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Creativity at the Center for Creative Education of children “Wise Owls”

Milates center had a pleasure to work with young “Wise Owls” in Belgrade, Serbia. We used the body awakening exercises that consisted of different types of clapping, marching  and counting.  This type of activity is proved to encourage psychomotor development, brain plasticity, memory, and creativity.

“Wise Owls” suggested counting in different languages so to learn something new.  We were pleasantly surprised by their inventiveness and inspiration. Every student knew at least one foreign language, and we ended up counting in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek and German. We are happy to be able to continue working with Wise and Smart Owls  online via Skype. 


Post Halloween workout


If you had a lot of sweets for Halloween, pick up some dumbbells and join me to burn those extra calories.
Knees in line with your second toes, squat to touch the floor or as low as you can keep your back straight.
Turn your head up with every rotation to follow the arm that is reaching the ceiling.
Do as many as you can in 30sec, take a one-minute break.
Do 5-7 sets and feel your heart pumping and your legs, glutes, core, arms and back burning!
If you need motivation, join Milates online live fitness classes from your home. Contact me at mila@milates.com to start your journey to healthier and happier you.


How to strengthen the entire body at home


Another great exercise for the entire body, especially for the core! No need to do endless situps because they are so bad for your back‼️Rather pick up dumbbells ( if you don’t have a kettlebell ) and do 12 repetitions on each side. Take a break of a minute or two and repeat this sequence 3-5 times on each side and feel the burn. You should feel your legs, glutes, core, back, arms and shoulders. All in one!!! 🙂
Make sure you start with proper weights because you don’t want to hurt yourself. Keep your back straight ( chest open), neck in line with your spine and pivot your feet.
If you don’t pivot your feet, you can injure your knees. In this video I am holding 2 dumbbells of 8lb each, planning to move to 10lb (20lb altogether). If you are a beginner start with 6lb ( 2x3lb) and slowly start adding more when you get stronger.


Body Awakening at Ogden Elementary school in Gold Coast Chicago

Milates Center for Well-being was a part of the Field day at Ogden elementary school. We had a lot of fun teaching school kids play with juggling balls as a part of the body awakening exercises. This type of activity is proved to encourage psychomotor development, brain plasticity, memory, and creativity. The activity was very well perceived and we enjoyed working with kids and watching them trying to combine juggling and clapping, turning around and catching a ball. Parents were happy too and were joining their children.


Bronze Quill Award at IABC Chicago for Milates website

The Milates Center for Well-being website received a prestigious Bronze Quill award at IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) in the category: Communication Skills/Digital Communication.

The Bronze Quill Awards is a renowned competition that recognizes

excellence in developing and executing business communication programs. Winning entries feature clear objectives supporting the organization’s goals, creative communication strategies and effective, measurable results. The Bronze Quill is the highest recognition of IABC/Chicago, which is one of the largest IABC chapters in the U.S. and the oldest chapter in the world.


Gold Award at AVA Digital Awards for Milates website




The Milates Center for Well-being wAVA GOLD AWARDebsite received a Gold Award at the 2016 international AVA Digital Awards competition in the category: Small Business.

AVA Digital Awards is a prestigious international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. Work ranges from digital engagement campaigns – to audio and video production – to website development – to social media interaction – to mobile marketing. The competition is sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, and its members serve as contest judges.


Two Gold Awards at the international MarCom Awards competition for Milates website

The Milates Center for Well-being website received two Gold Awards in the 2015 MarCom Awards competition in two categories: a) Digital Media: Website / Web Content and b) Digital Media: Website / Small Business.

The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals and is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The Platinum Award is presented to the most outstanding entries in the competition. The Gold Award is presented to those entries that are judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm. Out of more than 6,500 entries this year (from the US, Canada, and 12 other countries), 16% won the Platinum Award and 23% the Gold Award.

The MarCom competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with about 6,000 entries per year. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 50 companies. The competition is so well thought of in the industry that national public relations organizations, local ad clubs, and local business communicator chapters are entrants.




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