Detox: Your path to optimal health & vitality

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The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun

“Before any disease can be cured, the waste products and impurities must be cleansed from the body. The sooner this is done, the sooner the body can begin repairing itself.

Scientists have calculated that a person has between 70 and 100 trillion cells in his or her body. This means we have over 70 trillion “garbage cans” needing to be emptied. In our culture we have not made allowances for, nor taught ourselves, the proper techniques of emptying these waste receptacles. It is no wonder that the people of our nation are so sick! Proper and thorough detoxification is just as important as good nutrition for anyone who has lived in the mainstream of a modern technological civilization for 10 or more years, and especially for anyone who has developed symptoms of a chronic degenerative disease.”     Dr William Donald Kelley, founder of the Kelley Metabolic Cancer Program

What is detox?

Firstly let us look at what a toxin is – a substance that is poisonous, causing harm to your body by disrupting normal healthy bodily functions. Therefore when you decide to “go on a detox”, essentially you are engaging in various protocols that assist your body by changing that toxin from a harmful substance to one that is harmless, and the body then rids itself of these substances.

Why should I detox?

Our bodies are “designed” to eliminate toxins via the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. However over time our bodies become overburdened with waste products and impurities and the body’s inherent detoxification processes start to lack. This could be due to the foods we eat, our lifestyle, orthodox medications, impurities from the environment we live in & are surrounded by, radiation, stress, ….and the list can go on!

You will notice when your body is not functioning at the optimum and this could be your body telling you, “Hey, I need help!”

Booked dates for the Detox Retreats are:

APRIL 2019

12 – 18 April 2019 – 6 nights and 7 days

MAY 2019 

24 May – 02 June 2019 – 9 nights and 10 days

JUNE 2019 

28 June – 04 July 2019 – 6 nights and 7 days

AUGUST 2019 

16 – 25 August 2019 – 9 nights and 10 days

SEPTEMBER 2019 

13-22 September 2019 – 9 nights and 10 days

OCTOBER 2019

11  - 20 October 2019 – 9 nights and 10 days

NOVEMBER 2019 

22 November –  01December 2019 – 9 nights and 10 days

How can The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun help me?

Our team of professionals, who have made headway in their respective natural and complementary health treatment modalities, have created a detox programme that is safe, gentle and yet effective in supporting you along your detox & wellness journey.

Cradled in the lap of the beautiful Midlands countryside, Fordoun Hotel & Spa provides the ideal loving and nurturing environment to retreat from the toxic flurry our environment and lifestyles bring forth.

The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun offers the following programmes:

The “Let’s Get Kick-started!” Programme:

For those who want a ‘pick-me-up’ however don’t have the luxury of time, then this detox programme is suited to you. It provides you with the guidance and tools you can take back home to continue with as you strive towards your objectives, be it weight loss, removing toxins or bringing your body back to harmony, back to its innate energetic self!

This detox programme comprises:

  • 3 nights 5-star luxury accommodation
  • All meals provided – you have an option between two dietary choices – our Juice

Fast or Raw, vegan healthy eating

Juice Fast – Raw  vegetable, fruit & herb juices using produce that is natural, organic and seasonal. Juices flood our bodies with micronutrients, which play a critical role in aiding the body’s detox processes. By consuming your meal in the form of a juice, you allow the body’s digestive system a break, whilst kick-starting and prioritising your body’s detox mechanisms. Our juice recipes have been carefully put together in order to encourage and accelerate your body’s toxic elimination activities.

Raw vegan healthy eating – if you have never done a detox before and would like to progress baby step at a time or if you feel juice fasting is not for you however you still want to profit on a detox diet and experience the benefits of incorporating healthier eating habits, then this option is suitable for you. It comprises delicious and nourishing raw vegan meals – meaning that there are no animal derived products used (no growth hormones, antibiotics and chemicals that are so prevalent in the meat and dairy industry) and the added advantage of it being raw means that none of the nutrients or natural enzymes have been destroyed by high temperatures.

  • Welcome bag comprising natural and organic personal hygiene and beauty products to support your detox week (this includes products for coconut oil pulling & dry skin brushing) {perhaps you can form a link here explaining what these are. Explanations follow}

Coconut oil pulling: When you treat your mouth, you are treating the whole body. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has been used for centuries to control the build up of oral contaminants. Toxins and bacteria naturally accumulate in your mouth & if left untreated may lead to many health issues. Oil pulling literally ‘pulls’ the toxins & bacteria out of your mouth. By swishing oil around in your mouth the impurities stick to the oil, and upon spitting it out it you generate a clean environment where dis-ease cannot thrive.

Dry skin brushing: We brush our hair and our teeth, what about our skin? As the name suggests, it entails brushing your skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before a bath or shower. The curative benefits of skin brushing include improving circulation, supporting your lymhatic system, exfoliation, cleaner & smaller pores, reducing cellulite and serving as a natural energy boost.

