We Are Re-Opening!

We Are Re-Opening!

We cannot thank you enough for your support, and loyalty during this time! We are truly grateful! We have missed you all!

As a unified community, we have fought the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing and staying at home. Now we can once again come together to celebrate safely!

We are excited to announce that we are opening our doors to clients and customers on Monday, June 15th. It has been a challenging and yet amazing journey during this time and inspirational to see how faith can overcome fear!

Of course, re-joining society does not mean relaxing our vigilance. Throughout this time, our energy has been spent on working hard to create a healthy environment for our clients and team so that “We’re safe, you’re safe!”

Our Promise to You!

We are continuing to “do things the right way.” That means we’re going above and beyond to ensure we are ready to re-open for all our services. Here are our commitments and promises to you:

  • We are following all CDC guidelines, including team member daily health checks. We have always had the very highest standards for cleaning. We clean going above OSHA, MIOSHA, and Health Department standards everyday and after every treatment. We also have a Holistic Care Approach COVID-19 Plan in place.
  • Our providers will be wearing masks. ( Gloves as needed).
  • We ask for your patience during check-in and check-out as we navigate this “new normal.” Please know that we value both your health and your precious time!

What Can I Expect at My Next Appointment?

  • Don’t forget your mask: All clients are expected to wear a mask once entering the building (please bring your own mask).
  • Early arrival: Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment, as our receptionist will check you in with a no contact temperature check and a COVID-19 questionnaire. She will also ask that you sanitize your hands.
  • Come in leaving any extra personal belonging in your vehicle. This will help keep our environment as clean as possible.
  • After your service, your provider will gather any supplements or skin care products from the retail area and you can proceed to the receptionist for safe payment and rescheduling procedures.
  • Plan ahead: We will work with each client to create a schedule that is as expedient and efficient as it can be, with spacing between appointments.

We care about you:

  • We will answer any of your questions quickly, honestly, and openly. We want you to feel comfortable every step of the way. We also ask for patience and flexibility as we get back into the swing of daily life.
  • As we return, we want you to know that we will be the same relaxing integrative clinic we have always been with minor changes.
  • We are excited to welcome you back and look forward to providing all your favorite services for you again!

**Reach out to us at 616-361-9221 for scheduling, and questions about our re-opening process**

Blessings!

The HCA Team

How To Use an Overnight Face Mask For Younger Looking Skin

How to use an Overnight Face Mask for Younger Looking Skin

Website: How To Use an Overnight Face Mask For Younger Looking Skin

by: Marie Adamo

We all know how hard it can be to stick to a good overnight skin care routine. After a long and tiring day, who wants to spend time getting ready for bed, rather than simply getting in bed? However, the consequences of skipping our nightly skin care ritual can be dire. We’ve heard the experts, and we’ve seen the morning results firsthand: dry, irritated skin, congested pores, maybe even a new blemish or two. Knowing what lies at stake can make the decision for rest over routine much less relaxing.

So if we know what’s best for us – and regularly muster the energy to complete our nightly skin care routine – why not boost our results and get the most out of our beauty sleep? * Cue overnight face mask.*

“You can never mask enough,” Eminence Organics International Trainer Katie Rattray tells Canadian Living magazine. We all have skin conditions and concerns that we want to address, from dehydration to pigmentation to large pores. While foundational products like cleansers and moisturizers may contain additional ingredients to help treat these issues, their primary purpose is to, well, cleanse and moisturize. However, the sole purpose of a face mask is to powerfully target specific conditions, making masking one of the most effective skin care treatments. Plus, Katie points out that “sleep masks take no longer to apply than night cream,” so it’s smart to make the swap and wake up to a flawless face.

4 Benefits Of An Overnight Face Mask

1) Lengthens Time For Actives To Work

If a mask can be effective in 10-15 minutes, what wonders could it work if left on all night long? If we’re lucky enough to get the recommended amount of sleep, an overnight face mask gets approximately seven hours to weave its magic. With hours to work, actives have a greater window of time to treat and beautify the skin.

2) Locks In Moisture And Active Ingredients 

According to mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre, “trans-epidermal water loss (think: dehydration) peaks at night”. She advises: “It’s best to layer on an extra level of protection to keep your skin from drying out while you sleep, especially in low humidity climates and during the fall/winter.” Sleeping in an overnight face mask not only locks in moisture but also active ingredients. A mask effectively seals in the key ingredients from products applied prior to the mask, as well as from the mask itself.

