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

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

Today we celebrate Veteran’s Day, in honor of veterans that have served our country. Yet every day, many veterans struggle with mental health issues. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common diagnosis for those that have experienced life threatening traumatic events and have ongoing difficulties with intrusive memories, hyper vigilance and attempts to avoid thinking about the events. Some veterans have nightmares, difficulty with anger management and feel isolated and misunderstood when y=they return home after active duty and combat situations.

The Veteran’s Administration provides physical and mental health services for veterans.  But for some, that is not enough. The good news for veterans is that there are alternative mental health services for military service people and veterans.

Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a national nonprofit organization with a large network of mental health clinicians that offer no cost mental health counseling to those that qualify. Give an Hour offers its services to all active duty service members, veterans of any era, and their loved ones. This includes parents, siblings, grandparents, unmarried partners, and others affected by a loved one’s service.

Give an Hour clinicians sign up and agree to offer one free hour a week of psychotherapy to a member of the military, active or veteran, or a family member. Veterans and family members can sign up on the Give an Hour website and select from a list of volunteer psychotherapists.

According to the Give An Hour Website, eligible clients include:

To Donate to Give an Hour, click here.

Headstrong

Headstrong is a service that is available to combat veterans that provides free psychotherapy specific to treat PTSD, usually via a type of PTSD treatment called EDMR. According to Headstrong website, Headstrong was founded in 2012 through a partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine, one of the nation’s leading mental health care centers to offer free, and confidential treatment for post-9/11 military veterans. Headstrong currently offers services in select cities in the following States: California, Colorado, Illinois (Chicago), Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Texas (Houston), Virginia,  and Washington DC.

Headstrong has developed an evidence-based, cost-free, stigma-free, confidential, and frictionless mental health treatment program for post-9/11 military veterans that works.

For combat veterans in Chicago, to sign up for free Headstrong Services, click here.

Headstrong is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization supported primarily by donations. To donate to Headstrong, click here.

Disclaimer: As a mental health provider, I participate in both Give an Hour and Headstrong. I believe strongly in helping our nation’s military personnel and I also specialize in helping clients recover from traumatic experiences.

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

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try stand up paddleboarding. It was great fun and a wonderful workout! At the same time, it was difficult to stand up on the board. I looked to You Tube for help on the best way to get up and stay up on the board. I found this great video on how to get started from Stand Up Paddle Board TV.

I made a lot of mistakes and was happy to see this video from BluePlanetSurf about Common Beginner mistakes. Balance is difficult at first and BluePlanet Surf had this video with tips on how to balance when standing on the board. Verena Mei had great tips on this video of how to fall in and get back on the board. Best tip is fall in the water which is soft versus on the board which can hurt you!!

Stand Up paddleboarding really works your core and back muscles, not just your arms. The Active Times has this article on Why Stand Up Paddle Boarding is A Killer Workout.   Health Fitness Revolution explains the Top 10 Health Benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding.  Benefits include reducing stress, enjoying being in nature and of course, strengthen your muscles, getting a great overall workout and having fun!

Advanced skills combining Yoga AND paddleboarding! Image from https://www.reviewgigant.com/sup-board-kopen-gids/

In Chicago, there are a few places to learn how to stand up paddleboard. First there is Chicago SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) with info on lessons here. For $65 you can learn how to paddleboard in 30 minutes then practice for an hour afterward with Chicago SUP boards.

Chicago Paddle Company also provides lessons but for $45 per hour. Their 1-hour lessons include

    • YOLO Board, paddle & leash
    • P.F.D. (personal flotation device)
    • On land paddle and water safety instruction
    • On water paddle instruction with a SUP safety certified instructor

You can also rent paddleboards from Chicago Paddle Company  at Kathy Osterman ‘Hollywood’ Beach in Edgewater for  $30/hour.

Paddleboarding with your pet! An advanced skill. Image from https://www.reviewgigant.com/sup-board-kopen-gids

Stand up paddle boards can be expensive ($400 and up to $2500 at REI on sale until 9-4-17) , but if you shop around you can get some deals. Some people prefer the inflatable type of paddle board so it is easier to store and travel with your board. The cheapest one I found is for $259 (Reg $399 on sale as of 8-25-17) at Walmart here.

Bestway Inflatable Paddle Board from Walmart

 

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

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, I was honored to be part of the IlliniCare Health Fair at Compassion Baptist Church in the South Side of Chicago. Two of our Working Well Massage therapists, Nikki and Sara, joined me to provide relaxing chair massage to attendees of the event. Between the three of us, we massaged over 100 people on Saturday.

According to IlliniCare Health, 700 members of the surrounding community took part in the event.  IlliniCare Health’s goal in holding this event was to strengthen our community by improving health care access, increasing the awareness of pivotal resources, and championing the importance of education.  IlliniCare Health we believe treating people with kindness, respect, and dignity empowers healthy decisions and that healthier individuals create more vibrant families and communities. Working Well Massage shares these values as well and we thank IlliniCare Health for inviting us to work with them at this event!

We met Chicago Alderman Gregory Mitchell of the 7th Ward, and Congresswoman Robin Kelly at the 2nd annual Health Fair and Back-to-School Kickoff. gave children as young as 7-years-old and seniors as old as 91 relaxing massages! Illinois Eye Institute provided free vision check ups. Walgreens provided free flu shots and blood pressure checks.

Sara massages an attendee while other patiently wait for their massages. In the background, people line up for vision screening exams.

I was so proud of my team for helping everyone enjoy themselves. Along with WWM, there were health care providers offering free vision screening, dental care and  a host of other services. IlliniCare Health gave away free backpacks and wonderful nutritious lunches as well.

People of all ages patiently waiting for their massage as others browse free eyeglass selections

Bronzeville Children’s Museum “You Are What You Eat” exhibit also taught attendees about healthy eating and working out while having fun.

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

From the team at Working Well Massage to you, our readers and fans, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy Fourth of July holiday!

Working Well Massage is closed today so that our staff can enjoy the holiday. We will be open again in Lincoln Park a t our WWM chair massage station inside Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park starting at Noon tomorrow, July 5, 2017. Stop by and see us to relax after your July 4th festivities!

Read more about the history of July 4th here  at History.com.

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

Taylor Polak a Content Marketing Specialist representing Concept Seating, sent me this infographic to share with my readers. The idea is that you can do a few simple exercises while at your desk. While none of the exercises are new, the infographic does a nice job of summing up and reminding us that we can do a  few simple movements each day from our desks to keep our bodies more limber and bring fresh oxygen to our bodies and brains as we work!

Note: I do not receive any advertising income from Concept Seating and sharing this infographic is not an endorsement of their products or services. Looking at their chairs, they appear to be very ergonomic and the company is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

 

Concept Seating is a Division of LJ Design and Manufacturing an is located at 3205 N 124th St Brookfield, WI 53005. For more info about their chairs and stools, call them at 800-892-5563

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

Chair massage at airports has gained in popularity over the years. Recently I made a trip to Phoenix, AZ for conference and was able to sample a 15-minute chair massage at the airport.  I was happy to say I received a very good massage from my Phoenix massage therapists, Manuel! (Manuel not pictured, but two other fine massage therapists posed for the pic.)

The price was high ($40 for a 15-minute massage), but since there are not a lot of options in the area, and I know the airports tack on heavy fees, I understand the pricing. I also know the massage therapists earn a fraction of this fee so I tipped well.

In Chicago, Terminal Gateway Spa is the company that provides chair massage in O’Hare International Airport. To the best of my knowledge, I do not think Midway Airport offers chair massage. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong!

 

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Massage therapists at Phoenix International Airport’s Express Spa

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