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

Today I had the chance to chat with a former Working Well Massage therapist, Anne-marie Provost, about her new skin care products, Safer Beauty. Anne-marie once worked as a massage therapist in the WWM Gold Coast location and she gave relaxing massages to our corporate clients as well.

Anne-marie massaging clients at a WWM event years ago

She left WWM to move back to her friend and family in Florida years ago. Now she lives in Florida and sells her products online, as she raises her 3 beautiful children and her 15-year-old stepdaughter, Alana.

Anne-marie’s three youngest children

Anne-marie notes that Alana, “was really my first child honestly.
She is amazing with her younger siblings!”

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Alana and Lulu

According to Anne-marie, she started thinking about ingredients in skin care when she was first doing massage therapy.  Having massage lotion on her skin so much, she thought , “I wonder if this is bad for me?” Since we absorb so much of what goes on our skin, she was concerned. Then she had her first child and her awareness grew more intense…and she started making her own skincare products!

After having her first biological child,  Lulu, Anne-marie created and sold her products through Lulu’s Conscious Skincare, named after her daughter.

Now after 6 years in business with Lulu’s Conscious Skincare, and, after having 2 more children, Anne-marie does not have time to make her own products. So this last year, she began working with Beauty Counter, which allows her to sell products she believes in, without making them at home from scratch herself!

Anne-marie modeling beauty counter tinted spf moisturizer and the cheek/ lip stick in “hibiscus” from Beauty Counter

When she is not raising her beautiful children and selling skin care products, Anne-marie is also a Distributor of organic CBD products at Golden Light Botanicals.  According to Anne-marie, the CBD products she distributes include tinctures, topical, capsules, caramel and also fine chocolates (all organic). She feels confident in recommending the products because she believes in them. Despite her busy life, Anne-marie continues to stay up to date with the latest research on CBD’s and pain and stress relief.

From massage therapist to skin care entrepreneur, Anne-marie has been helping people feel better and look better, without harsh chemicals or preservatives, for many years! And, we hope, she continues to offer healthy, useful products for our skin and bodies, for many years to come!

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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 Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

 

Give someone you love a smile, a flower, a kind word, and/or a hug today! Giving to others help make us feel good and the other person feel good. Giving a valentine’s gift or message does have to be to a romantic partner. Sharing love and close relationships has been shown to increase health and longevity, according to WebMD. The key is to feel connected to other people, to feel a sense of belonging.

On Valentine’s Day, some that are single may feel lonely and sad because they don’t have a special someone. Those that don’t have a lot of close friends may also feel a sense of loss and loneliness. One way to combat this is to reach out to others and share well wishes or kindness. This allows us to focus on the act of giving and sharing versus our own loneliness.

A friend of mine and I decided to hand out flowers to people we saw out and about one Valentine’s Day. We gave a flower to a mom pushing a stroller, to an elderly woman on a park bench, to a construction worker, to a police officer. The gifts we got in return were priceless. A shy smile and a “Thank you!” A laugh and a grin. That warm feeling in our hearts that comes from watching someone smile and feel acknowledged and seen even for one moment. We may not have changed anyone’s life that day, but in those moments, we felt connected even to perfect strangers.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers! Enjoy the day and the moments of connection you feel with the others in your life.

Let us know how you connected with others today in the comments below!

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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

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

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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