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

As of August 1, 2019, Working Well Massage transferred management of the chair massage booth inside Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park to our very own David McClinton, and his company, iii Energies (3 energies).

Chair Massage Booth in Whole Foods

Moving forward David will be managing the booth and any questions about the booth can be sent to David at iiienergies@yahoo.com or calls to 773-681-1492.

David has been the Assistant Manager at the WWM’s chair massage stations for many years and has done a wonderful job of keeping the booth running smoothly. This Summer, WWM decided to focus more on our onsite corporate massage business, so we approached David to take on the booth management under his own name and company. He agreed and, in August, 2019, David bought the booth section of the business from Working Well Massage.

Booth in WFM Lincoln Park

David agreed to continue to run the booth in the same manner as WWM. The same massage therapists are working in the booth and prices for massage are the same.

As President of Working Well Massage, I am very happy for David and appreciate of all the wonderful clients that have stopped by the WWM booths through the years! I trust David will maintain a high level of quality and keep the booth business working well for years to come!

I am also grateful to Whole Foods and specifically, Rich Howley, Lincoln Park Store Team Leader, for being such a fantastic business partner!

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

One of the many things I am proud of is my Working Well Massage chair stations in Whole Foods Markets. I am proud of this business because it serves multiple needs for a variety of people. For one thing, it provides a means for people with limited time or funds to receive massage. For another, it allows potential table massage clients to try out different massage therapists before they commit to a one-hour table massage. And it allows people to experience muscular pain relief in as little as 5 minutes (although 15-20 minute massages can give you more results!).

Sue Shekut, Owner of Working Well Massage

I’ve been working in and managing chair massage stations for the past 9-10 years. In that time, my massage therapists and I have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people relax, experience pain relief, learn about their own bodies and how to better care for their muscles. Selfishly, I myself have also received hundreds of chair massages at the Working Well Massage stations! I love the convenience because I don’t need to make an appointment. I love being able to shop for some good healthy grub and then plunk down in the massage chair, trusting that my team will take good care of me. Not because I manage them, but because they are highly trained and skilled massage therapists and they treat all WWM clients well.

Sine I am such a big fan of chair massage myself, I thought I’d list a few reasons why you might want to check chair out massage for yourself. And so that you don’t think I am entirely self-serving, I’ll offer this up: Get a chair massage somewhere,  whether you get it from a Working Well Massage station or through someone else. WWM has only two locations in Chicago for chair massage. For those of you in the suburbs or other areas of the country, many Whole Foods stores offer chair massages. but there are  other places to get chair massage as well. Shopping malls, salons, airports, all these places may offer chair massage. More and more, many workplaces are bringing in companies like Working Well Massage to offer chair massage to their employees. It’s a great motivator, boosts productivity and sure beats sending your people out to the doctor for a muscle spasm that might have been prevented if they had regular massage.

Chair massage:

• Is fast and easy-no need to take off your clothes or get oil on you!

• Can release muscle tension in your neck and shoulders, upper and lower back. Sitting in a massage chair angles your upper body in  way that is optimal for the massage therapist to address your neck and shoulder without a massage table in the way.

• Tends to cost less than table massage. I can buy four 20-minute chair massages a month for the same price as one 1-hour table massage. So I get more attention to the areas that are sore more often.

• Allows you to sample a massage therapist’s work without a big time or money commitment.

• Provide work for massage therapists and chance to meet new clients.

• Can help relieve headache pain causes by tight muscles.

• Can help reduce muscle pain causes by overuse or repetitive motion activities (ahem, computer users work their upper backs and neck muscles all day).

• And lastly, it just feels good! I always feel better after a chair massage. The world seems brighter, my mode is lighter and I feel refreshed and relaxed and ready to face the next round of emailing and smart phoning!

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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

Most people like to receive a good back rub but they hate giving them. I hear complaints from, “giving  back rubs hurts my hands, giving back rubs hurts hurts my back,” to “I don’t want to hurt her/him.” I also hear, from the back rub recipients, that their partners don’t use enough pressure, or use too much pressure or don’t massage them long enough.

