriching but also environmentally friendly. From organic massage oils to ethically sourced materials, every aspect of your visit is thoughtfully curated to align with our values of mindful living.

Embrace the Art of Self-Care:

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to overlook the importance of self-care. Yet, amidst the chaos, moments of stillness and rejuvenation are essential for nourishing the soul and replenishing our inner reserves. At Living Arts Wellness, we invite you to prioritize your well-being and embrace the art of self-care through the transformative power of massages.

Whether you’re a local resident or a traveler passing through Fort Collins, we welcome you to experience the magic of our sanctuary. Let go of the stresses of the outside world and immerse yourself in a world of serenity and healing. Your journey towards holistic wellness begins here.


In the heart of Fort Collins, amidst the majestic beauty of Colorado, lies a sanctuary dedicated to the art of healing and rejuvenation. At Living Arts Wellness, massages are more than just a treatment—they’re a pathway to profound relaxation, inner harmony, and holistic well-being. Come, escape the ordinary, and discover the transformative power of massages in Fort Collins. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.

What Should I Expect After A Colonic?

After a colonic procedure, it’s common for people to have varying experiences. Here’s an overview of what your day might look like following a colonic:

  1. Immediately after the procedure: You will be encouraged to spend time in the bathroom at the Wellness center to allow gravity to aid in releasing any additional waste that did not move while you were on the treatment table. You may feel lighter and experience relief from any discomfort or bloating you were experiencing before the colonic. Some individuals also report feeling relaxed or energized. While many people have an improved sense of wellbeing after their colonic appointment, some may experience common symptoms of detoxification (e.g. headache, nausea) and may want to rest after their appointment. 
  2. Hydration: While the colonic procedure will hydrate your body, it’s important to continue to drink plenty of water after a colonic to maintain hydration. 
  3. Rest and relaxation: Some people find it valuable to rest and relax after a colonic procedure, while some are energized and ready to tackle a workout. Results and outcomes are different for each individual.
  4. Light meals: Stick to light, easily digestible meals for the remainder of the day. This can include foods like soups, broths, steamed vegetables, fresh fruits, and lean proteins. Avoid heavy, greasy, or difficult-to-digest foods that may put stress on your digestive system.
  5. Gentle activity: Engage in gentle physical activities if you feel up to it. Light stretching, yoga, or a leisurely walk can help promote circulation and support digestion.
  6. Monitoring your body’s response: Pay attention to any changes or reactions your body may have after the colonic procedure. While colon hydrotherapy is generally safe and  it’s common to feel lighter and relieved, it’s essential to be aware of any prolonged discomfort or unusual symptoms. If you have any concerns, contact your colon hydrotherapist and/or healthcare provider.
  7. Follow-up care: Depending on the specific instructions provided by your colon hydrotherapist, you may have additional post-procedure care requirements. This could include dietary recommendations, taking probiotics, or scheduling any follow-up appointments. Follow these instructions diligently to support your recovery.

Remember, individual experiences may vary, and it’s important to listen to your body’s needs. If you have any specific concerns or questions about your post-colonic care, reach out to your colon hydrotherapist and/or healthcare provider for guidance. 

What Is A Colonic Speculum And How Is It Inserted Into The Rectum?

A colonic speculum is a hollow plastic tube that is introduced into the rectum for the purpose of colon cleansing. At Living Arts Wellness, we only use sterile, factory sealed, disposable speculums. Here is a closeup of what our a colonic speculum looks like:

The speculum  insertion process may vary slightly depending on the client’s preferences and anatomy, but here is a general description of the process:

  1. Preparation: Before the insertion, you will be asked to lie on the treatment table on your left side, bringing your right knee toward your chest. Your therapist will provide you with a drape to cover yourself if needed.
  2. Lubrication: Your therapist will apply an organic castor oil to the tip of the disposable speculum to facilitate insertion and minimize discomfort.
  3. Insertion: You will have the choice to insert the speculum yourself, or give permission for your colon hydrotherapist to assist you with the insertion of the speculum. The insertion will be done with care to minimize discomfort. The practitioner will ask you to take deep breaths to help with relaxation and ease of insertion. All bodies are different and your therapist will work with you to select a speculum insertion strategy that works for your individual anatomy.
  4. Depth and position: The disposable speculum is inserted about 2-3 inches in the rectum. Once the speculum is inserted, two tubes will be connected to the speculum: (1) will introduce clean water into the colon, (2) will carry waste from the colon through the viewing tube in the colonic irrigation instrument and out to the sewer. The therapist will position it in a way that allows water to flow into the colon effectively.
  5. Water flow: Once the colonic speculum is properly positioned and the tubes are connected, you will return to lying on your back, and water is gradually introduced into the colon to begin your colon hydrotherapy session.

