facials and stress

How to Relax with Facials | Guest Post

How does stress cause skin issues?

Stress can cause damage to your body, the way you eat, how you sleep, how you look.  Stress can also cause you to make poor facials and stressdecisions. For example, you may have a long day at work and when you get home have a glass of wine which your body process’ as sugar which triggers acne. Knowing what your coping skills are and how to treat your body is important to having healthy looking skin.

Why Making Time For Yourself Matters:

Putting yourself first is so important for your well being. When you carve time out for a relaxing facial you are telling yourself that you matter, you are important, that you value you.  Which will help you to make better decisions when stress is at its peak. If you value yourself, you will think twice before grabbing a glass of wine.

Why facials are a great way to relax?

  • Hand and foot treatments will help release tension from the day.
  • Warm towels will relax muscle tensions in your face and décolleté area.
  • Facials help you gain insight on stress relieving tips to incorporate into your lifestyle.
  • Facials will change the way you view yourself by putting yourself first.

Amanda Peloquin is one of the leading experts in Esthetics for the Chicago land area. She has been a practicing Licensed Esthetician since 2001 and during that time has been contacted repeatedly for her expertise in skin care. She is now servicing clients at MSI Wellness and Healing Center.

As a gift to you, mention this blog and receive 35% off a custom facial. Text or call Amanda to book your appointment at (312) 933-2321
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What is a Chakra?

The Sanskrit word “chakra” means in literal terms: “spinning wheel”.  The chakra system within the human body consists of 7 major chakras and many minor chakras.  To those who can see energy fields, a major chakra resembles a spinning wheel when looking directly into the chakra.  However, viewed from the side, it looks more like an energy vortex somewhat resembling the shape of a tornado.  This energy funnel is tight and compact near the surface of the skin, and gradually widens as it extends outside the physical body to the outer edge of the aura.


What is the purpose or function of the human chakra system?

To take in higher-dimensional energy from the Universal Energy Field all around us and translate or step down its frequency of vibration to that which can be used within the physical body.  Each major chakra vibrates or spins at a different rate, and each chakra will absorb energy from the UEF that is harmonically related to its own frequency.  Thus, energy from several frequency bands within the UEF is absorbed by the different chakras and is directed by the internal energy meridians to those organs with which that chakra is associated:


Major Chakras and Associated Organs and Glands.

Chakra Associated Organs Endocrine Gland
Crown Upper Brain, Right Eye Pineal
Brow Ears, Nose, Lower Brain,
Nervous System, Left Eye
Throat Lungs, Larynx, Alimentary Canal Thyroid, Parathyroid
Heart Heart, Blood, Vagus Nerve,
Circulatory System
Solar Plexus Stomach, Gall Bladder, Liver Pancreas
Sacral Reproductive System Testes, Ovaries
Root Spinal Column, Kidneys Adrenals

Many minor chakras are also located throughout the body, and are usually associated with joints such as the knee, shoulder, elbow, etc.  Additional minor chakras are found in the palms of both hands and the soles of the feet, and the ends of the fingers and toes.

How can we keep our energy field clean and healthy?

Attending a class is a wonderful step to learn and understand the energy field and the Chakra system.  At MSI-Healing,  The Chakra Cleaning Class also includes insightful information about our energetic anatomy, as well as, how to keep our energy field and chakras clean, balanced, and energized. The energy centers are believed to be located along the spine – which is also called the column of light and has specific purposes both mystically and physically.

Billie Topa Tate provides a wonderful class of advanced information regarding our chakra system.  She reviews how the chakra system is related to the planets, physical organs, our vitality and our great purpose and so much more.

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Why Detoxify Your Body With A Foot Bath?

In today’s toxic environment, acid wastes, chemical and heavy metal residues build up in the body faster than ever before, resulting in a greater incidence of buildup of tissue wastes inside the body.  Several Ionic Alimtox cell cleanses may have the ability to show to substantial reduction of and may even eliminate theses conditions.  Find out how and who will benefit from a detox foot bath.

foot detox machineWho will benefit from Alimtox Ion Cell Cleanse Foot Baths?

