Gentle Waters Making Healing Hydrotherapy More Accessible

Gentle Waters Colon Hydrotherapy Center, open since 2004, focuses on colon hydrotherapy, also known as colonics. Owner Dawn Brower is a licensed massage therapist and a licensed colon hydrotherapist. Business manager and co-owner Jennifer Ford is in charge of marketing.


Brower explains, “While I was attending the Florida School of Massage, I was introduced and experienced colon hydrotherapy. Once having the colonic, I knew that I had to bring this service to Gainesville. In the beginning, we offered a variety of services, including massage, Aqua Chi and far-infrared sauna, but I realized we needed to concentrate on colonics. We now have two LIBBE colonic tables so we can better accommodate our clients.”


“We are the only colon hydrotherapy center that uses the LIBBE equipment, which is a newer technology.’ Says Brower. “The open system allows for the client to release when they are ready, versus the old closed system, where the therapist is in the room controlling the release. As far as I know, Gentle Waters is the only facility offering the open system within 120 miles of Gainesville.”


They recently added cannabidiol (CBD) products, which in combination with colonies, help many clients with inflammation and pain, and conduct educational events on the benefits of CBD oil derived from cannabis.


The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy heightens the awareness of the colon hydrotherapy profession and ensures continuing and progressive education in the field of colon hydrotherapy. “I have been part of the healing community for 15 years and love what I do, helping so many with their health issues,” says Brower. “I have been told that our location is warm and welcoming—not so sterile and cold. I am comfortable and knowledgeable of what I do and in return, 1 am able to make clients comfortable and relaxed. I am also known as the ‘gut whisperer!’”


Colonies and enemas are not the same thing. An enema is the procedure of introducing liquids into the colon, causing uncomfortable bloating and cramping and resulting in peristalsis and evacuation. Enemas only clean out the lower part of the colon, missing about four feet of the organ. By contrast, colonics involve the gentle inflow and outflow of warm water that slowly dissolves accumulated toxic material and encourages release naturally, without undue stress on the system. Colonics clean the entire colon. Typically, one colonic will move some of the stagnant waste and following session will continue to remove more.


“Colon hydrotherapy is all we do, so we can focus on the issues and challenges facing your body because of the toxicity inside,” says Brower. “We never wanted to stretch the services too far, because we wanted to be able to stay focused on detoxing the body.”


She notes, “Our colon health is very important, but it is very difficult to spread the word about human waste and colonics, and that it isn't a big, scary monster—getting people to not be afraid to talk about their bowels and that there is no need to be embarrassed—letting them know that this isn't the old type of machine and that things are much more comfortable, private, odor-free and antiseptic. There are lots of wonderful things to teach the community.”


Gentle Waters Healing Center is located at 1215 NW 23 Ave., in Gainesville. For appointments and more information, call 352-374-0600 or visit

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