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SoSpa Empowerment Day Retreat Jan 20th

December 6th, 2018 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on SoSpa Empowerment Day Retreat Jan 20th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the SoSpa team for a New Year boost!

2019 BUZZ WORD IS EMPOWER!

With anxiety and stress being the hot topic of 2018 we want to support and show you stress and anxiety busting techniques to empower you and offer you a support network to boost
motivation & confidence & reduce sabotaging your healthy eating and fitness goals in 2019 encouraging overall better health.

The Timetable :

8.30 Guests arrive for the day retreat.
9.00 -9.45 Energiser power walk through beautiful woodland.
10.00-10.30 Refreshment break
10.30-11.15 Fun functional fitness with Elias
11.30-12.30 Empowerment presentation
12.45-13.30 Boxercise with Jude & Elias
13.30-15.00 So Lean and Clean lunch & relaxation
15.00-16.30 Yogailates & 2019 Intention Meditation
16.30-17.00 Refreshments & weight loss Q & A

Event ends at 1700hrs.

Lunch will be a 3 course buffet menu based on the So Lean And Clean plan.

See sample menus below.

FAQ’S
Q:What level of fitness do I have to be?
A: Our super trainers are able to work with all levels if fitness and prior to the event we will send a health questionnaire out to you so that we can offer you the very best expert advice and experience.

Q:I have special dietary requirements. Can you accommodate?
A: Yes again we will ask this and we will meet your requirements.

Event Address:

The Nook
Lower Way
Upper Longdon
Rugeley
Staffs..
WS15 1QG

We would love meet you!

Ticket price £75. (Early booking offer- Bookings taken before 23rd December £65.00)

Please follow the link below to book.


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See below for more SoSpa Dates. We add more to these throughout the year.

2019 dates for SoSpa Fitness Escapes.

Wednesday June 5th – June 12th 2019 -7 nights
Wednesday June 5th – June 16th 2019- 10 nights
Wednesday September 18th- September 25th 2019 – 7 Nights

Price £2490.00 p/p
10 Night stay = £3390.00
Deposit £350 for 7 nights
Deposit £500 for 10 nights

Past Clients Loyalty rewards. A further £100.00 from the above price.

Refer a friend who has never been on a SoSpa holiday before and receive a £100 voucher towards your own booking .
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Here’s what’s included:
Accommodation and Flights
All meals in excellent local taverna’s or restaurants
All fitness classes, Yoga , Pilates, Aqua, Power walk, jogging (bespoke to the group)
A Skype personal consultation pre holiday
Local airport transfers from Rhodes to resort return via private taxi
24/7 Holiday Rep/Personal Trainer
21 Days access to the So Lean And Clean online lifestyle plan prior to the holiday.
*Excursions to Rhodes Old Town or the local Spa extra if requested.
*Above price is based on two people sharing . Single person supplement plus £100.00
*Flight prices are based on Uk flights. For overseas clients prices will vary.

Any queries please do not hesitate to ask.

Yours in health & fitness

Gail and the SoSpa team

What Are The Benefits Of Meditation?

October 16th, 2018 | Posted by Gail in SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays | Yoga | Yogailates - (Comments Off on What Are The Benefits Of Meditation?)

 

 

 

 

 

  •  The heart rate lowers. The cortisol in the body reduces as you focus on calming the breath. But don’t force, just observe how the body breathes
  • Focus on the here & now. Norwegian researchers studying brainwaves of people on a meditative state had theta brainwaves ( a gateway to learning, memory & intuition ) and alpha waves linked with creativity.
    Tibetan monks were found to have gamma waves which are linked to a higher state of consciousness

 

How To Feel Beach Ready

June 28th, 2016 | Posted by Gail in NEWS - (Comments Off on How To Feel Beach Ready)

Are some of you are thinking about putting in preparations for ‘The Beach body?’

