How I got to be doing this work …. my journey to wellbeing began gradually starting in 2006 when I trained as a Holistic Massage Therapist.
In 2005 I’d been in Retail Management for over thirteen years and for much of that time I suffered from what I now know as the negative effects of stress. I had muscular pain and discomfort, I found it difficult to fall to sleep, I couldn’t ‘turn off’ my racing mind, my eating and digestion was erratic, although my work was active I did not exercise away from work, I was susceptible to catching colds and on my days off I was too exhausted to do anything and usually collapsed on the sofa. Not a healthy, balance lifestyle!
In desperation to find a quick fix, miracle cure I booked in for a Massage and pretty soon this became my lifeline. It provided me with a safe place where I could go to and hand myself over to my Massage expert who would take my weary body and busy mind and use their skills to calm, soothe or invigorate me whatever it was that my body, mind or spirit needed on that day.
Over time, with regular Massage treatments I became more ‘in tune’ with myself and gradually I began to make small changes to improve my sense of well-being and my lifestyle. My regular fix of Therapeutic Touch provided me with instant relief and positive solutions to the stress that I’d been feeling daily on a physical, mental and emotional level.
I began to realise that I had a choice about how I could deal with the negative effects of work related stress instead of just accepting them as just ‘how it was’. As a result of my Massages I noticed subtle changes in how I felt, behaved and thought; I felt renewed and more like “me”.
From then on I embarked on a journey of re discovery using a variety of therapeutic body and mind practices many of which I now teach. Today I provide clients with a calm, healing space either online or in person at The Loft. With me as your guide you can learn to harness the therapeutic and healing power of Scaravelli Inspired Yoga & somatic practices, massage, meditation, mindfulness sound and energy work to feel calm, soothed and/ invigorated – so you can find your own sense of ‘equilibrium’ / natural body balance.
My commitment to you
I’m a firm believer in the healing power of touch and I ensure that I receive regular Massages to help me to maintain flexibility of body, mind and spirit. I also practice and teach Scaravelli-inspired yoga and somatics as it brings together so many of the things that I love; breath work, mindfulness, meditation and also the physical postures and enjoy guiding others to explore intuitive movement as a self empowering tool.
I believe in a balanced approach to life – combining work, laughter and a few treats along the way! I’m also an keen student of life and enjoy learning natural approaches to health and self healing.
I am fully qualified and insured to offer public professional Massage treatments being a member of the NO HANDS Massage Association and Complementary Therapist Association. I take my work seriously and invest in my CPD training (Continued Professional Development) to provide the best service that I can for my Clients. It’s a real joy to be able to share this work and to witness how Clients’ benefit and transform from using them in their everyday lives.
If reading about my journey has resonated with you and you’d like to have some valuable ‘me time’, to commit to yourself and help you to prepare you for a healthy, happy and successful life where you can leave the physical pain, mental stress and emotional strain behind you – then do get in touch as I’d love to work with you!
Serious about your well-being? Then opt into the Loyalty Scheme as a regular client you’ll receive discounted sessions as part of your commitment.
A bit about The Loft
The Loft is a COVID secure workplace ensuring that current recommendations and processes are in place. Full details are shared with clients about mask protocol and a Covid screening questionnaire is required prior to all in person appointments. In person sessions currently run for up to an hour with after care given after sessions. New Clients have an initial consultation online via Zoom or telephone in advance of their first session.
The Loft is home to the yoga and massage studio and as the name implies it sits at the top of a beautiful Georgian property. Access is via four flights of stairs. The space is bright and airy and has been described as an ‘oasis of calm’ and a ‘special healing place’.
Your comfort is the priority and the environment can be personalised to make sure you feel comfortable e.g. no music, room temperature. The more comfortable you feel the easier it will be for you to relax. During the massage consultation Joe will ask you questions and then use your answers to create your personalised treatment. All you then need to do is give yourself permission to rest, focus on your outcome, to feel and to let go. Trusting that you’ll get what you need and let the magic happen. At the end of your session you’ll be invited to have a short walk to see what your session has provided you with. This is always an interesting part of the session.
The Loft is situated HERE
Transport options: By foot: it is within a short walk from the train station and Micklegate Bar By bicycle: There are bicycle locks after the main entrance door on the side of the property By bus: The blue bus number 1 route from York city centre to Chapelfields stops on the opposite side of the road. This also stops at the train station and runs most regularly. By car/ motorbike: Public car parks are available on Nunnery Lane, Blossom Street ( behind the Everyman cinema). By train: The train station also has a number of car parks although his can be the most expensive option.
Free parking is available near the Knavesmire /racecourse. This would provide a short walk before and after you session. Free parking for up to an hour is also offered in the local parking permit zone 03. For Clients taking longer sessions, with limited mobility or you’d like to take your time buy a parking ticket from Joe.
Travel Time: Please allow enough time for your travel especially at the weekend, on race days or peak seasons. There are no waiting room facilities at The Loft so arrival a few minutes before your session is advised. There is a section of small cafes both at the train station, on Blossom Street and nearby Bishopthorpe Road aka Bishy Road. Keep Joe informed of any delays via phone 07799 145538.
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