At 7.30 in the morning the south-facing dining room at the Clinique La Prairie is a glacial symphony of white tablecloths, sparkling glasses and crystalline Alpine light.
Apart from a gentle soundtrack of classical music and jazz standards, the only other sounds to be heard are greetings from the restaurant’s waiters and the ministrations of the clinic’s dieticians, who are always on hand to assist clients with the sometimes bewildering array of choices available from the five-star breakfast buffet and menu.
These are not as straightforward as they may seem. Alongside exercise, wellbeing and the clinic’s medical services – both clinical and aesthetic – a scientific approach to nutrition is one of the four pillars that define the Clinique La Prairie’s holistic approach to health, vitality and better living.
Now nearly in its ninth decade, Clinique La Prairie is a medi-spa like no other. Located in Clarens on the northern shore of Lake Geneva, it combines the Swiss gift for hospitality with five-star accommodation, an aesthetic medical centre, a spa dedicated to wellbeing, a dental centre of excellence and a fully equipped Medical Centre staffed by 50 leading medical specialists.
World famous for its groundbreaking anti-ageing and longevity research – Clinique La Prairie’s signature Revitalisation programme has been conducted at the clinic since 1931 – it now offers exclusive programmes across its four core specialisms: medical, nutrition, wellbeing, movement.
Every client receives a bespoke meal plan devised by the clinic’s medical nutritionists, expert dieticians and team of chefs devised according to their specific clinical requirements, which are established soon after arrival in Clarens using an array of diagnostic tests.
Clients enrolled on the clinic’s exclusive, six-night Master Detox programme, which is designed to stimulate vitality and rebalance the body while purifying it from toxins, receive a complete medical check-up. This includes a specially formulated Clinique La Prairie genetic test and tissue screening for heavy metals, as well as blood and body composition tests.
Not only do the results from these tests help to inform the therapies and treatments that clients will receive throughout the Master Detox programme, they determine a personalised menu plan that is designed to purify the body by stimulating detoxification.
Recognising the challenge for clients of embarking upon such rigorous programmes, the chefs at Clinique La Prairie produce meals and dishes that delight the eye as well as the palate.
All clients on the programme start with a vegan and gluten-free diet that is rich in superfoods and probiotics such as seaweeds and micro-algae, blueberries and buckwheat, asparagus, fenugreek seeds and leeks. Non-digestible food ingredients that are vital for the cultivation of a healthy gut, colitis prevention, cancer inhibition and the removal of cholesterol, probiotics typically consist of dietary fibres and simple sugars known as oligosaccharides that stimulate the growth of beneficial flora in the gastro-intestinal tract.
A programme that is designed to extend for three weeks beyond each client’s stay at the Clinique La Prairie, Master Detox is supported by specially formulated infusions that are taken each morning and afternoon during the first week, which respectively help to detoxify the kidneys and liver. On departure clients are provided with a cure formed from plant extracts that assists in the elimination of heavy metals once they have returned home.
Clinique La Prairie recognises the need for sustainability, which is why each client also participates in a one-to-one workshop with a clinical dietician during which they can not only discuss their progress but learn more about nutrition.
A holistic programme that combines nutrition with exercise such as personal training, aerial yoga and pilates, the Master Detox programme is also supported by results-focused, detoxifying spa treatments.
These include massages designed to promote lymphatic drainage, cleansing peels that help to draw out toxins from deep within the body, and photo stimulation that uses light to artificially stimulate the body, operating on a cellular level to detoxify tissues and organs while stimulating renewal.
Finally, clients on the Master Detox programme experience an exclusive Clinique La Prairie detoxifying wrap from which they emerge feeling cleaner, more relaxed, energised and less stressed.
In keeping with Clinique La Prairie’s core belief that physical and mental health are indivisible, the result of the Master Detox programme is a feeling of profound wellbeing that comes, not just from a cleansed and purified system, but from a rejuvenated body and a rebalanced and thoroughly relaxed mind.
A life-changing programme designed to help clients learn more about their bodies, nutrition and specific dietary requirements, their susceptibilities and propensities, Clinique La Prairie’s Master Detox provides a sound foundation for the elimination of bad dietary habits while making healthy eating a vital part of your life.