 

Beach Body Fit

Hey so what! We are not looking or feeling like a supermodel yetand yes there is always going to be someone sitting by that we admire their shapely legs,flat tum whatever.

We are what we are after trying to follow a healthy and fun lifestyle,so enjoy that holiday.

I have made a list of just seven things you can do to feel nice on the beach leading up to that well hard worked for/earned much needed holiday.

1) I know I have banged on about it before and you should have been doing it all along. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.If you struggle to drink the required average 2 litres then try replacing your hot drinks with hot water and a slice of lemon.This can help speed up a sluggish digestive system, eliminate toxins,clean internal waste and give you more energy and the big one.A flatter tum!

2) Practice your posture.Good posture makes you appear taller and slimmer.Focus especially on sitting posture.Correct sitting helps the digestive system and reduces the chances of becoming bloated.You will also be keeping the tummy and back strong after those weeks of fab abs workouts

3)Find a good healthy eating plan and ditch the Caffeine,Refined foods,Processed and alcohol they will all sabotage fat loss.

4)Ditch the foods that retain water,grains like bread,rice,pasta,cakes and biscuits.These foods tend to hold water in the gut. Being an IBS sufferer for years and learning to control it by not eating my trigger foods which for me one being not eating fruit after a meal.Keeping food diaries you can see what maybe your bloated trigger foods.

5) Workout wind up.So you are busy packing for the family,no time to fit that workout in? Wrong! If you have trainers get them on and do 15 mins of power walk intervals the road.

Jog or sprint intervals down to the end of the street and back or around the garden.
We can almost all of us find a 15 minute break twice in the day so be ready mentally and get down on a 15 minute mini circuit quickly moving from squats

6)If you do find yourself with a free hour for a class or personal training session,try an hour of Yoga,it will de stress you with all that last minute preparation lower your cortisol levels, leave you feeling super toned and teach stress busting techniques you can easily use 10 minutes each morning whilst you are away to set you up for the day during your holiday.

7) Finally relax and enjoy.Worry and anxiety about how we shape up compared with the next supermodel on the beach is not what health and fitness is all about.Kick back,chill and you are far more likely to be more active than when you are focusing totally on being Elle Macpherson or Matthew Mconaughey.Get up play with those beach balls,walk along the sand and make a splash.You have arrived.

Good bye 2015 We Loved You

December 30th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in Client News | Motivation | So Lean And Clean | SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays - (Comments Off on Good bye 2015 We Loved You)

WOW! It has been a tremendous 2015.

So much has happened in Gail Abbey Fitness.

So Lean & Clean has continued to astound clients and help them achieve target weights and convert their lifestyle with ease to a better way of eating and exercising. 100’s of lb’s dropped in 2015.

We had a wonderful fitness holidays to Greece in June & July . Where I also launched fitness hen party weekends in Rhodes.

The month of September we began our new UK tour of the UK with the SoSpa pop up fitness events. We intend to visit post codes around the UK and present talks on diet and put on fitness classes throughout the day to jump start people with their fitness plans. Lookout for us coming to an area near you. For this event we ollaborated with Luke from RawR fitness who took the bootcamp.

We also launhed Perisope Live Streaming workouts and you can catch those daily on SoSpa Fitness Fun were Elias and I will take you through a series of HIIT, weights, Yoga, Box fitness and many more workouts. If you miss them you can find us on Katch too.

Coming soon in 2016 is our first pop up event of the year at Moor Hall West Mids . A full day to supercharge your fitness for 2016. Spa access to relax and classes all by the SoSpa team. A private SoSpa event at £89.00 per person. This event will be a de -stress , more holistic relaxed event.

Think New You, Think SoSpa 2016

November 25th, 2015 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean | SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays - (Comments Off on Think New You, Think SoSpa 2016)

THE BIG ONE! January re-invention time, A private SoSpa fitness & fun spa day at Moor Hall Hotel & Spa , Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.
De-stress your body & mind post festive season.