You are encouraged to discuss the speculum insertion procedure with your therapist beforehand to ensure you understand the process and feel comfortable with it.

What Can I Expect During The Colonic Appointment?

You can expect to be educated, supported, and well cared for during a colonic procedure at Living Arts Wellness.  Here is some information that will help you understand what to expect during your appointment:

  1. Intake Forms: Your therapist may briefly review or confirm certain details from the colonic health questionnaire that you submitted before your appointment. If you are not able to submit your intake forms in advance, your therapist will ask you to complete the forms before your session begins.
  2. Explanation of the procedure: The therapist will explain the procedure to you, including the purpose, benefits, and what to expect during the session. They will address any concerns or questions you may have.
  3. Preparation: Your therapist will step out of the treatment room to give you privacy to undress from the waist down and lie down on your backside on the treatment table.  Your therapist will provide you with a drape to cover yourself and an extra blanket for your comfort (if needed). Your therapist will also offer to adjust the temperature on the heated biomat on the table.
  4. Positioning: The colonic procedure will be performed while you are lying on your back with your knees bent. You may be asked to turn on your left side at the beginning of the session to allow access to the rectal area so the speculum can be gently inserted.
  5. Insertion of the speculum: A factory-sealed, sterile, disposable speculum will be lubricated and gently inserted into your rectum. You will have the choice to insert the speculum yourself, or give permission for your colon hydrotherapist to assist you with the insertion of the speculum. The insertion will be done with care to minimize discomfort. Once the speculum is inserted, two tubes will be connected to the speculum: (1) will introduce clean water into the colon, and the other (2) will carry waste from the colon through the viewing tube and out to the sewer. 
  6. Water flow: Once the speculum is inserted and the tubes are connected, your therapist will turn on the filtered water so it can flow into your colon. The water will be slightly warmed to enhance comfort. The water gently fills the colon, creating a flushing effect.
  7. Monitoring and adjustments: Throughout the procedure, your therapist will monitor the water pressure and temperature, as well as your comfort level. They may make adjustments to ensure the procedure is performed safely and effectively.  It is important to know that you are always in control of the session.  You can ask your therapist to stop the flow of water or end the session at any time.
  8. Abdominal Massage: Your therapist may use gentle abdominal massage techniques to help facilitate the movement of gas and waste material and enhance the calming and cleansing effect of the procedure. We respect that all clients have different preferences regarding personal touch, so while abdominal massage may be offered, it is never required as part of a colonic procedure. You can choose to accept or decline abdominal massage at any time.
  9. Release of waste material: As the water fills the colon, you may feel a sensation of fullness or pressure. When you feel the urge to release (which may feel like having an urge to use the toilet) your therapist will stop the flow of water, and open the valve that will allow the water along with any waste to leave your colon.  Releasing waste during a colonic session is different from releasing waste on the toilet.  You will not need to push or strain to release waste during your colonic session.  Your job will be to breathe from your belly and allow the waste to effortlessly leave your body.  The more you breathe and relax, the more you release.
  10. Repeated cycles: The process of filling and releasing water may be repeated several times during the session to thoroughly cleanse the colon.
  11. Privacy and comfort: Your therapist will prioritize your privacy and do their best to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Open communication with the therapist is key, so we encourage you to share any concerns or discomfort you may experience so the therapist can make adjustments to increase your comfort.
  12. Completion and aftercare: Once the session is complete, the speculum will be removed, and the practitioner may provide you with post-colonic instructions or recommendations. This may include dietary advice, hydration tips, or information on any potential side effects to watch out for.

It’s important to have a discussion with your colon hydrotherapist beforehand to fully understand the procedure, ask any questions, and ensure you are comfortable with the process.

