By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

After the long winter, many of us are struggling with a few extra pounds. But is the cause of weight gain an attempt a t human hibernation or is it emotional eating? Check out this short article on WebMD about the causes of binge eating. Elizabeth Lee, writes about former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, MD’s comments about how our biology and our neurology are culprits in the overeating process. Read the post, “Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It” here.  Then have a carrot and a cucumber!

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

It’s cold. It’s winter. It’s Chicago. Children (and parents!) can get antsy sitting indoors with nothing to do. Here are some mostly free events and activities for Chicago area parents and children to do when it is cold outside!

Windy City Hoops

Free basketball at Chicago Park Districts For Boys and girls ages 12-18. Fridays 7-10pm and Saturdays from 5-10pm available at ten Chicago park district locations. Click here for more info or to sign up.
Windy City Hoops
Windy City Hoops

Chicago Park District Ceramic Studies

Chicago Park District has Ceramic locations throughout the city that offer the opportunity to play with clay from casting to wheel and hand building. Click here for more info and list of the ceramic studios.

Chi League Parks

Offered by Nike, free basketball skills clinics in citywide parks, giving Chicago’s children a safe, healthy place to play. For kids ages 9-12 and 13-18 years of age. Saturdays from 10am to 2pm the free clinics take place before Chicago Hoops in Chicago area indoor gyms. Click here for more info. (Note dates on the website are for 2013. Call the park District for dates for 2014.)

Chicago Public Library

Chicago area libraries have all kinds of events, from Toddler time and story time events to LEGO time to lessons on learning how to crochet and knit. Teens can attend the FUSE workshops which gives them opportunities to  complete challenges in robotics, electronics, biotechnology, 3-D printing, and Android app development. And families can attend “Game Night” to play board games and card games in a  warm comfy environment. Click here for the Chicago Public Library event page. (Note: each day lists events so you may want to use narrow your search by selecting the event type and your zip code.

Free Days at Chicago Area Museums

Chicago Parent magazine provides a listing of free days at our local museums here.

Chicago Area Art Spaces For Kids

Jeanette Nyberg’s Artchoo Blog here provides a listing of all the Chicago area Art spaces that cater to kids or provides kid friendly classes and events, Some of them may be free, others may have a fee, but this is the best list of art for kids in Chicago I’ve found. And her blog is really great for parents that want to expose and involve their  kids in crafts. Great for kids that are hyperactive or diagnosed with ADHD.

Photo from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Photo from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago website
Call or check the web sites first for unexpected closings or events.
 Time Out Chicago‘s Liz Plosser created  a great list of a few really fun places for parents to take kids during the winter here.

Her list includes:

Broadway Armory Park

Chicago Park District’s Indoor recreation building at 5917 N Broadway. Gym and track open Mondays-Fridays 7am to 9pm. Indoor climbing Wall open 6:30pm-8:30pm (Register online at chicagoparkdistrict.com)

Grounds For Hope Café

Three themed  play rooms in Lisle, IL: Treasure House, Wonder House and Tree House for kids to explore. Grounds offers  craft classes, Spanish lessons and music courses as well as the big play rooms. Free Wi-Fi for parents. 2701 Maple Ave, Lisle (630-390-1290, groundsforhopecafe.org). Free. Ages 10 and under. Open Mon–Sat 9am–7pm; Sun 9am–1pm.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens

Chicago Park District building in the South Loop boasts a climbing wall and a jungle gym and playhouse with padded floor. Located at 1801 S Indiana Ave (312-328-0821). Free. Ages six months–12. Open Mon, Fri 9am–6:30pm; Tue noon–6:30pm; Wed noon–5pm; Thu, Sat 1:30–4:30pm.

Related articles
• CBS Chicago’s Best Bad Weather Activities For Kids In Chicago click here.

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Lately in Chicago, we’ve had record-breaking weather. Freezing cold temps with below zero wind chills. Snowstorms and black ice on the road. Driving is hazardous, but waiting outdoors for public transportation can seriously jeopardize one’s safety. In extreme survival situations, humans tend to huddle together for warmth. The human body produces its own heat and sharing heat with another person can be lifesaving in some circumstances and simply pleasant when the cold is not life threatening.

One way to warm up your muscles in this weather is to move around. (I’d use the word exercise but some people hate the idea of exercising.) Jumping jacks, jogging in place, any full body movement that is easy to do and spreads warmth through your body by increasing blood flow can help warm you up.

Working Well Massage Lincoln Park

Working Well Massage Lincoln Park

Another way to warm up your muscles is to receive a massage. The other day I stopped by our Working Well Massage booth inside While Foods Gold Coast and received a wonderful body warming massage by Najat, one of our WWM Massage therapists. The booth was cold, but Najat turned the heat on my legs and her hands warmed my back and arms. Despite the cold weather and wind whistling outside, for 20 minutes,  I was warm and dry.

Today, January 27, 2014, our WWM Gold Coast massage booth at 30 W. Huron is closed due to the extremely cold weather and our location the windows.

HOWEVER, our WWM Lincoln Park chair massage  booth is still open from Noon to 8pm today.

If you are daring to brace the cold, “Chigarctica” weather in Chicago today, and feel a need to have warm hands knead your cold muscles and bring warmth and comfort to your body, stop by and let Rania and Yuriy give you a relaxing, soothing massage. And grab some warm tasty food in the food court. Or you can do some jumping jacks and run in place instead. Which is also effective at warming you up, but not as relaxing!

What: Relaxing chair massage at WWM chair massage station inside Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park

Where: 1550 N Kingsbury (South of North Avenue and Old Navy, North of Division)

Hours: Daily, 12 Noon to 8p.m.

Cost: $6 for 5 minutes, $12 for 10 minutes, $18 for 15 min and $24 for 20 minutes, $35 for 30 minutes

For more info click here.

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Working Well Massage chair massage stations inside Whole Foods Market will be closed today, January 6, due to extreme weather conditions. We will reopen at our regular hours on Tuesday, January 7 at Noon in both locations.

Working Well Massage Locations in Chicago:

• Gold Cost 30 w Huron, Chicago, IL

• Lincoln Park 1550 N Kingsbury, Chicago IL

For more info on our chair massage services at Whole Foods Markets, click here.

Stay warm and safe today, Chicago!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for the Working Well Resources blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Happy Holidays to our readers and clients! Enjoy time with friends, family and share a few moments of yourself, the most precious gift you can give, the present!


By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Yesterday, I ran across a great site for kids health! It is called Kidshealth.org. They have both a written blog and an audio blog that kids can listen to. The site has many resources for kids, teens and for parents, each under their own tab at the top of the page.

For kids with ADHD, anger or anxiety issues,  or kids dealing with trauma or loss, it can be confusing and scary to go to therapy or see a psychiatrist. this blog post here does a great job explaining therapy to children. And instead of having parents read the post to their children, the blog provides an audio version of the post so that kids can listen to it. However, the audio voice is kind of robotic ,so parent may want to read the article to their kids out loud if the child cannot focus on the audio. Here is the blog post: Going to a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist.

Kidshealth.org has a lot of good info about feelings, handling bullying, dealing with puberty and changes in the body and more!  The site has a great list of blog posts about feelings that are explained in language children can understand. Here is a list of topics they cover to teach kids about their feelings:

Check the website out if you are a parent or work with kids and tell us what you think about it was it useful to you? Did your child find it useful!?


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