Feel Good Factor - Pura vida at the Mind, body & spirit festival

The H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel plays host to many events throughout the year. The Mind, Body & Spirit Festival is, however, by far our favourite. The Festival inspires and amazes in equal measure, delighting enthusiasts and surprising the cynics. We snatched a bit of time with the indefatigable Jacinta Anne Hannon who has organised the Mind, Body & Spirit Festival for many years, to find out more about this unique event.

Where did the idea for the Mind, Body & Spirit Festival come from originally? I suppose I have always enjoyed learning about the human condition – the way we think, interact and function within society. When I was younger my favourite subjects at school were Biology, Philosophy and Religion, but I chose to continue to delve deeper into these subject areas following my years in education. The more aware and informed I became, the keener I was to share this knowledge and present it to the public, for everyone to experience.

For how many years has the festival been running, and how is this year’s show different? This is the 11th year of the festival at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel. We always like to invite old favourites back as well as a large number of new participants. It keeps it varied, interesting and exciting for the public.

 How do you decide which specialists/ professionals you want as exhibitors at the show? I like to have a wide choice of mind, body and soul therapists - mediums, palmists and psychics as well as healing massage reflexologists for the body. Hypnosis, life coaching and personal empowerment for the mind experts are also on hand to offer support, advice and tips. I use the law of attraction to attract the best people in the industry to participate in the Festival.

What can a person expect from their visit to the Mind, Body & Spirit Festival? Following on from a visit to the Festival, people tell me they experience peace of mind, become more open to trusting their intuition and begin to follow their heart’s desire rather than listening to their ego. Others have told me they have a better, more positive outlook on life as a result of the festival, as well as an awakening to the fact that we are souls, engaging in a human experience. Power is the knowledge that we have choices and can create our ideal life now; we just need to believe.

What would you say to the cynics out there who perhaps see life in a more literal/ factual way? The best advice I can give is to suggest you come along to the festival; you will leave with a very different outlook. Expect to receive tips on how to improve your health, wealth and happiness, discover new technologies, calm your mind and learn how to live a more peaceful and rewarding life.

Do you have any advice for our readers so that they are not disappointed when they cannot do/see everything at the show? Yes, come early and get your ticket and programme at the entrance. Also, be sure to book an appointment with the person you feel you are attracted to. With your ticket you can go in and out of the festival throughout the day.

What tends to be the most popular stand at the festival? There is something that appeals to everyone, whether it’s a reading to pamper your soul, a massage to revitalize your body or life coaching to let go of limiting beliefs and stimulate your mind. Hypnosis is always very popular for those who need help letting go of fears, phobias and habits that no longer serve you.

The naming of the event as a ‘festival’ suggests a more interactive experience for visitors; what else is on offer aside from the stands? Alongside over 50 stands showing jewellery, crystals and health and beauty products, visitors can experience alkaline antioxidant water, enjoy healthy food, cakes and much more.

Sum up the best part of the Mind, Body & Spirit Festival in three words. Exciting, inspiring experiences.

Little more needs to be said other than go see it and believe it for yourself at 2014’s Mind, Body & Spirit Festival on 25th and 26th October at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel.



