Difference between open and closed system

Open Colonics or Closed Colonics?

The Two VERY Different Methods of Colonic Irrigation Therapy

We have been offering Colonics at our clinic for over 2 years now, plus 3 years in Oakpark, Illinois, and as you'll see from our reviews, we have many happy customers!


Why choose Open colonics?
Spring Wellness uses an open system called Angel of Water. The open system is very gentle and is usually the better choice for clients who have any type of bowel disease. The open system is generally regarded as more comfortable and private than conventional closed systems. Unlike closed systems in which the water is pressurized, the Angel of Water system is a safe and gentle gravity-fed system complete with ultra-violet water filter/purification, odorless venting and automatic water temperature control. After receiving your initial guidance to use the system, you, the client, are in control of your experience and given the option of privacy.   

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 basically 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, 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.

People love that our system is self-administered in privacy. It makes the process of colonics a lot less daunting. Our colon hydrotherapist is 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!




Closed colonic:
Conventional closed systems require a therapist to insert a speculum into the client’s rectum and then attach a disposable hose. A pressurized stream of water is then delivered through the attached hose. When the colon is filled & pressure reaches maximum levels the therapist manually drains the colon back through the hose. Water pressure & temperature within the colon must be monitored constantly to avoid leakage or perforation, requiring the constant attention of the therapist. A closed system is a better choice for clients who have spinal injuries or other conditions causing a loss of the anal sphincter muscle. 
Personal opinion:
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 side effects.


Zhenhuo Liu