How Should I Prepare For A Colonic Appointment?

Preparing for a colonic appointment involves a few important steps to ensure a successful and comfortable experience. Here are some tips for how to prepare:

  1. Intake Forms: Before your appointment, you will be invited to complete our colonic health questionnaire and colonic disclosure. It is important to review and complete these forms in advance of your scheduled appointment so your colon hydrotherapist can review your responses and contact you to discuss and pre-appointment procedures. If you are experiencing a health condition that may require you to postpone your colonic procedure, your colon hydrotherapist will do their best to contact you to discuss next steps before your scheduled appointment. 
  2. Follow dietary instructions:  Follow these guidelines to ensure an effective colonic cleanse:
    a. 2-3 days before your appointment: Avoid foods that may be difficult to digest and may cause constipation, gas, or bloating (like red meat, fried foods, dairy, gluten, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage). Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. Focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink water, herbal teas, and decaffeinated coffee. 
    b. Day of appointment: Stop eating at least 2-3 hours in advance of your appointment.
  3. Hydrate well: Proper hydration is important before a colonic.
    a. 2-3 days before your appointment: Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your appointment to help soften the stool and promote easier elimination. Here is an article that will help you determine how much water to drink. 
    b. Day of appointment: Don’t drink much water in the 2 hours before your appointment, as you will get hydrated during the session.
  4. Avoid certain substances: It’s usually recommended to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages for a few days before your appointment. These substances can dehydrate you or cause additional gas and discomfort during the procedure.
  5. Consider taking a natural stool softener: If you are constipated, it may help to begin taking Oxy Powder (a natural magnesium-based stool softener) a few days before your appointment. The Oxy Powder may help soften any waste trapped in your colon so you can move more waste out of your colon during the colonic procedure. We sell Oxy Powder at our Midtown and Old Town locations, or you may be able to order this powder through online retailers. 
  6. Plan your schedule: Keep in mind that a colonic appointment can take some time, typically around 60 to 90 minutes (all initial appointments will last 90 minutes). Plan your schedule accordingly, allowing yourself enough time for the appointment without feeling rushed.  While many people have an improved sense of wellbeing after their colonic appointment, some may experience common symptoms of detoxification (e.g. headache, nausea) and may want to rest after their appointment.  Some of our clients also travel long distances to see us, so it is worth mentioning that if you have a long car ride home, it’s advisable to plan to have access to a bathroom for the first hour or so after your appointment. 
  7. Dress comfortably: Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment, as it will help you relax during the procedure. You undress from the waist down during the procedure.
  8. Consult your healthcare provider: Before scheduling a colonic appointment, you may wish to consult with a functional healthcare provider if you have any health conditions that are contraindications.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us directly at 970-472-0995 for clarification or further guidance.

How Would I Approach Consulting With A Functional Medicine Provider About A Colonic Procedure?

If you want to speak with a functional medicine provider before you contact our office, or if one of our colon hydrotherapists asks you to obtain a referral from a healthcare provider, here are some tips for getting the conversation started. When discussing a potential referral for a colonic procedure with a healthcare provider, it’s important to approach the conversation openly and honestly. Here are some tips to help guide your discussion:

  1. Research beforehand: Educate yourself about colonic procedures, including their purpose, potential benefits, and contraindications. Familiarize yourself with reputable sources of information so that you can have an informed discussion with your doctor.
  2. Be clear about your reasons: Clearly articulate why you are considering a colonic procedure. Whether it’s for constipation relief, bowel cleansing, or addressing specific symptoms, explain your concerns and desired outcomes.
  3. Discuss previous attempts: If you’ve tried other methods to address your concerns, such as dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, or medications, share this information with your doctor. Explain what you’ve tried and the results you’ve experienced so far.
  4. Ask about alternative options: Inquire about alternative treatment options that your provider may recommend based on your specific situation. There may be other approaches that could be explored as an alternative or adjunct to a colonic procedure.
  5. Discuss your medical history: Provide your doctor with a comprehensive overview of your medical history, including any pre-existing conditions, surgeries, or relevant gastrointestinal issues. This information will help your doctor determine the suitability of a colonic procedure for you.
  6. Request a referral: If you and your doctor agree that a colonic procedure may be appropriate, ask for your doctor to provide a referral for colonic services.

