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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.

WWM chair massage booth

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, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

I’ve been shopping and providing massage at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods market for the past few years since they built the new store on Kingsbury. I know the store well, every stairwell, every nook and cranny, every mouth-watering department. But for new clients and visitors to the newly established Wellness Club, finding our table massage location can be a daunting task. Since massage is geared towards relaxation and stress relief more than orienteering, I want to make it easier for people to find us!

Your Final Destination; The Lincoln Park Wellness Club in Whole Foods Market at 1550 N. Kingsbury!

Directions to the Wellness Club inside Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market
Our actual street address is 1550 N. Kingsbury. From September to likely our first snow in Chicago, North avenue is under construction from Ashland to Kingsbury. I don’t recommend you access the store from North Avenue heading east from Ashland for that reason. And, as construction season is still upon us, Halsted is also under construction and access to Halsted between Division and Chicago avenue is blocked off.  The best way to access the Wellness Club AND avoid traffic congestion, is to enter Evergreen from Halsted just North of Division, turn right on Kingsbury and then enter the Whole Foods parking garage rear entrance a few blocks north of the Evergreen/Kingsbury intersection. For a pdf file showing driving directions of the map, click on Driving Directions to Wellness Club

A great table massage is just around the corner, inside the Wellness Club!

The Wellness Club is located on the Mezzanine (aka balcony over in store restaurants and deli) of the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market.  You can access the Mezzanine in the store in one of two ways:

1. If you park in the garage on level 2 or 3, simply walk to the rear of the parking lot (facing the River) and take the stairs or elevator to the Mezzanine (M on the Elevator). Exit the stairwell and walk along the Mezzanine (aka balcony) towards Kingsbury until you reach the Wellness Club.

2. If you park in the garage and take the escalator or elevator to the main floor or if you walk to the store, you need to walk up the stairs in front of Express Checkout and the Working Well Massage Chair Massage Station to reach the Mezzanine.

You can see the Wellness Club in the distance in this photo taken from the bar aisle in front of Express Checkout!

These stairs lead to the level known as the Mezzanine (aka the balcony). The Mezzanine is only accessible from the stairs shown below or the rear entrance of the store. If you take the elevator or escalator in the front of the store tot he second floor you won’t find us. Don’t fret, though, just return to the main floor and then take the stairs to the Mezzanine in the South end of the store. Your massage will be worth the walk!

If these directions are unclear, hopefully the photos will help you orient yourself in the store and find us in the Wellness Club! If all else fails, call just directly at 312-202-6444 and we will direct you to us!

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Lorian Bates, Working Well Massage Therapist inside Whole Foods Market

Pamper yourself and get a sneak peek at the soon to be opened Wellness Club in Lincoln Park!  There will be a number of relaxing and natural spa treatments including manicures,  facials and mini-massages from Working Well Massage therapist’s Heidi and Lorian.

When: Thursday, August 11, 2011, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm,

Where: The Wellness Club is located on the Mezzanine level of Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park
1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642

Cost: Attending the Spa Night is absolutely free!

Register in advance by emailing mw.kbs.marketing@wholefoods.com and you will receive an exclusive gift, courtesy of Keeki Pure and Simple®.

Working Well Massage to provide Massage in the New Wellness Club!

Working Well Massage will be expanding our massage services by offering 60-minute table massages the Wellness Club starting in September. This allows us to provide longer massages than we can in our chair massage booths and gives us another way to meet the needs of our massage clients.

We welcome current and future Working Well Massage clients to visit us in our chair massage stations daily from  Noon to 8pm at both the Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast Whole Foods Markets. And then, in September clients can also  schedule an appointment with one of our massage therapists at the Wellness Club!

What is the Wellness Club at Whole Foods Market?

The Wellness Club will offer a wide variety of services to support healthy lifestyle change or maintenance. The goal of the Wellness Club is to create a community that has something for everyone who wants to make positive health choices. Services will include a comprehensive series of nutrition classes, breakfast and supper clubs, yoga, fitness classes, group support meetings and cooking classes. Members will also receive a 10% discount on many products throughout the store! Finally, members will have exclusive access to a local provider network that offers discounted complimentary services like massage, fitness club memberships, fitness apparel and healthy restaurants.

The Wellness Club will open on September 5th, 2011.

If you’d like more information on the Wellness Club, email lincolnpark-wc@wholefoods.com or call the Wellness Club at 312-587-0648.

Keep up to date with all the upcoming events at the Wellness Club on Facebook here.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

One of the many reasons I enjoy having a small business inside Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park is the support of the store management and team members. From the very first day I started managing the massage booth in the Lincoln Park store, my staff and I have felt welcomed and appreciated by Whole Foods Team Leaders (aka managers) and Team Members (aka staff). Whenever I see Rich Howley, the Store Team Leader, as he stacks shelves, speaks with shoppers, encourages his team and overall keeps the new store well stocked, well-managed and well run, I feel Working Well Massage is part of something really special. I know Rich cares about his store and wants to give shoppers a great place to shop, hang out and even get a great massage. And Team Members are super helpful to shoppers, upbeat and happy to have us in the store and get a massage when they can as well.

