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

Now that WWM has closed our Gold Coast location, we want to remind Chicagoans that we are still open and serving chair massage clients in the Lincoln Park area in our WWM chair massage station! WWM is open daily from 12-8pm. That’s right, seven days a week (excluding holidays).

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WWM Lincoln Park Chair massage station is located inside Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park at 1550 N Kingsbury. Find us on the main floor right ext to Express check out line and in front of the in store restaurants.

 

WWM booth inside WFM Lincoln Park near Express checkout

WWM booth inside WFM Lincoln Park near Express checkout

WWM has been inside the giant Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market since the store was first opened in 2009.   We are grateful to Store Team Leader, Rich Howley for his support and welcome to his Lincoln Park store.

WWM Massage Therapists at WWM Lincoln Park

Many of our WWM Gold Coast massage therapist are still available at the WWM Lincoln Park chair massage station. See below for our usual weekly line up. And for the next few weeks, Najat will be on vacation and back Mid March. Until then Bernardo, David M., Andrew and Patty and David K will be subbing for Najat. And once she is back, Patty and David K will not have regular shifts the Lincoln Park WWM booth, but will be subbing from time to time.

WWM Lincoln Park (Usual) Massage Therapist Weekly Schedule

Mondays, 12-4pm, David M

David M

David M

 

Mondays, 4-8pm, Najat

Najat

Najat

 

Tuesdays, 12-4pm, Jeanie (not pictured)

 

Tuesdays, 4-8pm, Starlette

Starlette

Starlette

 

Wednesdays, 12-4pm, Andrew

Andrew Petrikiv, LMT

Andrew

 

Wednesdays, 4-8pm, Najat

Najat

Najat

 

Thursdays, 12-4pm, David M

David M.

David M.

 

Thursdays, 4-8pm, Aaron

Aaron

Aaron

 

Friday’s 12-4pm, Najat

Najat

Najat

 

Fridays,  4-8pm, Trina

Trina

Trina

 

Saturdays, 12-4pm, Najat

Najat

Najat

 

Saturday, 4-8pm, Kimosha

Kimosha

Kimosha

Sundays, 12-4pm, Trina

Trina

Trina

 

Sundays, 4-8pm, Bernardo

Bernado

Bernado

 

Guest Appearances by Patty M and David K from time to time!

Patty

Patty

 

David K

David K.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, I spent a few hours working with Najat, one of our long time WWM massage therapists, dismantling and cleaning up the space that has held our chair massage station for many years.

Najat cleans our space as we dismantle our WWM booth

Najat cleans our space as we dismantle our WWM booth

Since I first made the announcement that WFM Gold Coast Store Team Leader had asked us to close our booth, I’ve had many calls and emails from concerned clients that are sad and worried about our booth closing. Sadly, WWM had no control over whether we would leave the WFM Gold Coast store. If it was up to WWM, we would have stayed open at this location, but like many Chicago institutions, our time was over. WFM Gold Coast leadership wanted to bring more cafe seating into the space we occupied.  As Najat would say, C’est Le Vie.

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What took 15 years to build, we knocked down in hours!

I’ve heard wonderful stories from clients that have visited us in the Gold Coast location for many years. One client credits his newfound health and heart improvement on regular chair massage by WWM massage therapists. He said his doctors are surprised at his recovery and tell him to keep the massages up! Another client told me she has used our massage services for 11-12 years and worries she will not be able to travel to our Lincoln Park location for massages once we closed our booths.

No more WWM at WFM Gold Coast-WWM has left the building!

No more WWM at WFM Gold Coast-WWM has left the building on 1-31-17!

We apologize to customers that found our Gold Coast location convenient and are unable to travel to our Lincoln Park location. WWM would be happy to reopen in another location in the River North or Gold Coast or Streeterville area if we can find a good arrangement. We have looked at other potential locations, but thus far, have not had any promising offers for another space for our booth.  Unfortunately chair massage is not lucrative enough for us to afford the high rent of Gold Coast office space for a chair massage station. Our partnership with WFM, which has long been a company committed to whole body and wellness, has been a natural relationship. And one we happily continue with WFM Lincoln Park!

