Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post

YAMA - WINE SPA

 BY YAMA - WINE SPA

 

 FEBRUARY 14, 2010 16:58

 

It sounds like an oenophile’s fantasy, but this is no wine-induced dream.

The view is breathtaking, blending scenery of fish pools and green fields beneath. While you soak in a bath of wine, relaxing to the sounds of wind blowing through the trees, your body unwinds to the intoxicating scent of fresh picked grapes. Then, after a gentle exfoliating grape massage, you relax with your loved one in a private room, watching the last rays of the sun flickering in the horizon while your taste buds savor a rich platter of assorted cheeses and wine. 

In the colorful town of Zichron Yaakov, where the wine culture in Israel developed, you can indulge yourself in a variety of unique treatments, planned and researched in depth around the globe. Imagine having a fresh grape massage from the local vineyard, or soak in an oak barrel bath spiked with the juice, oils and extracts of the Merlot grapes. How about scrubbing your skin with grape seeds and being wrapped in wine, honey and organic essential oils.

Long before the antioxidants in grapes were discovered and the concept of “anti-aging”, Europeans were writing of the grape’s health benefits. In the 4th century B.C. the Greek physician Hippocrates described using wine to treat his patients. In 1800s France, Louis Pasteur described wine as the most healthful and hygienic beverage. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that scientists discovered that antioxidants fight free radicals generated by daylight, pollution and stress, and responsible for much of our skin’s signs of aging. Packed in the seeds, skins and stems of every grape is an extremely high level of  antioxidants- polyphenols and resveratrol, that stimulate the production of collagen, combat free radicals and prevent the premature aging of the skin, as well as improving blood circulation, stimulating the immune system and combating fatigue- principals at the very core of any spa therapy. These antioxidants are fifty times the strength of vitamin E and ten times the strength of vitamin C. That’s where Vinotherapy / wine therapy comes in! Vinotherapy has been used in anti aging cosmetic treatments and spas for over a decade already.  Yama Wellness Center is the first wine spa in Israel which uses the anti aging ingredients of wine and grapes and is given by a professional and experienced staff of alternative health care practitioners—including physical therapy, acupuncture, reflexology… It sounds like an oenophile’s fantasy, but this is no wine-induced dream.  In recent years chic wine spas and luxury vinotherapy resorts have sprung up on vineyards and wine estates all over the world including the USA, Australia, Austria, Argentina, Canada, Italy, Spain, UK, Mexico, Africa and now Israel. Amit describes the unique experience, the therapeutic qualities of the treatments, high quality products made by a qualified staff for the production of natural high end cosmetics. The emphasis on small details, highest quality, and privacy, made possible only in a boutique spa dreamt by an experienced therapist and a qualified fantasizer. Yama wine spa opens before you the gate to the world of Vinotherapy, where romance, health and wine meet. The boutique spa in Zichron Yaakov overlooks the intoxicating view of sea, fields and vineyards, gives unique wine treatments given by experienced therapists, with the use of high quality natural products- awarding you an unforgettable experience for both body and soul. Be it at the end of a sun setting summer day, be it in a soft autumn evening or a stormy winter morning-  here in the heart of the Zichron Yaakov, at YAMA -the country's first Vinotherapy spa, who wouldn't be in the mood ... for a Merlot bath.

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