11.30 Ashanti & Ascension by American Eve Mormino (Saturday)

11.30 Channeling Healing Vibration Dorothea Quantum Singing (Sunday)

12.00 Time Line Therapy Marion Dias Hypnosis BSc Author (Saturday)

12.00 Empower Yourself Marion Dias Hypnosis BSc Author (Sunday)

12.30 The Atlantis Mission Nollaig McKeoghan Author Atlantis Mission

1.00 Asea a revolution in holistic health Richard Waterborn (Saturday)

1.00 Voice spectrum analysis for healing Richard Waterborn (Sunday)

1.30 Sirius A Model for Living your best life Ronan Rooney

2.00 Demonstration of Mediumship David Ratcliffe-Feterston (Saturday)

2.00 Demonstration of Tarot Mercedas Lopez (Sunday)

2.30 The Intuitive Pathway to Holistic Living Bernedette Phillips (Saturday)

2.30 The Joy of Numbers Stan Phillips Numerologist (Sunday)

3.00 Kangen Alkaline Water Benefits Jim Thompson & Jacinta Hannon

3.30 Demonstration of Mediumship Anna Pearson (Saturday)

3.30 Recalibrate Your Perceptions Hollie Rolla Life Coach (Sunday)

4.00 Demonstration of Spiritual Mediumship by Jennifer Mackenzie

4.30 Intergalactic & Lemurian Healing work by Liz & Christina Berggren

5.00 Demonstration of Mediumship Wales top Psychic Lee Petulengro

5.30 How to live an abundant life Gail Nelson Snell Metaphysical teacher

6.00 Your Soul Plan Hollie Rolla Life Coach (Saturday)

6.00 Toxic House = Toxic Body & Mind Michelle Julian (Sunday)

6.30 Channeling Healing Vibration Dorothea Quantum Singing (Saturday)

6.30 Reconnection Healing with Ramon Boquera Ruiz (Sunday)

7.00 Emotional Healing with Essential Oils Michelle Julian (Saturday)

7.00 Ashanti & Ascension by American Eve Mormino (Sunday)

7.30 Psychic Clairvoyance Melita Shekinah


Feel Good Factor - Gold Standard REST AND RECREATION

ZR4V7689rIf you think that feeling – and looking good – is an important business, then why trust your wellbeing to an establishment that takes it less seriously than you?

Finca Cortesin’s spa consists of an amazing 2,200 square metres of space that includes a 25 metre heated indoor saltwater swimming pool, cold plunge pool, large gymnasium, steam baths, Finnish sauna and a snow cave (the first in Spain) which is maintained at a steady -12°C. With more and more sports professionals discovering the restorative benefits of cryotherapy chambers it’s not surprising that the snow cave is popular with those who are deadly serious about achieving maximum physical fitness.

The gym is a fantastic place, with sixmetre high ceilings and huge windows helping to create a feeling of light and space. There is plenty of equipment to help you attain maximum cardiovascular fitness.

If this all sounds a little bit hardcore for you then Spa Cortesin also offers yoga, pilates and fitness classes, which constitute the perfect excuse to learn a few more skills and meet a few new people.

Of course for many, a spa is a place where you go to be pampered and Spa Cortesin contains some fabulous treatments that range from hair removal to the divine relaxation of different types of massage and stone therapy.

Finca Cortesin is such a five-star address that you would anticipate that its spa would only use the finest products and, of course, this is exactly the case. Biologique Recherché specialises in creating natural treatments that regenerate, moisturise and improve problem skin. Containing ingredients such as seaweed extract and mint, juniper, pine and lavender oils, these wonderful creams, lotions and potions enhance the experience.

Whether you are male or female and are hoping to improve the condition of your face or body, this is the place to come.

The highly trained and experienced staff will be on hand to cater to your every need and will also be able to advise you on the best course of action, depending on what you are hoping to achieve with your visit.

There are a number of ways in which you can access all the fabulous treatments of Spa Cortesin, either by obtaining a day pass or paying a monthly or annual subscription.

Our verdict? Spa Cortesin is worth every penny!


Feel Good Factor - Health Bites

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A Natural Wonder

The Egyptians referred to aloe vera as the ‘plant of immortality’. It wasn’t so long ago that it was a well-kept secret, but these days it can be found as an ingredient in everything from toothpaste to after-sun lotion, from yoghurt to tea. In fact it has been used for therapeutic purposes by many cultures for thousands of years.

Here are some of the reasons it is such a key ingredient in so many skincare products.

Aloe Barbedensis, more commonly referred to simply as aloe vera, is a gelatine-like plant food extracted from the leaves of the aloe plant. It can be applied topically, even in its rawest form, and is effective in stimulating new cell production.

It has been found to block up to 30 per cent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays when applied to skin. Its constituent, aloin, gives it this property. It is not used as a sun block but rather in after-sun lotion to counteract any sunburn.

It has anti-inflammatory effects and can be used to treat minor burns, grazes and to reduce the appearance of scars. Applying aloe vera has been shown to stimulate enzyme action in skin tissue, which encourages the cells that produce collagen.

It is especially effective as a skin cleansing and detoxifying agent and has been shown to penetrate up to seven layers of the skin, so the effects go deep.

It is an extremely beneficial moisturiser, as it increases water retention in the skin.

Around 99 per cent of the aloe vera plant consists of water but the remaining one per cent is extremely powerful, containing close to 200 nutritional elements, including minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and other nutrients that work in synergy to nourish the skin and body.

