Earlier this year The Spa at The Estate Yountville (CA) became the first resort in North America to offer the O2 Chair, a revolutionary chair designed to help improve breathing, relaxation, sleep, and concentration for those who use it. The chair, which debuted to rave reviews of spa guests at the Spa at the Estate, can benefit more than spa-goers, however. The Spa at The Estate Yountville is now offering use of the chairs to the first responders of the recent California wild fires.
“The Spa at The Estate is so grateful for the work of all the first responders, not just in recent wildfires, but for always keeping the Napa Valley safe,” says Terry Prager, executive director of spa and wellness at The Estate Yountville, Hotel Villagio & Vintage House. “It is with sincere gratitude that extended an invitation to our first responders to use the spa facilities and enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating experience of a ‘Recovery Flight’ in the O2 chair as a thank you for all their relentless hard work during the October wildfires here in the Valley.”
An increase in breathing capacity and oxygen in the body is known to bring a host of positive effects, which chair developers and the Yountville staff feel will greatly benefit anyone who's health has been compromised in the fires. O2 Chair’s specific movement up the spine encourages the “Breathe In” phase, while the “Breathe Out” phase encourages full release of the breath and discharge of toxins. The O2 Pure function increases oxygen intake. The tilt and swing of the zero gravity chair improves blood circulation and promotes the “Relaxation Response,” an alpha brain wave state where the mind is confident and fully present.
The Spa at The Estate Yountville also uses the O2 Chair as a corporate wellness tool for resort and spa staff. According to the Global Wellness Institute, Return on Wellness (ROW) is well-documented. Evidence-based research shows wellness at work linked to vital organizational metrics, including a 22 percent increase in profitability and 10 percent higher customer satisfaction and up to 65 percent lower employee turnover.