Heated cars, heated hotels, heated apartment lobbies, heated boutiques and environment-controlled pool spaces all collectively conspire to ensure that there is no off-season for our poor legs any longer. There is simply no time to let go, let the stubble take over and the cellulite roll into adorably cushy dimples. Not unless you are a devoted wearer of trousers, which definitely don’t fit into the ‘perfect ensemble’ category for the coming party season. The solution? A rigorous home leg care programme, which includes swearing off all salt and alcohol, doing plies, squats and lunges on your toes, working the cross trainer and treadmill every single day, wearing flight socks that go up over the thighs, having regular hormonal checkups. eating red food (for the polyphenols), taking Ginkgo biloba supplements, using a loofah or mitt everyday in the shower, always finishing a bath with a cold shower on your legs, daily massages… uh, aren’t those trousers looking suddenly better now????
If you are still hell bent on a leg-baring look, à la Gwyneth Paltrow (the images of her legs in that short Balmain dress and high McQueen heels at the Iron Man premiere are a defining part of red-carpet history) it’s probably time for some SOS. And there is no better place for leg boot camp than the Leg School at the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, which incidentally is the place Ms. Paltrow also heads to before any major event.
The legendary hotel’s equally legendary Leg School – a breathtaking blend of luxurious pampering and medicinal professionalism. Created 15 years ago by Professor Francesco Canonaco – a paediatrician for 20 plus years who got thinking after listening to the complaints of his patients. Seven years of research on 400 pairs of legs later, he set up an intensive week of non-invasive treatments that improve the cause of all our leg problems: Poor circulation.
So, check in and you are immersed in a carefully planned week of icy mud packs, toning and detoxing massages, one-on-one workouts, icy bandages and walking through chilled then hot water. And then there is the pièce de résistance – the Velasmooth. This mammoth machine works using radio frequency, infrared light, suction and massage to break down cellulite, melt fat and reduce water retention. You can lose up to 2 cm in key areas with this marvel!
Go the distance and you can visibly notice the difference – legs are more toned, all the toxins seem to have been wrung out and everything is left more taut, tight and firm – perfect for showing off in those jewelled Capri sandals that beckon from every corner of this Italian paradise.