Recently Rich suggested we relocate our massage station about 20 feet from our previous location to give us a solid wall behind our booth and make us easier to find on the main floor. We’ve been located next to the Express lane and many shoppers get confused as to which “lane” to enter: the massage booth or the Express lane. By relocating our booth closer to the staircase leading up to the Mezzanine, we are out of the direct flow of checkout traffic, we have a quieter, more private space for massage and we have more room for our clients coats and carts near our booth. Once again, Rich was looking out for Whole Foods shoppers as well as Working Well Massage clients and massage therapists.   So we moved our booth and are so happy with our new location!

Now some of our clients are a little confused about where we are now. Even though we did not move very far from our previous location, people are creatures of habit, and have a hard time with change. Hopefully this blog post will clear things up!

Our New location inside the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market

New Working Well Massage-Lincoln Park Location. Image by Sue Shekut.

Our Former location inside the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market

Old Working Well Massage-Lincoln Park Location. Image by Sue Shekut.

The Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market, for the uninitiated, is a 75,000 square foot space and one of the 3 largest Whole Foods Markets in the country. Our Working Well Massage station is located behind the Express Checkout lanes and next to the in store restaurant area (aka the “grocer-ant”). Shoppers can buy deli meat, grab a quick bite from the salad bar or hot food bar, or eat at one of the in store restaurants, and then get a great chair massage. OR, they often get a muscle tension reducing massage, then shop and eat. With free wireless internet at Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park, many of my friends and clients spend hours sitting on their computers, having meetings with their own clients or friends, and people watching far above our booth. I’m not trying to write a Whole Foods brochure here, but for those that have not yet visited Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, you are so missing an amazing shopping experience. Plus a wine bar and a beer/coffee bar!  Even a trail mix bar, bath salt bar and Gelato bar too.

For those that are uncomfortable with the idea of “getting a massage in a grocery store,” fear not. Our massage station is well secluded behind paper screens and wood cabinets. And with chair massage, no one takes off their clothes so there is no need to worry about being seen as our talented massage therapists work your sore and tense muscles–through your clothes! (Think sports massage without the sweat.)

Stop by our new booth and meet Dennis, Heidi, Mysti, Kimosha, Cindy, Andrew, Yuriy or Robert Ertel. They are all fantastic massage therapists with their own unique massage styles. But they all have one thing in common: They give some of the best massages in Chicago and are part of the Working Well Massage team!

Working Well Lincoln Park inside Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park

1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL

Hours: Daily, 12 noon-8p.m.

Working Well Gold Coast inside Whole Foods Market-Gold Coast

30 W Huron, Chicago, IL

Hours: Daily, 12 noon-8p.m.

Prices for chair massage at WWM booths

Quick Fix (5-Minute Massage) = $6
Short Stop (10-Minute Massage) = $12
Mellow Moment (15-Minute Massage) = $18
Complete Retreat I (20-Minute Massage) = $24
Complete Retreat II (30-Minute Massage) = $35

Additional increments of 5 minutes = $6

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

I’ve been performing chair massages in the Chicago area for the past 10 years or so. In 2001, I opened my first chair massage station in Whole Foods Gold Coast. Since then I’ve opened several chair massage stations in and around the Chicago area. As a massage therapist and former corporate trainer and writer, I had a number of different “bosses” and I’ve learned from each of them.  I’ve learned to select good team members and treat them with respect, provide them with good working conditions and give them the opportunity to promote themselves.

The Working Well Massage chair stations provide an excellent opportunity for good massage therapists to meet new clients. The in store massage stations also give massage clients a chance to meet and sample the work of a variety of talented massage therapists at a reasonable rate.

Who are these talented massage therapists at Working Well chair massage stations?

In the coming weeks, I will be introducing some of them to you. This week, I am introducing Dennis Frymire, a recent addition to our Lincoln Park team.

Dennis gives  a really powerful deep tissue massage and can also scale back his pressure to give a nice relaxing massage. For those that want deep pressure and a skilled therapeutic massage, I highly recommend Dennis!

Dennis Frymire, Licensed Massage Therapist, Actor

I interviewed Dennis about his interest in massage, his style and his education. Read on for Dennis’ story:

Dennis Frymire

I came into a massage therapy as part of a lifestyle overhaul I realized I needed after my mom passed away in March of 2008. My dad passed away in 2002, and both of them leaving us at such relatively young ages made me realize that I needed make some changes in how I was living, and massage therapy came along with that. At the time I was considering different massage schools, a co-worker in my office had just graduated from The Soma Institute, and she highly recommended the school.

Having trained at Soma, I approach massage more from a clinical and therapeutic aspect. I give a great wellness massage, but I love helping clients with specific knots and stresses that they need to have worked out. One of the reasons I love giving chair massages is that they often have that specific focus on a problem area for the client. As I continue to grow and hone my skills, I am very interested in exploring sports massage further.

I currently massage with Working Well Massage at the Lincoln Park location at 1550 N. Kingsbury.
My hours at the chair massage station are:

Thursdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

I also give chair massages to club members at West Loop Athletic Club. I also make outcalls to private clients under my own business, Better Life Massage & Bodywork.

I am also an actor, director, and performer around Chicago. As part of a way of giving back to the Chicago theater community, I offer my massage services to fellow actors and performers at a heavily discounted rate.

Note: Although Dennis looks very serious in his professional headshot, he’s a very laid back, easy-going guy. If you meet him in person, he will likely be smiling! Stop by and try a massage with Dennis on Thursdays or Saturdays from 12 noon to 4p.m. at the Lincoln Park chair massage location at 1550 N. Kingsbury.

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