No, not dessert. Desert massage at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico involves a cactus. Look at this nopal cactus. That probably drove away any thoughts you had about dessert. Sorry.
After the leaves (also called paddles) are removed from the cactus, the thorns are removed. The leaves are then heated in warm water until they are soft and pliable. Once that happens the leaves are split in half and kneaded onto your skin. The insides of the leaves are gooey, but are not sticky or greasy. This substance, closely related to Aloe Vera, is very hydrating and absorbs easily into your skin. The resort says "It will help to remove toxins and rehydrate your skin, leaving you feeling completely rejuvenated.
So do not be prickly. If you find yourself in the area, give it a try.
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