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Colon hydrotherapist

Colon hydrotherapists use water to cleanse the colon of waste products and toxins.

Annual Salary


Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 variable

You could work: freelance / self-employed; managing your own hours

Future employment

There will be 5.7% more Colon hydrotherapist jobs in 2026.

Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you'll:

  • insert a tube filled with filtered water (warmed to body temperature) into the client's body
  • repeatedly flush the tube with water to cleanse the colon and rid the body of any waste products
  • massage the client's abdomen and other pressure points
  • dispose of any fluids
  • prepare the room and sterilise equipment
  • advise clients about ways to improve their health, diet and lifestyle
  • refer clients onto doctors or other health professionals if needed

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a therapy clinic.

You can get into this job through:

  • training with a recognised professional body
Other routes

You can do recognised training through a professional body like the:

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

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Complementary & Natural Health Care Council, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

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.

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • 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
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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