Namaste to November – The Haven Update for November

Namaste to November


Pinch punch and all that and welcome to the last 2 months of 2017! How did that happen? Has your 2017 lived up to expectation? How about ending the year with a chilled out feel! Take a look at our YouTube channel and listen to our most recent guided meditations, great for sleep, reducing stress and relaxation 🕉.

We have so much on over the next 2 months including workshops with OSHO Meditation and Introduction to Counselling to NEW Yoga Classes and Mindfulness Courses. All that and all the amazing Therapies we provide, including Massage, Bowen Technique, Past Life Regression, Reflexology and Angelic Reiki. You could head in to 2018 positively charged and ready to start the year manifesting all of your dreams! 💜

We hope you can join us, book here.

Love Katie

Mini Retreat, Gong Bath, Christmas Sale & more…

Join us Friday 3rd Nov from 7pm for a blissful evening of Yoga Nidra and Sound Meditation at our Haven Mini Retreat, what a perfect way to end the week, then join us on Saturday 4th for our Monthly Mediation, we guarantee you’ll float through the rest of Saturday *or your mind will 😀. Is it to soon to mention Christmas? Our Pre-Christmas Sale starts on Sat 11th November , join us for a class of fizz, mince pies and some great ethically sourced products at discounted prices. We then have 2 events on the 18th November;
Transformative Hatha Yoga at 10am then a Gong Bath at 4pm. We finish off the month with an Introduction to Counselling Workshop 10-3pm on 25th November. Call us on 0118 327 2450 if you have any question on these events or click the links to book.

New Yoga Classes

We have 2 new Ashtanga Yoga classes starting in November, and a Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Workshop, this week on Thursday 2nd Nov at 10am, to help understand some of the basic postures and breath work. The classes will then be on Tuesday 7th Nov at 1pm & Thursday 9th Nov at 9:30am. We now have 8 Yoga classes and 2 Pilates classes on during the week.
Take a look at our timetable for all Yoga & Pilates classes


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5 tips to make time slow down

Wow! Is it just me or is everyone else wondering how the *$!✻ we’re about to start the last weekend in August! The past 4 months seem to have whizzed passed at super speed and I doubt that Sept-Dec is going to be kind and go at a snails pace! How are we so busy all the time? Is that why times seem to have changed to 30 seconds in a minute!  STOP THE CLOCKS!
I know times been flying for me for a number of reasons; The Haven being so busy, for which I’m very grateful, also watching my beautiful Niece Gracie, who’s 2 in October, grow into a joyful toddler, and our small puppy Bexley become a bounding doggy (he’ll be 1 in October).
Time appears to pass quicker when we have events coming up that we cant wait to happen, almost as if we wish the time a way. How often have you heard people counting down to a certain occasion or event? Weddings are a big one and holidays too. Our chance to escape the rat race, press ⏸ and chill out for a week or two if we’re lucky.
We get to our desired location and our tension dissipates over the first few days. Time seems to slow and we spend days doing things we really enjoy, be that doing nothing or exploring our destination or spending time with loved ones. Soon enough the days pass and although we may have a further 3 or 4 days we begin to start that dreaded count down again. ‘Urggh only 3 days left’, ‘this time next week we’ll be back at work/school/home’, as we start to think about our return to work/home/life time begins to speed up. One of the reasons of this is that our attentions begins to focus on the future, instead where we are now. We start to think of where we’ll be, the project we have to finish, the boss we don’t really want to deal with and soon enough we are actually there.
So how can we actually slow time down I hear your yell at the screen? Well you can’t, sorry but you can start to put a few practices in place for it to seem as though time has slowed.


❤︎ Start each day with Gratitude – firstly for yourself


🕖 When we start the day with gratitude, we start it with one positive thought, which can lead to another and another. This also helps us to remain in the present, instead of worrying about the past and future. When we are grateful for our self, it helps us focus on the joy and positive aspects of our life and its influence on others  – You Rock!


❤︎ Meditate/be mindful/breathe/be in the now

🕗 Read any wellbeing blog and its likely to tell to meditate *we didn’t want to be left out.  Many blog miss out on telling their readers that meditation is easy, but it really truly is. Unfortunately though many people think of meditation as daunting, because of the many per-conceived ideas about ‘how’ to meditate – *see monk sitting in lotus position, zen like for hours.  One of the common ones is that you need to clear your mind of all thoughts, but you don’t, because that’s nigh on impossible unless you’ve got nothing in there to begin with. 
A really simple way to start a meditation or mindfulness practice is to simply focus your attention. Many people choose to focus on their breathe. By allowing your breathing to slow, as you take long deep inhalations, counting in for 4 and out for 4 and repeating,  you will begin to notice that you don’t have space in your head for the chatter and constant cycle of thoughts.  I’ve just reminded myself this blog isn’t about how to meditate, its about slowing down time, but the two do really go hand in hand. Meditation is about focusing the mind and when we focus, time begins to slow. Try to do this as often as you can; waiting in traffic, standing in a que, on the toilet. The more you practice the easier it will become and the long you can do it for. Some days it will come easy, others you wont last past a few breathes, but that’s okay because its not about how good you are at it tomorrow, its about putting in the time today. You can also practice by focusing your attention whilst going about your daily life, notice the little things – see the flowers in a grass verge, notice the colour of peoples eyes, and see if you can recall them later on. Be present and focus on 1 thing at a time and time will begin to slow. You could also try listening to guided meditation on The Haven Podcast or Youtube.


