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Mutual Aid Winter 2024

Links to GoFundMe at the bottom of the post. Two additional GoFundMe added at the bottom in February.





Single Parent Lost Job for Privately Posting Support for Palestine

Skokie Father of Two 

Young Evanston Mother of Four

Evanston Community Fridges

Evanston father of toddler or Zelle the adult children who are responsible for the funeral expenses: AthenaandMichaelBester@gmail

Evanston single mother of child with special needs who has significant health challenges herself

Vibrational Sound Relaxation Therapy

What happens in a Vibrational Sound Relaxation Therapy session? 

Therapeutic grade singing bowls are placed directly on and/or around the body and used as a focal point for your attention. The powerful vibration and soothing ambient tones induce a deep restful state. You will remain fully clothed and typically lie face up or down on a table. Your practitioner will indicate the location the bowls will be placed prior to the start of the session. The soothing and gentle sessions may last for 25 or 50 minutes. For beginners, we recommend the longer sessions. Acupuncture clients may elect a 15-minute vibrational sound relaxation therapy add-on to their treatment.

During and after a session, mind chatter is calmed, muscles relax, cortisol levels fall, and heart and breathing rates slow. The session activates the parasympathetic nervous system to bring the body into a state conducive to healing itself. A vibrational sound relaxation therapy session brings on similar brain states to yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation.

Vibrational sound relaxation therapy enhances the healing effects of acupuncture. One of my best acupuncture experiences had singing bowls integrated into the treatment, and some of my clients have had the same experience.


What are the benefits? 

Vibrational sound relaxation therapy with singing bowls is primarily for deeper relaxation. Some secondary benefits may include:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased blood flow
  • Improved concentration and mood
  • Increased energy
  • Lessened pain
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Improved athletic performance and recovery.

What Our Clients are Saying

“I feel so grounded and in such harmony with everything. One of the best therapeutic experiences I have had.”

“I feel giddy.”

“I was transported to another space.”

“It’s a bubble bath for your mind!”

“It opened up my heart.”

How does Vibrational Sound Relaxation Therapy work?

The body is made up of 70 percent water; therefore, the vibrations can penetrate deeply into the muscles and tissues, as well as on a cellular level. Once the body begins to relax, respiratory and heart rate slow down and blood pressure lowers. The long resonant harmonic tones of the bowls allow the brain to enter alpha and even delta and theta brainwave states through entrainment. The vibrations and low, mellow tones activate the parasympathetic nervous system.

Contraindications for Sound Relaxation Therapy

On the body treatments are not recommended for clients who are pregnant, have an acute illness, or metastatic cancer. If you are unsure whether you can receive vibrational sound therapy, contact us at 815.814.1319 to discuss or reach out to your physician. You can explain vibrational sound relaxation therapy to your physician as an on-the-body relaxation technique that uses singing bowls as a subtle vibration and sound instrument that is rung directly on the body. The gentle sounds and vibrations help activate the parasympathetic nervous system.

Valentine’s Day Specials 2024


We could always use more love in our life. Give your loved one (or yourself) a love cupping session! (If heart shaped cupping marks aren’t your thing, traditional circles or stars️ are available.)

Cupping involves placing glass or plastic “cups” on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. Cupping enhances circulation, relieves pain and pulls out toxins from the body’s tissues – plus it looks cool!



GIve your loved one (or yourself) a gift certificate for a private acupuncture & vibrational sound therapy session for relaxation, restoration, inner calm and balance. Therapeutic singing bowls will be played near and on your fully clothed body during your acupuncture session. If you don’t love needles, you can elect to just receive the vibrational sound therapy.
To purchase any of these special offers or gift cards, send an email to with a phone number for us to call to get your credit card information or call 815.814.1319. Limited to 5 special offer gift certificates per client. Your loved one can elect to use the value of the gift card towards the price of a personalized acupuncture treatment.
You may also buy gift certificates to count towards a personalized acupuncture treatment.


Mutual Aid – Winter 2023


Links to the Go Fund Me are at the bottom of the post.