Aloe vera has been shown in studies to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis. In one study, 83 per cent of those patients who were treated with aloe vera gel showed significant improvement whilst fewer than six per cent treated with a placebo showed any improvement at all.

It has even been shown that aloe vera successfully treats nappy rash, which demonstrates that it is both gentle and effective.

Although you may think that digestive health is not linked to skin care, aloe vera is one of the best aids to digestion and can also ensure more toxins are removed from the body, improving the skin from within.

Why not try VitaBella’s unique Anti Ageing Face Mask and Face Cream, which has been shown to increase skin hydration naturally, by over 20 per cent from just one mask?

Beat the heat with Ayurveda


Why not try something different to help you cool down?

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of holistic health which aims to create harmony between a person’s body and nature through herbal treatments, personalised diet, yoga, breathing and therapeutic massage.

In Ayurveda, summer is Pitta season (no, not the type you eat!) Pitta is one of the three Ayurvedic types of energy we have in our body and the summer is governed by the Pitta Dosha. During this hot period of year, Pitta is easily aggravated due to high temperatures outside, causing a range of negative symptoms in the body. Signs of an aggravated Pitta can include skin irritations, fever, inflammation, as well as such feelings as anger and jealousy.

To help pacify and rebalance your Pitta, here are some simple tips to help you stay cool this season:

Be mindful about food: concentrate mainly on sweet, bitter and astringent tastes.

Up your Greens: there is no better time to indulge in delicious salads than the summer. Fill up your fridge with green leafy vegetables which are packed full of goodness.

Hydrate: keeping well hydrated is important but if water is not your thing why not try some delicious alternatives

like coconut water, aloe vera juice, saffron or cumin flavoured water.

Stimulate your senses: burning oils or using sprays containing refreshing rose, neroli, jasmine and orange will help cool your body instantly - and they smell great too!

Discover herbs: Ayurvedic herbs such as neem and manjistha have a cooling and skin-improving effect.

Stretch it out: practising yoga in the hot weather might seem like the last thing you want to do, but cooling, breathing exercises like Shitali breath and twisted yoga postures can actually help release heat from the body.

Keep your cool: treat your skin to Ayurveda Pura’s organic skincare range, Holistic Essential Re-Fresh Formula,

especially designed for Pitta Doshas and ideal for sensitive skin.

Meditation music as a natural solution for insomnia: Do you have any of these problems? Difficulty in falling asleep? Do you wake up frequently? Wake too early? Fall asleep during the day? Suffer from forgetfulness? These are some of the typical symptoms of insomnia, today’s silent pandemic.

One in three worldwide are being diagnosed as insomniacs. In the United States this means nearly 64 million. In the United Kingdom 7.5 million are said to wrestle with the same problem. The most dreadful thing is that these statistics are rising. Do nothing? Well you’re in good company. It’s totally understandable. In today’s world people are so stressed about losing their jobs or fighting with other work issues that they seem not to care much about what is happening to themselves.

But beware; chronic insomnia can lead to psychological and physiological health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, or even addiction to alcohol. Prescribing medication to prevent or avoid insomnia is considered by some health practitioners as a last resort.

There are, however, other non-invasive methods to solve or reduce the problem. According to The Daily Telegraph’s website meditation is the key factor in treating illnesses such as depression and could be applied to many other health challenges like insomnia.

There are many causes of insomnia, the most common being stress and anxiety. Meditation can help by slowing down the brainwaves. John Levine, Australian composer of alpha brain music called Alphamusic has applied meditation techniques and years of experience of how the human brain works to his music and has made an ingeniously successful tool that already has helped thousands of people worldwide who have suffered from stress, anxiety, depression and, most importantly, insomnia.

Playing Alphamusic in the background allows you to meditate without actually meditating. The music, as the author says, meditates for you and more importantly saves you time; now you can perform other activities whilst the music plays in the background. “You don’t have to sit down close your eyes and do nothing,” adds Levine.

EEG photographs show that Alphamusic has been able to slow the brainwaves down. Danuta Andrzejak, an EEG technician with over 25 years experience, is more than convinced Alphamusic affects brainwave activity. As the brainwaves slow down the hormones in the body may change from the ‘fight or flight’ adrenalins in Beta state to the calm serotonins in the Alpha state to the melatotonins in the Theta state.

