Forest Bathing: Nature's Healing Powers

18/09/2023, Healing Holidays

What exactly is Forest Bathing?

Originating in Japan where it is called Shinrin-yoku, literally meaning forest bathing, it is about bathing our senses rather than bathing our physical bodies. Practices are designed to take us out of our everyday lives and into the tranquillity of nature.

What are the benefits of Forest Bathing?

By taking part in such a practice we can become more mindful and present in the moment, allowing us to enjoy the stillness and beauty around us as well as focussing on our inner being. In addition to being great for mental health, forest bathing can also improve our physical health. According to a study by the University of Glasgow an increase in the amount of green space in a local area will lead to a corresponding decrease in early deaths amongst those aged under 65 years old. Other physiological benefits include lowered blood sugar levels and improved energy levels and cardiovascular health. Forest bathing is a great way to reduce stress and lift depression, but it’s also so much more than that. It allows us to connect with each other, with nature, and with ourselves in a deeper way. It brings us back to the present moment and helps us appreciate the beauty around us.

The best places to go to try Forest Bathing

Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, Italy

Surrounded by the majestic, soaring Italian Dolomites, you can lose yourself in the swaying pine trees and spectacular vistas at Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti.

Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti.

The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

Experience the healing energy of nature in 5 star luxury at The Datai Langkawi. Located on the mystical Malaysian island of Langkawi, this sustainable, eco-friendly wellness sanctuary is nestled in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rain forest that overlooks the pristine sands of Datai Bay.

The Retreat Costa Rica

Experience the unique healing energy of the Costa Rican rainforest at The Retreat Costa Rica. Founded by life coach, chef and best-selling author Diana Stobo, this five-star property nestles amongst lush green quartz mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The Retreat Costa Rica

Schloss Elmau, Germany

Tucked deep in the calm of the Bavarian Alps, Schloss Elmau is framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests and rushing streams.

Six Senses Vana, India

Set on the gentle slopes of a lychee and mango plantation, the dense Sal forest to its west, the hills of Mussoorie to its’ north, Six Senses Vana is an international ashram, a wellness retreat, a world-class sanctuary – all healing and nourishing.

Six Senses Vana

Preidlhof, Italy

The location of Preidlhof in the hillside of the South Tyrol mountains enhances the wellbeing journey with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. You will have all your senses awakened here with the emphasis on appreciating all the pleasures and beauty in life.

In Conclusion

Nature has an incredible capacity to heal, so make sure you take the time to connect with it. Whether it's through Shinrin-yoku, gardening, taking a walk in your neighbourhood or simply sitting on your balcony and taking in the sights and sounds around you, there are countless ways that we can benefit from nature's healing powers. So don't miss out - make time to reconnect with nature and reap the rewards. 


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