3) Provides Barrier Against Impurities

The physical barrier created by a face mask works both ways: Not only is it keeping the good stuff in, but it’s also keeping the bad stuff out. A night time mask protects the skin from dust, dirt and other toxins all night long, and then easily rinses off the next morning.

4) Enhances Cell Regeneration 

While moisture loss accelerates at night, so does cell renewal — a process that is crucial for helping slow down the visible signs of aging skin. “At night, the skin goes into repair mode, growing new skin cells and deleting damaged ones,” says Dr. Aguirre. A night time face mask optimizes this regeneration and exposes new skin cells to nourishing, hydrating ingredients that encourage the natural renewal process — talk about starting life out on the right foot!

Try This Step-By-Step Face Mask Routine

If you’re ready to experience an overnight mask, our Product Support Representative, Alicia Hawthorne, suggests replacing your regular night cream with a night mask one to two times per week. Starting 15-30 minutes before bedtime, follow this step-by-step routine:

  1. Cleanse, tone and apply an essence. Feel free to use a serum as well.
  2. Apply a thin layer of your night mask — don’t forget your neck and décolletage!
  3. Use a towel to protect your pillow if desired.
  4. Snooze!
  5. Wake up, rinse and finish with your favorite serum and SPF day cream.

Cream-based masks tend to better absorb into the skin

While a night time face mask is just as easy to apply as a night cream, it should feel just as good as one too. Gone are the days — or rather, nights — of hardened peel-off face masks. Today, the best night masks are creamy and hydrating, allowing your skin to drink them up. “Cream-based masks tend to better absorb into the skin,” says Alicia, “where nutrients and other potent antioxidant-rich ingredients can penetrate deeper, for better results.”

One important thing to keep in mind is that even if a product isn’t specifically called a “night mask,” it can still be used as an overnight treatment. Below are a few of the best Eminence Organics night masks. Feel free to layer or mix them into a night mask cocktail — after all, who doesn’t love a skin care nightcap?

For Dehydrated Skin: 

Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

This mask works hard while you rest as hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates and plumps the look of skin. Antioxidant-rich strawberries hold astringent properties which help remove impurities and shrink the appearance of pores.

For Problem Skin: 

Clear Skin Probiotic Masque

This mask contains an abundance of clarifying and calming ingredients, like cooling cucumber, that gently tones and revitalizes your skin while you sleep. Ingredients like tea tree, yogurt and kaolin clay exfoliate and refine your complexion, so you wake up with a clear and radiant appearance.

For Signs Of Aging 

Bamboo Age Corrective Masque

As you doze off at night, you can rest assured that this mask will do its job. It features a formulation including our Natural Retinol Alternative, Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells and a BioComplex™ blend of vitamins, the ultimate heroes for fighting visible signs of aging.

Puffiness

Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque

When diluted with water, this kaolin clay-based mask will melt into a fast-absorbing cream packed with potent ingredients. Reishi mushroom depuffs the skin, while birch water purifies and hydrates, so you wake up to a toned and tightened complexion.

Curious to know which mask works best for you during your nightly snooze? Chat with a licensed esthetician at an Eminence Organics partner spa to find the best products for your skin type and skin concerns.

What Side Sleepers Need to Know to Sleep Sound and Pain-Free

What Side Sleepers Need to Know to Sleep Sound and Pain-Free

Going to sleep at night is meant to be restorative, yet many people wake up with aches and pains, plus a foggy mind from a restless night. There are numerous causes of insomnia, but one consideration that’s easy to overlook is how you’re sleeping. Not how well, but how you sleep can have a major impact on pain, your overall health, and how rested you feel in the morning.

For people who mostly sleep on their side, you can optimize your sleep by becoming aware of how certain factors affect you and the changes you can make.

Maximize Comfort & Minimize Pain

Your Mattress

Your mattress is there to provide support and comfort, so it should be no surprise to hear that your mattress can be the ultimate deal-breaker when it comes to whether you get a good night’s sleep. If your mattress is too old, the materials have likely broken down so that it’s no longer supportive enough, which can cause all kinds of pain. Even if you have a newer mattress, one that has too little or too much firmness can also be a problem. For example, a mattress that is too firm can cause joint pain and inflammation, and this can be especially problematic for side sleepers.

If any of these issues sound like what you’re experiencing, it may be time to swap out your old mattress for a new one that has the right amount of support for side sleepers. Mattress shopping can be overwhelming, which is probably one reason why “bed in a box” mattresses you can order online have become so popular. One of our favorites that has excellent reviews is the Purple brand, which is ideal for side sleepers. Purple mattresses are designed to provide the support you need while eliminating pressure points, plus it’s perfect for anyone who sleeps hot because it maximizes airflow. Of course, even if Purple isn’t the brand for you, keep your sleep style top of mind when shopping around for a new mattress.