Sue Rugg, who tried various methods including homeopathy and sleeping pills in her desperate bid to beat wakefulness already had a collection of what she thought to be similar music but didn’t even manage to hear the end of the Levine’s ‘Orange Grove Siesta’ CD; she’s been falling asleep within the first few minutes every time.

Alphamusic works wonders? Judge for yourself at silenceofmusic.com

Feel Good Factor - Glowing Beauty

Your journey to rediscovering your feel-good factor begins in the heart of Puerto Banús, in the prestigious Playas del Duque. In a staggering 750 metres of space, Glow Beauty is the Coast’s spectacular new beauty centre. This one-of-a-kind sanctuary offers a stylish ambience in which you can pamper and preen yourself. High vaulted ceilings and a slick colour scheme of cream and black makes this an exclusive area dedicated to relaxation, beauty, harmony and well-being.

Glow Beauty not only takes your breath away with its appearance (every client is welcomed at a solid marble reception desk, which initiates every experience with a special something), but the centre is fitted with state-of-the-art technology and equipment that you are unlikely to find elsewhere in the region. Glow has installed the very latest facilities to accommodate the newest trends in facial and body treatments. One such treatment is Virtual Mesotherapy, which does not require the use of needles. The new form of this very popular therapy involves the use of laser and ultraviolet lighting equipment to achieve the same results. Needless to say, Glow is equipped with the tools to carry out this revolutionary new method and boasts a team of professionals specially trained in the procedure.

Added to this, Glow Beauty also stocks the most recent beauty products on the market. Nowhere else can you purchase brands such as skincare range, Dermalogica. It is almost unbelievable that, before Glow, the women of Marbella had to purchase this brand online and have it shipped into Spain. Thankfully all that is in the past now Glow Beauty is with us.

Glow should be congratulated on its fantastic team; boasting a vast amount of industry experience the professionals in charge are unfaltering in their knowledge of health and beauty. They are also multilingual and come from all parts of the world.

A virtual walking tour of the beauty centre will lead you into a large open space containing the Manicure and Pedicure area on the left, offering Shellac, Vinylux, Gel and Artistic treatments for your fingers and toes. Opposite this is the place in which all of the hair magic takes place. Hair therapies at Glow include Nutritional Treatments (Capillary Botox, BB Cream and remedies for hair loss), French Straightening and special hair-styling for that one off occasion.

But that is not all - walk through the double doors at the back of the salon and you enter a hidden sanctuary dedicated to your every need. Spacious treatment rooms, where the renowned Glow facials are carried out, line the long corridor. Some of those available include Sublime Treatment, Virtual (needle free) Mesotherapy, Photocare and Dermatology Facials. Not forgetting, of course, the decadent Gold Facial, which is also on offer. This new type of facial is fit for a queen, as your beauty technician will apply Oligo-Cellular Gold to your face, which creates a radiant, natural glow - how fitting. Body Treatments include LPG, Presotherapy, Slim Sculpt, Massages and Sub-aquatic Massage. Again, Glow Beauty keeps bang up to date with the hottest new trends in the ever-changing world of health and beauty.

The Arab Hammam provides clients with a unique retreat to a far off land with its Eastern ambience and appearance. The bronzed tiles bounce light onto the ceiling of the room, creating a magical place for you to relax and completely unwind. The five different rituals deliver freshness and clarity to your skin, allowing smoothness and glow to return, especially if the heat of the summer months has taken its toll on your complexion.

Finally, who could forget the Dora Make-Up Academy, which is soon to be launching at Glow Beauty? This will be THE place for anyone seriously wanting to pursue a career as a make-up artist, headed by the inimitable Dora, who has worked for some of the world’s leading cosmetics brands including Chanel, Dior, YSL and Estée Lauder.

Attention to every detail makes Glow a total experience whatever treatment you have chosen. It seems that when it comes to Glow Beauty, all that glitters really is gold.

Glow Beauty Centre T. 952 040 220

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Feel Good Factor- Bee Sting Heaven

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Deborah Mitchell has garnered a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the best beauty products in the business, but now she has gone one step further. The amazing Bee Sting Facial At Home kit is a shortcut to perfect skin – and all in the privacy of your living room.

With a client list that includes members of the Royal House of Windsor, an appointment book that would make the most dedicated workaholic feel quite faint and a range of products that have regularly earned plaudits from publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, Deborah Mitchell has won some very high-profile converts to her range of bee venom treatments.

