Could I become a colon hydrotherapist?

If you have done body based therapies before, and you are interested in digestive health, then colon hydrotherapy can be an attractive and rewarding career. However, you do need to be the right kind of person, with the right skill set to be successful in this field.

Practical skills

On the practical side, you need to be comfortable with the clinical aspects of the job; dealing with rectums and faeces every day, and talking about bowel movements in descriptive detail with complete strangers, is not for everyone. However, if you have the required medical background, or have been a therapist before in another field, then chances are you have the right skills and approach to succeed.

People skills

You also need to enjoy working with people, and have the kind of personality that puts them at their ease. It’s only natural for clients to feel a little embarrassed by the treatment, so it is important that you can reassure them and make them feel comfortable. You need to be a good listener and be able to empathise with how digestive problems can impact across a person’s life, and similarly understand how the stresses of a person’s life can impact on their digestion.

Running your own business

Finally, you need to be motivated and self driven. Most colon hydrotherapists are self-employed, and this involves developing business skills such as organisation and record keeping, advertising and marketing. You will be responsible for all aspects of your business, from cleaning the clinic to filing your tax return. If you have been employed so far in your career, such as with the NHS, then the transition to self-employment can be tricky, but there is lots of help from local business support organisations, as well as from ARCH itself.

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