Colon hydrotherapist

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Colon hydrotherapists use water to cleanse the colon of waste products and toxins.

Salary Range: Variable

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You can get into this job through:

  • training with a recognised professional body
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Other routes

You can do recognised training through a professional body like the:

To register for training, you’ll need one of the following:

  • a qualification in conventional healthcare like nursing, physiotherapy or medicine plus 2 years’ professional experience
  • a qualification in a body-based therapy like acupuncture, osteopathy or nutrition plus 2 years’ experience as a therapist

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Complementary & Natural Health Care Council, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about how to become a colon hydrotherapist from the Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists and the Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • inserting a tube filled with filtered water (warmed to body temperature) into the client’s body
  • repeatedly flushing the tube with water to cleanse the colon and rid the body of any waste products
  • massaging the client’s abdomen and other pressure points
  • disposing of any fluids
  • preparing the room and sterilising equipment 
  • advising clients about ways to improve their health, diet and lifestyle
  • referring clients onto doctors or other health professionals if needed

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic.

You may need to wear a uniform.

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With experience you could run your own practice or work in a variety of settings like health and spa resorts, gyms, salons, and natural health centres.

You could also train in other therapies like aromatherapy and massage.