Most people should immediately experience an increased sense of well being and more energy.  Many children have reported greater mental clarity as a result of the foot bath; young couples planning families may benefit from doing foot bath sessions prior to conception.  Middle aged men and women have reported increased energy and greater mental clarity from Ionic Foot Detox Sessions.

What are the benefits of detox foot baths?

  • Purging of heavy metals
  • A more balanced pH level
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Purging of yeast
  • Detoxifying the liver
  • Internal cleansing with full-body purge
  • Liver, kidney, and parasite cleansing
  • Enhancing the immune system

To find out more information on Ionic Foot Detoxes and schedule you appointment please click on the link below.

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How to Prepare for the Fall Equinox

What is Autumn/Fall Equinox:

fall equinoxThe Autumn Equinox is the day in which we switch seasons from summer to fall.  Fall equinox is when day and night are the same length of time signaling a significant time of balance.

As we wrap up the remaining time of the calendar, we see this as a powerful gateway into the final months of the year. It is common to utilize this time to reflect and plan on what you’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year.

5  Ways to Prepare for the Fall Equinox:

  1. Time to harvest- and gather for the winter.  Both literally and figuratively.  Harvest what makes you happy, feel loved and safe.
  2. Improve your health with balanced eating habits and exercise.  Remember that mental health is so very important.  Say empowering things to yourself every morning and remind yourself of what you accomplished every night.
  3. Fall is a time to turn your home into a calm place- more time indoors than outdoors.  This is a perfect time to get those projects done around the house to come winter you can look around and smile.  Read our blog on 5 Unique Techniques for Space Clearing.
  4. Time to meditate.  Summer days are often filled with activities which sometimes take us away from our spiritual practices.  Revisit your meditation practices and remember they don’t always have to be like pinterest shows.  Lay down and listen to the loving kindness meditation – it’s ok if you fall asleep 🙂
  5. Use the energy you gained from the summer solstice to regain focus on your goals, what is truly important for you and draw a line in the sand to mark out what you don’t want in your life.  The change of season is perfect time reevaluate your lifestyle and make positive changes.

Join our event on September 23 for Fall Equinox Yoga with Meg Barber

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Reiki and stress

What Is Reiki and how can it Reduce Stress?

What is Reiki?

Reiki and stressReiki is a Japanese style of hands-on healing, using healing energy and beautiful Reiki Healing Symbols. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows anyone to improve health and enhance the quality of life.

Reiki is increasingly offered in hospital, hospice, and private practice settings, applied to a variety of illnesses and conditions. Those who receive such treatments report relief of symptoms from numerous health challenges, including mental health issues. Research shows that reiki primarily helps in the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as relief of chronic pain — the last of which can bring on anxiety and depression, or make episodes worse on.

3 Ways Reiki Reduces Stress:

  1. Reiki utilizes the 5 basic Reiki Principles: 
    1. Just for today, I shall not worry. 
    2. Just for today, I shall do my work honestly. 
    3. Just for today, I will not anger. 
    4. Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
    5. Show gratitude to every thing. 
  2. Reiki is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance and has many benefits for both client and practitioner.
  3. Reiki will improve the results of all medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and help create optimism.

According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy healing using spiritually guided life force energy… Practiced in every country of the world.” While often considered to be spiritual in nature, Reiki is not “affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.”

To reduce stress in your life, click here to schedule you Reiki Session now



If you would like to learn Reiki to assist yourself or loved ones as well as become a Reiki Practitioner, click here to see when the next training takes place.
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The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
The founder , Usui Mikao


Easy Steps To Start Meditating

Here are ways to make meditation simple.

Everyone says how beneficial meditation is, but either finding a place to start or even the time to start is often the first road block.  We wanted to share with you some simple, realistic ways to make meditation a part of your life and, in turn, experience the wonderful benefits.

Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.

What are the benefits of meditation?


The emmeditationotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions


Some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems


Easy Steps To Start Meditating.

