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By Susan Shekut, MA, Clinical Professional Psychology, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

I’m happy to report that in January 2015, Working Well Massage, Inc. has been in business successfully for 15 years!

We are appreciative of all of our corporate clients, our chair massage clients at our chair stations inside Whole Foods Market and to our families and friends!

15 Free Massages to Celebrate!

To celebrate our 15 years in business successfully, we are giving away 15 fifteen-minute massages to the first 15 WWM clients who email us at info@workingwellmassage.com with the message “Free 15-Minute Massage” in the subject line.

Massages are then redeemable at either our Lincoln Park or our Gold Coast massage stations in Chicago. One 15-minute gift certificate per client. Clients must provide their full names, phone numbers and mailing addresses in their email to us in order to receive their 15-minute massage gift certificate.

Thank you Chicago area clients! We could not have done reached 15 years in business without you!

A Shout Out to Working Well Massage Staff

Working Well Massage is proud to have highly skilled, talented massage therapists on our team, but we are not only proud of our staff because they give great massages. We also think they are great people! Without infringing on the privacy of our staff, we do want to give them a shout out and tell you about some of their accomplishments.

First off, through the years we have had a few team members that are veterans of the U.S Armed Forces. One of our team members has volunteered his time and effort to help out fellow veterans through the years. We also have had a number of our staff active in the arts community, with some of our staff also accomplishing some fame as actors, singers, dancers and writers. Other staff members teach yoga, provide personal training and corrective exercise. Some of our staff were born and raised in far off lands like Russia, the Ukraine, Morocco and Indiana. 🙂 We know that moving to a different country, learning a new language and becoming a U.S. citizen is a huge brave undertaking and we are super proud of our team members that have made the move and now work with us to provide our clients with relaxation and pain relief!

We also proud of our staff that have taught in area massage schools and provide mentoring to fellow massage therapists at WWM and in the general massage community.  Many of our massage therapists are active in massage organizations, advocating for other massage therapists and providing free massages at charity events from time to time. And a few of our team members have left the massage field to go on to nursing, business, acupuncture and counseling fields. We miss them and wish them well!

Working Well Massage Clients

Through the years, we have given massages at five different Whole Foods Market locations and currently have booths in two Whole Foods stores, the Gold Coast and Lincoln park Locations. We are super appreciative of our successful partnership with Whole Foods Markets and look forward to many more years of providing Whole Foods shoppers and team members with our relaxing massages.

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Working Well Massage has also been privileged to provide Chicago area workers with massage throughout the Chicagoland area for the past 15 years. To protect the privacy of our corporate clients, we do will no list specific names, but we will say that we are happy to be part of the wellness initiative at several successful financial firms, marketing and advertising agencies, Chicagoland area schools, at police stations and firehouses, mental health centers, hospitals, universities,  healthcare firms, software firms, publishing houses, photo studios, tax firms, condo associations, and manufacturing and distribution firms.

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We enjoy working with all of our clients and we believe that their success is as important as our success. So we hope that our relaxation and pain management massage services helps their staff be productive, happy and able to keep their companies working well!

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By Susan Shekut, MA, Clinical Professional Psychology, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Corporate clients ask us how to help their employees incorporate more movement at work. It’s a tricky issue as most office work is done on a computer which requires the user to sit or stand in front of it for hours. Doing any repetitive movement for hours can lead to pain and muscle soreness. The key is to move frequently in different positions. Simply standing up periodically, stretching, going to the restroom or walking around the office lets your muscles take a break from the repetitive movements and stiffness of prolonged sitting.

Photo by Steelcase

Photo by Steelcase

Desks that allow employees to alternate between sitting and standing are helpful. Steelcase has a few options as well as many other vendors.

Here are some other tips on adding more movement into your work day.  Woman’s Health has this article, Easy Ways to Move More At Work.

For the science-minded, here is a promising pilot study from The Journal of Environmental and Public Health about helping employees remember to move more at work. A Pilot Study of Increasing Nonpurposeful Movement Breaks at Work as a Means of Reducing Prolonged Sitting. The study shows that passive prompts tend to be most encouraging to help people remember to move frequently throughout the day. The passive prompts were computer based  timed prompt that reminded staff s get up and perform some kind of “nonpurposeful movement.”  In the study, the software program used gave staff   a choice of 60 office-appropriate activities (i.e., walking, taking the stairs, and retrieving the photocopies). to complete. Employees were able to select the active, and choose the duration and intensity of each activity or nonpurposeful movement.    To read the full study, click here.

Even the government has gotten on the movement bandwagon and created a program to help federal employees move more at work. Click here for info about the Veteran’s Health Administrations Success With Increasing Movement at Work.

If all else falls, employers can provide push scooters for their staff. If the halls are long enough, people can push their way around the office! Roller skates and Roller blades in the office may be going too far though. Unless your office is the Fantasy Factory  at Dyrdek Enterprises.

 

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