Welcome to Forest Haven Suffolk; "Health and well-being specialists of the year - London and South East"
We are committed to promoting balance, wellbeing and vitality and offer an extensive range of complementary therapy services enabling individuals to live more positive and fulfilling lives.
Drawing upon a range of disciplines, our combined skills knowledge and experience allow us to provide an integrated, truly personal and individualised approach to each client.
We believe Mental Health is as equally important to us as much as physical well-being. Through a unique combination of mind and body work, individuals can address concerns through a variety of ways best suited to them to achieve an overall improved sense of mental well-being.
Public and media attention devotes much of its time to “looking good” but sadly mental health still often remains in the shadows shrouded in stigma.
"We all at some point enter the “darkness” and for me this is something I can relate to on a personal level. Given many years of struggling with invisible illnesses and ongoing surgery. I have strived to remain fit. I have battled the frustrations of the “fog” “low energy” “mood changes” “motivating myself” “working through the darkness” “anger that comes from the frustrations” “sometimes feeling like you need to hide in the shadows”
I was ignorant towards the benefits of any kind of therapy. Having now gone through the therapy journey I cannot recommend the importance of firstly simply talking to then learning coping strategies to manage those thoughts and feelings. "
"Massage can be an excellent way to help you relax and unwind with the resultant physical sensation leading to emotional uplift and calm"
"Yoga Trapeze is a fun total body workout"
" Inversion therapy helped relieve my sciatica"
Abigayle is one of my favourite yoga teachers. Her classes are engaging and her cues are always clear, I've gained so much from practicing with her! She's extremely experienced at tailoring her classes for all levels with perfect modifications. I always look forward to class :)
- Elspeth, Scotland ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was lucky to receive the lavender weighted eye pillow & a yoga gift card for Christmas and I’m so grateful that I did. The pillow helps you shut off from around you, so you can focus on your breathing. Talking to Abi, her positivity and passion to make wellness accessible for everyone, made me feel instantly at ease during our session. She gently guided me through some restorative yoga & yoga breathing exercises. I forgot all about my anxiety and my inexperience and was able to do the downward dog, which I never imagined possible for my first time! Thank you Abi, I will continue to practise these techniques.
Chloe Naylor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Using movement to heal with our monthly affordable health and fitness training plan.
Review “The monthly training plan has been a great help to me with a busy working but now quite sedentary lifestyle. Practical manageable exercises suited to real world lives. “
We believe movement is medicine and that regular physical activity can promote healing. If you struggle to fit any kind of movement into your lifestyle or have medical concerns then allow us to help you.
Client review. " I never thought i would be able to practice yoga. I have had a spinal fusion, two hip replacements, and a knee replacement. I have limited mobility and I am currently unable to get down on the floor. With modifications I am able to practice Restorative Yoga on my bed. I am now starting to see improvements in my flexibility and look forward to building on this. If I can do this anyone can."
Many people think of personal training simply as supervised exercise to achieve general fitness and weight loss goals but we strive to offer much more than that.
We adopt a comprehensive approach taking into account an individuals full circumstances and offering lifestyle assessment within a programme of individualised care and support as well as a structured training regime. Crucially these elements are organised and delivered in a manageable way for our clients, helping them keep their goals focused and motivated.
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that people who lead active lifestyles are less likely to suffer from illness and more likely to live longer. Exercise not only makes you physically fitter, it also improves your mental health and general sense of wellbeing helping alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Physical activity can also reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke and reduce high blood pressure (hypertension) cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. It is also known to help with obesity, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
Our training method:
Our coaching involves a Multidisciplinary approach to overall health and fitness. Over many years as a trainer I have often seen people stick to one method of training leading to repetitive injuries. Motivation also soon fades when boredom sets in and many go back to the bad habits they were trying to change. I have found Training in one discipline may increase your performance in the other. Combining many practices can help boost flexibility, strength, and stability in less time.
Who choose us instead of a gym? Our approach is one day at a time and one step at a time. Our method is designed to help you succeed and make changes to your lifestyle slowly. We help you take small steps, focusing on each day and work out what sensible life changes you can make. Ideal for those who require 1-2-1 support to make lifestyle changes.
