BOTH Open and Closed Colonic Systems do a great job of cleansing the colon! It is NOT the system but the therapist that determines the outcome of the colonic. BUT, they are very different in how they affect your colon and other organs.
I support both OPEN and CLOSED colonic systems that are FDA registered and only those therapists who use DISPOSABLE tubes. One of the local closed colonic places in SE Portland uses a metal speculum which is disinfected and reused. If a client pays more, then they will use the disposable. Do you want to trust the tube to be properly disinfected that went into so many other people???? I shake my head in shame! What a bad rap for us professional therapists!
I support CLOSED system for people who are elderly who are not very mobile, people in wheelchairs, have spinal injury so they can not recline on their back, or are so weak that an open system would fatigue them such as in the case of late stage cancer. A CLOSED system MUST have a toilet in the room. Once the session is over, people need to "go" but they aren't connected to the CLOSED system so they have to hold it till they get to the toilet. The person won't make it down the hall to a restroom so people in wheelchairs would have tough time getting there before they need to release. In an OPEN system center, the colonic system is a toilet in a bed, so no need to have an additional toilet in the room and people release all they need to before getting off the system. They have to be able to get onto and off of the system on their own.
The OPEN System has a lot more surface area to disinfect than the CLOSED, and requires a minimum of 20 minutes to clean properly. BUT both the OPEN and CLEAN systems need the room disinfected and this is where the other therapists cut corners. We spend 20-30 minutes after every session disinfecting the system AND the room including moping the floor wall to wall. Other places only allow 5-10 minutes to clean because they turn a room on the hour. We turn a room on a 2 hour basis so the client gets a full 90 minute session and we get 30 minutes to clean the room. The myth that CLOSED therapists often tell people is that OPEN systems are dirty. IT is not the system, but the therapist who determines the cleanliness of the system. SO, look for a therapist who will spend 30 minutes cleaning. We are the ONLY ones in Portland doing that and we have a person dedicated to cleaning so the therapist is dedicated to you!
Another MYTH is that Open Systems are "smelly" for the client. Our systems have built in exhaust systems so there are no odors. They are offered with all the open systems, so again, it is the therapist who would decline on purchasing and installing the OPEN system's exhaust system. The CLOSED system has the likely potential for a client to have a mess on the table if they can't get up in time to make it to the toilet during the session. You are not supposed to drink 2 hours prior your session for a CLOSED system and if you have to release urine during, then you have to stop the session and get up and go the the bathroom then come back and get reconnected. OPEN systems allow you to urinate during the session as well as no worries releasing menstrual releases either. So you should drink water all the way up to and during your session with us at Colon Care and we even serve you a delightful cup of lemon ginger tea during your sessions.
One last myth that needs correcting is that Open System Therapists leave you alone during your sessions. Again, that is the therapist and not the system! The OPEN system allows for the therapist to step out of the room while you are releasing and also be in the room with you when you want them to. I am available to the client at ALL times, but find some people prefer me to leave the room and just come in and check on them every 10-15 minutes. I offer massage to everyone and many people I stay the entire session with giving my advanced bodywork. It depends on the person and their privacy. At Colon Care one person is scheduled at a time so you get all the attention you want! OPEN systems allow for the client to insert the tube themselves in complete privacy and can get assistance with the insertion if needed. A CLOSED system therapist inserts the tube into the client so the client is on their side and covered, but may find this very invasive and emotionally uncomfortable.
I hope this clears up some of the false information floating around by other therapists. Other things to look for in a cleansing center is the certification of the therapist. They should be at least I-ACT Certified. I am I-ACT Certified at the Instructor Level AND National Board Certified and giving colonics since 2003. Good idea to check out i-act.org member ship list to see if your therapist is properly trained and not "self taught". Most therapists today have fancy websites with glowing reviews they made up or used Reach150 to filter out the bad reviews. We hear all the time from people that went to local places and got really bad service and wrote a review that did not show up. These places are using Review Filter companies to screen out the bad reviews. (Ours are genuine!). Look closer! Do the cleansing center's have pictures of the room and the building and themselves? If it is stock photos? Well likely you will get "stock" care. Until next blog, enjoy these last few days of summer!