Remember, open communication and mutual understanding with your doctor are crucial. It’s important to have a collaborative discussion about your healthcare decisions and explore the best options for your individual needs.

How Do I Decide If A Colon Hydrotherapy Procedure Is Right For Me?

Deciding if a colonic procedure is right for you involves careful consideration of several factors. Here are some steps to help you make an informed decision:

  1. Educate yourself: Learn about colonic procedures, their purpose, how they are performed, and potential contraindications. 
  2. Evaluate your specific concerns: Assess your specific concerns or reasons for considering a colonic procedure. Are you seeking relief from constipation, exploring detoxification options, or addressing specific gastrointestinal symptoms? Consider the severity and duration of your symptoms and how they impact your quality of life.
  3. Research alternative and complementary approaches: Explore alternative and complementary approaches that may be effective for your concerns. This could include enemas, dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, supplements, medications, or other therapies. Discuss and weigh these options with your healthcare provider and/or one of our colon hydrotherapists.
  4. Have an open conversation with a functional medicine provider to assess the benefits and contraindications associated with a colonic procedure. Assess how the potential benefits align with your goals and expectations. Healthcare providers who work in functional medicine, integrative health, or complementary healthcare are often more knowledgeable about colon hydrotherapy. Here are two providers in the Fort Collins Area who are knowledgeable about colon hydrotherapy:
    1. Dr. James Howton, DO 
    2. Dr. Jacqueline Fields, MD

If you have any doubts or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Call 970-472-0995 to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly, certified colon hydrotherapists to find out if a colonic procedure is right for you.

Who Should Consider Colon Hydrotherapy?

The decision to have a colonic procedure is a personal one and should be made in consultation with your certified colon hydrotherapist. Colonic procedures are typically considered by people seeking complementary or alternative approaches for certain conditions. Colonic procedures are also sought after by people who are interested in detoxification and cleansing.  Here are some common situations where a colonic may be considered:

  1. Bowel cleansing or preparation for a medical procedure: Colonics may be used as part of bowel cleansing protocols before certain medical procedures or surgeries, such as a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. This helps to empty the colon and improve visualization during the procedure.
  2. Constipation: If you experience chronic constipation or have difficulty with regular bowel movements, a colonic procedure may be considered to help clear the colon and provide relief. However, it’s important to address the underlying causes of constipation and make lifestyle changes or seek appropriate medical care. 
  3. Detoxification or cleansing: Some people may choose colonic procedures as a means of detoxification or cleansing the colon.  In his book The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health, Dr. Thomas Rau, M.D. describes colonic cleansing as a method that may clean out toxins, bad bacteria, and old putrid matter, boost the immune system, and create an intestinal environment that will support the development of beneficial bacteria.
  4. Health and wellness: A colonic procedure may be considered by individuals who are focused on maintaining their overall health and wellness. 

While colon hydrotherapy is generally regarded as a safe and gentle procedure, It’s important to note that colonic procedures are not suitable for everyone. People with certain health conditions, such as colitis, diverticulitis, severe hemorrhoids, or recent bowel surgery, may be advised against having a colonic. 

You should always consult with a certified colon hydrotherapist to determine whether a colonic procedure is appropriate for you and discuss any potential contraindications based on your individual health history.

Call us at 970-472-0995 to schedule a consultation with one of our certified colon hydrotherapists to find out if a colonic procedure is right for you.

What Is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon hydrotherapy, also known as colonic irrigation, colon cleansing, or colonic cleansing is a procedure that involves flushing the colon with a gentle stream of purified water to remove waste material and potentially improve bowel function and an overall sense of wellbeing. Colon hydrotherapy is performed at Living Arts Wellness by certified colon hydrotherapists at our Fort Collins wellness centers in Old Town and Midtown.  

