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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 Susan Shekut, MA, Clinical Professional Psychology, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

I’m happy to report that in January 2015, Working Well Massage, Inc. has been in business successfully for 15 years!

We are appreciative of all of our corporate clients, our chair massage clients at our chair stations inside Whole Foods Market and to our families and friends!

15 Free Massages to Celebrate!

To celebrate our 15 years in business successfully, we are giving away 15 fifteen-minute massages to the first 15 WWM clients who email us at info@workingwellmassage.com with the message “Free 15-Minute Massage” in the subject line.

Massages are then redeemable at either our Lincoln Park or our Gold Coast massage stations in Chicago. One 15-minute gift certificate per client. Clients must provide their full names, phone numbers and mailing addresses in their email to us in order to receive their 15-minute massage gift certificate.

Thank you Chicago area clients! We could not have done reached 15 years in business without you!

A Shout Out to Working Well Massage Staff

Working Well Massage is proud to have highly skilled, talented massage therapists on our team, but we are not only proud of our staff because they give great massages. We also think they are great people! Without infringing on the privacy of our staff, we do want to give them a shout out and tell you about some of their accomplishments.

First off, through the years we have had a few team members that are veterans of the U.S Armed Forces. One of our team members has volunteered his time and effort to help out fellow veterans through the years. We also have had a number of our staff active in the arts community, with some of our staff also accomplishing some fame as actors, singers, dancers and writers. Other staff members teach yoga, provide personal training and corrective exercise. Some of our staff were born and raised in far off lands like Russia, the Ukraine, Morocco and Indiana. 🙂 We know that moving to a different country, learning a new language and becoming a U.S. citizen is a huge brave undertaking and we are super proud of our team members that have made the move and now work with us to provide our clients with relaxation and pain relief!

We also proud of our staff that have taught in area massage schools and provide mentoring to fellow massage therapists at WWM and in the general massage community.  Many of our massage therapists are active in massage organizations, advocating for other massage therapists and providing free massages at charity events from time to time. And a few of our team members have left the massage field to go on to nursing, business, acupuncture and counseling fields. We miss them and wish them well!

Working Well Massage Clients

Through the years, we have given massages at five different Whole Foods Market locations and currently have booths in two Whole Foods stores, the Gold Coast and Lincoln park Locations. We are super appreciative of our successful partnership with Whole Foods Markets and look forward to many more years of providing Whole Foods shoppers and team members with our relaxing massages.

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Working Well Massage has also been privileged to provide Chicago area workers with massage throughout the Chicagoland area for the past 15 years. To protect the privacy of our corporate clients, we do will no list specific names, but we will say that we are happy to be part of the wellness initiative at several successful financial firms, marketing and advertising agencies, Chicagoland area schools, at police stations and firehouses, mental health centers, hospitals, universities,  healthcare firms, software firms, publishing houses, photo studios, tax firms, condo associations, and manufacturing and distribution firms.

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We enjoy working with all of our clients and we believe that their success is as important as our success. So we hope that our relaxation and pain management massage services helps their staff be productive, happy and able to keep their companies working well!

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

Can a business be TOO successful? How about two businesses? Sometimes they can be! In the case of Working Well Massage and the Whole Foods Wellness Club, being too successful in some areas made it a better idea to split our two businesses and focus on what we each do best.

On Sept 5, 2011, Working Well Massage expanded our massage business to offer table massages in the new Wellness Club in Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park. We aligned with the Wellness Club to offer discounted massages to Wellness Club members and full price massages to non-wellness club members. Both Wellness Club leadership and WWM thought that the massage business would be very successful in the Wellness Club and that we would need the consultation room to provide table massages. However, we found that table massages were not as big of a draw to the Wellness Club as nutritional consultations turned out to be.  We also found that the WWM chair massages business was so successful on the main floor that there was less of a need for massage in the WC than we thought. Both the Wellness Club nutritional offerings and the chair massage offerings on the main floor resulted in few table massage clients in the Wellness Club and a greater need for the use of the consultation room for nutritional services.

At the same time, WWM resources were being stretched thin. A massage business can only survive financially if it has clients. WWM massage clients ended up preferring the affordable, accessible, walk in appointment at the WWM chair massage station to table massages in the Wellness Club upstairs. Trying to market both massage and fitness and nutrition was taxing the resources of both WWM and the WC and confusing WWM customers.

By Oct 12 2011, both Wellness Club leadership and WWM agreed that it made more sense and was a better business decision to close the table massage business. Instead Whole Foods Market decided to focus the Wellness Club more on nutritional offerings and fitness and channel massage clients to the already established and successful WWM chair massages booth near Express on the main floor.

I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this rapid opening and shutting down of table massage services may have been to some of our clients. Working Well Massage continues to offer chair massages at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market. And the Wellness Club is focusing on nutrition and fitness in the balcony (mezzanine) upstairs!

Visit us in the WWM chair massage booth from Noon to 8p.m. Daily and receive your own relaxing chair massage.

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