This is what my client had to say:
“Having had two full knee replacements in the last five years and being told that kneeling would be impossible I am extremely pleased to say “oh yes I can”. It’s astonishing just how much I’ve gained from my sessions. My flexibility is much improved and I feel so much more relaxed and calm. I look forward to every session”
Your self care investment includes:
Monthly training plan structured to fit into your lifestyle
Two live one hour training sessions a month included in your plan online or in person
Regular check in on your progress
Sensitivity to invisible illnesses
Learn breathing exercises
Strength, Balance, Flexibility
Exercise for mental health
Affordable fitness and life coach support
Lifestyle goals, how to add exercise into your routine
How to change your mindset
Massage One Hour
A truly Holistic mind and body experience
A one hour treatment in your own home or chosen location
A popular traditional massage using clear carrier oil and no essential oils. Great for general relaxation and relieving tension
Deeper massage sometimes focused on specific areas to aid muscle recovery and prevent injury and may enhance sports performance.
Using a blend of essential oils deepening the therapeutic benefits.
Hot Stone Massage
Combining Hot Stones with traditional massage makes for a truly holistic healing massage experience.
A specialised treatment releasing restrictions within the fascia.
Benefits of Myofascial Release:
• Help balance the body
• Promote self-healing and relaxation
• Increase energy
• Increase breathing capacity
• Restore muscle function
• Relieve physical and emotional strain
Myofascial release can be useful if you suffer from:
• Back pain
• Pelvic pain
• Neck pain
• Sports injuries
• Disc problems
• Physical stress
• Psychological stress
• Postural irregularities
• Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome
Kansa Vatki Massage
The Ayurvedic Kansa Vatki Foot Massage; Supports nourishes nurtures
Ayurvedic medicine -- also known as Ayurveda -- is one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
“A beautiful and relaxing health care modality”
“Balance the body mind and spirit”
“Deeply revitalising for tired feet and legs”
“Plays an important part in restoring and maintaining good health”
• Relaxes tired feet
• Improves blood and lymphatic circulation
• Enhances joint mobility in the lower limbs
• Helps to relieve eyestrain and tired eyes
• Improves the co diction of the ligaments and muscles of the lower limbs
• Detoxify the internal organs
• Increases strength and stamina in the lower limbs
• Reduction of stress, anxiety and depression
• Enhance mental activities
• Induces sound sleep
• Calms the body
Looking for ways to manage your back pain? There is nothing more challenging than modern day life in terms of the pressure it puts on the human body. It is not so much what you are doing but what you are not doing. So many of us constantly ask doctors for the answers, which they often do not have. What if we can help ourselves with back pain.
Bio mechanical problems need biomechanical solution
*Yoga, Pilates, physical therapy
Perhaps you have Lost mobility after back surgery? Or stiff after spinal fusion?
Do you have;
Benefits of the Yoga Trapeze®
Instant traction on the spine (within two to three minutes)
Relief of back pain and possibly sciatica
Core strength development
Deeper backbends and more open shoulders
Functional upper body and full body strength development
What inversion therapy can do:
Flexibility Coaching; the science of stretching
Do you have locked up hips? Tight hamstrings? Stiff lower back? If so, the science of stretching, flexibility coaching can help. Flexibility Coaching is a targeted mobility training method that works to open up your body. No experience required, super stiff people always welcome:) I take a very simple, science-based approach that is effective for everyone.
Are you are struggling with;
I can help. I personally understand the challenges you face alongside 28 years as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher and Breath Coach.
I keep getting asked:
“how do you do so much?“
Following spinal and bowel surgery, years of failed IVF, childless not by choice, premature menopause at 20 alongside other health challenges.
My answer is always the same: Movement in some form, nutrition, managing your stress response. Stay active, keep moving, eat for the condition and learn techniques to manage your stress levels as much as your capabilities allow.
Movement is Medicine!
Develop and sustain strength, flexibility and balance.
I use a combination of yoga trapeze, the science of stretching and breathing exercises to manage ongoing difficulties following bowel surgery and have seen marked progress in my recovery.
I no longer feel tight in certain muscle groups; the L shape I always find myself in on a morning has gone: digestion and sleep have been completely transformed. My strength gains have been incredible. I feel free and able to move!
My most recent training includes 300 hr Yoga training, the science of yoga, Flexibility training, the science of stretching alongside Yoga Trapeze (not to be confused with Aerial Yoga that I teach) ,Breath Coaching, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Hyper-mobility.
These courses have proven themselves to be the best by far to date, not just in terms of helping me develop new understanding and skills but because they represent activity that can easily be adapted to suit any level of experience or ability. Anyone can do it!
Flexibility training is a mat based targeted mobility/flexibility training method that works to open up your body using gravity. This is mat based and not on the trapeze although the trapeze can still be used as a tool to modify stretches.
Modified tailored practice adapted specifically to your needs, capabilities and lifestyle can really help.
