Calm Works – well-being review

Well-being review


Feeling bombarded with messages about resolutions, gym membership and diets? If you’re resisting all this January revolution, it’s perfectly natural.


Your reticence is because these messages don’t really sit with the life lessons that Mother Nature shares with us during these dark days and long nights.


Winter encourages us to slow down and gifts us the opportunity to hibernate and nourish our body and mind.


Rather than embarking on a frantic new gym regime, it’s actually the perfect time to reflect on what you’ve been up to during the previous year and to see how far you’ve come to fulfilling your personal dreams, goals and wishes (choose which words resonate the most with you).


Take a few moments to work through the following exercise and discover how you could improve your sense of well-being this year.  All you need is a pen and paper and an open mind.

1. What does well-being and being well mean to you?

2. What well-being activities did you chose to do in 2017?

Tip: If you are a keen photographer, look over your snaps and if you are a Facebook fan, have a peek at your timeline – but don’t get too distracted!

3. How did these activities add or detract from your sense of well-being?

4. In 2018 how can you support yourself more; at home, work & play?


  • Maybe giving something up?
  • Doing less of a certain thing?
  • Maintaining consistency?
  • Or starting something new?


Your answers, ideas and musings will create your 2018 well-being foundations.

Making it real


The next step is the crucial bit.


Write down your well-being foundations in your 2018 diary, on your calendar or in a notebook and plan when you will do them. Perhaps choose a bright colour so it really stands out – this will also help when you review this year, as it, draws to a close.


Tip: Writing things down adds weight to them becoming a reality. Talking about them take you a step closer too. You might find that some of your friends are keen to join in with some of your planned well-being activities. Even better!


Start small and then keep doing it consistently for the next month ( or more) until it becomes a habit.


To keep motivated, check your wellbeing foundations daily, weekly and/or monthly (you choose) and update your progress.


Remember to celebrate what goes well for you and if you have any challenges, don’t be too harsh on yourself.


Instead, be gentle and consider the following;


  • Where do you need support?
  • Do you need to break your goal down to make it more manageable?
  • Is the original goal still supporting you? ( perhaps it isn’t still important to you)


Explore this by yourself or with friends and if you’re struggling, remember to keep it simple and perhaps choose just ONE thing to do every day to nourish your well-being.


If you need extra help, get in touch and let me know at

I can talk you through some options.

What it means to me

Doing these exercises has helped me to feel more empowered and to make more nourishing choices about how I choose to live my life. I hope it helps you to do the same.


Some of my well-being foundations include things like:


  • Getting out for a walk every day (even if it’s only round the block)
  • Eating wholesome, colourful and nourishing food
  • Leaving for appointments a few minutes earlier so I can arrive calmly and unhurried
  • Creating time time for my healthy Ms; massage, mindfulness, massage and movement. I practice what I teach!
  • Making time for friends and family
  • Taking cold showers (!)
  • Moving ( dancing, yoga, walking etc)

The important bits

Just to reiterate the three main points to remember:


  1. Keep your activities easy and manageable for a greater chance that you’ll do them.


  1. Remind yourself why you are doing the activity and how it will help you, eg. “My

daily mindful walk gives me time in nature and is proven to help relax my body and mind.”


  1. Most of all have fun! And do let me know how you get on at


Shelter christmas charity fundraising campaign

Shelter Christmas fundraising campaign


Calm Works’ charity fundraising campaign began on 1st December 2017 with a fully booked charity Yoga class.

All monies raised went into fundraising pot and then further donations were accepted throughout the month.

A phenomenal £186 was raised and donated to Shelter this Christmas’ chosen charity.

A HUGE thank you to everyone for offering support at a difficult time for many.

To read more about how the work Shelter does please visit plus you can make your donation directly at this page too.


Ease tight muscles with magnesium spray!

This is one of the key aftercare tips I give to clients and here is the reason why magnesium is so vital for our muscle performance. My colleague Sally Duffin from Nutrition in York has this to say on the matter;

Magnesium regulates smooth muscle function, which is why it is so important for heart health, digestive function and recovery from exercise. The heart and the digestive tract are both made up of muscle tissue and in order for the heart to beat and the digestive tract to squeeze food along there needs to be plenty of magnesium available to the muscle fibres.

Twitching muscles and regular muscle cramps can be signs of magnesium deficiency as the muscle fibres are in spasm, unable to relax properly.

For the full York Press article click HERE

How can you boost your magnesium levels?

By using a magnesium oil spray as dermal absorption (through the skin) you can easily increase your magnesium levels and it’s especially useful for muscle cramps as the spray can be used directly on the affected area.

Another top tip of mine which Sally also agrees with is to take an Epsom salts bath or if you have a shower then you can reap the same benefits by having a foot soak; the salts are made of magnesium sulphate which again, is absorbed through the skin.

You need a couple of handfuls of epsom salts ( you can also use dead sea salts and Himalayan salts) per bath or foot soak and then immerse yourself or just your feet for about 20 minutes. Once your soaking time is up just have a rest or better still as you’ll probably be feeling sleepy head straight to bed.

As magnesium helps the body to relax so avoid taking one when you have a lot to do.

Try it and let me know how you get on here

Joe sells a variety of Better You Magnesium Spray at The Loft so you can pick on up at your next appointment.

Sally Duffin is based on the first floor at 42 Oxford Street where she advises people on all things related to nutritional well-being including food intolerance tests.


Rise & Shine Yoga – Shelter Fundraiser

This is a special ‘Rise & Shine’ yoga with profits going towards Shelter; this charity do great work all year round and especially so 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
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 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:       

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 🙂