The Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses

My husband and I are major Raptors fans. Were we not such avid Raptors fans we wouldn’t have purchased Raptors TV as a part of our cable package. As a part of that cable deal we bought three theme packages and one of those packages included the Discovery Health Channel. That’s where I first saw “The Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses”. 

The title of the program may not make many people sit up and take notice, but it did me. I have been suffering from an “Embarrassing Illnesses” for 8 years and I was interested to see what the program was all about. 

There were 3 separate series; each had 8 people in attendance and all had their own set of illnesses. Some suffered from psoriasis and eczema, others with PMS, depression, obesity, infertility, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Ulcerative Colitis, and the list goes on. 

After watching the program a few times I wanted to attend so I briefly looked online to see what I could find out. I emailed the founder of the company, and within a few months I was off to Spain to spend 7 days at “The Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses”. 

When I arrived at the Spa, everything seemed somewhat surreal. After one last supper, which consisted of raw vegetables, I and twenty other guests began an intense physical and emotional detoxification which consists of a six-day juice/broth fast, enemas twice daily, yoga every morning for an hour and a half, meditation each evening, acupuncture, reflexology, Rolfing, colon massage, lymphatic drainage, and other therapies. 

Within a few days we had all happily expunged huge amounts of colon plaque and other matter which I will not go into here (you’re welcome). By Wednesday, a.k.a. “Liver Day”, emotions were running high. The physical and emotional detox was working. Through the therapies we were discovering unresolved emotions and baggage. We were getting to the root of those problems, which are believed to be the source of our physical ailments. 

Before we knew it “Parasite Day” was upon us. Once the plaque was gone, we were able to work on what lives beneath. Our Swedish Nutritionist explained we would find different parasites – little worms, things that look like seeds, others that look like rolled up tomato skins. If I had those things, those parasites in me, I wanted them out. Trust me, garlic does the job. 

It’s funny, when you are isolated in a beautiful Spanish resort, with 20 other like-minded individuals from all over the world – male and female, young and old – how close you can get to each other and how few barriers there are. Everyone is there for basically the same reason. We all wanted to get healthy, emotionally and physically. We were each willing to talk freely about our problems and illnesses perhaps more than ever before in our lives.  I made friends at the spa that I will have for the rest of my life. 

The last day of the Spa was bitter sweet. We were all leaving healthier; but now we had to leave the Spa’s safe cocoon and face the outside world. Could we carry the effects over into our real lives? We had learned so many tools. I knew now that wheat and gluten was to be out of my diet for good, if I want to stay healthy. Since arriving at the Spa, my Ulcerative Colitis was completely in remission and I wanted to be sure it stayed that way. But, my husband was meeting me in Malaga and we were vacationing in Europe for another 8 days.  It would be challenging.

Spain was fantastic, and my colitis stayed in remission for the duration of the vacation and is still at bay. If I stick to what I learned at the Spa I feel confident it will not return. Added bonus, I arrived home 15 pounds lighter than when I left. Yippee! 

“The Spa” was a life-altering experience for me. I have learned the mind-body connection is huge. You cannot heal one without the other. I will never make the mistake of working on one without the other again. 

Cindy owns a publishing company and does some freelance writing in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.