Introduced in the 1930s by Danish physician Dr. Emil Vodder, lymph drainage helps reduce congestion and leaves you feeling refreshed and radiant. Now the treatment, known as MLD or “manual lymph drainage” is available at the Grand Del Mar Spa in San Diego, just 3-hours by car from Los Angeles and well worth the drive.
You might have experienced a little lymph drainage during your last massage, but this new treatment is designed to get the job done. A therapist induces a sort o melt down using a light, rhythmic technique that promotes deep relaxation and alleviates stress, while boosting the immune system.
The full-service, super swank Spa at The Grand Del Mar, that also specializes in MLD facials, unveils MLD body treatments this fall. Skilled MLD-trained therapists will utilize a range of specialized and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques throughout the body to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow, flushing out toxins and producing a state of restorative calm.
Anne Bramham, a renowned spa expert who developed the acclaimed treatment programs at The Spa at The Grand Del Mar, has helped train the resort’s spa therapists to incorporate this uber-therapeutic technique into facials and body treatments. A longtime proponent of the benefits of MLD, she has been instrumental in introducing it to this country’s medical and wellness communities. According to Bramham, “The Spa’s MLD treatments are an integral part of The Grand Del Mar’s optimal wellness program. “When the body is in this heightened state of relaxation, it tends to be more receptive to repairing and healing itself,” Bramham explains.
For this reason, MLD is commonly used for people recovering from surgery, as well as to accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, improve skin conditions such as rosacea, minimize stress, alleviate facial congestion and acne and treat puffy eyes and dark circles.
So when summer ends and the kids are back in school, visitors have gone home and you need a little time for youself, you might want to plan a trip to the Grand del Mar Spa. (If you don’t want to drive, take the train, Amtrak (http://www.amtrak.com) offers scenic rides from Los Angeles to San Diego daily.
The MLD price list
30 minutes – $100 weekday and $110 weekend, 60 minutes – $185 weekday and $195 weekend, 90 minutes – $270 weekday and $280 weekend. Packages of 10 treatments are available at discounted rates.
The MLD body treatments will be offered starting September 1, 2011 at The Spa at The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, 858-314-2000, www.TheGrandDelMar.com.