Digital un-doings at Mandarin Oriental Miami Spa

Spa-goers get to unplug, unwind and discover their inner selves

By Patti Pietschmann

Spa at MO Miami helps guests get unglued from mobile devices
To pay homage to Digital Wellness Month, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami is helping people become unglued to their digital devices with a series of Digital Wellness Retreats that encourage guests go cold turkey from all electronics.  The rate for disconnecting starts at $330 with the first day-long retreat kicking off on Saturday, Jan. 14 followed by Sunday, Jan. 15, with ongoing dates set for one Sunday per month for the entire year. These sessions are ideal for anyone who has made New Year's resolution to spend less time on devices and more time smelling the roses.

Do you think you could handle it?
We're talking a complete detachment from our beloved mobile devices, texting, talking, Instagramming, Facebooking, Tweeting etc. After checking into Spa you are asked to take a selfie  with a Digital Wellness Fan, a prop used to post on social media prior to detoxing, to inform friends and family of their disconnection. 
“Our main goal is for guests to experience a detox of the digital world and to relax and reboot. Upon arrival we ask guests to surrender their cell phones and provide them with a special gift, cell phone sleeping bags, which will allow them to disconnect from online communication,” said Osa Mallo, director of spa and wellness, adding “we want to remind them what life is like when they’re not staring down at their phones.”

The immersion retreats – which can be scheduled at the guest’s desired time – feature a full range of wellness programming including group yoga classes, singing bowl groups and private time to relax near the beach. There will be time to enjoy the hotel’s exclusive Oasis Beach where you can indulge in mindfulness exercises which include journaling, coloring, meditation, intentions of the day or simply unwind and recollect thoughts that may have been lost due to a hectic schedule. These exercises will focus on establishing personal boundaries on the use of electronics, clearing mental chatter and creating a healthy, digitally balanced lifestyle.

Those looking to immerse themselves in an even greater digital wellness journey can partake in the Digital Wellness Escape, an 80-minute experience concentrating on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet. This restorative treatment aims to ease stresses and strains resulting from the frequent use of digital devices. At the end of each treatment, therapists will provide guests with a tip booklet and explain the importance of a routine digital wellness retreat at home. As an incentive for those who participate in the retreat and want to continue their digital wellness journey, the Spa will offer special pricing on any recommended treatments throughout January when booking the retreat. These treatments include the Kundalini Journey priced at $320 and Inner Strength priced at $210.
For reservations and information call  Spa directly at +1 (305)913-8332 or visit mandarinoriental.com/miami.

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