The Beauty barometer- Fitness gets personal


The summer is over, we’ve probably over-indulged on the sangria and the barbecues, and now it’s time to get back to some kind of healthy living. We’re back to work, the kids are back at school, so October is a peak month for new gym memberships here on the Costa del Sol as life slowly returns to normal. But for those who find regular gym-going a drudge, or for those who simply couldn’t think of anything worse, there’s now an alternative at hand.

We spoke to two clients about their first-hand experiences of getting into shape under the expert eye of Paul Isaacs, the Marbella-based Personal Trainer who will come to your home and give you a world-class workout in privacy and comfort.

“Like most of the best things here on the Coast, Paul Isaacs was recommended to me by a friend”, says Linda Johnstone, who’s husband, Brian, has also become a client. “I am a working mum with a busy schedule and I just didn’t fancy dragging myself to a gym each day”, says Linda, 54. “I also knew that it would be a real struggle to maintain my motivation over the longer-term. So Paul’s service has been a god-send to us both. I started sessions with Paul in February, and Brian was so impressed with the progress I was making and the comments I was getting about my new look, he soon signed up for twice-weekly sessions as well! Paul comes to our home twice a week with a variety of equipment and puts us through our paces. Being able to exercise in our own home has been amazing. There are no distractions, nobody staring at me as I work up a sweat. It’s perfect for someone like me who wants a top quality service, but in absolute privacy”.

The majority of Paul’s clients come from referrals, which is how 46-year old Nicola Martin happened upon Paul’s service. “I couldn’t resist trying it out! I have just spent the summer in Marbella, and was introduced to Paul Isaacs by my sister-in-law who is a local resident. She had been training with Paul twice a week for a while and couldn’t speak too highly of him and his methods. I am a keen ´gym-goer´ back in the UK and so was intrigued to find out what he was all about!”

Nicola trained with Paul twice a week for 6 weeks and couldn’t believe the impact he made. “I have to say he was fantastic. He adapted the work outs to push me further than I would have done on my own in the gym, each session was different, and I never knew what to expect next. Each class was hard work, but was always enjoyable and I was continually surprised with how much I could actually do when gently coaxed by Paul”.

Both Nicola and Linda are effusive in their praise of Paul. Nicola added, ”This summer I returned from my holidays feeling better than I have ever done, in better shape, and with a renewed sense of how far I can push myself in the gym when working out… all thanks to Paul, his inspiration and encouragement”.

To meet up with Paul for a FREE initial discussion and fitness appraisal - in the comfort of your own home - call +34 691 468 106 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Beauty barometer- Are We Screening or are we Detecting?


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK. In the UK in 2006, over 45,500 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, around 125 women a day. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women aged 34 – 54. Breast cancer has increased by more than 50% over the last 25 years. Worldwide, more than 1,000,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The question needs to be asked again, should we continue to concentrate on procedures that can only detect an existing lump, or should we be focusing on screening methods that can warn us of a pending problem, far in advance of a lump developing?


Over 800 peer-reviewed studies with over 300,000 women as study participants have demonstrated the efficacy of Thermal Breast Screening. Studies have shown that breast thermography can detect the first potential signs of a cancer up to 10 years before any other procedure. It is: Pain Free,100% Safe, No Contact, No Radiation, Non Invasive. There are no contra-indications for Thermal Imaging making it safe for pregnant women and those with implants. Equally, it is as efficient for those under the age of 50 whose breast tissue is often too dense for the more traditional detection methods.


We are aware that the body produces heat and an injury i.e. a swollen ankle or knee equals more heat. Diseased cells, e.g. cancer, usually produce much more heat in their earliest stages of development (before a tumour forms) by: * Stimulating new blood vessels to help them grow. * Re-opening unused blood vessels maintaining those blood vessels already in use. This new blood vessel formation is called Malignant Angiogenesis. With more blood flow, there is more heat. Thermal Imaging examines these “hot spots” which can be the earliest warning signs of potential cancerous activity.This activity has been shown to begin years before a tumour or a lump forms and before any warning signs can be given by other screening methods.


At best and if caught early enough, simple life style changes may halt and reverse any abnormality and at worst and again if caught early enough, you will have choices in what to do. There is no comparison or competition between Thermal Imaging and the traditional mammogram, both “looking” for different things but surely, screening that is 100% safe and can “see” abnormalities at their earliest stages rather than lump detection is where we should be focusing? Every abnormality is not necessarily cancer but every cancer starts as an abnormality. Why wait?

For more information, contact The Bodyworks Health Clinic on + 34 952 883 151 or visit

The Beauty barometer- The Ultimate Performance


Look Your Best introduces EMS Technology to Puerto Banús, a High- Tech Training Method for better health, improved quality of life and surprising results

Look Your Best fitness and lifestyle studio opened in Puerto Banús in August to bring a highly effective personalized training method, which uses smart technology to deliver the best results, to the Costa del Sol. This exclusive studio, which is situated close to El Corte Inglés offers fast, targeted, effective personal training. It combines muscular stimulation technology (EMS), a gentle and bespoke 20- minute workout and nutritional advice for maximum results. Just one 20-minute session is equivalent to 90 to 120 minutes in the gym, so it saves time, reduces impact on joints, activates muscles and makes clients feel great.

