A simple walk in the woods? No, not exactly, it’s a complete immersion in the beneficial properties of trees and plants…
Forest bathing has its origins in the Japanese practice known as shinrin-yoku, which involves the complete immersion in the benefits of forested areas. This discipline teaches how it’s possible to gain benefits even from apparently simple activities, like a walk in the woods, through breathing in the essences of trees and plants that can be either reinvigorating or relaxing. According to a number of studies conducted in Japan, forest bathing boosts the immune system, reduces blood pressure and pulse and helps alleviate conditions of stress and depression.
The best time of the year to practice forest bathing, and appreciate to the full the benefits of the natural plant essences present, is in the summer months, as most beneficial plants, such as beech and birch, are at the peak of their seasonal development. Even the essences of conifers have beneficial and balsamic effects, especially for the respiratory system. To sum things up, the forest is enjoyable, relaxing and is also good for your health.
The first trail dedicated to forest bathing in Trentino is set to open in June 2018 in Fai della Paganella, within its splendid beech forest. In the meantime, you can try this activity for yourself or maybe combine it with a health package from one of the Vitanova hotels which offer “wellness weeks.”