Since its launch, the bee sting range has been flying off the shelves, so this natty new kit is sure to prove popular with existing fans and will doubtless also create even more fanatical followers, seduced by the possibility of rejuvenating their skin at home.

Presented in a sleek and sophisticated black patent leather bag sporting Mitchell’s instantly recognisable logo, the kit includes a Bee Venom Mask, SOS Oil, Bee Venom Eyes, Bee Polish, Orange Flower Cell Renewal, New Edition Cleanser, Divine Cream and Age Defiance Cream. Most importantly, all of these products are infused with Deborah Mitchell’s patented ABEETOXIN® that will help to smooth lines and wrinkles and soften features,  creating younger looking skin.

If you only buy one skin care product this year, then make sure that it is this kit: it is just the thing to get your face in shape for the winter party season!


Feel Good Factor - No Brassiness Guaranteed - Woods Salon

Zoe Woods, Director of Wood Salon, shares her summer hair solutions for fighting everything from frizz to fading.

We slather our skin with sunscreen, we scour the aisles at Sephora for tinted moisturizer with SPF and we spend an excessive amount of dinero on lotions and potions that are meant to protect us from the sun. But the rays don’t only damage skin - our locks also suffer. Between the natural elements and chlorine, summer can take its toll on your mane, but with a few simple steps you can summer-proof your locks.

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“You blondies suffer terribly during the summer,” laughs Zoe. “Anyone with colour-treated hair will experience fading once their hair is exposed to the sun, but with blondes the sun doesn’t just kiss their hair – depending on your shade it can turn yellow, orange tinged or a nuclearexplosion white. This is why I was so keen to get Redken’s new Blonde Idol range into the salon for the summer.

Blonde Glam was a great product, but it was only one product trying to cover every kind of blonde out there. The starting point for the whole new line is that every shade of blonde finds its base in one of two colour tones: a golden, warm blonde or a violet, cool blond. So Redken has been doing its homework and has created a brand new dual-product that targets both kinds of blondes.”

“To give each type of blonde the very best customizable hair-care, Redken came out with a unique product line that offers amazing benefits for blondes,” Zoe explains. “I’ll start with my favourite product of all; the colour-depositing conditioner that lets you deposit the perfect amount of colour in between salon visits. Seriously, the bottle itself lets you dial-up or dial-down the colour so you can maintain or adjust your shade appropriately before your next salon appointment. The violet-based conditioner helps neutralize brassiness, and the gold-based conditioner helps maintain warmth. I am also loving the Blonde Idol BBB Spray, a lightweight, leave-in or rinseout multi-benefit conditioning spray. It’s the first first BBB hair treatment that balances, beautifies and brightens blondes.”


Moisture in the air makes hair prone to frizzing. Even if your locks aren’t normally vulnerable, any damage - whether from the sun or from colouring - roughens the cuticles, enabling water molecules in humid air to penetrate the hair shaft, causing it to swell. So unless you can rock the Diana Ross look, you may want to think about bringing in the professionals. Countless women’s lives have been completely transformed by the revolutionary Brazilian Permanent Blow Dry, especially in countries with hot climates such as Spain. Not only does it banish the frizz, but hair also becomes resistant to humidity.

“The treatment leaves you with more manageable, softer and straighter hair,” explains Zoe. “In fact, it has been known to save women up to three hours a week in styling time.”

L’Jerabelle Xtra is 100 per cent free from any nasties such as formaldehyde, aldehyde and urea. This trusted brand is the ONLY one that Woods Hairdressing Salon will use. It’s not only formaldehyde-free, but the keratinbased formula is kind even to damaged hair, temporarily sealing split ends.


“The best way to retain your locks is to treat them with love,” advises Zoe. “I highly recommend that you feed and nourish your hair by scheduling in-salon deep conditioning treatments, as they are much more powerful than anything that can be done at home. At Wood Salon we cater for all budgets, treating each client as an individual and prescribe a treatment that is suited to their hair’s specific needs.”

One of the most popular treatments is the Colour Extend. Built on a string foundation of protein and moisture, this treatment is enriched with UVA and UVB filters and a ceramide conditioning formula to leave hair feeling protected.

Enjoy the rest of the summer

Love from Zoe and the team at Wood Salon xx

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