It’s Five Thousand Years Old, but is New to Many

How colon hydrotherapy can change your physical and emotional well-being

Sure, you can help your health by monitoring what you eat. Picking an apple over a donut is usually a safe bet. But not all the food going into your system is coming out. That’s where colon hydrotherapy comes into play.

GLBT-owned Soma Serenity Center opened its doors in March 2018 and specializes in colon hydrotherapy, a procedure removing waste stuck in the large intestine without the use of drugs. Image courtesy of Soma Serenity Center

In practice for over five thousand years, colon hydrotherapy removes waste “stuck” in the large intestine, and does so without the use of drugs. A steady and gentle stream of temperature-controlled water—about the temp of your body—flows in and out of the large intestine through a tube inserted in the rectum. It softens and loosens bowels, resulting it to “evacuate the dance floor.” That process is repeated as needed during the session, which typically goes 45 to 60 minutes.

In theory, colon hydrotherapy could be compared to using an enema, however, the appointment takes place while laying on a medical bed and is conducted by a trained professional. The insertion doesn’t go “up” as far as an enema does. Patients report no pain or discomfort. In fact, some go as far as saying it’s a gentle, comforting experience.

Soma Serenity Center owner Phoenix Galban moved from Miami to Minnesota to open her business. Photo courtesy of Phoenix Galban

Soma Serenity Center, based in Lakeville, opened its doors in March 2018 and offers colon hydrotherapy services. A GLBT-owned company, Soma Serenity Center is run by Phoenix Galban, who moved to Minnesota from Miami.

“One of our main objectives is to get you out of your head and into your body, and experiencing you again,” Phoenix says. “Holding tension in the soma [the Greek word for ‘body’] and overthinking, we find our sympathetic nervous system running the show. Stressors tend to be the leading culprit in relation to having a normal bowel movement, how we function and feel. At Soma, we think outside of the colon and see our clients as whole, not as something broken and needing to be fixed.”

Don’t confuse colon hydrotherapy for a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a procedure used to screen for cancer or other health concerns. A colon hydrotherapy appointment is intended to hydrate the body and clean out the bowels.

Lisa Ziegler has been a patient of Phoenix’s for two years, before Soma opened its doors in Minnesota.

I had chronic colon issues and a friend of mine told me that I should look into colon hydrotherapy,” Lisa tells Lavender. “My appointments are booked for a colonic, but truly, it’s so much more. As I’ve worked with Phoenix, I’ve come to understand not only what I eat, but that our emotions and external toxins have a major impact on our intestines.”

Even from the outside, Soma Serenity Center in Lakeville makes you feel at home, which is intentional. Photo by Mike Marcotte

Lisa flies from Switzerland to Minnesota every six weeks for appointments with Phoenix.

Colon hydrotherapy is geared toward adults interested in taking accountability for their self-health and wanting to reach their desired health goals. Phoenix sees a variety of clients, ranging from those training for athletic competitions to individuals on parasite cleanses. It is not a solution for all, including those who are pregnant, people who have seizures or have a history of blood clots.

Colon hydrotherapy can help alleviate other stressors in life. Phoenix sees patients who are not hydrated enough or are struggling with relationships and finances. They leave feeling better. Phoenix also says colon hydrotherapy works well in tandem with yoga, chiropractic work and massage.

Colon hydrotherapy sessions range from $80 to $100 and typically are not covered by insurance.

Soma Serenity Center doesn’t look like a doctor’s office. The waiting room has a leather couch. Art that you would you have in your home surrounds you. And that’s intentional. Phoenix wants people to feel comfortable during the entire process.

“From the very beginning I’ve felt extremely comfortable with Phoenix,” Lisa says. “She sees me and when I’m with her, I am her only focus. With Phoenix, I feel comfortable describing what I’m experiencing physically as well as emotionally. I can laugh, cry, be chatty or quiet and it’s all OK. I’m never rushed!”

This whole experience is more than just pushing the remnants of that donut out of your intestines. Lisa raves about her time with Phoenix.

“Physically I feel cleansed of toxins and relieved from pressure. But what I believe magnifies these physical changes is Phoenix’s emotional support. She understands, and through touch can feel how my body’s reacting and responding to her treatment. For me, this is a huge part of healing if you’re ill and also if you’re trying to maintain good health.”

Soma Serenity Center is located at 18466 Kenyon Avenue, Suite 100 in Lakeville. Appointments can be made for times Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on select weekends. Always consult with your doctor with questions about your health. You can learn more about Soma Serenity Center by calling 952-595-6565 or heading to

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