The Gentle Art of Pampering with Robin Leach

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Robin Leach from television's 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' will be discussing the spa lifestyle and the gentle art of pampering in this special audiocast event.

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Robin Leach began his television career reporting for morning shows on KABC-TV in Los Angeles and WABC-TV in New York. In 1980, Robin Leach joined CNN's "People Tonight" and also reported for "Entertainment Tonight" for its first three years. In 1983, Robin Leach launched "Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous." Today "Lifestyles," with 13 unprecedented seasons, is seen in over 30 countries around the world. Robin Leach has produced and hosted over 300 hours of TV programs and specials, including highly-rated profiles on Britain's Royal Family, Madonna, and "Hollywood's High Price of Fame," and the ABC-TV late night "Nightcap" series. In September 1993, Robin Leach began hosting a nightly primetime call-in talk show for the new Television Food Network, a 24-hour cable channel for which he also acts as spokesman. Robin Leach's new cable-TV series, "Gourmet Kitchen," and "Travel Secrets," were joined in early 1996 with "The Wonderful World of Weddings," which he co-hosted with Ivana Trump.

Moderator: Robin, what exactly is a spa?

Leach: There are two kinds of spas, and it's important that people know the difference. One is a spa that is total luxury, and is all about just feeling good, because of being made to feel good. A spa that is in that vogue, would be similar to headline places like Canyon Ranch in Arizona and Las Vegas spas like The Green Door. These truly are the ones that understand the gentle art of pampering. Then there are the other spas interested in weight reduction, and those are the ones that would be like The Rice Clinic in N. Carolina where people go not only for surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs, but to get a complete new eating plan put together. Together, we'll focus on the finer, gentler... champagne and caviar side.

Moderator: Why do people typically visit spas?

Leach: It's a general statement to make, and we'll start with the simplicity of it. How many times has anybody ever woken up, gotten out of bed, and ached a little bit? You probably had a lot of tension in the back of your neck, or you could be injured with whiplash, or from repetitive work. We live in the day and age of computer technology, where people spend their time hunched in a chair. People are flying a lot, so you get dehydrated, and sit in cramped airline seats. What this all means is that there's not much you really do than those that go to the gym. There is no other way to iron those kinks out of your body than with a spa. I don't think there's any such thing as one perfect spot. I think it's a case of finding the spa that you want to use, that you want to frequent or earmark a week or two every year. It could be the ones in Calistoga, or the mineral waters in Germany. It's a matter of doing research and talking to people who've experienced the spa experience, and then sending away for brochures and deciding which is the place that turns you on.

Moderator: How often do people go to spas? And how often should they go to spas?

Leach: It ranges again, because I would recommend if you can afford it, then you have a massage 2 or 3 times weekly. I recommend that at least 2 or 3 times weekly, that you put a half hour or 45 minutes aside for a bath that you can add mineral salts to... early evening, dim the lights and light candles, and just take that time out for yourself to be washed with soothing waters. If you've got the money, and you have the time, then a visit to a spa can be as little as a weekend, once every two months, or as much as a seven full day spa week, less than once every twelve months.

Moderator: What exactly is the "Pampered Lifestyle"?

Leach: I think we've got to encourage people based on the fact that this is not frivolous. If you travel to Thailand, the art of massage is almost part of the religious philosophy of centering your life and putting it in in balance. I happen to have a Chinese massage therapist that I use twice a week, and she will teach the fact that the massage is as important as taking aspiring for a headache, or as important as some people believe in yoga for body stretching. So there are all forms of different massage therapists, some who will actually wring dirt out of your body, some who may re-align your body, and some who may able to do deep muscle massage therapy that can help heal injured muscles, and if you are able to find somebody, and you have muscular pain, a deep muscle massage therapist, to assist in the healing of the damaged muscle, you aren't talking about anything being frivolous, but something being very necessary. It's part of an overall good health program. That's how I'd encourage people to go for a spa, to think of it as an overall process of taking care of one's body.