❤︎ Plan your day/week/month

🕘 It sounds crazy that planning your day/week/month in advance can give you more time, as surely that’s going to take time to do, but when we get all the finer details out of our head and on paper/calendar/chalk board/phone, we can begin to focus on what’s important. Bullet Journals can really help, take a look at this video which explains how.


By loosely planning our time we reduce multitasking, how often are you writing an email, planning dinner, answering the phone, booking a hotel…. this list can go on (how many tabs do you have open??). When we focus on the task in hand, time begins slow. For example planning your weekly dinners on a Sunday stops the mad panic at 5:30 as to where to stop and what to buy for dinner or coming home and doing the fridge/freezer stare for 5 minutes trying to get inspiration. It also allows you to add new things into your life like planing a few different routes to work, sounds bizarre but changing up our normal daily routine can also make time move slower – see below 👇🏽.


❤︎ Spend 10 minutes or more a day doing something you really love

🕕 Now some people out there really love their job, and I’m one of them but that’s not what I’m talking about here. This has to be something that makes your heart sing, maybe that’s spending it with people you love but again I want you to try and focus on you first. When we start to plan our days we can actually start to put focused time in for us. Whether its being creative, attending a yoga class, reading a good book or just having a bath, try and taking time for yourself, start small if schedule is an issue (although hopefully we’ve started to put that in focus with the last one tip 👆🏼) and do something you really love and I guarantee it will bring more time to your day and wellbeing to your life. Did you know wellbeing is defined as being contented, healthy, or successful and I think we could all do with a little more of that. #CommitToWellbeing


❤︎ Change your routine

🕢 We are creatures of habit; alarm set at the same time daily, same journey to and from work, head down, same lunch, automatic route home, dinner and TV/computer/phone on before falling into bed and then waking the next morning still exhausted #changeitup .  When we are children we see the world with awe, every experience is new so seems to last longer. Those 6 weeks of summer holiday were endless as each day was exciting and new. Break your routine, go explore your local neighbourhood, town or neighbouring town – and I don’t mean go and trawl the same shopping centre with the same shops. No wonder we feel like we’ve done it all before and time whizzes by.
If you can work from home, see if you can find somewhere else locally where you can go and work one day a week, or if you normally work in your office at home try working in the lounge, bedroom or garden ( I know that can be difficult but again changing up your routine really can help). Try and find something or somewhere new to explore, this is why holiday weeks seem to go a little slower as it’s normally in a new environment. Step out of your comfort zone and try and challenge yourself to do 5-10 new things a month, even little things like changing you lunchtime sandwich or gym workout. Have you tired one of the Havens Gong sound meditations? Give it a go, what have you got to lose.

I hope these 5 tips help you slow down and given you more time. Here’s to slow September and our move into Autumn going as slowly as a sloth😁
By Katie Palmer – Founder and Therapist  at The Haven Wellbeing Hub

Yin Yoga Chakra Clearing & Intention Setting Workshop

Join us on Saturday 22nd July from 10am-13:00 for a Yin Yoga Chakra Clearing & Intention Setting Workshop.
This fantastic workshops starts with 4 yogic breathing techniques, which pulls you out of your mind and back to that lovely space inside of you. We then venture through a Yin Yoga sequence followed by an energetic guided meditation of releasing cords or blocks stuck within each chakra.
We will then enjoy a cup of herbal tea whilst we understand how to set and intention from the heart instead of the mind and release this intention into a final Yoga Nidra. If you want to let go of something from the past, or feel more connect with your inner-self or bring a bit more yin/feminine/restorative energy back into your life than this workshop is for you.
Its normally £45 for this fantastic workshop but as a special introduction to The Haven this 1st one will be £35.
To book your spot book here or call 0118 327 2450. For more information or questions about the course please e-mail or visit

Haven’s Wellbeing Podcast

We just wanted to drop you a short  blog to let you know The Haven has just posted its 1st Podcast! You can listen and subscribe via your favourite podcast app, just search The Haven Wellbeing Hub or you can listen via this link Haven’s Wellbeing Podcast. You’ll hear the latest news from The Haven, including dates for the next Gong Bath, details on an Angel Workshop in May, and Manifesting Workshop in April plus 5 tips for gifts for Mothers Day.
Hope you enjoy it, let us know other topics you’d like to hear about.