  • Anthropometric measurements (taken before and after detox programme)
  • ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos (as the old adage goes, “the proof is in the pudding”, and these photos provide motivation for you to strive further)
  • 1 x Bio-Energy session.
  • 1 x One-on-one session with Biokineticist, which includes an evaluation as well as recommendations for a fitness plan that suits you
  • One-on-one nutrition coaching including an individualised take-home plan which entails dietary, lifestyle & supplementation recommendations
  • Yoga and guided meditation

Yoga: Yoga is the art and practice of unifying the body mind and soul & with continued practice one discovers the true nature of the self. Our qualified yoga instructor teaches the branch of yoga referred to as Tri Yoga.

Tri Yoga, a branch of Hatha Yoga, is the meditative Trinity practice of Asana (posture) ; Pranayama ( breath) and Mudra ( hand gestures).

Uniting the breath with hand gestures and sustained or flowing postures develops the qualities of rhythmic pacing ; relaxation in action , wavelike spinal movements and economy of motion.

The different postures together with deep breathing and relaxation put pressure on various points allowing the release of deep rooted tensions in the body and mind.

Guided meditation: Meditation is the culmination of yoga, a journey into the self. It is a holistic discipline that creates change at all levels of being. By quieting your mind, stilling your body, controlling your breath, meditation expands your awareness of self and your subtle states of being allowing access to the experience of infinite peace as your natural state.

  • Stretch classes
  • 1 x full body deep tissue massage
  • Guided walks
  • Water aerobics
  • Daily talks based on various aspects of detoxification, nutrition & energy healing
  • Screening of educational documentaries pertaining to natural health & healing
  • Complementary access to various spa facilities including steam room and sauna, flotation tank, gym, indoor heated pool as well as an outdoor pool
  • Pre and post retreat support to guide you through your detox journey
  • Access to an online community support group where you can interact with other fellow “detoxers”, who have also attended The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun. This is a perfect way of sharing your experiences, motivating and supporting each other as you continue detoxing back home.

The Revivify Me! Programme:

Whether you have previously embarked on a detox protocol or have never had the chance to and want to get started, this programme is ideal for rejuvenation, restoring verve and vitality in your life. The longer programme brings you closer to achieving your health goals, allowing your body to further engage in that extra detox time.

This detox programme comprises:

  • 6 nights 5-star luxury accommodation
  • All meals provided – you have an option between two dietary choices – our Juice Fast or Raw, vegan healthy eating
  • Welcome bag comprising natural and organic personal hygiene and beauty products to support your detox week (this includes products for coconut oil pulling & dry skin brushing)
  • Anthropometric measurements (taken before and after detox programme)
  • ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos (as the old adage goes, “the proof is in the pudding”, and these photos provide motivation for you to strive further)
  • 2 x Bio-Energy sessions
  • 2 x One-on-one sessions with Biokineticist, which includes an evaluation as well as recommendations for a fitness plan that suits you
  • One-on-one nutrition coaching including an individualised take-home plan which entails dietary, lifestyle & supplementation recommendations
  • Yoga and guided meditation
  • Stretch classes
  • 1 x full body deep tissue massage
  • 1 x Reflexology session
  • Guided walks
  • Water aerobics
  • Daily talks based on various aspects of detoxification, nutrition & energy healing
  • Screening of educational documentaries pertaining to natural health & healing
  • Complementary access to various spa facilities including steam room and sauna, flotation tank, gym, indoor heated pool as well as an outdoor pool
  • Pre and post retreat support to guide you through your detox journey
  • Access to an online community support group where you can interact with other fellow “detoxers”, who have also attended The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun. This is a perfect way of sharing your experiences, motivating and supporting each other as you continue detoxing back home.

The Optimum Overhaul Programme or Lose My Way to Success! Programme

Our ultimate detox programme! If it’s weight loss, renewed energy, notable positive changes in your overall health, and significant headway in improving your body’s detoxification processes that you are after, then this package has been tailor-made for you!

This detox programme comprises:

  • 9 nights 5-star luxury accommodation
  • All meals provided – you have an option between two dietary choices – our Juice Fast or Raw, vegan healthy eating
  • Welcome bag comprising natural and organic personal hygiene and beauty products to support your detox week (this includes products for coconut oil pulling & dry skin brushing)
  • Anthropometric measurements (taken before and after detox programme)
  • ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos (as the old adage goes, “the proof is in the pudding”, and these photos provide motivation for you to strive further)
  • 2 x Bio-Energy sessions
  • 3 x One-on-one session with Biokineticist, which includes an evaluation as well as recommendations for a fitness plan that suits you
  • One-on-one nutrition coaching including an individualised take-home plan which entails dietary, lifestyle & supplementation recommendations
  • Yoga and guided meditation
  • Stretch classes
  • 1 x full body deep tissue massage
  • 1 x reflexology session
  • Guided walks
  • Water aerobics
  • Daily talks based on various aspects of detoxification, nutrition & energy healing
  • Screening of educational documentaries pertaining to natural health & healing
  • Complementary access to various spa facilities including steam room and sauna, flotation tank, gym, indoor heated pool as well as an outdoor pool
  • Pre and post retreat support to guide you through your detox journey
  • Access to an online community support group where you can interact with other fellow “detoxers”, who have also attended The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun. This is a perfect way of sharing your experiences, motivating and supporting each other as you continue detoxing back home.

