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

Recently, I had the chance to work a few hours in the Working Well Massage chair massage station inside Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park. In years past, I’ve spent many hours in the WWM booths, giving chair massages, talking to clients and enjoying the time in the store. While I was giving massages recently, I was mindful of the time I started and kept track of the pace of my massages based on the clock we have in our booth. And I thought back to a Yelp review we once had in which a client complained that her massage therapist was a “clock watcher.”

 

Normally the term “clock watcher” is a pejorative term. According to dictionary. com,  a clock watcher is “an employee who demonstrates lack of interest in a job by watching the time closely to be sure to stop work as soon as the workday or shift is over,” or “any person who watches the time closely, as in expectation of some news or event.” It seems the Yelper thought the massage therapist was watching the lock because she was disinterested in giving her a massage. Far from it. Like a coach using a stop watch to track a students race times, or a dentist waiting a certain number of minutes for Novocaine to kick in, some jobs are time dependent.

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When a massage therapist gives a massage, but especially a chair massage, we based our pace and the amount of time we allocate to each area we massage, on the number of minutes of the massage the client requests.

Addressing neck pain means we may focus more time on the upper torso and neck. How much time we focus directly on the neck depends on the overall length of time of the massage.

Massage therapists watch the clock to make sure we stay on track and have enough time to effectively address each area the client wants work on. Most massage therapists will periodically look at the clock and note how much time we have left to address the areas we need to work. If we did not do this, you might get a really great massage on one side the body and then about 1 minute to address the other side!

Andrew Petrikiv, LMT ready to give massages by the minute!

So if you are receiving a massage and see your massage therapist glance at the clock,  it is not that he or she is bored or wants to get the massage over with. Rest assured that your massage therapist is doing their best to pace themselves and make sure the areas you need addressed are massaged effectively. Then, go ahead and relax and enjoy the massage!

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

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We wish all our clients, Whole Foods Market team members, Working Well Massage therapists and our friends and family a healthy and happy July 4th!

The Working Well Massage chair massage booth will be open inside Whole Foods Lincoln Park today, July 4, 2018, during our normal hours, from 12Noon to 8pm.

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Feel free to stop by and get out of the heat and great a great massage from Najat. She will be in the booth all day, ready to relax you with her expert massage skills.

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

 

Our Working Well Massage team appreciates all the service people who have fought to defend our freedoms. We appreciate your service!

This Memorial Day, we will be open during our regular hours for both veterans and civilians to enjoy a relaxing chair massage…in the air-conditioned Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park! Stop by and see our new booth.

New WWM Booth in WFM Lincoln Park

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

Our WWM chair massage booth renovations are complete! We are so happy with how the new booth turned out. The new look nicely compliments the rest of the remodeling done in Lincoln Park’s Whole Foods Market.

We thank Whole Foods for being such wonderful partners and for all their help with the remodel.

Stop by and see us and our new booth!

Jake Gives a Relaxing Massage in the New WWM Booth in WFM Lincoln Park

The new booth has privacy screens above and is much more insulated for sound and temperature than the old booth.

New sound and privacy barriers above the new WWM booth

The new booth is painted in shades of green and black to match WFM Lincoln Park’s new decor.

Inside new WWM chair massage booth

We updated all our equipment inside the booth to match the new look! WWM chair massage booth now has a sound absorbing wall and a new black coat rack.

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WWM chair massage booth’s new sound absorbing wall

Looking down at the booth from the stairs in a new experience with the sound barrier privacy shields above the booth.

WWM chair massage booth has a new look!

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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

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

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As of May 22, 2017, Working Well Massage therapists are able to accept credit cards for payment of massage fees in our chair massage booth in Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market.

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WWM booth inside WFM Lincoln Park near Express checkout

Up until now, we have only been able to accept cash or checks in the books. By accepting credit cards, we hope to make it easier for clients to access and pay for our services!

When you visit our booth, let the massage therapist know you will be paying with credit card. Our team will be using their smart phones to process credit card payments so please be patient with us as we acclimate to the technology!

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