FAQ about becoming a Colon Hydrotherapist

What are the legal requirements for practicing as a colon hydrotherapist?


Strictly speaking, there are no legal requirements to become a colon hydrotherapist. In theory, anyone can buy the equipment and set up a clinic with no formal training at all. In practice, clients prefer to use registered therapists who have been properly trained and have the right experience. That’s why ARCH has such high standards.


What does a colon hydrotherapist earn?


As a self-employed therapist, how much you earn will depend on how busy you are and how hard you want to work. On average, treatments range from £40 to £80 depending on the area and the clinic, and take between one and two hours. Once costs have been deducted, the rest is yours.


What qualifications do I need to be a colon hydrotherapist?


Colon hydrotherapy training schools will issue you with a certificate when you complete your course. You’ll also need a basic first aid qualification. At ARCH, we prefer our members to also have formal training in a medical field or substantial training of two to three years in another body based therapy.


Do I need insurance?


Yes. As a practicing therapist you are required by law to have professional indemnity and public liability insurance. ARCH offers a discounted policy designed specifically for our members through Balens. 

The Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Balen Limited, Bridge House, Portland Road, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 2TA. who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


What kind of premises or clinic do I need?


You will need a clinic room with private toilet facilities reserved solely for client use, a source of running water, access to the sewerage drain and facilities for your clients to change before and after their treatment.

You can set up your clinic as a stand alone unit, or you may prefer to be located within another business such as a health spa or therapy centre. However, you need to be sure that your clients can enjoy the discretion and dignity they need while they are with you.


What are the set up costs?


The biggest set up cost will be the cost of your equipment. A typical gravity system costs around £600, while a machine based system will cost around £3,000 – 5,000. You’ll also need to buy a treatment couch, seating for the consultations, surgical gowns and the disposables needed to perform the treatment. A personal computer or paper based filing system will also be needed for your records.


How do I get clients?


You’ll need to invest money in promoting your business at first, so that the public knows you are there. However, as your reputation grows through word of mouth and personal recommendations, you may not need to advertise so much. If you are based within another business, it can be cost effective to join in with their marketing activity.

Most clinics find it useful to have a website, as this helps people to find out more about the therapy and their clinic without the embarrassment of having to ask. Plus of course, you’ll also get business from your directory listing on the ARCH website, which helps people to find colon hydrotherapists in their area.


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