Optional Extras:

Colon hydrotherapy

“In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for FIRST before any effective healing can take place. In so doing, you will discover many secrets of life, develop a positive attitude toward yourself and become the master of body function.” – Dr Bernard Jensen, ‘Father of Colon Therapy’.

Whether you have been experiencing gut issues, problems with digestion, poor skin health, headaches, interrupted sleeping patterns, difficulty losing weight or you want to optimise your detox experience, colon hydrotherapy (also known as colonic or bowel irrigation, colon cleansing or simply colonics) will assist you in improving your health and get you feeling good again!

You may have heard or read about this treatment, however are unsure of what it entails and how it may benefit you. We have put together information to help you better understand this age old treatment and its many curative advantages.

 

Colon Hydrotherapy – The Pros and Cons

We ignore this vital organ!

Our colon is more often than not the most neglected organ in the human body! When you allow waste to accrue in the colon over an extended period of time, it may lead to your bloodstream becoming burdened with toxic waste & your body begins to function at a lower level. This is when we often start paying attention however are uncertain as to what to do. The solution is quite easy – your colon needs a “spring clean” – in the form of hydrotherapy.

What does the therapy entail?

Colon hydrotherapy comprises the safe, gentle infusion of filtered water into the colon via the rectum. A small tube, called a speculum, is gently inserted into the anus. A water and waste tube is then attached to the speculum and connected to the colonic device. Water, which is temperature and pressure controlled, is then introduced into the colon. As water is carried through the colon via the water tube, it flushes out encrusted faecal matter, gas, mucous, toxins and parasites via the waste tube. During your colonic procedure, an effective abdominal massage is administered to release gas and assist in breaking down stubborn matter that is stuck to the walls of the colon. Any waste matter that is eliminated during the colonic procedure goes out straight into the sewer system.

At The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun we use specialised equipment of international standard. The speculum, water and waste tubes used during the procedure are disposable. We observe strict hygiene protocols in accordance to international standards that assures your safety, care and comfort. No chemicals or drugs are involved and the entire therapy is both relaxing and effective.

Our outer bodies get a good bathe, what about rinsing the inside of your body???

How does this benefit me?

A healthy well-functioning colon is crucial for the continuation of optimal health. By keeping your colon clean you allow vital nutrients to be absorbed more easily and this leaves you feeling rejuvenated and healthier. Colonics can also help re-tone & reshape the colon.

Other benefits include:

  • Relieves constipation
  • Decreases gas & bloating
  • Improves digestion
  • Kick-starts weight loss
  • Improves your skin
  • Decreases headaches
  • Improves sleep
  • ….and the list can go on!

Does The Detox Retreat @ Fordoun also administer enemas?

Yes we do! Daily coffee enemas form part of your colon hydrotherapy session. Our professional colon therapist has experienced significant results with coffee enemas and believes that “colon hydrotherapy combined with coffee enemas contribute to accelerating the detox processes of the body, proving to be incredibly effective time and time again”!

What are the benefits of coffee enemas?

The objective of undergoing a coffee enema is primarily to remove toxins that have accrued in the liver and to eliminate free radicals from the blood stream.

In the 1920’s two German professors tested the effects of infused caffeine on rats. They discovered that the caffeine, when administered into the system rectally, travelled via the haemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, allowing the bile ducts to become dilated, thereby releasing bile which contained toxins.

Doctors at the University of Minnesota showed that coffee enemas also accelerated an enzyme in the liver referred to as glutathione S-transferase by 600% to 700% above normal activity levels. So what does the enzyme glutathione S-transferase do? Well, it reacts with free radicals (which cause cell damage) in the blood stream, making them inactive. These inactive free radicals become dissolved in the bile, and during the coffee enema is released through the increased bile flow from the liver and gall bladder and is excreted through the intestinal tract (this normally takes place during your colon hydrotherapy process).

Your coffee enema takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes and is administered during your colon hydrotherapy session. During this time your body’s entire blood supply, carrying poisons picked up from your tissues, is filtered through the liver 4 to 5 times. Therefore, you can view the coffee enema as a form of dialysis of your blood across your colon wall.

Regular administration of coffee enemas can have the following benefits:

  • Increased cell energy production
  • Enhanced tissue health
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Better immunity
  • Cellular regeneration

Furthermore coffee enemas can also assist in pain relief, nausea, general nervous tension and depression.

The cost of a colon hydrotherapy session (including coffee enema) is R490.

**Guests on The Revivify Me! Or Optimum Overhaul Programmes get a 5% discount on their colon treatments subject to a daily booking**