VIVA Wellness Colon Hydrotherapists are I-ACT Certified

We know you love colonics with VIVA Wellness—the waitlist speaks for itself. But you’re about to be even more excited because our colon hydrotherapists just took their education to the next level to become I-ACT Certified. Before we dive into what that means and then go on to celebrate Laura and Sydney for this accomplishment, let’s first talk about why this is so incredible: this is to help YOU have a better, safer experience which means more profound healing through easier, more effective releases.

After 265 hours of study, our Colon Hydrotherapists qualified for 24 hours of intensive hands-on training days with an I-ACT instructor who has been a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Colon Hydrotherapist for 16 years. This meant performing many colonics with live humans, under the supervision and collaboration of the instructor and each other. They’re on deck to complete an exam soon, but the changes being made to the colonic experience are effective immediately—because when you know better, you do better. And one thing that’s so fun to witness internally is the inspired energy around these two: as if they weren’t lit about this service already, but the additional education has empowered them on a whole new level.

What’s changing in Colon Hydrotherapy at VIVA Wellness?

Laura and Sydney have added so much to the colonic experience and they can’t wait to show you. Some of the features you will be experiencing are reflexology, castor oil packs, and new abdominal massage techniques, just to name a few. Even the setup of the Colon Hydrotherapy room is slightly different to accommodate these changes.

The colonic experience is powerful and is what it’s meant to be for you every time, but some of these new changes will also ensure that your system feels more relaxed. Why does this matter? If it’s not in a stress response, it is more conducive to release and healing. The ways that this improves the colonic experience AND other peripherally related results (ex: liver detox) is so massive—more on that to come.

What is I-ACT?

I-ACT stands for International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. It is the premier professional organization for colon hydrotherapy worldwide for more than 30 years. I-ACT heightens the awareness of the colon hydrotherapy profession, ensures continuing and progressive education in the field of colon hydrotherapy, and implements standards and ethics for professionalism.

Why is it important to have I-ACT Certified Hydrotherapists?

VIVA Wellness Colon HydrotherapistsStandardized education is critical for providers because colonics are otherwise a largely unregulated practice. Professional standards of practice are incredibly imperative for safety, and so I-ACT Certification guarantees a certain level of safety, standards, care, professionalism, ethics, and experience. I-ACT requires members to use FDA-cleared colonic machines and to participate in continued education. This means that your colonics provider is dedicated to their craft and ultimately to your experience.

VIVA Wellness supports I-ACT standardizations which are pushing the industry, as a whole, towards professional regulations. Not only is your experience with VIVA Wellness changing, but we are thinking so much bigger by hoping to eventually have the State of Wisconsin require licenses for colon hydrotherapy. That means no matter where you go for your colonic in WI, you are receiving the highest level of care. You would never go to an unlicensed nurse injector, physician, esthetician, etc., and we want you to understand that necessity with this service, too! It’s your body—this high level of care matters! We want the utmost safety for our clients, and we are going to work on advocating for this type of standardization and licensing.

Just like our naturopathic doctor friends who worked to successfully push for legislation in Wisconsin to require naturopaths to be licensed, we want to do the same with Colon Hydrotherapy. Have we made it clear how we feel? 😉 THIS MATTERS.

Why is our colonic machine safer than other options?

The VIVA Wellness colon hydrotherapy machine, Aquanet APS 100, is FDA cleared and has many safety features, such as temperature and pressure control. Our Aquanet maintains treatment water at a safe, comfortable 36°C (98°F). In addition to increasing patient comfort, this will automatically shut off water flow in the event of cold water supply failure.

Colon Hydrotherapy SessionThe colon hydrotherapy machine also has Applied Pressure Sensing Technology (APST ™). This patented APST™ technology ensures that treatment water pressure is always maintained at a safe level, including a fail-safe mechanism to never exceed 2 psi of water pressure (during a colonoscopy they use about 3 psi of gas). This prevents cramping and means we can offer an experience where there is no way for us to damage or rupture your colon.

In alternative colonic methods, such as the gravity method, many therapists build their own systems. This leaves room for error and compromises safety for the clients—there are no fail-safes, no water standards, etc. If a gravity or other colonic is not set up with proper sanitation or filters to protect the water, there is even greater exposure to chemicals than if you were drinking or washing with it. Fluoride, chlorine, and other chemicals are being absorbed directly into your colon versus the filtration mechanisms of your body, which have taken place before water would be reaching the colon. So, water quality and control through filtration, and the education around this that I-ACT provides, is paramount to your colon hydrotherapy experience! VIVA Wellness was already incredibly on top of water quality due to our own research and other education, so you’ve only ever had safe colonics within our walls.

Over time we will continue to clarify, dispel myths, and provide education (which means we will offer a complete overhaul of the Colonic content and information on this website—stay tuned), so that we can share this beneficial, often profound, therapy that can occur in a professional and safe space.

It is so important to receive service provided by colon hydrotherapists who are I-ACT certified, which we are PROUD to be. Read on to meet your VIVA Wellness I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapists.


What got you started and/or interested in colon hydrotherapy?

