Snow covered trees on the Forest Bathing trail at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Forest Bathing

   What is Forest Bathing?

Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better, it actually is. Inhaling various essential oils, generally called phytoncides, found in wood, plants, some fruit and vegetables improves immune system function.

Scientific studies confirm that forest bathing therapy enhances cardiovascular and metabolic systems function. A little time in the forest can lower blood pressure and anxiety while enhancing feelings of calmness, happiness and cognitive function. Lowering your stress hormone cortisol, can even help you sleep better.

How to use the Forest Bathing Trail:

1. Guests are encouraged to take time to walk the Trail before or after their visit to the Baths or Massage treatment. This is a complimentary experience and a self-guided, relaxing 20-30 minutes to spend walking along a pond onsite.  TIP: Ask for the Forest Bathing Guide at the Welcome Hut or Reception area.

2. The Forest Bathing Trail leads you through a series of marked posts (also known as invitations). The trail is a soft, accessible, well-groomed path and is approximately a 1 kilometer walk from Post #1 to #8.

3. After completing the Trail, please return to the Welcome Hut or inside to the Spa Bistro for a delicious sample of loose-leaf, local tea to cap your Forest Bathing experience.

4. Enhance your spa visit by taking some forest-inspired items & packages from our Boutique to experience at home. Specialty items include all natural Candles, loose-leaf Teas, and more.

Like all things in nature, the beauty of your time in the forest unfolds slowly. Quiet, mindful movement through the landscape promotes overall relaxation and rejuvenation. Similar results can be achieved during your visit in the Scandinavian Baths  activity.

Learn more about the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. If you prefer a guided Forest Bathing experience, please contact our certified Forest Therapy Guide, Beth Foster at forestbathingwithbeth.com.

 

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