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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.



Breathing Your Way Into a Stress Free Monday

Monday seems like one of the most stressful days of the week. BUT, it doesn’t need to be that way.

After a nice and relaxing weekend, Monday is the first day of the week and not many people are looking forward to it.

I remember my school days. On Sundays nights I would often have an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach and a problem falling asleep thinking if I am ready for tomorrow. You probably know what I am talking about. Sometimes that happens to me even now. I am thinking about my clients….. have I prepared everything for them, am I going to be on time, where is my equipment, IPod etc.

That chatter in the head happens to almost everyone and the good news is that we can prevent and stop it.  The key is in the BREATHING!

Breathing is the only physiological process that happens without our will but at the same time we can control it in order to change our level of consciousness and the body condition.  In other words, breathing is not only a natural function of the body but also ability. With your breath you have power to control your stress, your mood, energy levels, concentration, alertness, body tightness, focus etc.

ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING is one of the breathing techniques I use every time I need to CALM my nervous system, BALANCE myself and RELAX:

  1. Close your right nostril with the right thumb and INHALE through your left nostril
  2. Close your left nostril with your index finger, open your right nostril and EXHALE through it
  3. INHALE through your right nostril
  4. Close your right nostril with your right thumb, open your left nostril and EXHALE through it

The secret is to do it at least for three minutes!!! Of course you can do it as long as it takes you to achieve balance and calmness.

Breathing in through your left nostril stimulates your right “feeling, calming, sensitive, intuition, creativity” hemisphere of the brain and breathing in though your right nostril stimulates your left “thinking, projective, logical, reasoning” hemisphere of the brain. Consciously alternating your breath between your nostrils you activate and balance your whole brain. Pretty neat, isn’t it? 😉

With this POWERFUL BREATHING you can set yourself to have a great beginning of the week. You can programme yourself to be RELAXED, positive, happy and exciting AND that will really happen.

Also, instead of thinking about Monday as the most stressful day of a week, you can start thinking about Monday as the most exciting day. It is the beginning of a NEW week, remember ….a new week not the old one so every week is different and it brings something new. When you change your mood through breathing, your energy level will change too. Once you set your mood to HAPPY, POSITIVE, EXCITING, LOVING, OPTIMISTIC, ALERT, FOCUSED your energy level will be at the same and you will attract the same. Your mood and energy will be contagious and nobody will be able to resist it.

It doesn’t cost anything, so why not give it a try? Monday seems like one of the most stressful days of the week. BUT, it doesn’t need to be that way.





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