Health,beauty & fitness 12 Monday, 9 November 2009 London Lite Sominex. Its time to sleep. www.sominex-sleep.co.uk Sominex contains promethazine hydrochloride. Always read the label. Askthe pharmacist... sore throat TICKLY throat? Angela Chalmers, Bootss pharmacist from the Holloway Road store, answers your health queries. What causes it? A sore throat is usually caused by an infection brought on by bacteria, or, more commonly, a virus. Viruses spread easily by breathing in droplets of the virus in the air or by touching contaminated surfaces. The most common bacteria which causes a sore throat is streptococcus. Symptoms include an itchy throat, a temperature and white patches on your tonsils. What can I do? A sore throat tends to clear up on its own after about three to four days. Painkillers can reduce pain and inflammation. Throat sprays with a local anaesthetic can rapidly numb the pain. Sucking lozenges can also help by keeping the throat lubricated. Some contain antiseptic which helps fight off bacterial infection. Traditional remedies such as drinking a warm drink with honey or gargling salt water can also be effective. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics if your pain was caused by streptococcus. Products to consider Boots Pharmacy Plus Anaesthetic Throat Spray (4.29, 20ml) helps relieve severe throat pain. Nurofen Express Liquid Capsules (3.99 for 16 capsules) Works twice as fast as standard ibuprofen to relieve pain. Strepsils Cool (1.95, 10 lozenges) have an instantly cooling sensation and antiseptic to soothe and relieve symptoms. Zumbais Latinfor keep-fit andfun... try the dance class craze from BY claire coleman SALON SECRETS The Chelsea Day Spa, 2nd-3rd Floor, 69a Kings Road, SW3 (020 7351 0911) Health&BeautyF ancy learning slinky Latin moves and doing serious cardio work at the same time? Thats what Zumba promises. This high-energy Latin dance fitness class is rapidly becoming a worldwide craze and is now sweeping the UK. I decided to shimmy on down to find out if a session lived up to the hype -- and try to merengue away my midriff wobble in time for christmas parties... I headed for the new Virgin active gym at Twickenham Stadium where its offer- ing twice-weekly Zumba classes. COLOMBIANROOTS ZUmba apparently originated in colombia in the mid-nineties when fitness trainer beto Perez accidentally forgot his aerobics music and had to improvise with the tapes in his car: traditional Latin salsa and merengue. The result was a Latin-inspired aerobics class Im about to sample, cour- tesy of Lindsay Jay, one of the UKs foremost instructors, who is spreading the Zumba gospel throughout London and Surrey, too. Frankly, if Zumba gives you a body like Lindsays -- concave stomach, but curves in all the right places -- Im sold before I even take a single step. youre going to love it, she tells me. Its so much fun. The best classes have loads of people and a real carnival atmosphere. DANCEFUSION I LIKe to strut my stuff on the dance floor but Ive never taken Latin dance classes. I dont even watch Strictly come Dancing. So when I hear the one-hour cardio-based workout combines salsa and merengue (which at least Ive heard of) with cumbia and reggaeton (what?) Im a little appre- hensive. Its fine, Lindsay reassures me, you dont need to know anything about Latin dance. Just follow me. The class is a series of mini-routines to songs, but rather than dull hours learning the moves before you actually do the dance itself, you just launch straight into it. It might sound daunting but you just Prices Try the celeb favourite oxygen facial (from 125) -- Madonna, Eva Longoria Parker and Justin Timberlake swear by it. Packages include Sloane Signature (a half-day treat including mani and pedi, Mary Cohr facial, aromatherapy massage and body treatment, 250), or 90mins of express treatments (100). Recommended treatment ThE Elixir dOr gold and crushed pearl facial (125) is a rejuvenating mask that harnesses the anti-ageing properties of gold and pearl minerals to hydrate skin and plump out fine lines and wrinkles. Service Intimate and discreet, with just two treatment rooms. The X Factor SET on the Kings road, the luxe boutique hotel feel of this spa makes it the perfect sanctuary. Celeb rating ThE salon is new and hasnt built up a celeb following yet, but judging by its location and oxygen treatment, itll soon feature A-listers. Is it worth it? DrOPPIng five years from your face in one afternoon is always worth it. Score 9/10 jane mulkerrins Luxe: Chelsea Day Spa index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html