Research shows that this training is significantly more effective than a conventional fitness workout, because the impulse stimulation, combined with exercise, activates 90 per cent of muscles. Without straining tendons or joints, amazing results can be achieved no matter what the age, fitness level or health of the individual. EMS technology can be tailored to the goals of the individual, such as to burn calories and lose weight, reduce cellulite or improve endurance and strength for peak sporting performance. Studies have also shown that it is an effective way to combat back pain, help people to recover from injury, treat incontinence and it has even been used to help cardiac patients regenerate muscle and significantly improve their wellbeing and quality of life.

Look Your Best has brought together a combination of this cutting edge technology, highly qualified trainers and an exclusive environment to help people achieve their goals, safely and with maximum privacy.


EMS is a method of stimulating muscles using light and painless electric impulses. It has been in development for over 100 years for the rehabilitation of patients after injury and illness to allow muscle building with limited movement.

This was later applied to professional sports to allow elite athletes to improve their performance and now it has been combined with personal training and effective exercises for the best results to date.

How does it work?

It replicates the natural principal of our central nervous system, sending electrical impulses to control our muscle action and applies it to training for fitness and health.

Electrodes, in a comfortable and easy to use body suit, activate more than 300 muscles simultaneously, including the hard to reach deep muscle layer, which protects our skeleton and improves stability. Whilst this is happening a personal trainer guides you through low-impact exercises for highly effective training results in a short time. The trainer controls each muscle group and the intensity of training according to individual goals.

It is very effective, as 90 per cent of the muscles are activated simultaneously and the muscle contractions are more intense than can be achieved through exercise alone. The agonist and antagonist muscles work simultaneously and deeper muscle groups are stimulated.

Look Your Best is located in Calle Ramon Areces, Marina Banús, Edificio III Local 3, Puerto Banús and offers 25€ trial sessions for the launch period. For bookings or more information please visit:

The Beauty barometer- The Makeup Master Class


I love my job, I really do, but when one of my best friends recently quit her job as a media studies teacher because she couldn’t find her happy place and joined the circus (I am not joking) it made me think about my life. Honestly, I have never seen her happier than hanging upside down from a hoop and she really inspired me. I was never going to make such an extreme leap as she did - it’s not in my nature - but I did want to dip my toe in and learn something new.

As fate would have it, that week I stumbled across the Marbella Beauty Academy’s C.I.B.T.A.C Fashion & Photographic Makeup Level 3 course. Being a journalist who specialises in health and beauty I obviously adore makeup. In my teens I used to convince my friends to let me do makeovers on them (although using white eye shadow and pink frosted lipstick on them wasn’t one of my finer moments) and this desire has never left me.

The course includes bridal, theatre, period and fashion makeup, plus body painting, prosthetics and hair styling, but it was the fact that one of the tutors was international makeup artist Liza Mayne, that really piqued my interest. I have been lucky enough not only to see her in action on shoots, but she has also worked her magic on yours truly on a few occasions, so I personally know how talented she really is. If someone was going to teach me about makeup I wanted it to be Liza.

At the age of 32, I was worried about going ‘back to school’ again. Would I stick out like a sore thumb as the only mature student surrounded by a giggling group of 16 year-olds? Plus my other half was declaring to anyone who would listen that I was having a midlife crisis. It took my friend posting a photo on Facebook of herself flying through the air to give me the courage I needed, I picked up the phone and enrolled.

After signing up to the course I decided to write a monthly diary in SOCIETY MARBELLA, which would record everything that I have learned, allowing the readers the chance to see behind the scenes at a beauty academy. As we go to print I will have only attended two classes, both theory based, so it won’t be until the next issue that you will see me actually play with any makeup.

Last time I entered a school I was carrying a Head sports bag and a writing pad from the local newsagents. This time I arrived with a Prada handbag, Cath Kidston stationary and more pink folders than I knew what to do with; see, there are some benefits to studying later in life! I met with the principle of the academy, Giselle Beck-Davies, who immediately put me at ease. She is a glamorous mother hen who nurtures all her students, instilling confidence and self-belief. She gave me a quick tour and I was ecstatic to see that many of the students were my age or older. As the first few classes would be generic theory, all the students were thrown in together. The class was a mixture of different nationalities, from an English Mum who was learning reflexology to a thirty-something Russian, who planned to be a nail technician.

Head Tutor Jane O’Brien was in charge of teaching us the generic theory and she worked very hard to make what could be rather boring sessions fun and interactive. I do take my hat off to all of you in the beauty industry, the theory is hard work, there is so much to learn and some parts were more like a biology lesson than beauty. For example, our session on hygiene wasn’t for the faint hearted, as we had to look at over 70 types of skin disease, which left me feeling slighlty queasy. As we reached the section on parasites I turned to see the whole class scratching.

