Open Colonics or Closed Colonics?

The Two VERY Different Methods of Colonics

Open Colonic Hydrotherapy @ Brunswick Holistic Health

We have been offering Colonics at our clinic since 2006, so have helped many people to cleanse their bowel, detoxify and improve their gut function. 

We offer the Open method of colonics, which is safe, effective and less daunting than the Closed method of colonics.

The Process:

When you book in for Colonic Hydrotherapy at Brunswick Holistic Health, we'll ask you to fill in a Health History Questionnaire, which details the contra-indications and risks and ensures the therapy is right for you.

Upon arrival, we give you a magnesium drink to help you relax, before taking you into the treatment room to explain the colonic process.

When we leave the treatment room, you undress from the waist down, and lie down on the treatment bed with your knees bent in a comfortable position so you can insert into yourself, a small rectal tube. The rectal tube is sterile, single-use and disposable. Its made of soft flexible plastic with a rounded tip, about the size of a biro - you are given a glove and some lubricant to help gently put it inside yourself about the length of your pinky finger. You don't even feel it once its in there, and its not painful to insert.

Once you are ready and covered over with the sheet provided, you ring a buzzer and we will come in to start the flow of water. Its a very gentle flow of warm, filtered water. It gently fills you, then you push it out. This process repeats itself over the 40-minute session.

During this time, you will be entertained by the "viewing tube" beside the bed - yes, if you choose you can watch the contents of your bowel flow by. Icky but fascinating!

You are in the treatment room by yourself for the session, though you can press the buzzer for the assistance of our degree qualified health professsionals at any stage, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure.

What's the main difference between Open and Closed colonics?

An Open colonic is where the water flow remains on during the treatment and the patient has complete privacy during the session to eliminate waste.

A Closed colonic involves a colon hydrotherapist being present during the session to switch on and turn off the water flow at different intervals, and perform abdominal massage during the treatment while waste is being eliminated. 


The water used in the Open method is gravity fed, so there's no pressure at all. This makes it safer than the Closed method where the practitioner is filling you full of water to the pressure they deem appropriate. In the Open method you will feel when you're full and naturally push out then, rather than rely on the therapist's judgement and perception of what's going on inside your body. As advocates for body autonomy, we prefer the Open method of colonics, as the client is in full control of their experience.

The Open method is also safer as you're putting the tube inside yourself, so will feel what is the right angle etc. and (of course) will stop and seek assistance if there's any discomfort. This helps to prevent any damage to the rectal opening. Also, the tube used in Open colonics is small, soft and flexible, unlike the speculum used in Closed colonics.

Why choose Open colonics?

People love that our system is self-administered in privacy. It makes the process of colonics a lot less daunting. Our Naturopathic staff are available to assist you if you press the buzzer at any stage during your session, so you can feel safe that help and professional advice is available if required. Most people prefer to be left alone during colonics though - pooing is a private process!

In the Closed method of colonics, some find it confronting to have the therapist insert the speculum, and then be present while having an enormous poo.

Colonics is all about letting go, so the more you can relax into the process, the more water you allow into yourself to complete the cleaning process, and the less likely you are to experience cramping and other possible side effects.  

Further analysis:

A lot of clients are eager to learn more about the health of their stool. The appearance and texture of the stool can give insight into your digestive health, however the naked eye cannot detect pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites. If you're interested we can refer you for a CDSA (comprehensive digestive stool analysis), or a Microbiome Map, which are both performed at the microscopic level necessary to determine if there is pathogenic material in the stool.

If you'd like to have a in depth consultation about your health concerns, you can book in for a private consultation with any of our team of qualified and experienced health professionals.

To find out more about Brunswick Holistic Health, colonics, naturopathy and our other healing modalities, book online, or call us on 03 9388 2422.

Find us

03 9388 2422

Hardwick Building
22 Tripovich St
(Cnr Ballarat St)
Brunswick VIC 3056

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