Let’s be honest…
Drinking a good glass of Italian wine after a long day has always felt like a good dose of therapy. Finally, all of the troubles of the world, all of those troubles that cause you so much stress, melt away as you get to drink a wine that takes your mind to brand new places.
Maybe it’s this fact that has led to the emergence of Vinotherapy.
What’s that, you ask?
It’s a form of therapy that makes use of wine to help you to deal with your issues.
It sounds a little strange. And at first, it might sound like Vinotherapy is a fancy word for saying that you’re going to get drunk so that you can forget about all of your troubles.
But there’s a lot more to it than that.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at what Vinotherapy is and a few of the reasons why you should consider giving it a try.
So What is Vinotherapy…Really?
You can think of Vinotherapy as being pretty similar to visiting a spa.
You’ll head to a practitioner’s location and they’ll pamper you like crazy. Only they won’t use all of the oils and creams that you would expect at a regular spa. Instead, the therapist uses a bunch of Italian wine by-products to conduct the therapy.
Yes… this does mean that you’re not going to be drinking the wine. At least, you won’t as part of the therapy.
These by-products include all of the grape skins, seeds, and stems that usually get discarded as part of the wine production process. Your therapist will create a little concoction using all of these stuff and then they’ll rub it into your skin as part of a massage.
The idea is that these by-products can help to heal your skin…but we’ll get to that in just a moment.
There is also another aspect to Vinotherapy that sounds almost like it came out of a dream.
In some locations, you can take a full bath in wine. Not just rubbing a little bit of it in your skin. We mean a bathtub full of wine that you lower yourself into and bathe in.
It almost sounds like something that only the richest people on the planet would do. And to some of you, it may just sound like a complete waste of many, many bottles of Italian wine.
But there is a method behind the madness…
Why Are People Doing This?
Vinotherapists (we think that’s a word) will tell you that there are many benefits to what they do.
The main ones lie in the antioxidant properties of red wine. We’ve written many times before about how red wine, in particular, contain antioxidants that can help you to take the fight to the signs of ageing. It’s one of the reasons why many doctors recommend that you drink a glass of red wine per day.
In Vinotherapy, you’re simply using those antioxidants in a more direct way by applying them straight onto your skin. Through this, you’ll give both your skin cells and collagen a huge boost. Thus, you can combat the wrinkles that might have started to appear as you’ve gotten a little older.
The main point of contention here is that this is a brand new practice. As a result, there aren’t many studies out there about whether or not we can actually absorb the beneficial properties of wine through our skin.
So for now, we can’t exactly say for certain that Vinotherapy works like the practitioners will tell you that it does.
Still, we can think of a few reasons why you might want to try it.
Reason #1 – It’s Something Completely Unique
There’s a certain novelty to this whole idea that we simply can’t resist.
Put aside all of the talk about health benefits and whether they’re legitimate or not and you’re left with a simple fact…
You get to take a bath in Italian wine!
It’s almost like you get to spend the day like some strange nobleperson who wants to flash their cash and be as extravagant as possible.
Now, we assume that Vinotherapy doesn’t involve super-expensive bottles of wine. Still, there’s an element of living out a fantasy with this whole idea that is extremely appealing.
Reason #2 – It Apparently Soothes Your Nerves and Muscles
Beyond the whole deal with antioxidants, practitioners will tell you that Vinotherapy does a great job of soothing your nerves.
Apparently, red wine is just as effective at soothing your muscles when you bathe or get massaged with it as it is at soothing your mind when you drink it.
We can only imagine getting pampered to such a luxurious extent. And we’re sure that this very pampering would be more than enough to take our minds of whatever stresses we may be dealing with.
Reason #3 – It’s Supposed to be Good for Your Hair Too
It’s not just your skin that Vinotherapy works for. Apparently, it can also help you to strengthen and create a unique shine in your hair.
Some practitioners create shampoos and conditioners out of the wine by-products that they use for their therapies. You get your hair washed and you get to benefit from all of the strength of the antioxidants in the wine.
We’re not exactly sure what aroma this leaves in your hair. But we’re sure that it’s worth a try for anybody who wants to give their follicles a good boost.
The Final Word
So, it’s fair to say that the jury is still out when it comes to the true effectiveness of Vinotherapy. The theory behind it seems to make sense. However, there aren’t many studies that back up the claims that practitioners make about the practice.
Still, we can’t help but find it intriguing. Just don’t look for us to start providing Vinotherapy any time soon.
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