Here are some key aspects of colon hydrotherapy:

  1. Purpose: The primary goal of colon hydrotherapy is to cleanse the colon by removing accumulated waste material, toxins, and gas. Proponents of the procedure believe that it may help alleviate symptoms such as constipation, bloating, and digestive discomfort.
  2. Procedure: During a colon hydrotherapy session at Living Arts Wellness, you will lie on your back on the treatment table, and an FDA-regulated instrument will be used to introduce filtered and temperature-regulated water into your colon through a tube inserted into the rectum. The water is gently introduced and then released, along with waste material, into a waste disposal system.
  • Colonic Instrument: The instrument used for colon hydrotherapy at Living Arts Wellness is a closed system. Closed systems use an instrument that controls water pressure and temperature. Living Arts Wellness colon hydrotherapists use the Aqua Cleanse colon irrigation system because of its enhanced safety features. The Aqua Cleanse system has the following safety features:
    • Three-Stage Filtration to  removes impurities from the water before it reaches your colon
    • A medical grade sanitizing system to thoroughly clean the system between each client. We also use a new disposable, sanitized, factory-sealed tubing for each client.
    • Pressure and temperature gauges which are monitored by your colon hydrotherapist during the colonic session.
  • Hygiene and Safety: Your health, safety, and comfort are of the utmost importance. Our colonic procedures are conducted with strict adherence to hygiene and safety practices. This includes sterilizing the colonic instrument, using disposable tubing, and following infection control protocols. We take these steps to ensure a clean and safe environment.
  • Professional Training: Colon hydrotherapy services are performed at Living Arts Wellness by trained professionals who have experience in the procedure.  Our therapists are certified by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapists (I-ACT). They will guide you through the process, monitor your comfort and safety, and provide any necessary post-procedure care instructions.  
  • Precautions and Contraindications: While colon hydrotherapy is generally regarded as a safe and gentle procedure, it may not be suitable for everyone. It is generally not recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions such as severe diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, severe hemorrhoids, or recent colon or rectal surgery. You may wish to discuss your medical history and any concerns with your healthcare provider before considering colon hydrotherapy. Call us at 970-472-0995 to schedule a consultation with one of our certified colon hydrotherapists to find out if a colonic procedure is right for you.

It is important to note that colon hydrotherapy is more historical and intuitive than scientific as scientific studies are needed to validate the effectiveness of this therapy. However, good sense indicates hydration of the body through a large intestine can enhance the health of the individual. This started thousands of years ago with a simple enema and has evolved into the present day colonic. Many people simply report they feel better after a colonic, maybe due to hydration by osmosis or the release of bowel contents.

Exploring Integrative Massage Therapy: A Holistic Approach to Wellness

Integrative massage therapy is a customized and holistic approach to wellness that combines various massage techniques and modalities. This form of therapy focuses on the whole person, taking into account their physical, emotional, and mental health needs.

In this post, we’ll explore some unique benefits of integrative massage therapy.

  1. Improved Digestion

Integrative massage therapy can help improve digestion by reducing tension and promoting relaxation in the muscles of the digestive tract. This can help improve the flow of food through the digestive system, reducing symptoms like bloating, constipation, and other digestive issues.

  1. Boosted Energy Levels

Integrative massage therapy can help increase energy levels by reducing fatigue and improving blood flow and oxygenation to the muscles. This can help you feel more alert and focused throughout the day.

  1. Improved Posture

Integrative massage therapy can help improve posture by reducing tension in the muscles and improving range of motion in the joints. This can help correct imbalances and promote better alignment, reducing the risk of chronic pain and injury.

  1. Enhanced Athletic Performance

Integrative massage therapy can also enhance athletic performance by improving muscle flexibility, range of motion, and circulation. This can help reduce the risk of injury and improve recovery time, allowing athletes to perform at their best.

  1. Reduced Headaches and Migraines

Integrative massage therapy can help reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines by reducing tension in the muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders. This can help improve blood flow to the brain, reducing the risk of headaches and migraines.


Integrative massage therapy is a versatile and holistic approach to wellness that can provide numerous benefits for physical and mental health. By addressing specific needs and concerns through a personalized treatment plan, integrative massage therapy can help improve digestion, boost energy levels, improve posture, enhance athletic performance, and reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines.

If you’re looking to improve your overall well being, contact us here at Living Arts Wellness to schedule an integrative massage therapy session today. Our experienced massage therapists will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and promotes optimal health and wellness.

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