Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Well

August 4, 2008

In a 24-hour on-call world, everyone seems to have a million places to be, a to-do list a mile long and pressures beyond belief. Too much stress, too little sleep and way too much caffeine are a prescription for an unhealthy lifestyle.

There is another option, however. Just ask Rico Tallud, owner of Be Well, Inc., a new Asian-therapies business, on Irving Park Road, near Western Avenue, in Chicago’s “Northcenter” neighborhood.

“I was ‘exhibit A’ for the overworked, stressed-out, hard-charging banking executive,” says Tallud. “The pay was great, the job was exciting, but the pressure was overwhelming – and my health and young family were suffering. So, after 14 years, I decided to walk away from my banking career.”

Then, at the urging of his Korean mother-in-law, a lifelong practitioner of Asian wellness techniques, he immersed himself in a three-week regimen of meridian-style massage, treatment by an herbalist, dry saunas and more, at an Atlanta-based treatment facility.

Feeling incredibly healthy, happy and clear-thinking, Tallud decided to bring that therapeutic approach to Chicago. This spring, he and his wife, Julie, opened Be Well – a beautiful, pristine, peaceful and unpretentious wellness center that focuses on the art of Asian therapies.

“We offer all of the services that totally transformed my life,” says Tallud. “We feature meridian muscular therapy, acupressure, and deep-tissue and hot-stone massages, as well as steam and dry saunas. Plus, we offer the services of Dr. Suh, who studied acupuncture and herbology at Shanghai University, and can customize herbal remedies for our clients.”

Rico and Julie Tallud manage the day-to-day operations of the business, offering a warm welcome to everyone who stops in. “Be Well is a great place to recharge your life – to take a break from too much work, too much family or too much exercise – and focus on yourself,” notes Tallud. “It’s a proactive way to get healthy and stay that way, and we’re delighted to offer it to everyone in the Northcenter neighborhood and throughout the Chicagoland area.”

For more information, visit or call (773) 588-WELL.