As he’s gotten older, Amar’e Stoudemire is a man who likes to partake in the finer things life has to offer.
So when he heard about folks taking a bath in a tub filled with red wine as a form of relaxation and healing, Stoudemire was all in. Literally. Financial security has its benefits.
“I’m a guy who likes to take advantage of somewhat pampering yourself, whether it’s a manicure, pedicure, or facials, massages, spas, steam rooms,” Stoudemire said on Tuesday. “And I heard about the wine bath. So I was able to find a place that has the wine baths, and I was able to indulge in it.”
Stoudemire started taking the red wine baths — soaked in 98-degree temperature — about a year ago while he was in New York playing for the Knicks. The unusual experience detoxifies the body, stimulates blood flow and revitalizes the skin.
And before anyone gets any quirky ideas, Stoudemire, a 6-foot-10 center/forward who now plays for the Dallas Mavericks — knows this type of rare indulgence isn’t for everyone.
“You just go to a spa and the spa has it all set up for you,” Stoudemire said. “I’m sure it’s a pretty good wine for it to be a prestigious spa.
“It’s not like you go and buy a whole case of wine and pour it in your own bath tub. You go to an actual spa and the spa provides all the amenities for you.”
A friend told Stoudemire about the red wine therapy, and a 30-minute session costs $550. Of course, the 13-year veteran has to listen to all the jokes from his teammates about this odd indulgence.
Bernard James, who the Mavs signed Tuesday to a contract for the rest of the season after he completed a pair of 10-day contracts, acknowledged there’s no way he could find himself chilling out in a tub of red wine. That type of body soothing is just not James’ cup of, uh, wine.
“I don’t have Amar’e money, so I’ll leave that up to him,” James said. “We have the same agent, so I’ve had a few encounters with him, and we’ve spoken about something like that.
“It’s something different, but like I said I don’t have the money to be doing all that. I’ll go get a couple of boxes of wine, but it’s not going to be anything nice.”
Owner Mark Cuban noted that whatever Stoudemire needs to make himself a better player, he’s all for it. And that includes dipping in the red wine baths.
“I’ve got plenty of MD 20/20 I can share with him,” Cuban said. “Or if Boone’s Farm works, I’ve got him. I’ll make it work.”
Stoudemire, who scored 14 points in Monday’s 102-93 victory over New Orleans, said he’s not drinking the red wine while he’s soaking in it.
“You’re actually taking a bath,” Stoudemire said. “It’s as if it’s a hot tub and you just soak in it and it’s just relaxing. You want to drink water if anything, because it keeps you hydrated. But it’s not a party scene. It’s really just for relaxation.”
As he prepares for Thursday’s game in Portland, coach Rick Carlisle said he’s never hopped in a tub of red wine just for sheer relaxation purposes.
“I’ve seen pictures of it,” Carlisle said. “It looks expensive. If it works, Mark should get one here. I asked him about it and he said it’s pretty interesting.”
Actually, Stoudemire would love to continue his red wine baths. But there’s one major problem he’s uncovered since he joined the Mavericks on Feb. 18.
“I can’t find a place here in Dallas that has it, so I haven’t done it since I’ve been here,” Stoudemire said. “It’s pretty expensive to keep that going. Wine, as we know, is great to drink. But it’s also very expensive.”
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