  • Instead of thinking about your next event or facebook update, start to mind map your meditation, such as: the time of the day, place, and type of meditation.
  • Pick a place where you know you won’t be interrupted by someone, your phone, or general technology. As much as sitting outside at the beach or the park sounds inviting, at the beginning, possibly pick a place in your home where you can maybe close the door.  Save the outside for when you can focus completely on your meditation.
  • When you pick a time, tell yourself you don’t have to stick with that time forever.  The optimal time of the day is what is best for your schedule.  It’s recommended to start your day with meditation so that you can continuously go back to that place with which you started your day. Just breathe
  • A perfect meditation with which to start is a guided meditation.  What is a guided meditation?  A guided meditation is one that you listen to and follow along.  The narrator will guide you with their words to help you breathe, visualize, and meditate.  Click here for a free meditation – Loving Kindness Meditation.  This is a 27 minute meditation designed for stress relief.  If the length of this meditation is too long, start with the Timelessness Meditation.  This is a perfect 10-minute guided meditation for connecting with your expansive breathe.

So now you know a little bit of the history, the reasons why to meditate, and some simple steps to making meditation a part of your life.  Also, you don’t need to sit up, fancy yoga clothes, or a meditation altar.  Start with just your time, place, and meditation.  Once you start and create that connection with having an expansive breathe and calmness, you will want to stick with it.  Don’t worry if a couple of days pass and you haven’t had time. Always know that it is there for you and all you have to do is pick a place and a time, and meditate.


We offer a free open to the public meditation every Friday at 6:30pmThe Loving Kindness Meditation has been offered for over 14 years on the North Shore in Evanston, Illinois.  You are always welcome to walk in, no reservations required, and you don’t need to bring anything nor wear special attire.  It’s a wonderful day to end the week and start your weekend.  We would love to see you.  MSI Wellness Center 2153 Ashland Ave Suite 3 Evanston IL 60201.  Call for details 847-866-0505.



5 Ways To Create Peace of Mind

What does it mean to have peace of mind?

This is a very individualized question.  Peace of mind is when you are free from the burdens that exist in everyday life. Sure, the trials and tribulations may still present themselves, but when you are experiencing peace, these burdens have no effect on you. Peace of mind comes from various sources. In order to have peace of mind, you must first be responsible to do what you know is right.

how can meditation create peaceful mindLife isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
―Vivian Greene


Here are 5 ways to create peace of mind:

  1. Wish Good Things For Yourself
  2. Send a Prayer to Someone
  3. Take a walk and Send Blessings to Mother Earth
  4. Learn to Trust Yourself
  5. Express Gratitude

How can meditation bring peace of mind?

Meditation releases the stresses that are accumulated in our mind and leaves it fresh and clear. It brings the mind to the present moment. Will we feel like smiling in two hours? We can only plan for it. But, we can smile NOW. That is in our hands. Any action is possible only in the present moment. When we act with complete awareness of our current state and when the mind is totally attentive to the moment: the action is perfect and mistakes do not happen.

The floor is yours…

What’s gives you peace of mind when times are tough and stressful?  Please leave a comment below and let us know.

What is Summer Solstice?

The first day of Summer

The summer solstice has been celebrated for centuries, with all sorts of traditions growing up around it. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is usually celebrated on the 21st of June, while in the southern hemisphere, it’s usually celebrated on the 21st of December.

summer solsticeThe summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere’s summer. This is northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere.  When on a geographic pole, the sun reaches its greatest height, the moment of solstice.




Ways to personally celebrate the Summer Solstice…

Seek fulfillment from your life. The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer. This also represents the time of fulfillment. This is an excellent time to take stock of your life and assess how your goals and aims are going. From the year’s earlier New Year’s resolutions to the big goals in your life, ask yourself how you’re doing in achieving these things for yourself and others you care about.

  • Are you still aligned with your goals or have you strayed from them? Take this opportunity to reinvigorate them and to make any necessary changes to achieve your aims in life.

Consolidate your energies. The stability of summer and the promise of balmy, warmer days ahead is considered to be a time to develop yourself, to set yourself free and to nurture yourself. As the crops begin ripening, this is a time for self-maturation and for consolidating your energies. Take the easier nature of summer as a reason to make greater efforts to lose weight, to refresh your home (perhaps a new layout, maybe even a new home), to readjust your nutrition intake and to find an exercise that you really click with rather than doing one everyone else is doing.

