Since opening The Spa at CIRCA 1936 Corowa, CIRCA 1929 Wagga Wagga and CIRCA 1928 Albury, at CIRCA Spa it has been our stunning copper bathtub and the red wine bath treatment that has become our most talked about feature, creating not only countless satisfied spa devotees but been the added inspiration for us to pursue our original vision of creating a more comprehensive Vinotherapy Spa Menu based upon the abundance of raw products in the Rutherglen wine region.
While Vinotherapy itself has been practiced since the days of the Roman Empire it would appear that the latest resurgence in popularity is based on the research that proves the skincare and relaxation benefits of wine based treatments as well as the thought of coupling this with the consumption and enjoyment of wine. Modern day vinotherapy was popularised by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas in 1995 when the French couple learned about the impact of grape seeds from the leading expert on grape and grapevine polyphenols, Dr. Vercauteren. Polyphenols play an important role in maintaining our health and wellness, and antioxidants as a group, help protect the cells in the body from free radical damage, thereby controlling the rate at which we age. Experts believe that Polyphenol is 10,000 times stronger than vitamin E and 50 times more effective, can reduce 80 percent of the free radicals which are responsible for wrinkles and skin aging, and can improve circulation by strengthening blood vessels. Additionally, grapes contain powerful antioxidants which act as a free radical scavenger– defending the skin and promoting tissue elasticity – creating a more youthful appearance.
After almost three years of operation and a lengthy process of experimentation, at CIRCA we are finally able to give our guests “CIRCA Vinotherapy”. Unlike many so-called vinotherapy products on the market all of our products are paraben free, not tested on animals, SLS free, and contain no artificial colors or fragrances. The raw base product that we use really is the actual raw natural grapes, 100% sourced from wineries in the Wahgunyah and Rutherglen wine region.
All of our vino-body treatments use the shiraz grape which has a particularly high level of polyphenol in the grape skin. Our body exfoliation is created from shiraz grapes including the twigs, skins and the seeds combined with organic matcha and organic sugar. This gorgeous scrub will leave the skin incredibly smooth. The vino-massage oil uses grape seed oil and organic soya bean oil infused in organic coffee and chamomile. Our vino-body wrap is a blend of the pure antioxidants pholyphenol and resveratrol from shiraz marc and yellow Australian clay which is known for cleansing, toning and strengthening connective tissues, stimulating blood circulation, drawing out toxins and superfluous fat, as well as hydrating, nourishing and feeding the skin.
A glass of wine certainly is a wonderful accompaniment to a great meal, but now at CIRCA Spa the newly created and totally unique use of the raw, 100% natural grape skins, seeds and wines, offer Spa guests the opportunity to experience the humble grape in a whole new way.
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