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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Owner, Working Well Massage

Our WWM chair massage booth renovations are complete! We are so happy with how the new booth turned out. The new look nicely compliments the rest of the remodeling done in Lincoln Park’s Whole Foods Market.

We thank Whole Foods for being such wonderful partners and for all their help with the remodel.

Stop by and see us and our new booth!

Jake Gives a Relaxing Massage in the New WWM Booth in WFM Lincoln Park

The new booth has privacy screens above and is much more insulated for sound and temperature than the old booth.

New sound and privacy barriers above the new WWM booth

The new booth is painted in shades of green and black to match WFM Lincoln Park’s new decor.

Inside new WWM chair massage booth

We updated all our equipment inside the booth to match the new look! WWM chair massage booth now has a sound absorbing wall and a new black coat rack.

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WWM chair massage booth’s new sound absorbing wall

Looking down at the booth from the stairs in a new experience with the sound barrier privacy shields above the booth.

WWM chair massage booth has a new look!

By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Owner, Working Well Massage

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Today is April 1st, 2018. April Fools is the day when some people make practical jokes and send silly messages to others in the hopes it brings a smile or laughter. For other people, practical jokes can be stressful. In cases when the person being pranked feels sadness or great anxiety at the idea the joke set up is real, April Fools jokes can actually be dangerous. For this reason, it is best to use discretion and thoughtfulness when playing an April Fools joke and try to only play practical jokes on someone that you know is open to them.

Those of us at Working Well Massage want to say Happy April to all our readers and clients. We care about our readers and clients and our wonderful massage therapists. And that is no joke!! (Bad pun intended.)

Here are some “safe” April Fools’ jokes from lovetoknow.com. My favorite is the Elvis siting prank because it is silly and relatively harmless.

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And these are “cute” April Fools Day jokes for parents to play on kids.

How did Aprils Fools Day begin? Click here for a nice review of possible explanations from Wonderopolis.org.

 

By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Owner, Working Well Massage

 

Our new WWM Chair Massage station inside Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park is almost done with the remodel!  And now our inner walls are green–just in time for St. Patrick’s day today!
Check out our latest photos of the remodel!

20180316_183634Inner Booth color is now relaxing green. We still need to install our new furniture and flooring!

 

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Once the remodel is complete, we will install our signs on the walls again.

 

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Outer walls still need to be painted. But we are open during the remodel as the work is done at night after we close. The panels above the booth really absorb excess sound and also give our clients some privacy for massage.

Thank you Whole Foods Market for the fantastic remodeling job you are doing!

By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Owner, Working Well Massage

Working Well Massage has a new look and a new corporate office! WWM has been in the Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park store since it opened in it’s Kingsbury location. And WWM has been in a River North location since the early 2000’s.

In 2018 it was time for a change! Working Well Massage corporate offices have relocated to the West Loop at 1016 W Jackson Blvd. And our WWM chair massage station inside Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park is getting a completely new look, thanks to Whole Foods Market!

Stop by our booth this week and you will see we are under construction AND still open for business. Construction happens in the evening so no construction noise will interrupt your relaxing chair massage. Once the booth is finished, likely March 17, there will be floating sound dampening and privacy screens above us. And solid walls around us.

Working Well Massage extends our thanks to Rich Howley, Store Team Leader at Whole Foods Lincoln Park, and Whole Foods Market corporation for giving our team and Whole Food’s shoppers this attractive makeover!

Check out the new booth progress thus far:

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EDIT: Work continues and we see this progress on 3-11-18

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The remodel is getting closer to completion every day!

By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

 

Give someone you love a smile, a flower, a kind word, and/or a hug today! Giving to others help make us feel good and the other person feel good. Giving a valentine’s gift or message does have to be to a romantic partner. Sharing love and close relationships has been shown to increase health and longevity, according to WebMD. The key is to feel connected to other people, to feel a sense of belonging.

On Valentine’s Day, some that are single may feel lonely and sad because they don’t have a special someone. Those that don’t have a lot of close friends may also feel a sense of loss and loneliness. One way to combat this is to reach out to others and share well wishes or kindness. This allows us to focus on the act of giving and sharing versus our own loneliness.

A friend of mine and I decided to hand out flowers to people we saw out and about one Valentine’s Day. We gave a flower to a mom pushing a stroller, to an elderly woman on a park bench, to a construction worker, to a police officer. The gifts we got in return were priceless. A shy smile and a “Thank you!” A laugh and a grin. That warm feeling in our hearts that comes from watching someone smile and feel acknowledged and seen even for one moment. We may not have changed anyone’s life that day, but in those moments, we felt connected even to perfect strangers.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers! Enjoy the day and the moments of connection you feel with the others in your life.

Let us know how you connected with others today in the comments below!

By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

Recently a friend of mine fell on ice and not only hurt his shoulder, but got whiplash in his cervical spine. Falling on ice can result in broken jaws, knees, elbows, wrists, and generally any bony area of the body.  And twisted ankles or other connective tissue injuries. So what is the best way to avoid falling on ice and damaging your bones and connective tissue?

Check out this helpful infographic from TABLET Infographics. (Also available as a poster for purchase on the TABLET Infographics website):

Walking by keeping our center of gravity on your front leg, shuffling versus taking long strides, and respecting the ice are good tips to keep yourself upright on the ice this Winter.

Other tips to avoid falling on ice include walking slowly. Sounds like an obvious solution, right? But lately, with weather in Chicago changing from 0 °F  to 45 °F in one week, it is easier to forget. We get used to walking on clear driveways and sidewalks one day and then the next the surfaces are ice.

If you tend to fall easier or have brittle bones or if you know you will be outdoors a lot, you may want to consider wearing cleats on your shoes when you go outdoors like those shown below.

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Yaktrax are steel cleats that you easier attach to the outside of your shoe. Available now on Amazon for about $19.95, Yaktrax are made of high-strength, abrasion-resistant 1.4 mm stainless-steel coils and heavy-duty rubber. According to Amazon, Yaktrax provide 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces for all-direction stability. They are tested safe from breakage in tested safe from breakage in temperatures as low as -41 degrees F. Yaktrax are available in S, M, L, and XL sizes to fit most shoes.

 

If you want really heavy-duty steel cleats, you can also try out the Traction Cleats ice Snow Grips for about $30.00 on Amazon here.  These cleats have a main body of elastomer band made of stretchy Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) for flexibility and anti-abrasion as well as anti-tearing. The heavy-duty crampons have long-lasting soles which are equipped with heat-treated stainless steel cleats that bite into the slickest ice and snow.

Traction Cleats Ice Snow Grips

 They are Balance Enhanced – feature 18 spikes per foot, with 12 spikes at the forefoot and 6 spikes at the heel. Each wide heel plate with 3 spikes is for secure downhill traction and each spike is 1/2” long. The spikes are made from heat-treated stainless steel for excellent durability and corrosion resistance. The cleats provide full-sole coverage with cleats on heel and forefoot is to maintain traction through your natural stride and pursuing your passion for the outdoors. According to the Amazon listing, they are easy to put on and take off with secure and adjustable straps.

Whether you walk like a penguin, wear cleats or simply walk slowly this Winter, be safe, be healthy and thanks for reading!

 

 

 

By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

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