“Letting Go” Often the First Step to Healing

letting go aids healing


Countless numbers of patients make clear they consider time with Dr. Darlene Holloway, a naturopath, to be a healing balm.

“A critically important part of what we do here falls under the umbrella term ‘Letting go,’” she says. In fact, she brings an exceptional range of training and skills to her work in the Alternative Health Center of Cary, which she founded in 1992.

As a colon hydrotherapist, she was tapped by the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy as International Colon Therapist of the Year.

And her skills extend beyond colon therapy to include such areas as structural integration, lymphatic drainage massage, Swedish, sports, pregnancy, and infant massage, reflexology, ear candling, and more. Recently, she introduced a new biofeedback electro-stimulation device proving effective in managing pain (see photo).

Out of Balance

In all of her work at her Cary, NC clinic, Dr. Holloway is keenly aware of and attuned to the emotional-physical interplay of her patients. She finds that “letting go” is often the first and one of the most important signals that the healing process is at work.

Recently, a middle-age woman on hormone replacement therapy under the guidance of her physician was referred to Dr. Holloway because of chronic constipation. She had been taking laxatives for several months with limited success. “Actually,” says Dr. Holloway, “she was completely out of balance in all parts of her life: no bowel movements, poor eating habits, virtually no exercise, and emotional distress. And she was holding on, refusing to let go.

“So we began the colon hydrotherapy protocol, and our objective was to get her colon moving. In our second therapy session, she began to weep—and she loosened her grip on her personal demons. Years earlier, she revealed, she had been sexually abused. For years she harbored anger, resentment, and shame that she had never expressed—not even to herself. But when she very haltingly began to talk about this, she did begin to let go—and her bowels started moving. I’m a great believer in the benefits of colon hydrotherapy, and I also respect and honor the non-physical dimensions of what is often happening in the human body.

“Our purpose with colon hydrotherapy,” she says, “in terms of physical goals, is to hydrate the system, remove waste, stimulate muscle movement, rehabilitate the nerves, muscles, glands, circulatory, and immune systems that form the components of the digestive system, and reposition the intestines. For many people, there is a powerful emotional response during this process that very often involves ‘letting go’ of issues from the past.”

Related Therapies

Dr. Holloway with the new biofeedback electro-stimulation device she is using for relief and management of chronic intractable pain.

Dr. Holloway with the new biofeedback electro-stimulation device she is using for relief and management of chronic intractable pain.

Her many therapies are all related, she says. “I’m certified in structural integration, and my experience is that tissues retain a memory of an injury or an emotion. When I do this deep tissue work, breaking down connective tissue, those memories often surface, creating a wonderful opportunity for client and practitioner to move to the next level of health and healing.”

Her work with lymphatic drainage is equally rewarding, she says—and is often especially beneficial for patients with breast cancer. “This process is a gentle massage that assists the drainage of waste fluid from the tissues through the lymphatic system,” she explains. “Lymphatic drainage decreases swelling, pain, fatigue, and speeds the body’s recovery by stimulating the immune system. A lymphatic massage is especially helpful before a colon hydrotherapy session.

“There is a strong beneficial relationship between massage and colonic therapy. The colon is simply a muscle, and as with any muscle, without proper exercise it becomes lazy and less active. When I work with a client during colon hydrotherapy, gentle massaging of the abdominal area, following the direction of the colon, is an important part of the process. The goal is detoxification—to move toxins out of the system. The colon needs to be actively involved to do that. Peristalsis refers to the muscle motion of the entire gastrointestinal tract that in rhythmic contractions and expansions propels matter from mouth to anus. Peristalsis needs high fluids, plenty of physical exercise, living food, and a harmonious emotional and mental state in order to function properly.”

For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other therapies offered at the center, contact:


919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023

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