Rise & Shine Yoga – Shelter Fundraiser

This is a special ‘Rise & Shine’ yoga with profits going towards the Shelter. This charity do great work all year round and expecially during the winter and festive season providing a hot meal, warm clothing and friendly company to those in need.

Cost: £12 minimum donation – feel free to offer more if you can.

Please note: Pre book your mat with Joe as limited numbers. Yoga passess not valid.

If you’d like to book your yoga place please let Joe know ASAP on 07799 145548 or at hello@calmworks.co.uk
PLUS once the session is over why not join us for a yoga brunch? 

This pre festive gathering will take place at Dyls where you can enjoy a brunch and brew and a bit of social time. If you would like to join us at Dyls can you also confirm your place.

Please note: We’ll be sat at the tower room circular table (seats 10) and it’s at the very top and you can clearly see it as you cross Skeldergate bridge.There are also more tables available on the first floor and the more the merrier.

Look forward to hearing from you soon and if you can’t make the Friday feel free to contribute to the fundraising contact Joe at hello@calmworks.co.uk or 07799 145548

Celebrating life by paying it forward!

Every client has a unique reason for coming to The Loft and one regular John has been using his Thai Massage sessions to help him to be in top condition for the Great North Run. This might seem like no mean feat however in 2006, John had an operation to remove a tumour from a muscle on his left leg which has since affected his movement.


The Great North Run – John ‘paying it forward’ for the David Nott Foundation

This month John took part in the Great North Run, in celebration of the 10 years of life he’s had since being diagnosed and to raise as much money as possible for his chosen UK based charity The David Nott Foundation .


The David Nott Foundation provide surgeons and medical professionals with the skills they need to provide relief and assistance in conflict and natural disaster zones around the world. As well as providing the best medical care, David Nott Foundation surgeons train local healthcare professionals; leaving a legacy of education and improved health outcomes.


You can hear about the charity from David Nott known as the ‘Indiana Jones of surgery’ who shared his story on Desert Island Discs (particularly from 20 minutes onward) 



Fortunately for John, during his operation, rubble didn’t keep falling from the ceiling as yet another mortar bomb exploded outside, nor did the lights over the operating table go out just as the surgeon made a crucial incision. That is because his operation was done in Oswestry, not Aleppo (or any other war-torn/disaster-struck city in which David Nott regularly weaves his magic)!

John has been in truing for this event for some time now and has been receiving therapeutic Thai massage ( with herbal compresses) to keep his legs in optimum condition. The run will be the first time he’ll have run this length!

It’s taken a huge amount of energy, focus and determination for John to learn how to be able to run again. He is determined and is looking forward to be able to ‘pay it forward’ by raising as much as he can for this wonderful cause.

     So on behalf of John and myself how could you help?

Any donation (no matter how small) would be most welcome. If you are able to do so then please go to his JustGiving website is at:                 https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/john-lewisgreat-north-run

Please feel free to share this information and to help raise awareness about the David Nott Foundation.

For what you are about to give, we are truly, truly thankful.

    John & Joe 🙂

Steamy Therapeutic Thai Herbal Compresses

If you’ve never tried therapeutic Thai herbal compresses, you might be under the common misapprehension that they’re simply part of a relaxation massage. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth!

Discover how these balls of steamy goodness smell divine, cleansing your sinuses and lungs, nourishing congested muscles and restoring movement and nourishment to the body and mind.

Therapeutic Thai Herbal Compresses – part of the traditional Thai medicinal healing arts

Therapeutic Thai herbal compresses – part of the traditional Thai medicinal healing arts

The compresses are warmed in a steamer and applied through clothing, ideally cotton or breathable fabrics, so you remain fully clothed throughout.

Using a variety of traditional techniques, you can chose to focus on specific areas – and this is where the true therapeutic power can be experienced.

Or you can chose a more general body massage.


Why not try for yourself?

I’ve put together a special offer for Autumn book a Thai massage and add the compresses for only £10, compared to the usual price of £15.

But be quick, the offer is valid for bookings taken before 31st October 2017 only. Book HERE


York Mumbler – Pregnancy Special

Pregnancy special – September 2017


I’m pleased to be involved with York Mumbler and this months pregnancy focus.


Here is a little about how I came to offer this wonderful massage therapy;

in 2010 my pregnancy massage work began when I supported my sister in her first pregnancy so she was able to receive safe, therapeutic touch to ease her physical, mental and emotional strains.

Since then I’ve continued to offer York ‘Mums to be’ therapeutic and relaxation massage to help them during this special time. Lucy a local Yoga teacher said this about her experience;

‘There is a real feeling of being looked after with kindness, empathy and grace; it’s more than just a muscles and structural level massage’

If this sounds like what you need or member a friend, family member or work colleague then let me support you and them too. I work from The Loft, York my spacious massage and Yoga clinic and I offer gift vouchers and discounted massage pass schemes.

Find out more HERE

To get in touch to make an appointment or to arrange a gift voucher go HERE

Think on your feet: The benefits of being barefoot

Being barefoot – connecting to the groud.

I spend a lot of my day barefoot. I’m so blessed that in my life, I’m able to do that – but I know many people can’t just wander around shoeless for hours.

But with the weather still generally warm and dry why not challenge yourself to make it a new habit? Here’s why…


We get so used to wearing shoes, sandals, boots or even slippers that we often forget to reconnect with the ground beneath our feet.

In fact, studies suggest we get a real health benefit by connecting with the electrons in the earth – which is why a movement has sprung up, encouraging us to walk barefoot on soil, grass or sand.



Followers of ‘earthing’, as it’s known, believe we can improve sleep, moderate heart rate, regulate blood sugar, reduce stress and boost immunity by connecting with the planet’s natural charge.

A whole industry has sprung up around the earthing movement, with a book of the same name by Clint Ober seen as the main authority on the subject. If you’re keen to find out more, do a quick YouTube search.


Why walk

But the great news is, you don’t need all the gadgets and gizmos. What’s more, anyone can grab the health benefits of barefoot. All you have to do is go outside and kick off your shoes.

Remember, barefoot or not, regular walking is great exercise. Just half an hour a day can help your cardiovascular health, regulate your weight and prevent diabetes. It’s great for circulation too – and walking in nature is proven to bring mental health benefits.

Unlike going to the gym, walking outside helps us to live in the moment, enjoy the scenery and free our thoughts – and it’s free!

If you’re on holiday near the sea, take time to feel the sand beneath your feet, improving your balance and muscle tone by connecting with this shifting, uneven surface.


Less pain, more gain

Our feet, cosseted in cushioned shoes and boots, are weaker than they once were – and that can lead to bad posture and associated back, neck and knee pain.

Whatever surface you’re walking on, being barefoot really connects you to it. You become more alert and aware of the present, purely because you have to watch where you’re walking. In turn, you get a heightened awareness of the feeling of pebbles, grass, wood or sand – and those surfaces stimulate the nerves and pressure points on the bottom of your feet.

Challenge yourself!

It really is a win/win. So my summer challenge to you is think on your feet – get outside, barefoot, at least twice a week. And remember to get in touch on social media and let me know how you get on!