“The breath coach session taught me how to manage my anxiety and gave me tools to use in stressful situations. But overall these situations reduced as I felt balanced throughout the day and able to cope. “
“I never stretch properly after running. Flexibility training has taught me how to easily incorporate stretching into my routine and I am now running further. “
“I have always suffered with back pain. Abigayle showed me the correct way to strengthen my posterior chain. Having my own swing at home means I can practice around sessions and manage the back pain I get from my office job. “
“The switch to online training is great. I can fit the sessions in around a very busy lifestyle. Flexibility training late in the evening when everything in the house has settled down really works for me. “
“I struggle with exercise. I feel so self conscious to attend a class or one to one training. Being in my own house made me feel comfortable. I was nervous at first to switch on the camera. But I really had nothing to worry about. The class was so relaxing and I forgot I was on camera.”
Yoga Gift Voucher
Give the gift of a well-being experience.
Gift voucher for a 40 minute online practice. The voucher will be sent via email.
Find a space and join me for 40 mins to learn simple yoga routines that will strengthen and mobilise your body.
🌟 Yoga Breathing is a safe and fast way to relieve stress, boost digestion, balance your energy, and improve sleep.
🌟 Restorative yoga “restores” the body to its parasympathetic nervous system function, which, in turn, helps the body rest, heal, and restore balance.
🌟 Learn about the benefits of weighted eye pillows and our amethyst aura essential mist in the classes form the essentialsoapbar.com
Massage Gift Voucher
Give the gift of a well-being experience.
Gift voucher for a 30 minute Massage in your own home or chosen location within a 25 mile radius of Woodbridge.
Massage treatments available with Forest Haven Suffolk:
Indian head massage
Effective Counselling helps create an environment where an individual feels able to express himself or herself openly and in confidence, to discover new insight. The practitioner role is one of skilled facilitator enabling individuals to gain greater clarity and effect positive change for themselves.
A course of Counselling may enable you to gain greater insight and understanding to help overcome any perceived obstacles in a positive, constructive way.
Four week restorative yoga course recordings
Restorative Yoga; relearn the art of relaxation
Restorative yoga “restores” the body to its parasympathetic nervous system function, which, in turn, helps the body rest, heal, and restore balance.
Why I need to a add restorative yoga to my wellness practice……
1. deeply relaxes your body and stills a busy mind
2. Allowing time for longer asanas (poses) and deeper breathing produces a feeling of calm and increased well-being
3. Get familiar with how your body works and how your mind responds
4. A great place to start your yoga practice journey
5. Boosts the immune system
6. Balances the nervous system
7. Release muscular tension
8. Improve mobility and flexibility
9. Decrease fatigue
10. Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
The course will be emailed via email once payment has been recieved.
Breath Work Session
Find a quiet space and join me for yoga breathing.
All all you need is a cushion, a quiet corner, your mobile phone, I pad or laptop and zoom.
Yoga Breathing is a safe and fast way to relieve stress, boost digestion, balance your energy, and improve sleep.
No experience of any kind is needed. I take a very simple, science-based approach that is effective for everyone.
What is Life Coaching?
In the simplest sense, life coaching is about helping you identify and achieve your goals.
Many of us at different times in our lives experience moments where for apparently inexplicable reasons we feel unable to overcome the barriers or obstacles blocking our path to success.
Coaching utilises psychological principles to overcome these barriers, enabling you to move forward feeling positive, focused and confident to achieve success in any area of your life.
A combination of Counselling, NLP and coaching skills allow you to look at problems from renewed perspectives, challenge sometimes entrenched and limiting beliefs and help you access your hidden resources of power and control.
What can I expect from the first appointment?
A first appointment is typically devoted to gently exploring your presenting concerns and developing the client/therapist relationship.
Subsequent sessions look to build on this, establishing rapport and creating an environment where you can feel comfortable and safe expressing exactly what you want to say and how you feel.
The exact number of sessions required depends very much on you as an individual and your specific needs.
Kettlebell Training - 30 minute online session
A kettle bell is one of the most efficient, effective tools for sculpting a strong body.
A cast iron weight resembling a cannonball with a handle used to perform exercises used as a dynamic tool for centuries. All in one workout. Target every single muscle group in the body with a Kettle bell instead of isolating muscle groups as you do when lifting dumbbells.
Great fat burner for any shape and size as the weight isn't evenly distributed, you have to work continuously to control the bell's shifting centre of gravity which results in major calorie burn.
Increased core stability and stabilising muscles. Stronger back and improved posture. One training item which can replace all other exercise equipment. Perform daily activities with ease.