Our SoSpa crew will show you how to have a STRESS-LESS 2016, understand how to create the body you desire , have a fun fitness & spa day relaxing with SoSpa friends past & new.

Those wanting to shed post festive weight and clean up their lifestyle will have the opportunity to personally discuss with a So Lean & Clean consultant the way forward.

The full SoSpa day day will include:
Power walk around the beautiful setting of Moor Hall
3 exercise classes to be announced by the SoSpa team
Access to the Moor hall Spa & therapies
Educational fitness, nutrition and mind setting advice
Meditation & Relaxation
Lunch
and lots of giggles ..

£89.00 Full Day Advance bookings only through SoSpa
please see the link below to pay.

PLACES ARE LIMITED , PLEASE BOOK ASAP

Those wishing to stay at Moor Hall on Saturday 16th see our link below for room rate


SoSpa Day Jan 2016




August 6th -13th 2014 Some Like It Hot !! Hot Yoga Fitness and Fun Holiday

June 11th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays | Yoga - (Comments Off on August 6th -13th 2014 Some Like It Hot !! Hot Yoga Fitness and Fun Holiday)
Yoga at St . Pauls Beach Lindos

Yoga at St . Pauls Beach Lindos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ULTIMATE YIN AND YANG YOGA WEEK

YOGALOVERS

August 6th 2014 for 7 nights. Lindos Rhodes.

Wake early and enjoy Power Hot Yoga and meditation

Water exercise in the afternoon

Yogailates Relaxation in the evening before heading into the busy village for dinner and fun.

Join our group  for a fun packed fitness break. Up to 16 persons

The cost includes

Flights and Accommodation
Transfer by taxi to resort return
So Lean And Clean menu and advice (meals fully inc at local village tavernas and restaurants)
Beach sunbeds

Gift on arrival

Download Yoga workout gift for your return.

Fantastic Peak Season Price of p/p £2010.00 

Mothers Day Fitness

March 25th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on Mothers Day Fitness)

MOTHERING SUNDAY this weekend and are you racking your brains wondering how you can treat your Mum?
There are plenty of courses to choose from, personal training or my dvd. Order and we will get it out to you or sign you onto one of the courses.

Trying to find the work/life balance for most mums is stressful and a mum frets daily about her children whatever their age.

Stress levels build up, I see this often with mum’s and believe it is hugely important to take care of yourself as then you can look after others far easier.
Many mum’s don’t (guilty before you all shout!) take time out for themselves frequently enough. Cortisol, the stress hormone rises and wreaks havoc on the body and shows negative effects such as:

-increased stomach fats
-suppressed thyroid function
-increase of blood pressure
-decreased bone density
-Higher levels of LDL (loads of dirty lard tip to remember)bad Cholesterol
-Lower immunity and inflammatory responses in the body creating slow healing and lingering infections.

If you want to choose an exercise class to bring your mum to, both of you reap rewards and build on your relationship and fitness then treat her to a Yoga class together ( Yes boys I mean you too). This year has started with much more family fitness, mums and daughters coming to groups. Don’t miss out on the chance to try Yoga with your parents or children.

Beautiful Yoga pictures

Lets make it a family affair !

I have seen a huge rise in the need for more holistic exercise programs over the last couple of years and Yoga is right on trend due to higher stress levels.(It has recently been reported that today’s level of anxiety is equivalent to what was considered clinical in the 1950’s.) These exercise prescriptions are hugely beneficial in reducing stress and encouraging mental and physical healing.

Training the small group Yoga programs at my Yoga studio feels like I am wrapping a blanket around clients for an hour. Its a real nurturing, feel good experience and the feedback from participants is ‘the tonic thats needed”.There are some very serious face Yoga classes out there but I can’t say the same for mine!

