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

We updated our website and want to show you the fruits of our designing labor! Check it out: Www.workingwellmassage.com

We wanted the website to more accurately reflect our Chicagoland location, so we added a photo of Chicago! And we changed the overall design to make it easier to find the information you need.

What do you think of our new design? Are we missing any information on our website? Is there something you’d like to see but don’t see yet?

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Today is the day we are encouraged to show our loved ones we care!

What’s the history of Valentine’s Day? According to the History Channel, there are many stories about how the day got it’s name, the primary story being about a saint named Valentine or Valentinus either protesting the Emperer’s outlawing marriage for young men (So they would make better soldiers) or being imprisoned for protesting harsh treatment of prisoners and while imprisoned himself, sending the first “valentine” love letter to a girl he fancied. And, according to the History Channel, Saint Valentine is the patron saint not only of love, but of beekeeping, travel, epilepsy, fainting and the plague.

Nowadays, people most likely think of Valentine’s as a day of romance, showing you care, giving pink or red flowers, candy and cards. It is also a great day to show the ones you love you care by gifting them a relaxing massage!

Feel free to purchase gift certificates for chair massage for your loved ones today via this link. Or stop by our WWM chair massage station at Whole Foods Lincoln park and buy gift certificates in person from 12noon to 8pm every day (except on major holidays or during polar vortexes!).

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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

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

From the team at Working Well Massage to you, our readers and fans, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy Fourth of July holiday!

Working Well Massage is closed today so that our staff can enjoy the holiday. We will be open again in Lincoln Park a t our WWM chair massage station inside Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park starting at Noon tomorrow, July 5, 2017. Stop by and see us to relax after your July 4th festivities!

Read more about the history of July 4th here  at History.com.

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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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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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