Feature: Jenny Coggins
AFTER a long winter of hibernation, Spring is beginning to bloom.
But with months of wrapping up in duvets and central heating,
are you finding it difficult to get motivated for cleansing and
prepping your body for its spring debut?
Luckily, the ideal remedy is available; The Vitality Show.
The Show is like a Detox Disney Land; with so much to do, just
one day here may not prove enough.
Over the weekend of March 26-29, The Grand Hall Olympia will
be transformed into a massive health centre, with a spa, fitness
centre and a catwalk for presentations in the Super Theatre.
With some of the biggest names in beauty giving their support
including, Top Sante magazine, Avon and Marks and Spencer, not
only will The Vitality Show offer the traditional treatments that
are renowned for making the body beautiful, it will also bring
to the forefront revolutionary new discoveries in the health and
So, to help the butterfly to emerge from within, grab a group
of friends, your Mum (especially as it is so close to Mother's
Day) or spend the day alone to pamper yourself out of your cocoon
in time for the sun.
Plan your day
After the success of last year's event, 400 exhibitors will be
setting up stalls for the 2004 Vitality Show. For any shopoholic,
that's a lot of shops to cover, so take along our highlight guide
with your tickets.
For those who normally visit the gym of a morning, give it a
miss and bring your kit here.
Get your legs up to the second floor for The Zest Fitness
Studios, where you can take part in tester fitness classes.
A must of the event is the Metropolitan Police's self defence
lesson. It will prove invaluable for years to come.
Lunchtime would be the obvious time to visit the Healthy Eating
Zone. At the Marks and Spencer stand, there will be a chef
on hand to cook up tasty yet healthy titbits as well as nutritionist,
Fiona Hunter, to discuss the perfect diet.
As well as this, you can talk to dieticians about any allergies
or special dietary requirements you may have. They will be able
to recommend ways to improve your health, and keep your diet interesting
in the absence of food you must pass on.
While in the health zone, go see eye specialist Bausch &
Lomb. With an estimated two thirds of the population wearing
glasses/ contact lenses, this is the ideal opportunity to make
things clearer with an expert.
Everyone loves a freebie, so slyly nab a complimentary copy of
Natural Health & Wellbeing Magazine along with mystery
free gifts at their stand. You can also subscribe to the mag at
It may be the weekend when you visit the show, but how many of
us will have niggling thoughts of work at the back of our minds?
For anyone having trouble leaving their job behind on a Friday
night the Wellbeing Centre is for you.
The UK College of Life Coaching have great suggestions
on how to strike up a balance in life and ensure you have time
If your troubled waters run a little deeper, try The Grow
Experience. One of the biggest events at the show, the experience
is based on the book of the same name, by Lynne Franks.
Aimed to be a life enhancing workshop, at three hours long it
will take you through your career, relations with others and help
you discover more about yourself and your needs.
With the inner beauty taking care of, now treat the outer in
the Beauty Centre.
If your hair is looking more crow's nest than it's crowning
glory best then visit the Charles Worthington stand and take a
look at his Dream Hair range.
IndieLondon favourite, Stila, join the show and not only
can you pick up their great products from their new spring range,
you also have the opportunity to have a make-over.
With only two stores in the capital, Origins are usually difficult
to track down, but at The Vitality Show they are easy to spot.
Try something from the A Perfect World range. These products
have white tea as the main ingredient; excellent for blocking
signs of ageing such as dehydration.
The healing power of Shiatsu can be tested in The Spa area. Re-Aqua
offer massages that can do anything from reducing dark circles
under the eyes to removing toxins or ones to just chill you out!
You can also go to their website ahead of your visit to see what
you want at www.re-aqua.co.uk
After all that hard work pampering, end the day with a trip to
see Scholl. A foot massage is just what you will need to soothe
your feet and send you on your way home, ready to enjoy a blissful
night's sleep. All There Toe Socks are a fun and cosy way to continue
such kindness to your feet back home.
Finally, invest in the future of women's wellbeing everywhere
by visiting the Breakthrough Breast Cancer stand. Make a commitment
The Olympia Grand Hall, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Friday, March 26, 2004: 1pm - 7pm
Saturday, March 27, 2004: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, March 28, 2004: 10am - 6pm
Monday, March 29, 2004: 10am - 4pm
Adults (15 & over): £12 in advance, £15 on the
Children (6-14 tears): £6 in advance, £7 on the door
5 years and under: Free
Ticket Hotline: 0870 120 0724