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July 1, 2014

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New Terre Haute business offers alternative body therapies

TERRE HAUTE — This angel has no wings, but may help save lives just the same.

The Angel of Water is a new device offered at SpaHaute, a Terre Haute health spa, that could take some of the discomfort out of getting your colon examined.

And anything making that process more tolerable could encourage more people to have a colonoscopy, said Angela Boyd, owner of SpaHaute. And that, could save lives, she said.

The Angel of Water is a colon irrigation system developed for use in hospitals, medical clinics and health spas. It uses warm water to gently flush out the colon and can replace traditional prep for a colonoscopy, Boyd said.

“So many people were avoiding a colonoscopy,” said Boyd, a long-time nurse. “This could help a lot of people.”

Brenda Patty is a client at SpaHaute and said she has used the Angel of Water, which looks like a large recliner made of plastic with shower knobs and a few buttons.

“It’s very effective and makes you feel wonderful,” Patty said. In addition to helping people get ready for a colon exam, “I think it’s good holistically, too, just to cleanse your body of toxic matter.”

The cost of a session with the Angel of Water, which lasts about an hour, is $62. It can substitute for the traditional one-or-two day prep necessary for a colonoscopy, Boyd said.

According to WebMD, a website, “For many people, the prep for a colonoscopy is more trying than the actual test.” It often requires people to remain home so they can quickly get to a bathroom. Patients may also feel very hungry because of the restricted diet, according to the site.

Boyd hopes patients might consider the Angel of Water as a quicker, same-day alternative. The device is registered by the Food and Drug Administration as a Class II medical device for effective, sterile colon preparation, according to the Angel of Water website.

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. and the second most frequent cause of cancer death, according Livestrong, a health website.

The Angel of Water is “not painful,” Patty said. And, “it’s very private,” she added.

Only a small, disposable tube touches the client, Boyd said. The entire machine is cleaned fully after every use, she said.

SpaHaute, located at 680 E. Springhill Drive in the former Hoosier Lottery offices, opened in May and is still expanding the services it offers, Boyd said. It currently offers, in addition to the colon irrigation system, something called cryotherapy, which essentially uses super-cold air to treat inflammation and soreness. SpaHaute has a small, mobile cryotherapy machine which costs $15 for the first use and $7 thereafter. It is helpful for people with any sort of inflammation, she said.

How does the cryotherapy compare with an ice pack or ice bath?

“It’s colder, so it goes deeper into the tissue,” Boyd said while administering cryotherapy to a customer with a sore neck. And, because it’s a “dry cold,” it’s easier to tolerate than an ice bath, she said.

“Professional athletes use [cryotherapy] before and after workouts,” Boyd said, adding that the effect of the super cold air is also a stimulant, leaving clients feeling energized after a treatment.

Boyd hopes to eventually add a full-body cryotherapy chamber to her services, but those are expensive. There are only a few cryotherapy chambers available to the general public anywhere in the U.S., she said, and most are privately owned by pro athletes or their teams.

Being a nurse and a molecular biologist by training, Boyd said she looked into cryotherapy and believes it works. “I thought it should be available to the general public,” she said. Prices in a full body chamber would be $25 for a first time and $15 after, she said.

SpaHaute offers other services, including massages by certified massage therapists at about $60 per hour. The facility is also offering ear irrigation, often useful for people requiring a fitting for a hearing aid, Boyd said.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.spahaute.com.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com

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