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Amar’e Stoudemire enjoys soothing, restorative qualities of a red wine bath (photo)


New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire took to Instagram on Wednesday to showcase that he is a proponent of vinotherapy. That is, he took a photo of himself taking a red wine bath.

Vinotherapy is becoming more and more popular — although red wine baths aren’t necessarily what constitutes typical Vinotherapy treatments —  and fresh off an 8-point, 5-rebound performance in Tuesday night’s 84-77 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in preseason action, Stoudemire documented how he relied upon it on his “Recovery Day,” as he refers to it on Instagram.

While it may appear strange to some, the act of bathing in wine has several purported health benefits (via The Daily Mail):

Practitioners claim vinotherapy can boost circulation, shift cellulite and make you feel invigorated thanks to grapeseed oil – its key ingredient.

This is because, they say, polyphenols extracted from grape seeds are a powerful antioxidant – our body’s defences against highly-reactive molecules that can lead to premature ageing.

And, according to practitioners of vinotherapy, wine when applied externally, can help shift cellulite, tone our body and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

A typical vinotherapy programme involves a hot red wine bath fitted with strategically placed jets designed to boost circulation. This is because heat and pulsating water hitting our body have strong cardiovascular effects. According to experts when we sweat the heart pushes the blood to the surface, opening up the skin vessels which promotes blood circulation.

It definitely sounds like a surefire way to take advantage of the many restorative properties contained in wine, although let’s hope he saved enough wine for a glass or two or three to, you know, drink.

Given that Stoudemire earns an obscene amount of money for playing basketball, odds are that he didn’t skimp on the quality of the wine, although it’s unlikely a cheap wine has less health benefits — when bathing it — than a more expensive vintage.

Let’s put it this way, unlike most folks, Stoudemire didn’t feel compelled to buy a bunch of Boone’s Farm in order to enjoy his red wine soak. He could splurge on a much finer bottle or bottles.

(image via Amar’e Stoudemire/Instagram)