I’ve been an instructor at the Wellness Massage Training Institute since 2000 and I’ve taught many laypeople to give better massages without hurting themselves.  Now in February, Whole Foods Lincoln Park is graciously allowing me to pass on some of my massage wisdom to a few lucky students in a short form couples massage class.  Class details:

Free Couples Massage Class with
Working Well Massage

Thursday, February 11th
From 5:30pm-6:30pm
Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park Cooking Classroom
1550 N. Kingsbury
Free parking!

Join Sue Shekut from Working Well Massage as she teaches you simple techniques for you and your partner to relax body and mind.  To register, please stop by the Whole Foods Lincoln Park customer service desk or call 312 587 0648 and ask to register for the class. Class size is limited to 14 (or 7 couples) so sign up early!

A couple can be two friends or a mother and daughter or father and son as well. The techniques I teach will cover good body mechanics, the best way to perform simple compressions and gliding strokes. I will also have samples of some the best creams and lotions from Whole Body at the class.

Note: Yes, I am engaging in a little shameless self promotion. But since the class is free, I don’t feel bad about it. I love to share my knowledge with others and help others learn how to take better care of themselves and their loved ones. If I can teach 7 couples how to give each other great mini-massages, I will be very happy.

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

Hugo's Naturals lotion

Each month at the Working Well Massage chair station inside the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market, we feature a different body cream or lotion that is great for massage and your body! This month, our massage therapists are applying Vanilla and Sweet Orange lotion from Hugo’s Naturals during our massages.

Hugo’s Naturals make great hand and body lotions. They are also good for relaxing or Swedish massage or even an at home back rub you give your partner or children.

Hugo’s Naturals Scents

• Vanilla & Sweet Orange Lotion

• Shea Butter and Oatmeal

• Unscented

• Grapefruit

• French lavender

• Red Tea and Ylang Ylang

• Sea Fennel and Passion Flower

• Lemon Verbena and Bergamot

• Spearmint

• Geranium

Who is Hugo and How Natural Are His Products?

According to Hugo’s blog , Hugo Saavedra, founder of Hugo Naturals, has always been passionate about seeking out the best, most unusual ingredients and combining them in unique and exciting ways. His business career began at age 11, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A ship hand gave Hugo a branch of bananas at the port dock and on his way home, a woman stopped her car and asked how much they were. An entrepreneur was born.

After years of running restaurants and supplying organic herbs and edible flowers from Argentina to the U.S., Hugo’s love of organic produce and exotic herbs spurred him on to his next venture — a line of exquisitely crafted soaps, which he sold at Farmer’s Markets along side his exotic produce. The demand for the soap was overwhelming, and soon outstripped his farming business. Hugo expanded the line to include lotions, body scrubs and bath salts. These products developed a large and intensely loyal following and Hugo expanded his sales beyond the United States into Asia, Canada and Europe.

Hugo has taken great care to create the most beneficial products possible, while retaining a feel of luxury and comfort. All of Hugo’s products are earth-friendly and utilize organic ingredients. Using a cornucopia of natural ingredients, Hugo has created a banquet for the skin with the same sure hand that once created prize-winning culinary dishes. Hugo Naturals is a true expression of the creativity and integrity of its creator.

Where Can I Buy Hugo Naturals’ Lotions?

At Whole Foods Markets of course!  Right now a 12-ounce  bottle retails for $12.99 at Whole Foods Market. However, if you want to buy online, you will have to pay extra for shipping. Buy Hugo’s lotion from Amazon here.

Read more about Hugo’s Naturals and Whole Foods body care products from Meg at her blog: Meg’s Makeup Reviews here.

Note: Working Well Massage and Sue Shekut are not affiliated with Hugo’s Naturals nor do we get any advertising dollars from blogging about the products. We simply want to share a great product with our readers!

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

Where can you get anything in a few minutes that makes you feel happier, more relaxed and less worried about your life these days? Better yet, where can get you something that makes you feel better, less stressed and reduces your physical pain …for only $5, $10 or even $20?