Its never too late to reap the benefits of Yoga.
I found Yoga in my late thirties and as an avid weight trainer and runner to get my fitness kicks, a niggle in the hip during marathon training led me to seek Yoga.
First session in and I over stretched my knee.Realising that applying an aggressive attitude to Yoga does not work!
I struggled on through the relaxation feeling tempted to say I had to rush off for a meeting. Then after a month of sessions something clicked. The hip improved and I could see I had over the years become imbalanced ( yes I can hear some saying you know that!) and that the Yoga was really starting to help those areas.

Benefits of Yoga
It works for all age groups pregnancy, babies upwards till death.
Each small group class can be structured to enhancing health benefits.
Over the six weeks we have worked at:
Improving thyroid function.
Relieving stress and anxiety,Improving core health internally and externally focusing on moves to ease the digestive organs.
Helping to lift fatigue and improving sleep.
Improving balance and strength.
Meditation to raise confidence.
Improving Posture.
There is massive potential for progression in Yoga, many think its too easy to try. When did you last do a headstand or the crab position!?

Healing Your Back Pain
Eliminate the back pain. Sufferers who did two 90-minute yoga classes a week for about six months eased soreness by 56 percent, a study inSpine shows. Those given treatments like pain meds and physical therapy lessened the hurt by only 16 percent. Posing improves posture and strengthens back muscles to keep aches at bay,

Get Better ZZZzzzz’s
Insomniacs fell asleep 15 minutes faster and slept an hour longer each night after two months of doing a 45-minute series of yoga poses daily before bed. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital speculate that regular practice helped people relax, making it easier to switch off. Doing three weekly sessions at any time of the day

Steamier Sex
A study from the journal of sexual medicine suggests. Yoga helps reduce anxiety and increases body awareness and increases the speed in which the body releases the hormones to raise arousal.
All that equates to a boost in libido. Just two hours a week can make the difference!

Improved Body Confidence
Studies show that women who practiced regularly rated their body satisfaction 20 percent higher than did those who took aerobics, even though both groups were at a healthy weight.

Yoga is one discipline but hits many areas.

I definitely recommend finding a small personal group it is very different than the large group fitness class.
Each session can be bespoke to the groups needs and confidence in positions and breathing techniques can be gained.

IF YOU ARE PLAYING CHEF THIS WEEKEND TRY THIS CLEAN RECIPE ON MUM.

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Stuffed Chicken Breast


Rolled Chicken Breast Stuffed with Mushrooms and Rosemary

Rotolo di pollo ripieni ai funghi
Serves 4
4 skinless,boneless chicken breasts about 100g each
2 garlic cloves
1 carrot chopped100g closed cup mushrooms
1 large deseeded tomato
1 tablespoonchopped rosemary leaves
black pepper
salad leaves to serve

1) Preheat oven to 200 degree c/ 400 f/gas 6

Place chicken breast between two sheets of cling film on a board. Use a meat mallet to beat out until 0.5 cm thick

3) Place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and season.Blitz until you have finely chopped and combined the mixture.

4) Spread the mushroom mixture evenly on one side of the four chicken breasts. Roll up the breasts to encase the stuffing and secure with cocktail sticks.

5) Cut four squares of baking paper and wrap each chicken piece up carefully.
Place on a tray and cook in the middle of the oven for 30 mins or until thoroughly cooked.
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6) Unwrap and slice into rounds serve with a fresh salad of choice.

I am currently extending my Small Group Yoga timetable due to high demand. New dates will be available by March 11th.

Have a Fantastic Mother’s day. Or maybe you prefer to call it Simnel Sunday.

THE HISTORY OF MOTHERING SUNDAY
is a Christian festival. Each year it always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent and by tradition it was a day when children gave presents, flowers and cards to their mothers. Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK since at least the 16th century
Mothering Sunday was also known as Mid-Lent Sunday or Refreshment, because in the old days Sunday when boys were apprenticed from about ten years old and many girls went into service from about the same age, they were allowed a day off to go home and share a meal with their family. Mothering Sunday falls in the middle of Lent and so the fasting rules were relaxed .(some say in honour of the Feeding of the Five Thousand – a story from the Bible). Besides having a good meal, children also went home to the ‘Mother’ church.