For those clients of our WWM chair massage booth in the Gold Coast, we say thank you for stopping by and getting massages, sharing your lives, your pain, your joy and your stories through the years. You have touched each and every one of us emotionally, as we have touched your muscles and helped relieve your tension and deal with stress!

WWM Gold Coast Before 2-1-17

 

WWM Previous booth space inside WFM Gold Coast after 2-1-17. Two high top tables replace previous massage oasis. C’est le vie!

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

In my role as a massage therapist, I spend a lot of time trying to help people relax their nervous systems, allowing them to “de-stress” and feel their bodies relax, thus reducing muscle and mental tension. In my role as a psychotherapist, I do something similar, helping clients learn to manage emotional and psychological stress in a more functional way, to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD, along with reducing need for relying on addictive coping skills like substance use.

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Working with clients that have social and communication deficits known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, or previously known as Asperger’s Disorder, requires a good understanding of the nervous system and how being in a highly activated nervous system state (known as flight or flight or Sympathetic Nervous System mode) tends to shut down Executive Functioning processes like problem solving, decision making, impulse control and working memory.ae_mainlogo_tagline-9-300x136

Asperger’s Experts, my new favorite website for learning about Asperger’s and Autistic traits, provides a wonderful video explaining how people with Asperger’s tend to process information and sensations and gives really great tips on how to work with children and adults with this disorder.

When humans are in fight or flight mode, the brain and body is trying to save the person from perceived harm. It’s not a good time to learn or listen to directions or face social anxiety fears. People with Asperger’s tend to be overwhelmed by sensory input and thus tend to be in sympathetic mode much of the time.  This makes it super difficult for them to learn social and communication skills unless they have taught how to handle the overload and self soothe or calm themselves down.

Danny Raede explains the Sensory Funnel here. My favorite quote is this, “Lack of social skills are a symptom of being too overwhelmed and in Defense Mode. And until you get somebody with Asperger’s out of defense mode, you won’t be able to teach him social skills. It’s like taking somebody in Iraq that’s involved in an active battle and saying, hey, do you want to learn how to knit? And while they may want to make sweaters, they have more important things on their mind. They’re just trying to stay alive.”

When parents work with children, when managers work with employees and when people in relationships  become emotionally overwhelmed, we can all experience a similar feeling of not being able to think clearly, control our emotions and make decisions. Learning how to manage our sensory overloads and self soothe are valuable skills for us all, and even more important for working with people with Asperger’s and Autistic traits!

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Happy New Year from Working Well Massage!By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

 

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Happy New Year from Working Well Massage!

With each New Year we start a fresh clean calendar. We have choices on how we want to spend our time in 2017. Balancing rest and relaxation with activity allows us to maintain optimal health and better cope with stress and difficulties of life. Be good to yourself in 2017. Schedule times for relaxation, massages, and naps to balance activities and obligations as best you can. Visit us at one of our chair massage stations or your regular massage therapist as needed.

Also, remember you only have one more month to visit us in the Gold Coast. On January 31, 2017, Working Well Massage will be closing our Gold Coast location inside Whole Foods Market at 30 W. Huron at the end of January, at the request of Whole Foods management. While our staff and clients are saddened by this change, we are looking forward to continuing to serve our Chicago area clients in the Whole Foods Lincoln Park location at 1550 N Kingsbury.  And we look forward to continuing to serve our existing and future clients in your office with our on site corporate massage services.

The Working Well Massage massage team has given literally thousands of massages in the past 17 years and helped many people feel more relaxed, peaceful and cared for.

Watch this blog for more news about Working Well Massage in 2017.

 

 

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

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers, clients, friends, families and to our staff!

Turkey Run State Park. Photo by Sue Shekut.

Turkey Run State Park. Photo by Sue Shekut.

