Colonic Hydrotherapy Training and Careers

Colonic Hydrotherapy Training, Course, Salary and Career Info

The therapeutic treatment known as colonic therapy, colonic irrigation, or colonic hydrotherapy has been practiced in some form for thousands of years. Since the 19th century, it has gained popularity in Europe and the United States, and it is increasingly used to treat health conditions such as incontinence, contribute to ostomy care, and to cleanse the colon prior to surgery.

Practitioners with appropriate colonic therapy training use specialized equipment to administer gentle infusions of warm, purified water into the colon. This helps to remove toxins and waste products, and it may even improve overall immune wellness.

Career Overview

Colonic training can be a powerful therapeutic tool in traditional medical office settings, in addition to alternative treatment centers, health spas and massage therapy practices. A treatment session usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour, during which the practitioner will use advanced hydrotherapy equipment to introduce water into the colon. Typically, the colon is rinsed using about 25 to 35 gallons of water. A separate tube removes the water along with any debris. In addition, the colonic therapist may use other treatment methods such as abdominal massage or relaxation techniques.

Training and Education

What You’ll Study in Colonic Therapy School

Colonic therapy training includes classes in anatomy, physiology, digestive health, sanitation, and business skills, as well as colonic hydrotherapy courses that teach you the techniques you’ll need to know to use the equipment properly. Some colonic hydrotherapy training also includes nutritional education, herbal medicine courses, and massage therapy techniques.

Average Length of Study

Basic colonic therapy training can be completed via a 100-hour course from a school approved by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy or the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy. More advanced training may require 500 to 1000 hours of coursework.

Average Tuition

Colonic hydrotherapy training usually costs between $2,000 and $3,000—relatively inexpensive compared to many health-related training courses. However, if your colonic therapy training is part of a massage therapy program, tuition may cost $5,000 or more, depending on the length of the program.

Colonic Therapy Certification

Currently, most states do not regulate the practice of colonic therapy, although many states are considering requiring licensure for practitioners. Florida and North Carolina are two of the states that require a license and completion of colonic therapy training.

The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) recommends certification, as well as compliance with all FDA equipment regulations, for those who wish to practice colonic therapy.

Colonic Therapy Salary

Although specific salary data is not available, colonic therapy training can be a fairly lucrative addition to a massage therapist’s practice. Individual sessions generally cost about $75 – $120 per hour. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for massage therapists is $37,180. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

Is a Colonic Therapy Career Right for You?

Colonic hydrotherapy training isn’t for everyone. To be a respected and successful practitioner of colonic therapy, you’ll need to adhere to strict professional standards, and stay up-to-date on techniques in your field and in the health industry. But if you have an interest in helping clients improve their digestive health and overall well-being, and if you have a talent for putting a wide range of patients at ease, then this may be a good career for you.

Sources: The Colon Therapists Network, Aetna Intelihealth.

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