Maybe we should all think a little more like Mia Scheid.
After talking with this entrepreneur, health-advocate, and woman-empowerer, it’s natural to get a boost of I-can-do-anything energy. And that’s exactly what her passion is rooted in.
Growing up with two physicians as parents, the backdrop of Mia’s childhood was healthcare. She was also heavily involved in martial arts from a young age where fit body and mind was the culture. Mia became the go-to “taper” at competitions, making sure everyone was wrapped up properly to prevent injuries. Even before healthcare became her determined path, she was destined to contribute to the well-being of others. She was inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame in March of 2016.
At the age of 19, Mia was in a serious car accident driving home after a workout, and just like that she was taken completely out of competitive martial arts. The healing of painful back and neck injuries was a challenging part of Mia’s next twelve months. But the blooming of a fascination with the body’s ability to heal was a bright light in the process.
Mia studied business in college and went to work for major record labels in her twenties. Then she married and had three children. The wonders of her pregnancies led to even more enthrallment with the amazing human body.
With the passion for health continuing to present itself various places of her life, Mia decided to go back to school to study her passion for bio-mechanics of human body movement. She developed a firm belief and involvement in corrective exercise, which is a focus on choosing the right exercise program for each individual’s health and body profile. While working for Northwest Community Hospital Wellness Center, Mia made the decision that she wanted to make a bigger impact by providing a range of health and wellness services to clients.
As of 1999, Mia became the owner of Fitness Arts – leading clients to own and conquer their individual health path and offering a venue to certify fitness trainers and Pilates instructors that wanted to make an income while raising families.
“I saw a lot of women in the same boat I was and I wanted to create a place where health professionals could make money and still balance their lifestyle, and where women could learn more about making their bodies the best they could be.”
When Mia’s son got sick at five years old, a critical need to learn about all things nutrition evolved into a new realm of expertise. A diagnosis of a rare disease meant that Mia’s son needed to be on a very special nutrition plan. In mama-bear mode, Mia dove headfirst into better grasping the nutritional and supplemental side of healthcare. She implemented her son’s new lifestyle based on all she learned and his prognosis was totally reversed. He was supposed to be weak—he became a state-level competitive swimmer. He was supposed to be small—he’s taller than anyone else in the family. He wasn’t supposed to do much – he’s currently a 23-year-old in the PhD epigenetics program at a major university. And a new realm of Mia’s health-obsession was surely born.
“I attribute all of my son’s growth and ability to overcome his disease to a healthy lifestyle and nutrition. I incorporated nutrition and detoxes into my work at that point. It’s all part of that total wellness factor.”
In 2003, Mia added yet another element to her health tool box when her mom, an MD and major inspiration in Mia’s life, approached her about working together on their next step of professional development. The two found an acupuncture course and completed the program together.
With a whole new gig in oriental medicine, Mia’s expertise began to round out into more of a holistic focus. She went on to gain education in Posturology, Vedic Master-Certifications from Deepak Chopra for Meditation, Yoga, and Perfect Health, as well as laser and aesthetics.
“Although people may not consider laser and aesthetics holistic, I do. In our society, we are not allowed to wrinkle. Somehow, we get behind the eight ball when we are not taking action to stop the aesthetic aging process.”
Mia admits that she hit a point in her 50s when she began to notice her own signs of aging that didn’t match her inner youth and vitality. She didn’t want plastic surgery, so she explored lasers as an option and was very happy with the results. What she called a holistic experience with age-defying laser procedures, became yet another way she wanted to help women.
“You can feel really great inside, and that’s most important. But when you don’t feel your best on the outside, you can start to feel less confident. I believe it’s all about balancing both in a non-invasive way to be in the absolute best place of your life. That’s what I want for my clients.”
Armed with proficiency in all the above mentioned and then some—Yoga Instructor, Body Rolling, Body Logic, Muscle Activation Technique, Meditation coach, Nutritionist, and the list goes on—Mia is dedicated to sparking total-wellness in the whole body, mind, and spirit of women. She is currently studying under Dr. David Frawley, of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.