Please VOTE for The Haven

Please VOTE for The Haven to Win – Muddy Stilettos Award

We need your help, again.THE MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS 2016 
You may have voted for us last month in the prestigious Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016, under the category for Best Complementary Therapy Centre in Berkshire, and if so thank you as we’ve reached the top 5.
Voting is now open again until 12pm on 14 June and although we are chuffed at reaching the Top 5 we’d love to get to No1!
Muddy Stilettos celebrates only the very best local businesses in Berkshire and we would be really grateful for your support again. Voting takes a couple of minutes and you can also vote for many other local business.
Previous votes don’t count so if everyone can please vote again.
We thank you so much for your support and for taking the time to vote. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Big Love,
All the Practitioners & Instructors at The Haven Wellbeing Hub




What is EFT, & Why Should I Try it?

EFTEFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It is also known as Tapping.
It is called Emotional Freedom Technique because it has the power to remove the domination of negative emotions over your life. Essentially it is an Energy healing process, rather than a talking therapy process although there is usually quite a bit of talking going on at the same time.
By rhythmically tapping on Meridian points on our body (see diagram), we release energy blockages in our system which allows energy to flow freely through us and this puts us in a strong state for self healing.
If you suffer from a powerful negative emotion, that emotion is always accompanied by a physical sensation of some sort, whether it is a slightly uncomfortable feeling, right up to severe physical pain.
Those physical feelings are caused by our negative emotions, they are inextricably linked together, so when we tap together and work on removing the physical symptoms, the negative emotion will go at the same time.
EFT is also incredible at creating positive states of mind. It is a technique used by many people to help them get into the state of mind that they need. By using EFT you can be confident, happy, energised, powerful, sensual, alert, responsive, loving, healing…well, you get the picture.
And it WORKS.
The great thing is, you can do this whenever you need it, and wherever you are. It is easy to learn, simple, powerful and very flexible to whatever your needs happen to be.
I have incorporated EFT into my therapy process more and more because it so good, and so successful. It is also great fun!
So why not come along to one of my monthly EFT workshops? It’s just one hour of your time and only £10 to learn the basics of this amazing technique.
Contact The Haven Wellbeing Hub to find out more. You can Book Here for a 1 to 1 session with Phil on a Monday Evening or come along to the Monthly Hour of Power from 6:30pm – 7:30pm on 2nd Tuesday of the Month. Booking Essential.
Guest Blog By Phil Gowler

The Haven Wellbeing Hub Online Booking

The Haven Wellbeing Hub Online Booking


The Haven Wellbeing Hub’s online booking system is now live. Log in an register your details to receive newsletters, update and discounts and also to book yourself into the following;


  • Sign up for 6 weeks session of Yoga in any one of our 8 classes during the week, and you can pre book yourself into a class so you don’t miss a spaces and these increasing popular classes.
  • Book on to all the workshops and monthly groups we have on a the Haven, reducing the risk of you missing out when spaces are limited.
  • Book with any of our Practitioners, offering a wide range of therapies.  Schedule your massage, hypnotherapy or reflexology, for example to suit your availability, or booking for a family or friends as a treat.

You can also download the Mindbody app to make booking easier from your Smartphone.

What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy that is all around us.
Reiki is the name given to a system of natural healing which evolved in Japan from the experience and dedication of Dr Mikao Usui (d. 1926). Fired by a burning question, Dr Usui was inspired to develop this healing system from ancient teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. He spent the rest of his life practising and teaching Reiki. Today Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student.
There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the desire to be healed.
A Reiki Treatment
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is a very simple process. The recipient simply lies on a couch and relaxes. If they are unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position, the main thing is for the recipient to be as comfortable as possible. There is no need to remove any clothing, as Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts. I gently places my hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions, which cover the whole body. The whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. A full treatment usually takes 30 to 1 hours with each position held for several minutes.

Which conditions can Reiki help?

It is possible to heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Acute injuries can be helped to heal very quickly but more chronic illness takes longer. In some cases such as terminal illness, there is not enough time for the progress of the disease to be reversed. However, in such cases there is usually great benefit and enhancement of the quality of life giving a sense of peace and acceptance during the time remaining.
Reiki healing can be given anywhere at any time as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel for the energy to be drawn through by the need or imbalance in the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort of will or concentration during this process.
As running water smooths the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing pain and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki restores balance in one’s life.
Reiki supports all forms of treatment both orthodox and complementary.
You can book a Reiki treatment at The Haven Wellbeing Hub on 0118 327 2450 or you could join us on 17th & 24th October to learn how to give Reiki to yourself and your friends & family. Jo Cieloch from Featherock Therapies will be holding a 2 day Reiki Level 1 at The Haven Wellbeing Hub on Saturday 17th Oct and Saturday 24th Oct from 11am – 5pm. Please contact The Haven for more information or Jo directly.

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