Featured Treatment of the Month: CranioSacral Therapy

Close-up of neck of woman beig manipulating by a therapistThis therapy can open up new avenues of healing for many people. By addressing a person’s cranial sacral system (the fluid that flows inside the head and spinal cord of our bodies), healing begins at the internal core, thus yielding more pure and elongated results. Gentle pressure focused on balancing the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid releases restrictions from the sacrum to the cranial area.This therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages natural healing mechanisms to dissipate stress on the central nervous system. Virtually anyone can reap the benefits of  CranioSacral therapy, for encouraging brain and spinal cord performance is critical in creating balance and flow to the human body. This method of therapy may improve or prevent a variety of conditions. Click here to learn more.

Please contact us if you would like to talk to someone or schedule an appointment.

HCA Sponsors Gazelle Girls Half Marathon April 13

ggirlHolistic Care Approach is delighted to join community sponsors to support the Gazelle Girls Half Marathon! Whether you are looking to complete your first 5k or half marathon or are looking to set a PR, this race is for you! Grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmas, aunts, or a co-worker and sign up for this event! You won’t regret it! We promise!

Don’t forget to use #GazelleGirl throughout the year to stay connected!

Holistic Care Approach is supporting Gazelle Sports to actively pursue, encourage and celebrate a healthy lifestyle. We have a vision to change West Michigan by making it the healthiest region in the country. In 2013 over 3000 women came together to run the streets of Grand Rapids. Over 700 women ran the half marathon or the 5k distance for the first time. That’s what it’s about! This year’s event is going to be even better and we hope you will join us!

Gazelle Sports is hosting this event:

  • To celebrate Title IX
  • To honor women
  • To actively encourage new runners to participate in the sport
  • To build relationships
  • Because women’s health impacts family health
  • To enhance partnerships within the community
  • To raise money for women’s charities
  • To HAVE FUN!!

Event Schedule for 2014: 

Expotique & Packet Pickup
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Race Day
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Packet Pickup (no race day registration) 6 – 7:30 am
National Anthem: 7:55 am
Half Marathon Start: 8 am
5k Run/Walk Start: 8:15 am
Award Ceremony (top three overall): 10 am

Featured Treatment of the Month: BBL Photofacial

Beautiful Girl Touching Her Face. Beauty Face.Start your spring cleaning with facial rejuvenation! Relieve your skin of the long winter it’s had by receiving a Forever Young BBL Photofacial Treatment for $200 (regular $300) during the month of March 2014 only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

BBL is an innovative technology that sets new standards for skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles, and sun damage. A photofacial using BBL energy is commonly used for rosacea treatment, age spot removal, the minimizing of small facial veins and sun spots, and many other skin conditions. Your photofacial treatment will be tailored to match your skin type and your desired results. Refresh, renew and rejuvenate your skin!

Contact us now for your free one-hour consultation!

Take an Archetypal Journey!

HCA is hosting a workshop titled Embodying the Spirit: An ArchetypalJourneyArchetypal Journey as a way for you to spring clean your soul. The series is developed and facilitated by Chris Wheeler and Mary Johnson based on the teachings of Caroline Myss.You will develop the ability to consciously respond to life situations that align with your spiritual path. You will gain insight into how personal and collective patters impact your life, and increase opportunities for reaching your highest potential!

The series includes five 2.5 hour classes (March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20) and offers the option of a residential weekend retreat June 13 – 15. The full program is $450, the price for just the classes are $135, and the price for just the retreat is $325.

Download the PDF page for more information and the registration form!

No Mud, No Lotus: A Day of Mindfulness led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor

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Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on March 29. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about transforming the challenges life presents into fertilizer for the good seeds inside us all.


Jack was is ordained in 1992 and given the name True Direction; he is one of only a few Dharma Teachers that represent Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to facilitating Lakeside Buddha Sangha (or ‘meditation group’) in the Chicago area, has led numerous retreats and Days of Mindfulness in the Midwest and northern Rocky Mountain States. He has been married for thirty-five years and has two adult children.


Jack has a warm personal style and the ability to bring humor and fun to the teachings. He also has a gentle approach, such as inviting practitioners to adjust their posture if they become uncomfortable while sitting in meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition with such a skillful teacher.


A vegetarian lunch will be served, and this year we will be meeting in a larger space. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided, please bring your cushion or bench; chairs and some cushions will be available.


9:30am to 5pm
Holistic Care Approach
3368 E. Beltline Court NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Space may be limited, please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or erickorsedal@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Barbara Meconis Featured as an “Influential Woman”

Barbara Meconis Featured as an “Influential Woman”

Posted by hca_admin on 01/30/14

Barbara Meconis, owner and CEO of Holistic Care Approach, was featured as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Influential Women.

The business was also nominated as the Top Women Owned Business in the $1.49 million and under annual revenue category.

by Tim Gortesma, GRPJ:

Barbara Meconis is proof that holistic and traditional health care can work well together.

Holistic journey

BarbThe owner and CEO of Holistic Care Approach opened the natural healing center in northeast Grand Rapids in 2003 after having spent time as director of system quality improvement at Spectrum Health and as director of health care management programs at Priority Health.

