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

One of the many reasons I enjoy having a small business inside Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park is the support of the store management and team members. From the very first day I started managing the massage booth in the Lincoln Park store, my staff and I have felt welcomed and appreciated by Whole Foods Team Leaders (aka managers) and Team Members (aka staff). Whenever I see Rich Howley, the Store Team Leader, as he stacks shelves, speaks with shoppers, encourages his team and overall keeps the new store well stocked, well-managed and well run, I feel Working Well Massage is part of something really special. I know Rich cares about his store and wants to give shoppers a great place to shop, hang out and even get a great massage. And Team Members are super helpful to shoppers, upbeat and happy to have us in the store and get a massage when they can as well.

Recently Rich suggested we relocate our massage station about 20 feet from our previous location to give us a solid wall behind our booth and make us easier to find on the main floor. We’ve been located next to the Express lane and many shoppers get confused as to which “lane” to enter: the massage booth or the Express lane. By relocating our booth closer to the staircase leading up to the Mezzanine, we are out of the direct flow of checkout traffic, we have a quieter, more private space for massage and we have more room for our clients coats and carts near our booth. Once again, Rich was looking out for Whole Foods shoppers as well as Working Well Massage clients and massage therapists.   So we moved our booth and are so happy with our new location!

Now some of our clients are a little confused about where we are now. Even though we did not move very far from our previous location, people are creatures of habit, and have a hard time with change. Hopefully this blog post will clear things up!

Our New location inside the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market

New Working Well Massage-Lincoln Park Location. Image by Sue Shekut.

Our Former location inside the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market

Old Working Well Massage-Lincoln Park Location. Image by Sue Shekut.

The Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market, for the uninitiated, is a 75,000 square foot space and one of the 3 largest Whole Foods Markets in the country. Our Working Well Massage station is located behind the Express Checkout lanes and next to the in store restaurant area (aka the “grocer-ant”). Shoppers can buy deli meat, grab a quick bite from the salad bar or hot food bar, or eat at one of the in store restaurants, and then get a great chair massage. OR, they often get a muscle tension reducing massage, then shop and eat. With free wireless internet at Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park, many of my friends and clients spend hours sitting on their computers, having meetings with their own clients or friends, and people watching far above our booth. I’m not trying to write a Whole Foods brochure here, but for those that have not yet visited Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, you are so missing an amazing shopping experience. Plus a wine bar and a beer/coffee bar!  Even a trail mix bar, bath salt bar and Gelato bar too.

For those that are uncomfortable with the idea of “getting a massage in a grocery store,” fear not. Our massage station is well secluded behind paper screens and wood cabinets. And with chair massage, no one takes off their clothes so there is no need to worry about being seen as our talented massage therapists work your sore and tense muscles–through your clothes! (Think sports massage without the sweat.)

Stop by our new booth and meet Dennis, Heidi, Mysti, Kimosha, Cindy, Andrew, Yuriy or Robert Ertel. They are all fantastic massage therapists with their own unique massage styles. But they all have one thing in common: They give some of the best massages in Chicago and are part of the Working Well Massage team!

Working Well Lincoln Park inside Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park

1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL

Hours: Daily, 12 noon-8p.m.

Working Well Gold Coast inside Whole Foods Market-Gold Coast

30 W Huron, Chicago, IL

Hours: Daily, 12 noon-8p.m.

Prices for chair massage at WWM booths

Quick Fix (5-Minute Massage) = $6
Short Stop (10-Minute Massage) = $12
Mellow Moment (15-Minute Massage) = $18
Complete Retreat I (20-Minute Massage) = $24
Complete Retreat II (30-Minute Massage) = $35

Additional increments of 5 minutes = $6

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

Wondering why I haven’t posted much this week? I’ve been busy making changes to the Working Well Massage chair massage stations. We completely remodeled our massage booth in Whole Foods Market-Gold Coast at 30 W Huron. We replaced our paper screens with beautiful maple shuttered screens and new cabinets. Check out our new look below.

The New & Improved WWM Gold Coast Booth at 30 W Huron. Image by Sue Shekut.

WWM Chair Station at Whole Foods Gold Coast, 30 W Huron. Image by Sue Shekut.

And at night you can still see our new shiny massage station outside Whole Foods Market-Gold Coast.

WWM Gold Coast Booth from outside Whole Foods at Night. Image by Sue Shekut

Working Well Massage provides chair massage for corporate clients, special events and daily at our two Chicago chair massage stations. Chair massage at our WWM stations are convenient and affordable. You don’t need an appointment, you don’t need to disrobe and you decide how long you want the massage to last: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15, 20 or 30. But if you really need focused work on your upper body, we can even give you a 45-min to 1 hour chair massage at our booths!

Working Well Gold Coast inside Whole Foods Market-Gold Coast

30 W Huron, Chicago, IL

Hours: Daily, 12 noon-8p.m.

Working Well Lincoln Park inside Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park

1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL

Hours: Daily, 12 noon-8p.m.

Prices for chair massage at WWM booths

Quick Fix (5-Minute Massage) = $6
Short Stop (10-Minute Massage) = $12
Mellow Moment (15-Minute Massage) = $18
Complete Retreat I (20-Minute Massage) = $24
Complete Retreat II (30-Minute Massage) = $35

Additional increments of 5 minutes = $6

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

When I first left corporate America to pursue my own wellness business, one of the concerns I had was about providing my own benefits. As an employee of  a large corporate firm, I had received company paid health care, dental care, disability insurance, 401K, paid sick days, paid vacation days and paid holidays. In return I was required to plant my body in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm or thereabouts.  However, I felt like a caged animal in cubelife–my body needed more movement, my soul needed more meaningful work and my mind craved more variety. After completing massage school, I took the plunge to be my own boss, set my hours AND pay for my own benefits. Which meant I had to learn how to find and understand those benefits. (Something big companies pay a full-time HR specialist to do!)

I found my own health insurance plan through an insurance “broker.” U.S. Benefits  group is the broker I currently use and recommend in Chicago. But now you can also find out about health care plans through a government website.  I am usually fairly skeptical when it comes to government-sponsored anything. But I admit, I am impressed by the new government sponsored website “healthcare.gov.”  It’s a web portal that explains the new Affordable Health Care initiative and simplifies the insurance purchasing process for those that may not be familiar with purchasing their own healthcare plans. I took a test drive and I have to say, it is super easy to navigate.

Navigating the Healthcare.gov website

1. Want to find a health care plan that fits you/you and your family, click here.

2. Want to read about illness prevention? Click here.

3. Not sure how your hospital compares with others in the area? Check it out here.

4. Confused about the new Affordable Care Act? You’re not alone. That’s why this new site gives you plenty of info about the new law and how it impacts you here.

5. Are you looking for specific info for your particular situation? Click here if you are a healthy individual, someone with a health condition or if you are pregnant. Senior citizens can learn how the new law impacts you here.

6. If you run a small business, there is great info here to help you make good health care decisions for you and your staff.

7. Hard working Human Resource professionals of companies with more than 50 employees can learn how the Affordable health Care act effects you and your company here.

8. Have tons of time on your hands and love wading through government regulations? The new site even has a page for you! The Implementation pages gives you access to the actual regulations, authorities and requests for comments here.

Check out the new website and let us know what you think in the comments section of this post!

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