Your Pillows

In addition to having the right mattress, you also need the right support from pillows. Some side sleepers prefer contoured pillows, but there are also adjustable pillows on the market that allow you to get the exact support you need to keep your neck in proper alignment. In addition to using the right pillow under your head, Real Simple recommends placing a pillow between your knees and another one between your ankles. Doing this keeps your spine in alignment and helps keep you from rolling to one side or the other (and getting everything OUT of alignment).

Your Position

Side sleeping is a perfect position for most people, but one thing you want to avoid is curling up in a ball. Sleeping this way is the worst for spine alignment, putting a strain on your back and joints.

Health Concerns

In addition to making sure you get the comfort and support you need, you can also rest easier knowing how sleeping on your side affects your overall health.

Digestion

Sleeping on your left side can improve a number of digestive functions, including easing constipation and gastric reflux, along with healthy pancreatic functioning. Some supplements are felt to assist with nighttime digestive issues, and you might add them to your routine as well.

Pregnancy

Due to several potential health risks, doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid sleeping on their backs. In addition to avoiding these risks, you may also want to sleep on your left side during pregnancy because doing so keeps the weight of the baby off your liver, plus it increases blood flow throughout your body.

Brain Health

According to Today, researchers have found that side sleeping may be the best position for brain health because it keeps your airways more open than back sleeping. Side sleeping also helps your brain eliminate a peptide called amyloid beta, and previous research indicates these peptides might play a role in developing brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.

For most people, sleeping on your side has multiple health benefits with minimum cause for concern. This doesn’t mean, though, that you can just plop into bed and expect to get the best rest. It’s up to you to tailor your sleep style and get the right support to make the most of the time you spend snoozing.

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Eminence Newsletter – 19 September 2019

 

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What Is A Dry Oil And Are You Using It Properly?

Interested in incorporating dry oils into your routine? Read our blog post to delve into the paradox of dry oils and learn how to work them into your skin and body care.

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#InTheMix: Meet Our Oils

Whether you are looking for a facial oil or body oil, watch  Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar talk us through the best organic options to choose from.

September 2019 – Women’s Lifestyle

She Means Business,She Must Have Passion: Founder of i understand Reflects on Using Passion to Fuel Her Business

by Vonnie Woodrick

As a founder of the non-profit organization, i understand, I have experienced what it takes to create and execute a small business plan and to run a full-fledged business. It all begins with a simple idea with courage and tenacity to take risks at all magnitudes. In five years, i understand has flourished into something I could have never imagined.

The passion to make a difference, the willingness to change the conversation surrounding mental health, and the drive to bring this conversation to everyday places has proven to be successful. Due to our partnership with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, monthly support groups, speaking engagements, community partnerships, the definition petition and so much more, my organization is thriving.

I was passionate about the change that needed to happen surrounding mental health; it drove me to take risks and believe that when you do things for the right reasons, they work out the way they are supposed to. Of course, that didn’t come without worry, mistakes and countless hours of dedication. Even people I believed would be supportive, but proved otherwise, only motivated me further to prove that i understand could be a success.

The common factors among the women I spoke to about running their own businesses were passion and the desire to make a difference. Linda Anderson, who created Joy Undiluted, said, “I wanted to fill a gap between people who are not living in joy and feeling alone, with those who can help.” For Anderson, finding an avenue to show others how to experience something such as joy makes it exciting to show up at work every day.

In 1998, I had an incredible experience with Holistic Care Approach during their inaugural year. Pilates, massage therapy, and Reiki, was not as mainstream as it is today, but they managed to serve about 100 clients in the first year. Perhaps, they were a bit ahead of their time.

Now, with many looking for alternative ways to wellness, HCA has grown. With more than 6,000 clients being served through various services and treatments, they also boast that their staff cares about the “Whole you – body, mind and spirit” and believe that, “only by balancing the three can you enjoy good health.”

Determined to help others find alternative treatments for all around well-being, owner Barb Meconis stated, “I brought a lot of my belief systems, my passions with me when I bought this business.”

Meconis is an RN who worked in traditional healthcare for over 45 years and knew she could be a part of the change that was needed. Meconis states, “The current system of healthcare separates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our human nature with its treatments. Integrative medicine does not. We treat conditions, not diseases. Most emotional conditions manifest in the physical body, so the services we offer encompass the whole person.”