Kemone Hendricks

Bodyworks by Carla


Joyner Family

Cookies for Community (Fridges)

One of my favorite holiday traditions is delivering cookies to neighbors.

I’d like to invite all of you to join me this year. Let’s fill the Evanston Community Fridges with some holiday treats. Join me for a cookie exchange…with a twist – instead of bringing a variety of cookies home, we’ll be distributing them to our neighbors through the community fridges. continue reading »

Evanston West End Market – Volunteer Opportunities 2022-2023

Interested in supporting the Evanston West End Market? The West End Market is organized by Donna Walker (Cutting Edge), Gigi Giles (Ebony Barbershop), and Wendy Weaver (C&W Market).


The following are opportunities for volunteers:

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Get Some Shut Eye Kit Giveaway – Our Evanston edition

In page 26 of the fall 2022 edition of Our Evanston magazine, I wrote about the importance of bedtime rituals, especially when struggling with the stress of adulting. I challenged readers to play with their bedtime ritual, starting with reflecting on what soothed them as a child.  I also provided ideas for how to incorporate local small businesses into a sleep ritual.

If you would like to win this fantabulous Our Evanston edition of the Northshore Acupuncture Center Get Some Shut Eye Kit, share your bedtime ritual on Facebook or Instagram with #getsomeshuteye and #northshoreacupuncturecenter by 10/15/2022 to be entered into the giveaway. Note: you must have the privacy setting of your post set to Public or we won’t be able to see your entry. You get bonus cool points if you are able to incorporate products and services from local small businesses into your routine.

The Our Evanston edition of the Get Some Shut Eye Kit includes:

Brothers Apothecary Golden Dream CBD tea from Botanica Plant Based Health

Buddha CBD Chamomile Tea from Botanica Plant Based Healt

Empower CBD Soaking Salts from Botanica Plant Based Healthh

Wyld Elderberry CBD + CBN Sleep Gummies from Botanica Plant Based Healthcy 

Deep Sleep Magik Body Butter from Witchy Woman World Apothecary

Deep Sleep Magik Bath and Body Oil from Witchy Woman World Apothecary

Restore Pillow Spray from Luna Delgado Botanicals

Lavender Vanilla Soap from Shower Blooms

Sleepy Time Bath Fizz from Shower Blooms

Peppermint Foot Rub from Grandma Fannies

Insomnia Kit Ear Seeds from Northshore Acupuncture Center


Mutual Aid – Fall 2022

Note: Links at the bottom if you don’t like using QR codes.


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Evanston West End Market – 2022

Activities for Saturday, October 22, 2022

Live music: Pickle Juice 1-2:30pm

Fairy Door Project (courtesy of Blount Objects & Evanstonmade & Nice Lena) 11am-1pm

Community acupuncture 12-1pm

Pumpkin painting

Trick or treating


Vendor List for Saturday, October 22, 2022

Angie’s Seamoss Infusion

AWE-SAUCE hot sauces


Beards and Bellas


Crystalline Studios

Curious Crafts*

Cynthia June Resin*

D&D Darling*

Dumah Lemon Shack*

Ellie’s Custom Slime Shop*

Evanston Thrives

Funflector Safety Reflectors

Grandma Fannies

January Boba Bracelets*

Knarrly Chocolates

LR Creations*

Maura Bowen


Northshore Acupuncture Center

Perspectives Solution

Ronnie Muhammad (veggies, navy beans)

Sebastian’s Books*


Shower Blooms

Simple Bee Decor

Ultimate Treehouse Game

Westside Bee Boyz

*Indicate vendors under 18


If you are interested in being a vendor, sign up here.

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Revitalize skin with microneedling

What is microneedling?
It’s a quick and almost painless procedure that stimulates natural collagen production resulting in radiant, plumped, youthful looking skin. Clients typically notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Further improvements to the skin’s texture, tone and color develop over the course of a few weeks.
What can it treat?
Microneedling is used to address uneven skin tone, acne scars, enlarged pores, wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used to stimulate hair growth.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Microneedling can be used on all parts of the body. It is most commonly done on the face, neck, and hands. Microneedling can also be done on the scalp to promote hair growth.

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