Colon hydrotherapists use water to cleanse the colon of waste products and toxins.
Salary Range: Variable
You can get into this job through:
- training with a recognised professional body
You can do recognised training through a professional body like the:
- Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists
- Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers
- Institute of Professional Colon Hydrotherapists
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
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Complementary & Natural Health Care Council, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
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.
Skills and knowledge
- 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:
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
You could work in a therapy clinic.
You may need to wear a uniform.
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.