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Colon Hydrotherapy:
The Mind-Body Connection

“One thing I have learned in over four decades of experience,” observes Dr. Darlene Holloway, “is that colon health and full body health are inextricably linked—you can’t have one without the other.”

Dr. Holloway prepares a client
for colon hydrotherapy

Dr. Holloway’s experience reflects an extraordinary range of training and skills. She is a Naturopathic Doctor, a Colon Hydrotherapist, a Structural Integration Therapist, and Licensed Massage Therapist. But it is colon hydrotherapy that has been the primary focus of her training and expertise. 

A graduate of the Florida Institute of Natural Health and the Florida School of Massage, Dr. Holloway holds the highest level of certification as an instructor with the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT)/National Board of Hydrotherapy. As a practitioner, she was named the first I-ACT International Colon Hydrotherapist of the year by her colleagues in 2009, and was voted in as Board Member At Large by the I-ACT Association. The American Naturopathic Medical Association awarded her “in honor and recognition of distinguished performance” early on, and two years ago, she received I-ACT’s highest honor, the Connie Allred Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the profession.

Beyond her skills in colon therapy, her expertise includes such areas as Digestive Health and Detoxification, Structural Integration, Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, a variety of advanced muscle therapy work, and more.

Mind and Body: Inextricably Connected

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.

“Balance is a key issue in achieving health for the body,” she notes, “and, over time, I’ve become ever more aware of the link between the mind, the emotions, and our physical health, and the balancing act that goes on in those three arenas of life.

“A perfect example of this,” she recalls, “is a patient—a middle-aged woman on hormone replacement therapy—who was referred to me because of chronic constipation. Under her doctor’s direction, she had been taking laxatives for several months with limited success. Actually, 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 her colon hydrotherapy, with the objective of getting her colon moving. In our second therapy session, she began to weep—loosening her grip on her personal demons. Years earlier, she had been sexually abused, and for years had harbored anger, resentment, and shame that she never expressed—even to herself. When she haltingly began to talk about this, she began to let go—and her bowels started moving.

“I’m a great believer in the benefits of colon hydrotherapy,” says Dr. Holloway, “and I also honor the non-physical dimensions of what is happening in the human body. I referred this woman to a psychologist; we continued to work together, and she is now much healthier in all parts of her life.”

The Power of Colon Hydrotherapy

“Everything we put in our mouth touches and affects the walls of the stomach, small intestine, and colon (the large intestine),” explains Dr. Holloway. “When these substances or their by-products are toxic—which is increasingly difficult to avoid—they damage the intestinal wall and cells, intoxicate the nerves and glands, and can be absorbed through the walls into the blood and lymph and ultimately to the cells and tissue. And we become seriously out of balance.

“The goal of colon hydrotherapy,” she says, “is to restore that balance. It hydrates the system, removes waste, stimulates muscle movement, and rehabilitates the nerves, muscles, glands, circulatory, and immune systems that are the components of the digestive system. In the process, hydrotherapy offers significant preventive benefits for many health problems including cancer.

“When the colon is impacted,” she notes, “it puts pressure on the back, so knowledgeable therapists often suggest colon hydrotherapy for their patients with back problems. It is especially recommended for patients undergoing treatment for cancer; it can be very helpful in relieving the effects of chemotherapy, for example.”