One thing the health and safety and hygiene lessons have taught me is that most salons on the Coast would be shut down if they ever received an inspection. The standard of C.I.B.T.A.C is so high that I can count on one hand the number of salons that would meet their requirements. It really makes you think about placing your trust in a beautician and I for one will from now on make sure that I am treated by a qualified therapist. Anyway I am off to do my homework now. See you next issue when I will have got my hands dirty (in a hygienic way of course, Jane!)

The Beauty barometer- Bringing Back The Facial


Nestled within the prestigious Los Naranjos Golf Club lies the Pure Skin Beauty Room, an Aladdin’s cave for anyone who cares about skincare. Owner and self confessed skin care addict Sofia Saide explains where she draws her inspiration for providing a quality facial.

“Almost 30 years ago, when I started as a trainee beauty therapist, I immediately realized the importance of looking after your skin. Most clients were middle aged and what amazed me was how wonderful their skin was. Don’t forget this was in a time before botox and the only rejuvenation solution was to go under the knife! What did these women have in common? They came for regular monthly facials and followed a meticulous skincare regime at home recommended by their beauty therapist.

For the last decade it seems that this ritual has been put aside and replaced by regular quick fixes, so when I started Pure Skin, my mission was to bring back the facial. After all you can have your skin, cut, injected and pulled and stretched, but you will still have the same skin and if the quality of your skin is good to start with, it will enhance any procedure you have done.

Luckily it seems the tide is turning, thanks mainly to many celebrities coming forward with their skincare secrets. Some do opt for surgical procedures but they ALL have regular facials and a strict home-care regime. There are many fad facials around and many provide amazing results, but the main foundations of a good facial remains the same; a thorough cleanse and exfoliation. At Pure Skin we use four different types of exfoliation, which we combine according to the clients’ needs. This is followed by a bespoke steam, extraction and facial massage. Now the skin is primed, whichever treatment we apply next, be it oxygen infusion, ultrasonic or a series of treatment masks, will produce much better results.

So what are the foundations of a good home-care regime? Our advice is the same for everyone and this is something I learnt in NYC when I went to train with renowned facialist Ling Chan; cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat and protect. As to which products to use, this will vary for each person. We work with three different ranges at the moment and our recommendation may be with one range or to mix it up.

I have been very fortunate to have Clare Louise on our team; she is a qualified NVQ therapist with 15 years experience in the beauty therapy arena, a diploma in holistic therapies and has worked in five-star spas on cruise ships. We regularly work together, perfecting and tweaking our treatments to provide the best facial experience we can.”

Pure Skin Beauty, Tel. + 34 951 134 983 / + 34 661 279 575 at The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club

The Beauty barometer- Promoting Wellbeing - The smart way with Dr. Ursula Jacob



As a general practitioner I have worked for many years with patients suffering from different kinds of chronic diseases, especially cancer patients during all the stages of their illness.

In the beginning I was only seeing latestage cancer patients. The challenge was to figure out how best to help them without creating more problems for their already depleted immune systems. That inspired us to start working with specialist labs and colleagues who use the very latest testing procedures to identify which interventions would work best for each individual patient.

For more than 20 years now I have been using chemosensitivity testing to identify which chemotherapy drugs and natural substances can work best for an individual’s cancer. Tests were carried out on cancer tissue directly and, for around the last 10 years, through isolating tumour cells that circulate in the blood.

From these tests we can obtain a unique, personalised picture of the patient and how their particular cancer is developing and we can offer individual therapies. This means that the patient has a more effective treatment, with fewer side effects.

Alongside this technology, we developed specific immune testing to find out how we could stabilize and strengthen the patient’s immune system. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can lead to further problems in different organs of the body so we work with patients to detox the liver, build up bowl-flora, help to support the nervous system and increase overall wellbeing.

These days I also have patients coming to me with other chronic problems, which have nothing to do with cancer, such as neurological diseases, chronic fatigue, and internal problems as well as patients who want to embark upon prevention methods because they belong to high-risk groups or have historic familiar problems.

Patients who already have diabetes, allergies, autoimmune problems, heart problems, etc. want to have detailed tests to determine the best courses of treatment. This has been a big growth area for us, since we have achieved such good outcomes in chronically ill patients with the personalised testing and individualised treatment programmes.

The same tests are also used to help patients with many of the diseases that come with age such as Alzheimer’s or are due to environmental problems, pollution or lifestyle and which affect the immune system and metabolic system.

We have been working for a long time with clients from Marbella and have developed collaborative relationships with colleagues there so that we can follow up our therapies and offer a complete service as well as individual follow-up programmes for clients at home.

We can travel to see clients in Marbella for the first consultation and to take blood samples and, depending on the outcome, they visit the clinic in Munich or get a treatment programme to follow at home.

Also in Marbella we are able to offer physiotherapy, massage, detox, lymphatic drainage, nutritional advice as well as ‘inner and outer anti-aging’ since this conforms with our philosophy for proper prevention and long-term wellbeing.

The services that we offer are beneficial for patients who already have chronic internal problems, clients who belong to risk groups or have family histories and those who want optimal prevention.

If you would like to make an appointment or find out more, please contact: Dr. Ursula Jacob
+ 49 (89) 46 22 95 02
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