Open Colonics or Closed Colonics?

The Two VERY Different Methods of Colonic Irrigation Therapy

Colonic Irrigation Therapy @ Brunswick Holistic Health

We have been offering Colonics at our clinic for over a decade now, 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 old fashioned "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. We give you a magnesium drink to help you relax, then take you into the treatment room to explain the process to you, then we leave the room for you to undress.

You lie down of a treatment bed and insert into yourself a small rectal tube. Its made of soft flexible plastic with a rounded tip, about the size of a biro - you are given a glove and some lubricant and put it inside yourself about 5cm. You don't even feel it once its in there, and its not painful to insert. Then you cover up with a sheet, press the buzzer and we'll come in to turn the water on. Its a very gentle flow of warm, filtered water.  It 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 assistance if at any stage you feel uncomfortable or unsure.

Further analysis:

If you're interested we can refer you for a CDSA (comprehensive digestive stool analysis), as to know whats really going on inside your gut, your poo needs to be looked at under a microscope. And 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.

For a lot of people cleaning out the bowel alone does amazing things for their health.


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 pumping 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. The Open method is also safer in that 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 is 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!

I've tried the Closed method of colonics once, and that was enough for me. I found it very confronting to bear my bum to a stranger, have them insert a large speculum into me, and then be there with me while I'm 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.

At BHH we love colonics, and we have so many great reports from our loyal patients. It can be life changing therapy! Colonics combine well with Far Infrared Sauna, which is also very detoxifying. You can find more info on our Far Infrared Sauna here.

To find out more about Brunswick Holistic Health and our colonic irrigation cleansing, naturopathy and 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

* Parking is best found on Ballarat St or the carpark on Victoria St near Sydney Rd.

  • Monday
    9.30am - 7.30pm
  • Tuesday
    12.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wednesday
    9.30am - 7.30pm
  • Thursday
    12.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Friday
    9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Saturday
    8.30am - 5.30pm
  • Sunday
    Appointment only.