Massage and the Mind

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Dr. Darlene Holloway has an extraordinary range of training and skills that she brings to her healing work in the Alternative Health Center of Cary, which she founded in 1992.

And she has achieved richly deserved recognition: In 2009, she was named the Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy the first to hold that honor. Soon after, she joined the organizations Board of Directors and continues to be recognized for exemplary service in her field.

She is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Natural Health-Florida School of Massage, licensed in Florida both as a colonic therapist and massage therapist. And she is, as well, certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Board as a naturopathic doctor.

Darlene Holloway

Darlene Holloway is a master of bodywork and colon hydrotherapy.

Her gifts and her skills extend beyond colon therapy to include such areas as Structural Integration (Rolfing), lymphatic drainage massage, Swedish, sports, pregnancy, and infant massage, reflexology, ear candling, and more.

In all of these therapies, without exception, Dr. Holloway is keenly aware of and attuned to the mind-body connection. For her, letting go is often the first and one of the most important signals that the healing process is at work.

She recalls a middle-age woman on hormone replacement therapy who, under the guidance of her physician, was referred to her for relief of chronic constipation. Under her doctors direction, 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. Im 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. I referred this woman to a psychologist; we continued to work together, and today she would agree she is much healthier in all parts of her life.

Many Benefits

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

While Dr. Holloway has command of many therapies, they are all related, she says. Im a certified structural integration Rolfer, and I love this work because it functions on a deeper level. It seems to me that tissues retain a memory of an injury or an emotion. And when I do the Rolfing deep tissue work, breaking down connective tissue, those memories often surface. What a wonderful opportunity that is 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 it is often especially invaluable 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. The lymphatic system carries waste through the tissues, through the lymph nodes, and into the blood system. 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.

In my training and my work, she says, I have come to deeply understand the 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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