Another name for Mothering Sunday is Simnel Sunday. That comes from the tradition of making a special cake called a Simnel Cake. There are plenty of Simnel Cake recipes but very few that explain why it has 11 marzipan balls decorating the top of the cake. They are supposed to represent 11 apostles (Judas, who betrayed Christ, is already removed).

Whatever it means to you, have a happy fit week all.

What does Gail Abbey have to offer in Personal Training and Classes?

February 26th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on What does Gail Abbey have to offer in Personal Training and Classes?)

IMG_0168Hello there Thanks for looking me up! I have created this video to tell you a little bit about me and what I have to offer.
My passions are . getting people to a wicked fitness level and bringing the very best out of them.
Coaching from the head and heart out to assist in lifestyle changes that will help you realise that every single day counts on this planet and how you can achieve your own personal best very single day.
I work in the corporate and private world. Create bespoke fitness events, fitness parties,speaking. Are you feeling a trend ? Basically FUN fitness. Come play with me
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It’s The Season To Be Jolly

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by Gail in Yoga - (Comments Off on It’s The Season To Be Jolly)

Tis the season to be Jolly, but is your coordination and balance up to it?
Going to have a few drinks and attempt your Gangnam style dance or even if staying sober have a read through the 2011 NHS stats about accidents over the Christmas Period

If you are struggling now with coordination and balance and when is the last time you assessed this ? Then this does deteriorate with age and plays a major factor in potential injury .
With the loss of muscle mass, strength, and endurance and the deterioration of neurologic control of our movements and slower reflexes that occur with age the fear of falling is warranted.
Cardiovascular and muscle strength training helps significantly to reduce the risk of falling. However, specific agility, balance and coordination training can even further reduce the risk of falling. Unfortunately, this form of exercise training is often ignored with dire consequences.

Definitions;

Agility – It is the ability to change direction quickly

Balance- It is the ability to maintain a specific body position in either a stationary or dynamic situation

Coordination- It is the ability to use all body parts together to produce smooth and fluid motion.

Each of these is an important component in our ability to move safely, to perform the activities of daily living effectively and to enjoy recreational activities. We can all benefit from implementing agility, balance and coordination training into our regular exercise routine and this is especially true for the 50+ adult.

Benefits of Agility, Balance and Coordination Training

* Help improve efficiency of movement.
* Improve overall body awareness during movement
* Decrease risk of injury
* Improve rehabilitation
* Improve posture
* Improve ability to perform *recreational and competitive activities
* Improve ability to perform activities of daily living and therefore improve quality of life.
* Makes exercise more functional.

There are multitudes of physiological factors that can a compromise of our agility, balance and coordination as we age. Therefore it is imperative that we make our exercise routines as functional as possible. This will help slow the disabling effects that age may have on the 50+ adult to perform activities effectively and safely.

It is essential to maintain muscle mass as we age so a good strength program is important and Yoga is excellent as involves of own body weight strength and balance moves. Dancing and raquet sports are good for coordination . If you are gravity challenged then perhaps in 2014 you should consider some new workouts

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Daily Yoga Pose

November 21st, 2013 | Posted by Gail in Yoga - (Comments Off on Daily Yoga Pose)

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Benefits
Strengthens the back muscles
Stretches the shoulders and chest
Improves posture
Sit on the floor with your legs together and extended in front of your torso. If your torso is leaning back, it may be because tight hamstrings are dragging the sitting bones toward the knees and the back of the pelvis toward the floor. It may be helpful to sit on a blanket or a bolster to lift the pelvis.

A simple way to check alignment is to sit with your back against a wall. The sacrum and the shoulder blades should touch the wall, but not lower back or the back of the head. Put a small rolled-up towel between the wall and the lower back to help