Since then, she has negotiated an exclusive contract to provide holistic health services to the staff of the largest health care provider in West Michigan.

“I have established and expanded a business during a very difficult economic environment,” Meconis said. “Holistic Care Approach provides the widest range of holistic health services in a clinical setting and is unique to any business in all of West Michigan.”

Click here to see the complete article.

Program of the Month: HCG Weight Loss

Make 2014 the last year you will have “lose weight” on your list of resolutions. Change your life with your HCG Program.
  • Reset your body to lose only fat and inches
  • Rapid, safe weight loss
  • No exercise needed
  • Scientifically backed and time tested
  • No dangerous pharmaceuticals or surgery
The program includes a thorough initial and follow up visit, bioimpedance analysis before and after, weekly supply of HCG syringes, and is physician supervised.

Call today for a free 15 minute consultation with your doctor to learn more and see if the program is right for you.

Conversations with Barb – A 2014 Lecture Series

“Conversations with Barb”


A 2014 Lecture Series at HCA on the third Tuesday of each month

$5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door

Includes Handouts, Giveaways, Raffle, Fun and Interactive


January: Tuesday, 21st

Conversations January

Keep your Immune System Healthy Naturally

This conversation will discuss short and long term immune support to help you through the long winter. It will include essential immune system protocols.

February: Tuesday, 18th

Healthy heart check list

Complementary Therapies for Heart Health and Heart Disease

This conversation will share some holistic approaches for the person who wants to embrace heart health and prevent the early onset of heart disease.

March: Tuesday, 18th

Conversations March

Are Allergies Affecting your Life?

Are allergies affecting your health? How NAET can eliminate your allergies! An introduction to NAET, how it works.

April: Tuesday, 15th

Conversations April

Grow your own Tower Garden

We think you will find it a healthier, easier, and smarter way to grow your own vegetables and fruits – right outside your own backdoor. Hydroponic, vertical gardening for inside or out! No weeding, No tilling, No kneeling. No dirt!

May: Tuesday, 20th

Face of a beautiful young woman with a puzzle collage.
Face of a beautiful young woman with a puzzle collage.

Healthy Skin – Where Beauty Meets Health

This conversation will explore how our exterior reveals secrets to our inner health as well as how to reverse skin aging with organic skin care.

June: Tuesday, 17th

Conversations June

Acupuncture – What Everyone Needs to Know About America’s Fast Growing Health Care Method

What is acupuncture? What conditions are treatable by Acupuncture? What does it do?

July: Tuesday, 15th

Conversations July

Benefits of Massage

This conversation will explore the history of massage, benefits of massage, what conditions are helped, and types of massage. Receive a 10 minute chair massage!

August: Tuesday, 19th

Conversations August 2

Bio-Identical Hormones – BHRT

What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? What are the benefits? Can Men and Women use BRHT? Do I go to a doctor?

September: Tuesday, 16th

Conversations September

Four Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life

We will explore 4 changes you can incorporate into your eating that create a healing environment in the body. You will receive a prescription you can fill at your local supermarket and much more!

October: Tuesday, 21st

Conversations October

Rethinking Cancer

What is cancer? Where does it come from? Prevalence data, prevention, and holistic options.

November: Tuesday, 18th

Conversations November

Aromatherapy using Essential Oils for Body, Mind and Spirit

An interactive, fun conversation. Essential oils actions, safety considerations, blending oils and the essential oil first aid kit. How they work and how to use them in your life. receive an essential oil hand massage!

December: Tuesday, 16th

Conversations December

Stress Reduction – Why pay attention?

Techniques for coping with stress. Daily practice of the 30/30/30 principle.

 About the Owner:

Barbara Meconis, R.N., B.S., graduated magna cum laude from Mercy Central School of Nursing in 1972 as a Registered Nurse, and went on to receive her B.S. in health care administration from Davenport University in 1995. She has extensive health care experience in clinical and administrative roles, for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Barb has received certifications in intravenous infusion, case management, and nutrition. She entered into the world of holistic medicine in 1998 becoming certified in healing touch, quantum touch healing, auricular acupuncture (NADA), and Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Therapy (NAET). She is an advanced level II NAET practitioner.

After working for many years in hospitals and clinics, in 2003 Barb opened Holistic Care Approach LLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan . Holistic Care Approach LLC. She is focused on the treatment of allergies through the use of NAET which she believes is the medicine of the future, being used in the present. The results are mind boggling and rewarding beyond her wildest expectations, to the extent that NAET is able to help people become healthy again.

Over the course of her career, Barb’s emphasis has been on program development and implementation. She enjoys coaching people through the complexities and challenges of the eastern and western health care systems, with a goal of integrating these two approaches through the many services offered at her clinic. Barb remains devoted to patient-centered care. Her focus is on women’s and children’s health. To that end she participates in many local organizations such as Girls on the Run, Healthy Homes, Asthma Network and several of the local colleges and universities as a mentor and speaker. Barb was a finalist for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Woman Owned Business of the Year in 2011, a finalist for the Grand Rapids Business Journal Woman Owned Business of the Year Award in 2012, and the recipient of the Davenport University Alumni of the Year award from the College of Health in 2013.