Laura French Colon Hydrotherapist VIVA WellnessWhen I was 22 years old I found myself suffering from intense health issues. I was constipated for weeks at a time, had symptoms of arthritis in my joints, my stomach was distended, and I was constantly uncomfortable. I, unfortunately, was not finding long-term relief from traditional medical treatments. After about two years of trying and failing those protocols, I sought a better quality of life for myself. After extensive research I decided to try colon hydrotherapy—and it helped me to truly get back to my best self.

After my first series of 3 colonics, I lost 8 pounds of waste—talk about being full of shit! 😉 I committed to a monthly maintenance program of colonics, and I was so relieved to see my arthritic symptoms and severe bloating diminished (and are now gone), and I was able to get to a point where I am now pooping every single day. Throughout the process, I also decided to make adjustments to my diet and get to the root of what was causing my inflammation. I learned how the food I ate could affect my health in both positive and negative ways. Researching as much as I could about what bodies need to naturally heal through proper nutrition. This research and trial within my own life experience help me relate to those seeking solutions and support them so thoroughly!

What are you most excited about that you’re now able to offer in colon hydrotherapy?

Going through this advanced certification has answered so many questions that have come up since I started offering colon hydrotherapy. Getting to immerse myself for 24 hours with an I-ACT Instructor, who also has been practicing naturopathic medicine for 16 years, was such an invaluable learning experience. She introduced us to a plethora of small adjustments that will bring greater comfort to clients. I am very passionate about the level of care I give my clients. It feels like through this process, what that care looks like has been elevated so much. For some clients, by the time they are willing to try colonics, they have tried everything under the sun to feel better, and not much has improved their quality of life.

I believe so deeply in colonics’ impact on overall health and wellness, and I am just honored I get to do it every day. I get to help my clients feel their best, prioritize their wellness, and live more comfortably! Now I have upgraded my techniques to be even more helpful, and that couldn’t make me happier.



What got you started and/or interested in colon hydrotherapy?

Sydney Gaskell Colon HydrotherapistAt age 6, I had my first abdominal x-ray after being in pain for weeks. The doctors found I was constipated, but not so severely that it should cause the amount of pain I was in. So, they took a stool sample, had me drink some gross lemon lime solution, administered enemas, and then they put me on a steady regimen of Miralax. That was the treatment. At 9, I had an endoscopy and biopsy, where nothing was found. Again, they suggested Miralax and other medications to ease the symptoms but no real diagnosis or findings. After that, I just accepted that I was meant to be nauseous, constipated, and have daily headaches and frequent migraines. This landed me on a daily diet of Advil and Tylenol, and I was chronically tired and irritable—consistently.

Fast forward to 2017, I was scrolling on Instagram when a post about colon hydrotherapy and its benefits came across my screen. As someone who has struggled with gut issues my entire life, it absolutely piqued my interest! Finally, in January 2020, I got my first colonic which quickly became the most validating and relieving experience of my life so far. Knowing I didn’t actually have to suffer through my digestive issues for the remainder of my life. Knowing I had someone who not only believed me when I talked about my issues but actually listened fully to what I was saying. Within 6 months of starting a steady colonic regimen, my nausea and constipation subsided, I lost 20 lbs, I started actively going to the bathroom after every meal, migraines and headaches stopped completely, my mood was lighter, and I felt happier and more alert. I had more energy and interest in life again! I knew I didn’t feel great before colonics, but I didn’t realize how truly awful I was feeling until I realized how good I could feel! I became an instant believer in the power of colon hydrotherapy, and the relief I felt inspired me to become a Colon Hydrotherapist so I could hold that space to listen to others going through similar issues, let them feel heard, and help guide them through the journey of relearning everything they thought they knew about their body.

Can you share the profound healing moment with a colon hydrotherapy client or yourself?

My most profound moment was when I first started seeing a client who had previously had a very heavy opioid dependency. Because of this, said client would have to take 15-20 laxatives AND do a laxative suppository any time they wanted to go to the bathroom—which was a terrible experience for them. After the 3rd colonic in a series of 4, the client came in crying and told me, “Sydney, I couldn’t believe it! I went poop all on my own this weekend! No laxatives or anything!” That was the first time in 7 years this client had pooped without laxative assistance. That was the AH HA moment for me when I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

What are you most excited about that you’re now able to offer in colon hydrotherapy?

We learned a lot of really powerful massage and reflexology techniques that will optimize releases while prioritizing client comfort! It seems as though we learned a more “whole body” approach to the actual colonic itself, instead of just focusing on one specific area. For example, using reflexology on the bottom of the feet as opposed to just massaging the colon and tapping into other areas that still directly affect the large intestine.

What was the most exciting/impactful thing you learned over the course of colon hydrotherapy certification, coursework or training?

We went in-depth about body function as a whole and how colon function ties into almost every aspect of the body. It was inspiring to learn how all parts of our body machines work together (or don’t) and what that looks like. Knowing this, I’m now able to look at other symptoms or experiences my clients have and how these may be providing clues that help us get to the root of the problem!

If you want to learn more about Colonics and Colon Hydrotherapy at VIVA Wellness, browse our website. You’ve read what our caring Colon Hydrotherapists have to say about the benefits of colonics. But you don’t have to take their word for it, come experience colonics at VIVA Wellness for yourself—book now!

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