Mia brings her expertise, continuously expanding knowledge, and intense passion to each of her clients at Fitness Arts—no matter what their health goal.
“To seek and conquer happiness and health is our birthright. I am so lucky to be invited into the lives of others to help with that journey. At the end of the day, I just want to make a difference in some way in someone’s life. That’s my journey.”
Well, Mia, you’re doing it! Journey on!
You Deserve to Be Healthy!
Fall in love with what your body can do for you with a Liver Detox!
“Each and every person deserves to be healthy. Optimum health does not come from someone else giving it to you. You need to decide that the time is NOW to take care of YOU!”
Mia Scheid, Founder and Director of Fitness Arts in Palatine, is on a personal mission to make sure every one of her clients feels empowered to blaze new trails into a health-filled, energetic, and balanced life.
“Whatever it takes to get from where you are now to where you truly want to be, we will cross the bridges and we will get there!”
According to Mia, the core first step to living in health involves the necessary and vital benefits of a liver detoxification process. “In oriental medicine, the liver is called ‘the General’ because it is the body’s largest organ and its first line of defense. If your liver isn’t functioning well, a whole host of issues results.”
What does the liver do? The liver is the go-to organ for keeping you well and remarkably performs over 400 functions for your body. It sifts through every single thing that goes through the body and uses what it can and gets rid of what it can’t. One of its major roles is to metabolize oil-soluble fats, hormones, and enzymes. Most toxins you encounter are fat-soluble, which means your body stores them in fat cells. It is the job of your liver to metabolize these toxins and transform them into water-soluble derivatives for easy elimination from the body. If your liver is operating well, it will process the good and kick out the bad. But if the liver is overburdened with toxins from processed foods and an unhealthy lifestyle, it will send the “junk” off to be stored and dealt with later. Yes, those accumulated storage pockets become your problem areas—like thighs and stomach—and breeding grounds for toxins that just annihilate a body’s proper function.
Is a liver detox necessary? There is an ever-increasing number of studies that link exposure to chemical toxins with a growing list of health problems ranging from cognitive decline and weight gain to hormonal imbalances and mood swings. Twenty billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into our environment each year, and over 4.5 billion pounds are recognized carcinogens. No matter how hard you try to keep your diet and environment pure, there are toxins in the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the soil your food is grown in. It’s a global problem and, unfortunately, there’s no escaping it.
What if the liver is not healthy? There is a surprising number symptoms that point to a toxic liver as the root of burden.
- Weight gain
- Low Energy
- Intestinal dysfunction
- Anger & Irritability
- Hormone Issues
- Lack of/too much sleep
- Cardiovascular dysfunction
- High Cholesterol
- Kidney distress
- Joint Inflammation
- Thyroid issues
“Our physical body does not betray us,” Mia said, “we betray it! Chronic issues are self-generated. Everything external going internal can cause the liver to be overworked and in need of detoxification.” Everyone can benefit from cleaning house. Even if you take care of yourself and stay healthy, keeping your body in its best shape helps with its future predictability, according to Mia. Consider it your body’s oil change.
What happens during the liver detox process? This is a promotion of the body’s natural cleaning process and gives the liver a boost to function at its fullest and strongest capacity. A short-term flushing of all toxins is followed by the most important step: daily implementations that improve and optimize the function of your body’s own built-in detoxifications system.
What kind of results are seen? All good things. As you heal the liver, you heal everything else in the body. When the liver is working well, physical, mental, and emotional health is greatly improved.
- Weight loss & management
- Balanced metabolism
- Restful sleep
- Restored intestinal function
- High energy
- Lower stress levels
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Joint comfort
- Youthful skin
Let’s do this. “Ultimately, when you think about your quality of life it’s not where you were or where you are, it’s about where you’re going,” said Mia. “Our bodies take us to our future. Anything we want to do, we need a healthy body to get there!”
To accomplish the goal of restoring healthy liver and body you must limit your exposure to toxins, support your pathways of elimination, stay active, consume detox-promoting foods, and detoxify your liver with a safe and effective cleanse once a year in the spring. For more information on creating your own health “blueprint,” contact Fitness Arts today.