Finding joy in the workplace comes easily for Meconis. She is not only able to witness the positive outcomes and health improvements in her clients, but also is building a quality and impeccable staff and maintaining profitability.

“She means business” is a simple phrase to describe these amazing women in business who have dedicated their lives to helping others live more joyfully and judgment-free and to treating the person as a whole. They want others to be the best they can be, whole and healthy.

At times like any woman in business, they feel like Wonder Woman; someone who can do it all, while fulfilling personal and professional goals. But let’s face it – a woman in business who is also a mom can have her plate overflowing with responsibilities, and at times can easily feel like throwing in the towel.

Those times are fleeting for Anderson, Meconis and me, who have found through our work that when we have the ability to see the difference we are making, the long hours prove, “She means business.” We will get it done, all while making a difference in the lives of others. As Anderson states, “We are here to raise awareness of all things mind body soul to help people explore the many ways they can stop diluting their joy and live a better life!”

Learn more about i understand at iunderstandloveheals.org; find HCA at holisticcareapproach.com; and connect with Joy Undiluted at joyundiluted.com

Please click on the link below to see the full article.

She Means Business,She Must Have Passion: Founder of i understand Reflects on Using Passion to Fuel Her Business

 

April 2017 News

Harness the healing power of oxygen to overcome your ailments with Ozone Therapy! Offered by Dr. Robert Grafton at Holistic Care Approach, Ozone therapy is an effective treatment for many different illnesses, from endodontic infections and herniated disc pain, to arterial plaque and Lyme disease. Ozone therapy may also used against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Ozone therapy, like exercise, delivers measured doses of oxidative stress – activating the body’s internal antioxidant systems. The primary natural enzyme in ozone therapy is super oxide dismutase, which stimulates another enzyme called telomerase. This keeps DNA young by maintaining the telomere, which protect the ends of each DNA strand.

Medical ozone therapy is a safe and effective treatment for many infections. It has been shown to be particularly effective for sinus and endodontic infections, osteonecrosis of the jaw, ear infections, hepatitis, cystitis, HIV, intestinal and blood infections, and Lyme disease.

Ozone therapy may also be used to treat:

  • Arthritis pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Degenerative joints
  • Disc disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Autoimmune diseases

If you have any questions about Ozone Therapy, or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by email or give us a call at (616) 361-9221.

November 2016 News

Ayurvedic Medicine & Lifestyle Consultation

Ayurveda is the oldest healthcare system in the world. Just as with holistic medicine, Ayurveda focuses on the person as a whole, and takes into account that every person is unique. If you are looking for a way to improve your overall health, vitality, and emotional well-being, visit us and schedule an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation.

Your consultation will be tailored specifically to you, but here is an example of what to expect from your session:

  • Identifying your constitution and current imbalances.
  • Nutritional practices that help maintain appropriate weight and optimize digestion.
  • Techniques to reduce emotional turbulence and re-awaken the senses via yoga, meditation, breath work, and mindfulness exercises.
  • A daily balancing routine that helps eliminate toxins and provides rejuvenating effects.

Ready to begin your journey? You can read more about Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultations on our website, or Contact Us to get started.
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Nanette Bowen, PA-C, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher 500-hour, and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Nanette has worked in the healthcare industry for over thirty years, first as a Registered Nurse, and currently as a Physician Assistant. She is also registered with NAMA as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Through her unique access to these two healthcare models, she is able to guide others toward regaining their equilibrium and offer them tools to take control of their health. Read Full Bio

 

Dr. PreetiDr. Preeti Sali-Kasatkar, BAMS, DASA (India), LE, RABT (USA) is a Licensed Esthetician & Ayurvedic Practitioner. She joined the staff at Holistic Care Approach in 2016 after moving to Grand Rapids and obtaining her aesthetician license. She is a professional member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and registered with AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Physicians of North America), and will leverage her years of experience during your Ayurvedic Consultation. Read More

October 2016 News Breast Cancer Awareness

Thermography IMAGE is EVERYTHING… Safety & Peace of Mind a Unique Concept for Preserving Your Breasts and Your Heart!

