The Ultimate Spa Detox – Manual Lymphatic Drainage

By Jarrod Denson / January 9, 2013

The Grand del Mar sits in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, in San Diego, California. The 4,100-acre landmark enjoys an ideal Mediterranean climate year-round and is home to 500 plant species and 175 types of birds, while the resort’s “green team” protects wetlands and native re-vegetation via seasonal plantings and stringent recycling programs. While many repeat guests come for the championship golf courses, and infamously ideal weather, many guests head directly to one of 11 suites at the Spa at the Grand del Mar to luxuriously d-e-t-o-x.
The Spa features a custom organic skincare line and one of the most healing, cleansing treatments for rehydrating the blood and organs: Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), a light pressure-point massage used in facials and bodywork, literally shuttles waste along digestive meridians and out toward the liver and lymph sites (neck, head, lower back, etc.). Your therapist may use her thumbs, fingers and hands to massage the lymph nodes and blood vessels that lie just underneath your skin.
“These specific and gentle movements stimulate and increase the rate of removal of waste products and excess fluid from tissues,” says spa consultant Anne Bramham, who trains therapists to incorporate “decongesting pressure-point massages” into organic facials and invigorating body treatments.
She says, “The lymphatic vessels in our body play a key role in delivering nutrients, antibodies and other materials to the cells of the body to remove toxins. People often describe a deep sense of peace washing over them after MLD treatments, and many fall into a deep, restorative sleep. During this heightened state of relaxation, the body repairs itself and detoxes.”

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