Listen to Your Body – Part Three

January 19, 2009

Focusing on Your Anus

If you avoid awareness of your anus, this exercise will help you.  You’ll need:

  • a six-inch hand mirror:
  • soap
  • water
  • a towel
  • an enema bag holding a pint of room-temperature distilled water
  • lubricant
  • pen and paper or a journal.

In your bathroom, undress.   Bend forward and, looking between your legs, use your hand mirror to look at your anus.  Trace around it with a lubricated finger.  There are two sphincter muscles in the anus.  If you need to let out feces or gas, the inner one will open automatically and you’ll hold the outer one until you’re ready to let it out.  If there’s nothing to let out, there’s no need to hold that outer sphincter closed.  Using your lubricated finger, see if you can tell whether your outer sphincter is open or closed.

If it’s closed, massage gently to relax it.  When it’s open, place your finger against the inner sphincter and tense and relax the outer.  Then gently insert your finger into your rectum.

Above the rectum is another involuntary muscle which keeps the feces in the large intestine until the body is ready to let it out. .  If your encounter much feces, you’ve probably been ignoring a message from your body.

Hang the enema bag about head height. Lubricate the tip. Insert it through your anus. Open the valve.  Breath and relax.  Since you’re using only a pint, it should be easy to let it flow in and hold it.

Sit on the toilet, but don’t expel the water. With one finger, feel how the inner sphincter is open and the outer closed.  Let your finger penetrate.  Remove it and let the water out.

You’ll probably want to shower.  When you’ve dried off, sit with your journal and record thoughts and feelings.

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