  • Start a new diet today using the fresh fruits and vegetables of summer as your base. Don’t just see it as a “diet” though; use this opportunity to align your thinking about food to one that involves eating more greens, more locally grown foods, more organic foods and less processed foods.

Honor the sun. If you enjoy doing yoga, there is a set of exercises known as the Sun Salutation or Salute to the Sun which you can perform. These exercises are intended to exercise both your body and your soul, balancing both in harmony through both meditation and physical movement in one. Begin this exercise on the morning of the summer solstice and aim to make it a daily habit from this time on.

Free Video Blog Inviting You To Celebrate Summer Solstice


Video Blog – Sedona Retreat Affirmation

About the Sedona Retreat

A spiritual gathering to embrace and experience sacred places and timelessness. This magical place invites you to open your heart and walk the ancient paths of many ancestors. Gathering together as a group to journey to new destinations. Billie Topa Tate and other Native Elders will honor us with medicine walks, sacred drumming, native American herbology and Sweat Lodge. All in a magical place where ceremony and Native people still grace the land.  August 30 Saturday thru September 1 Monday 2014

Sedona RetreatWhat is an Affirmation

Spiritual affirmations are all part of a means through which an individual draws on the powers of the universe.

The intent is to help the individual change or shift his or her inner compass. By doing so, the ability to live healthy, happy and in peace can become a reality. Nevertheless, no matter what the type of affirmation, the source of change lies within.



Sedona Weekend Retreat Affirmation

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Written Version

  1. I, ( place your name here)___________________ decree by the power of my good merits, I ask the universe to help me attend MSI’s Sedona Retreat 2014
  2. I will manifest the resources necessary for me to attend the MSI Sedona Retreat August 30th – thru September 1, 2014
  3. I will not increase or create any debt, and will be able to repay this debt within a 3 month time of incurring this debt
  4. I will have safe comfortable, timely, enjoyable travel from the time I leave for the trip until the time I return to my home including my travel in Sedona.
  5. I will have beautiful accommodations that are comfortable, cost effective, well maintained, roomy and conveniently close to the retreat site.
  6. My home, pets, family, business interests and job will be protected, kept healthy, Happy and Financially Successful. My family and work will be supportive of my attending our MSI Sedona 2014 Retreat.
  7. I will have more than enough money to spend on my retreat.
  8. I will enjoy good health – before, during and after our MSI Sedona retreat, I will be mindful of what is healthy for my mind body and spirit.
  9. I will utilize all my wisdom, discipline, inspiration, protection and assistance from my higher self and all my virtuous teachers in spirit to optimize my wonderful experience at our MSI Sedona Retreat. All this will manifest instantly and properly so be it now.

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What is a Mystic?

What does it mean to be a mystic?

A mystic removes the barrier that stands between himself and another person by trying towht is a mystic look at life, not only from his own point of view, but also from the point of view of another.

A mystic is someone who seeks a personal experience with the divine rather than through a religion. One who is able to tap into the divine meanings and understandings of each and every happening in one’s life.

How Can One Become A Mystic?

To become a mystic, a person must first train their body and mind to think like a mystic though courses with a master teacher.  Other mystic tips include:

  • During your travel to and from work, practice a mantra to remove all obstacles.  This can be done either coming or going and you may sing it out-loud or with your inner voice. click here for the “Om Ah Hum Meditation” Cd.
  • During the day, practice wisdom and be mindful to eliminate ignorance which is fear, anger, jealousy, envy, judgement and laziness. Then, practice wisdom and be mindful to incorporate gentleness, compassion, understanding, strength and patience. Be joyful.
  • Before bed time, draw yourself a peaceful salt bath, preform skin brushing and a neti pot. Additional techniques can be found in the Daily Practices Manual.

To further your life and understanding as a mystic, follow the guidance and teachings of our 16 CD Set (now on sale).

Learn the principles and techniques of living your life as a mystic. Experience intuitive understanding and realization of the meaning of existence, taught by mystical master teacher and elder of the Mescalero Apache Tradition.

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