I formerly had mixed results inserting the 32 French 60" colon tube. Sometimes I just couldn't get past the turn at the sigmoid - what, only 9" in?!
Step-by-step (over many months), I have made progress. Once, I lubed up with olive oil, squatted on the floor, pivoted my pelvis up (pubis toward the ceiling) and then bore down, like I was having a bowel movement. I inserted two fingers deep into my rectum, and could just feel the pathway toward my colon to help guide the tube in the right direction, which for me seems to be toward my back and right side. Otherwise, the tube just hits the top end of the rectum/sigmoid and no amount of twisting the tube seems to make any difference. Even though there was a bit of resistance when I guided the tube in with my finger, it was nothing like "hitting the wall" in the sigmoid. It was as if colon was all aligned and ready for the tube, somehow. I got it in, up through my transverse colon and up to (but not down) the ascending colon. I could feel through my abdomen (I am thin; that probably helps) exactly where it was! And was able to shove the tube around a bit, to help it get further inside. While I previously was able to get the whole 60" inside me, I know that the last 20-30" just coiled up in my rectum. But that enabled me to walk around with it, with only me knowing the tube was inside me, while I talked to others - my own secret! If only they knew!
Just now, I was able to insert the entire 60" AND verify that it was NOT coiling up inside me. Thanks to jofesig's idea, I tried insertion with intermittant flows of water (no soap), as well as sliding the tube in and out (between 3" and 12"). I found that this process ensured I wasn't ramming into a corner of my colon AND got me in further without very much trouble. Also, was able to flow a lot of water in and get a clear flow out. Lastly, I disconnected the water supply and pushed a little bit to eject water through the tube, to help resuce the amount of water I retained (and would have to subsequently run to the bathroom and void for the next several hours!). I slide the tube in and out for this process and seemed to get much of the water out - I don't sound like someone jumping on a waterbed when I rub my abdoment!
Of course, I hadn't always been able to get the tube totally filled with water before inserting it, so I ended up getting air in there - no fun for me! Using jofesig's idea, air bubbles and entrapment have been minimized. Much better experience.
Sometimes, If I try to do another colonic the same day, I have trouble getting the tube in. Might have gotten the tube doubled over inside. I'll pull it out to start over, but then I CAN NOT GET IT BACK IN to save my life! Probably best to leave well enough alone!
All I had wanted to do was get the tube in, all the way to the ascending colon, with the tube full of water, and let the water run for an hour! Without expelling the tube. Now, I've succeeded.
I've gotten down the ascending colon or at least have gone as far as I can, because I only have 60" and it all has gone in. After I have gotten the voided water to run pretty clear, I find that I can lay on my back and relax. This lets my empty abdomen lay very flat. If I slide about 4" of the colon tube in and out quickly, I can actually see where the tube is running and where it ends. Not only can I actually SEE the movement through my abdomen, but I can verify the position by feeling the rounded end of the tube and even the two water slots through my abdomen! Pretty cool! Almost like watching a pregnant mother's abdomen when a baby is kicking! Even if the intestines seem to be deeper within my abdomen, I can see the back and forth movement, even when the intestines run under my abdominal muscles. Today, I saw that the end of the tube was up near my navel. This is not "textbook", but I suspect that my colon does not run like a textbook illustration and it goes all over the place. I was able to confirm that the tube was not doubling up by pulling out about 27" and immediately reinserting it. The tube followed the same path, to the same end point.
One thing that is nice is that if I've really taken in too much water, I can disconnect the tube from the supply and it become a drain tube! This helps a lot if I start to cramp. I can also bear down a bit to help the outflow turn into a pretty powerful stream! But it will plug up from time to time with feces, so I reconnect the supply and that clears the tube.
What is very nice, is that if I want to do another high colonic the same day, I find that there is plenty of mucus (provided I DRINK some liquid!) and there is not so much need for olive oil - except at the rectum. Tube slides in very well, as long as I can get it past the sigmoid.
I hadn't mentioned it before, but I do the entire process in the bathtub. I've had trouble either putting in too much water or just not holding it well enough and have had trouble making it to the toilet in time. I really made a mess of things! Now, I don't have to worry so much about making a mess. Everything goes down the drain, no problem. I do have to clean up, of course, but that is a good time to wash the wall and tub and clean up the bathroom anyways. I also bring a heater fan in (NOT IN THE TUB, LOL), to warm up the bathroom, which makes things SO much more comfortabe, especially in the winter.
jofesig, thanks for the advice. However, I REALLY thought I needed that olive oil, not water. So what I do instead is fill the tube with extra olive oil and use a turkey baster attached to the tube to push oil out every once in a while. Now that works GREAT. Without olive oil, I find that my rectum will bleed some (I have spoken to my doctor about this - it is an internal hemorrhoid and does not need surgery). But not always (like today).