IMAGE of SAFETY… Today, with the recognized potential harm of routine over-exposure of radiation to healthy men, women and children, the trend is toward “safer testing”

Thermography is the ULTIMATE safe test. Nothing enters or invades the body; the body has it’s own method of illuminating it’s signs and symptoms that reveal themselves as thermal changes on the skin. Today we can safely see them with thermography… so why not take a look? CLEAN.PURE.SAFE

IMAGE of PRESERVATION… Hippocrates’ directive of “Do No Harm” is exactly what patients expect of health and well-care today. heart-of-healthy-foods

If your images reveal no abnormal or suspicious activity, then take steps to preserve your status.
If your images reveal early abnormal or possible suspicious activity, themography offers you time to change it.
The good news is with themography, you never have to compromise your cellular DNA or disrupt any other biological function to find out. SAFE.PURE.PEACE OF MIND

IMAGE OF PREVENTION… Decades of experience has taught us that the ONLY way to control disease is to prevent it in the first place.

First, you must become aware of the subtle changes that are typically developing unseen for decades. They can no longer hide.. not when you have the “Infrared Eyes” of thermography.
It is possible to change the course of everyone’s medical history by seeing, believing and making subtle changes in everyday habits to reveal the reality and power of prevention. EARLIER.SAFER.PREFERRED

IMAGE of HEALTH

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IMAGE of CONFIDENCE… We invite you to experience this professional preventive medical test in our office.

Have you considered Thermography for your next breast exam? Thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras alongside sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce a high-resolution mapping of your body’s temperature variations. Because of its extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations may provide subtle, yet vital clues to the detection of cancer or a precancerous state of the breast. There’s no radiation, no compression, and the technology is supported by more than 800 peer-reviewed studies.

As a special offer for Breast Health Month, Holistic Care Approach will deduct 10% from your initial Thermography screening cost. To schedule your appointment, Contact Us or visit our website for more information on Thermography

April 2016 News

April Specials: Acne Treatment

With the arrival of spring, many of us are out and about enjoying the warmer weather as the trees and flowers begin to bloom. Looking ahead to the summer months, Holistic Care Approach has a wealth of natural and effective treatments for beautifying your skin as well as treating one of the most common skin conditions: acne.

For April, we’re offering 10% off all products, facials, and peels for treating acne. In addition, you can receive $50 off all acne Broadband Light treatments. Get started on the path to clear, healthy skin just in time for summer days at the beach!

Enjoy Clear, Acne-Free Skin with our Natural Skin Treatments

This month, we’re putting a spotlight on the many holistic treatments available for acne. Did you know that there are several natural options that can help treat your acne? Often, there are underlying causes of acne that need to be assessed, and utilizing prevention over treatment can be a better option. Just some of the natural holistic treatments for acne available at Holistic Care Approach include:

  • Natural Peels for the Face, Back, and Neck – we offer many different skin peels, some of which can be used to specifically treat acne. Ask us about Arctic Berry Peels, Yam and Pumpkin Peels, and Blueberry Detox Peels. We have other specialty peels for treating your face, neck and back too.
  • NAET for Allergy-Related Acne – In many cases, we have found that a patient’s acne is caused by an underlying allergy. NAET helps us identify and eliminate that allergen in your body. NAET is painless, non-invasive, all-natural, and completely safe.
  • Broadband Light Acne TreatmentsPhototherapy BBL is a breakthrough technology for effective management of acne. When used correctly and at the right intervals, this procedure will lead to the reduction of acne and can improve acne scarring non-ablatively. This form of acne treatment is less invasive than other methods and results in considerable improvement in skin appearance for most clients.
  • Supplements and Homeopathic Remedies – other acne treatment methods and products include all-natural offerings from Avene and Eminence, as well as all options regarding detoxing and homeopathic solutions.

Contact us for a FREE skin care consultation today to find out the best acne treatment solution for you!

Featured Event

Conversations with Barb: Grow Your Own Tower Garden
Tuesday, Apr. 19th 7 – 8 p.m.
We think you will find it a healthier, easier, and smarter way to grow your own vegetables and fruits – right outside your own backdoor. Learn more about hydroponic, vertical gardening for inside or out! There’s no weeding, no tilling, no kneeling, and no messy dirt! This event is FREE to attend. Check out our events calendar for more information, and to view other free events this month. We look forward to seeing you!

Product Spotlight

Eminence Facials for Acne
Eminence of Hungary produces all-natural organic skin care products made with hand-picked ingredients. Many of their offerings are extremely effective as acne treatments, such as their Probiotic masques, moisturizers and cleansers, and their Willow Bark Exfoliating Peels. The Clear Skin Collection from Eminence focuses on keeping your skin clean and healthy with several carefully-selected ingredients. Each of these has its own individual benefit, but their synergy can alleviate many skin problems, including acne. Stop in to Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids to view our full product line.