By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer
I’ve been performing chair massages in the Chicago area for the past 10 years or so. In 2001, I opened my first chair massage station in Whole Foods Gold Coast. Since then I’ve opened several chair massage stations in and around the Chicago area. As a massage therapist and former corporate trainer and writer, I had a number of different “bosses” and I’ve learned from each of them. I’ve learned to select good team members and treat them with respect, provide them with good working conditions and give them the opportunity to promote themselves.
The Working Well Massage chair stations provide an excellent opportunity for good massage therapists to meet new clients. The in store massage stations also give massage clients a chance to meet and sample the work of a variety of talented massage therapists at a reasonable rate.
Who are these talented massage therapists at Working Well chair massage stations?
In the coming weeks, I will be introducing some of them to you. This week, I am introducing Dennis Frymire, a recent addition to our Lincoln Park team.
Dennis gives a really powerful deep tissue massage and can also scale back his pressure to give a nice relaxing massage. For those that want deep pressure and a skilled therapeutic massage, I highly recommend Dennis!
I interviewed Dennis about his interest in massage, his style and his education. Read on for Dennis’ story:
I came into a massage therapy as part of a lifestyle overhaul I realized I needed after my mom passed away in March of 2008. My dad passed away in 2002, and both of them leaving us at such relatively young ages made me realize that I needed make some changes in how I was living, and massage therapy came along with that. At the time I was considering different massage schools, a co-worker in my office had just graduated from The Soma Institute, and she highly recommended the school.
Having trained at Soma, I approach massage more from a clinical and therapeutic aspect. I give a great wellness massage, but I love helping clients with specific knots and stresses that they need to have worked out. One of the reasons I love giving chair massages is that they often have that specific focus on a problem area for the client. As I continue to grow and hone my skills, I am very interested in exploring sports massage further.
Thursdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
I also give chair massages to club members at West Loop Athletic Club. I also make outcalls to private clients under my own business, Better Life Massage & Bodywork.
I am also an actor, director, and performer around Chicago. As part of a way of giving back to the Chicago theater community, I offer my massage services to fellow actors and performers at a heavily discounted rate.
Note: Although Dennis looks very serious in his professional headshot, he’s a very laid back, easy-going guy. If you meet him in person, he will likely be smiling! Stop by and try a massage with Dennis on Thursdays or Saturdays from 12 noon to 4p.m. at the Lincoln Park chair massage location at 1550 N. Kingsbury.