I admit, I am both blessed and cursed to have the secret to affordable, effective, mood altering relief from modern day stress. (And I don’t mean a morphine drip!) Blessed because I know where to find instant relaxation and pain relief all over the country. Cursed because I am a massage therapist AND business owner myself.  I have my own aches and pains to contend with. Like many of my clients, some days I work long hours…and then go home and work some more!  How do I do it without being in constant pain? How do I maintain a business, write this blog, exercise, manage two massage stations and a host of corporate wellness accounts and staff without melting down?

It’s simple really. I get regular chair massages at Whole Foods Market.

Now, you may say, of course she’s going to say that. She has a vested interest. She works there.  It’s true, I do run some of the Chicago chair massage stations.  But even if I didn’t, I would still be using the massage services at Whole Foods.  Why? Because Whole Foods Markets tends to attract good massage therapists and good massage therapy companies. (Note, I do get longer forms of bodywork and exercise for stress relief as well. But I am not able to schedule hour-long massage session as often as I can get chair massages!)

When I go to other parts of the U.S., I gravitate towards Whole Foods for three reasons:

  1. I have a lot of food allergies and I know I can consistently find healthy, tasty food I can eat there.
  2. I know I can often find a chair massage station where I can get instant neck shoulder and back tension relief.
  3. When I am traveling and want to get an actual table massage, I have no idea if a therapist I find off the internet will be any good. For $10 or so, I can “audition” a massage therapist at the Whole Foods chair station. If they are good, I may extend my chair massage to 30-40 minutes or book a table massage with them while I am in town. If I don’t like their style, I can leave after 10 minutes–without throwing away $80 on a one-hour massage I might not have enjoyed!

Especially when I fly, I need someone to knead my sore neck and shoulders (bad pun intended). This spring I was fortunate enough to visit California for a few days. One of my first stops after getting off the plane was to the Whole Foods Market in San Fransisco on 4th Street, to stock up on groceries for the road and visit the On the Spot massage station.

At home in Chicago, I know the massage therapists at Whole Foods Market Gold Coast and Lincoln Park are some of the best in the city. I did hand pick them and I am choosy so I know this for a fact! But even at other area Chicago stations, when I see a chair massage sign, I know relief from pain and stress is only minutes away.

I’ve been giving chair massages myself at various Chicago area Whole Foods Markets for the past 10 years. Prior to that I was a regular chair massage customer at the Lincoln Park store before I became a massage therapist. I believe in massage. I know the quality of Whole Foods products. And I know the quality of massage therapists that give massages at Whole Foods chair stations.

Although my company, Working Well Massage, is based out of Chicago, I’ve compiled a quick list of chair massage stations I found at Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. (and now LONDON!) for you. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, just what popped up when I ran a google search. Why should I be one of the lucky few in on the secret? (That’s me, saving you time and shoulder pain any way I can.)

So, if you want a quick way to relax and relieve some of your modern day tension, stop by the Whole Foods chair massage station in your local area. For just a few dollars, give yourself a break from the stress and muscle pain you build up working at computers and even reading this blog!

Note: If you do not have a chair massage station inside your local Whole Foods, ask Customer Service if they would set one up. Or if you know of a local massage therapist that might benefit from marketing their services to Whole Foods shoppers, tell them to ask the store if they can set up a chair station.

Chair Massage Stations inside Whole Foods Markets

Working Well Massage Chair Massage inside Whole Foods Market

Working Well Masage Gold Coast

Working Well Massage Chair Massage inside Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois

Working Well Massage Lincoln Park

Evanston, Whole Foods Stores in Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

On the Spot Massage Stations in Berkeley, San Fransisco, Emeryville, Alamedea, all in Bay area of California

Glendale, California

Glendale, CA and Santa Clarita, CA

Winterpark, Florida

My Massage Corners are located inside Whole Foods Markets in Aventura, Coral Gables, Naples, Pinecrest, Plantation and Wellington, Florida.

Belmar, Colorado

Bodywork Bistro in Bolder and Superior, Colorado

Henderson, Nevada

Houston, Texas

Overland Park, Kansas

Framingham, MA


LONDON, ENGLAND , Kensington High Street

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