Gratitude is in the name of today’s holiday: Thankfulness is defined by the dictionary as appreciation, gratitude.

According to scientific research, expressing gratitude is actually good for our health! in her article,
7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round
in Forbes magazine, Amy Morin, provides us with helpful ways that gratitude improves health.

• Gratitude helps us expand our social support network, important to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and give us friend to turn to when we need emotional support.

• Gratitude improves physical and psychological health. People that are thankful tend to take better care of themselves, feel happiness and a sense of well-being.

• Gratitude increases our ability to feel empathy and reduces our tendency to become aggressive.

• Gratitude improves our self-esteem and reduces our tendency to make social comparisons which can leave us feeling less than. When we look at what we have rather than what we don’t have, we tend to feel more satisfied and less envious of what we feel we lack.

• Gratitude improves our resilience helping us heal from trauma and making us more resistant to the negative effects of difficult circumstances in the future.

I am grateful to be able to provide hundreds if not thousands of massages for the past 16 years at Working Well Massage, grateful to have such wonderful clients and team members and relationships with partners such as Whole Foods Market and River North Wellness Center and grateful to be able to blog about it!

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

I am sad to say that our very own Cindy Bokhof, LMT, will be leaving Working Well Massage and Chicago. Cindy leaves us to begin the next phase of her life in Sunny Florida this Winter!

Cindy Bokhof, LMT

Cindy Bokhof, LMT

Stop by the  WWM booths inside Whole Foods Lincoln Park and Gold Coast in the next week to receive your last massage with Cindy!

Cindy will be at the WWM Lincoln Park booth on:

• Tuesday, November 22 and 29 from 12 noon-4pm,

• Wednesday, November 23 and 30, from 4-8pm

•  Friday, November 25 from 4-8pm.

Cindy will be at the  WWM booth inside Whole Foods Market Gold Coast on Saturday, November 26, from 4-8pm for the last time.

Cindy has been a valued team member and massage therapist with Working Well Massage since August, 2008. Cindy originally worked at the old Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park when it was on Sheffield. When that massage station closed, Cindy joined WWM and has worked at our South Loop (now closed), Lincoln Park and Gold Coast booths since then over the past few years.

Cindy is a warm and welcoming woman, giving very soothing relaxing massages to clients every day she has been in the booth. What many do not know is that Cindy is also a huge help to fellow WWM team members, to the WWM company and to me personally. Cindy has substituted for fellow massage therapists, staying late during emergencies, and working past her shift end time for her clients. Cindy has helped maintain and decorate the booths, helping to keep the dust and dirt that accumulates in grocery stores from building up on our screens. Cindy has set a high standard for professionalism, teamwork and skill. She always has a kind word to say, has been a great asset to WWM and has been a calm, gentle presence in the stores.

Cindy says she loves chair massage more so than table massage and will really miss Lincoln Park and Gold Coast Whole Foods Markets, her clients,  and WWM team members. Although she will soon be gone, Cindy will not be forgotten!

We wish you well, Cindy and will remember you fondly!

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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

For some time, the research behind massage therapy has shown that massage can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and improve the ability to get good nights sleep.

In the Institute for Integrative Health Care, Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS,  wrote a good article that sums up the symptoms of anxiety and explains that the way massage therapy helps is to help you sleep more soundly and massage also reduces muscle pain.  For more details, read the article here!

Massage reduces anxiety!

Massage reduces anxiety!

Want the “official word” On anxiety and massage therapy? Read the American Massage Therapy Associations position statement with multiple research articles referenced here.

If you are in Chicago and want to reduce your anxiety,  stop by one of our chair massage locations inside Whole Foods and let us help you relax…in minutes!

 

7 days a week, we reduce anxiety and muscle pain at Whole Foods Lincoln Park and Whole Foods Gold Coast

7 days a week, we reduce anxiety and muscle pain at Whole Foods Lincoln Park and Whole Foods Gold Coast

 

 

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