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

As of August 1, 2019, Working Well Massage transferred management of the chair massage booth inside Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park to our very own David McClinton, and his company, iii Energies (3 energies).

Chair Massage Booth in Whole Foods

Moving forward David will be managing the booth and any questions about the booth can be sent to David at iiienergies@yahoo.com or calls to 773-681-1492.

David has been the Assistant Manager at the WWM’s chair massage stations for many years and has done a wonderful job of keeping the booth running smoothly. This Summer, WWM decided to focus more on our onsite corporate massage business, so we approached David to take on the booth management under his own name and company. He agreed and, in August, 2019, David bought the booth section of the business from Working Well Massage.

Booth in WFM Lincoln Park

David agreed to continue to run the booth in the same manner as WWM. The same massage therapists are working in the booth and prices for massage are the same.

As President of Working Well Massage, I am very happy for David and appreciate of all the wonderful clients that have stopped by the WWM booths through the years! I trust David will maintain a high level of quality and keep the booth business working well for years to come!

I am also grateful to Whole Foods and specifically, Rich Howley, Lincoln Park Store Team Leader, for being such a fantastic business partner!

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

We updated our website and want to show you the fruits of our designing labor! Check it out: Www.workingwellmassage.com

We wanted the website to more accurately reflect our Chicagoland location, so we added a photo of Chicago! And we changed the overall design to make it easier to find the information you need.

What do you think of our new design? Are we missing any information on our website? Is there something you’d like to see but don’t see yet?

Today is the day we are encouraged to show our loved ones we care!

What’s the history of Valentine’s Day? According to the History Channel, there are many stories about how the day got it’s name, the primary story being about a saint named Valentine or Valentinus either protesting the Emperer’s outlawing marriage for young men (So they would make better soldiers) or being imprisoned for protesting harsh treatment of prisoners and while imprisoned himself, sending the first “valentine” love letter to a girl he fancied. And, according to the History Channel, Saint Valentine is the patron saint not only of love, but of beekeeping, travel, epilepsy, fainting and the plague.

Nowadays, people most likely think of Valentine’s as a day of romance, showing you care, giving pink or red flowers, candy and cards. It is also a great day to show the ones you love you care by gifting them a relaxing massage!

Feel free to purchase gift certificates for chair massage for your loved ones today via this link. Or stop by our WWM chair massage station at Whole Foods Lincoln park and buy gift certificates in person from 12noon to 8pm every day (except on major holidays or during polar vortexes!).

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

Last week in the MidWest we can such dangerously cold weather, many people did not leave their house, hunkering down in the central heat and safety of their homes. Yet many people I spoke with felt exhausted, more anxious or tearful than usual, had more negative thoughts and felt more unstable …and wondered why.

One reason I think we feel more exhausted and emotional in such weather conditions is that our bodies know that, even though we are indoors, we are in danger. As I sat in my home last Wednesday, I felt the stillness, I heard the news reports. “Dangerously” cold is the message I heard. I thought of the animals outside, the people that don’t have adequate shelter. I worried about our heat, our electricity. My body felt the effects of the weather even though I was indoors. Our bodies are pretty smart!

According to one study, Cognitive Function and Mood During Acute Cold Stress After Extended Military Training and Recovery by HR Lieberman, JW Castellani and AJ Young, military subjects were tested before and after being exposed to cold weather conditions. Results were that subjects had adverse effects to their moods: “Acute cold exposure itself significantly degraded vigilance, overall mood, and increased tension.”

This article, Prolonged extreme cold could be taking a toll on your mental health, by Marney Blunt, discusses the effect extreme cold weather has due to isolation, lack of energy to exercise and feeling a lack of control of your environment.

Thankfully the recent cold snap has come to an end in Chicago and this week looks like it is warming up! In the future, if you experience a cold snap again, know that low energy, feeling less optimistic and feeling “Out of sorts” is partly due to your body’s natural reaction to extreme cold. And now that it is “warmer,” if you can, get out and engage in activity and socializing! And stop by the Working Well Massage booth which reopened Friday 2-1-19 to get a relaxing massage, warm up your muscles and out a smile on your face!

New WWM Booth in WFM Lincoln Park

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

Chicago (and actually the entire the Midwest) is experience such extreme cold even the U.S. Post Office shut down today!

At Working Well Massage, we not only care about the safety and wellbeing of our clients, we care about our massage therapists and their safety and wellbeing. So we closed our massage station inside Whole Foods Lincoln Park from Tuesday 4pm to Friday noon so that our massage therapists can stay safe and not travel in these conditions.

Although we will not be in the WWM booth to give you warming massages the next few days, we will be back in the booth again on Friday at 12noon!

New WWM Booth in WFM Lincoln Park

Please stay warm and be safe. Travel only if absolutely necessary today. We will be happy to see you at our WWM chair massage booth and hear your Winter stories Friday!

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

Clutter can be stressful. And Marie Kondo’s new Netflix reality show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo shows us how to declutter and keep our spaces neater and less stressful. her approach seems to be only keep those items that bring you joy! Check out the trailer here. 

Japanese cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo is known best for her book “the life-changing magic of tidying up.”  In the book, she explains that to declutter, it is best to use category approach versus approaching declutters little by little or by  a room approach.  Her KonMari Method leads to lasting results and the book reports that most people that use her method remain clutter free over time.

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How Does clutter lead to stress? According to Psychology Today, Clutter can increase uncomfortable feelings of anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and lead us to feel guilty and unfocused. Read more here, in Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies by

Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.

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

To all our our readers, clients, massage therapists and family and friends, Happy New Year!! We wish you, health, happiness and a sense of meaning and purpose in your world in 2019.  Stop by and see us at our Lincoln Park chair massage station starting tomorrow 1-2-19!!

 

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