How to Become a Colon Hydrotherapist

How to Become a Colon Hydrotherapist

If you have a passion for alternative medicine and a desire to work with patients in a hands-on role, a career as a colon hydrotherapist could be just what you’re looking for.

What does a colon hydrotherapist do?

Colon hydrotherapists use water to cleanse the colon of waste products and toxins. Your clients will include people with certain medical conditions as well as those who are simply looking to improve their overall health. Tasks may include:

  • Taking a client’s medical history
  • Recommending a course of treatment and answering the client’s questions
  • Inserting a tube into the client’s rectum
  • Flushing the tube with warm water to remove waste from the colon
  • Massaging the client’s abdomen and other pressure points
  • Following safety procedures to dispose of waste and sterilize equipment
  • Making referrals to doctors when necessary

Where and when do colon hydrotherapists work?

  • Most colon hydrotherapists are self-employed. Because of that, they get to choose their own hours, but the most successful ones make themselves available when their clients need them. That may well include evenings and weekends.
  • Each session takes about an hour and a half.
  • Many colon hydrotherapists rent treatment rooms at alternative medicine centers, health spas, salons, and gyms

What do colon hydrotherapists earn?



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High end

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Keep in mind that colon hydrotherapists are paid by the session. Even if you set your rates at the high end, you still may not generate a sustainable income if you don’t have enough clients. Some colon hydrotherapists start out making less than £6,000/year.

What skills do colon hydrotherapists need?

Since colon hydrotherapists necessarily have highly personal bodily contact with their clients, interpersonal skills are a must. So are medical skills. Some of those include:

  • The ability to connect with and establish a rapport with a client who may be anxious and embarrassed
  • Trustworthiness
  • Sensitivity
  • Respect for privacy
  • Empathy
  • Ability to work independently
  • Patience
  • A sense of humour
  • A warm and approachable demeanour
  • Ability to work with many different kinds of people
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure

What are the qualifications and entry requirements?

While there are no national regulations governing colon hydrotherapists, both the Guild of Colon Hydrotherapists (GHC) and the Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists have set strict guidelines that colon hydrotherapists must meet before they’ll accept your registration. One requirement is the completion of a recognised course at an approved training center. And those courses have their own requirements. Before you can sign up for a recognised training course, you have to meet one of these criteria:

  • A qualification in conventional medicine (like a nursing or medical degree) plus two years of professional experience
  • A qualification in body-based therapy (like acupuncture, herbalism, chiropractery, etc.) plus two years of professional experience

Once you’re accepted into a program, you’ll study topics like:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Yoga
  • Breathing techniques
  • Safety and hygiene
  • Colon procedures
  • Business skills

After you successfully complete your training, you’ll be eligible for accreditation and membership in either GHC or ARCH. In addition to the prestige that comes with accreditation, members also have access to conferences and other professional development opportunities.

What are the job prospects?

National Careers Service projects that an additional 113,000 colon hydrotherapists will be working in the UK by 2020

Being a colon hydrotherapist isn’t for everyone. But if you have a passion for health and medicine and a sincere desire to help people attain their optimal health, a career as a colon hydrotherapist could be just what you’re looking for.


photo credit: flickr via Thomas Wanhoff, 2006