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We Express Our Symptoms in Many Ways

A client’s physical comportment always tells a story if you have the skills and knowledge to understand the body’s language. “The way we walk, for example, can reveal real problems hidden in our body,” notes Dr. Darlene Holloway, a naturopath and founder of the Alternative Health Center of Cary. “At times,” she notes, “people come to us seeking one type of treatment, but after simply watching the way they walk, other physical problems are revealed.

Dr. Darlene Holloway

“The body holds trauma and emotion,” she says. “It’s not uncommon for someone to try to protect a vulnerable area. If they have been in an accident and injured their shoulder, for example, you can see the body guarding that shoulder, trying to protect it as they walk. Instead of sitting up straight and opening up for energy to enter, there’s a sense of protection. It could be the way they’re holding their neck or perhaps they’re walking with a less than balanced, graceful gait.”

Many of the clients visiting the Alternative Health Center are seekers of healing, having exhausted conventional medical venues. “We begin by having them fill out their medical history,” notes Dr. Holloway, “telling us all of their symptoms. I love this kind of work because it’s like pulling puzzle pieces together, discarding the irrelevant and focusing on the essence of the health issues. Together, we review the remedies they’ve tried, and talk about outcomes. Perhaps their body needs to be detoxified. Or we may need specific blood work to see if there are any dormant infections. As appropriate and useful, we engage in many treatments, including colon hydrotherapy, structural integration, reflexology, dietary counseling, massage therapy, and more.”

Structural Integration

Structural integration is offered as a 10-session series, notes Dr. Holloway. “Part of the process is separating muscles and connective and scar tissue, so that there’s better movement within the body. Each session concentrates on a different area: first we lengthen the front, then the back. Session three lengthens the sides and sessions four through six deal with unlocking the pelvis for better body movement. Session seven is literally working in the mouth, dealing with the axis and atlas to adjust the first two vertebrae. The rest of the sessions are designed for more advanced work, putting the body together in nice long strokes. It’s a very structured format with the opportunity to open up and do more work in different areas.”

Colon Hydrotherapy

Everything we put in our mouth touches and affects the walls of the stomach, small intestine, and colon, explains Dr. Holloway. “When these substances are toxic they damage the intestinal wall and cells, and can be absorbed through the walls into the blood, lymph glands, and ultimately the tissue. The purpose of a colon hydrotherapy treatment 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.”

Points on the Feet

“Reflexology,” explains Dr. Holloway, “works on exact points on the feet that relate to specific organs in the body. Clients come in for an hour-long session so that all the organs in the body can be stimulated. The feet are like a roadmap letting me assess what’s going on in a client’s internal organs. They have crystals and you can feel them as little crunches—which indicate congestion in that area of the body. Reflexology is also used in colon hydrotherapy when the client isn’t getting a release. I’ll work on specific reflex points, and matter will start flowing out of the body into the tube. There are exact reflex points for the colon so many of my client’s want reflexology along with their colon hydrotherapy. We always need to remember that one body part is connected to another.”

Diet and Detox

Clients also come to the Alternative Health Center for skin eruptions, Dr. Holloway notes. “The skin is the largest organ in the body and it indicates what’s going on internally. People come in with acne or psoriasis, and they’re looking for a quick fix, but we need to clean up the body internally before the skin gets better. Our detox methodology varies from person to person—because everyone is unique. Diet is always looked at first; if their diets are healthy, we put them on a green juice fast. We never suggest juices that have carrots, beets, or fruits because there’s too much sugar and that would only be feeding the internal yeast and cancers. If the fast doesn’t clear up the problem, we’ll do colon hydrotherapy to pull all the toxins out. Other treatments may include an ion cleanse, sauna to get to the cellular level, or a liver detox for the bladder and kidneys.

“There is no one set routine used for everyone who walks through the door,” she emphasizes. “Our work is always customized to the individual person.” In fact, she points out, all treatments done at Alternative Health Center are interrelated and meant to build on one another with the ultimate goal of healing and detoxifying.