The Scandinave Spa Forest Bathing Trail
Guests have access to the trail before or after their spa experience. We recommend spending 20-30 minutes to wander and reconnect with nature in a new way by opening your senses and experience a rejuvenating relationship with the forest.
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest Bathing, also known as Shinrin-Yoku, is simply taking a slow walk in the woods, while taking in your surroundings using your sense of sight, touch, smell and sound. It is the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. Just relax and let your natural sense of enjoyment guide you. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.
What are the health benefits?
Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better, it actually is. This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables. Inhaling phytoncide improves immune system function.
Scientific studies have confirmed that during forest bathing programs, cardiovascular and metabolic parameters are enhanced, which can substantially reduce high blood pressure and lower one’s heart rate. Forest Bathing has proven to significantly increase individual scores for vigor and decrease scores of depression, fatigue, anxiety, and confusion. Extensive research has also shown that people tend to be more rested and are less inclined to be stressed after a forest bath.
How do I Forest Bathe at Scandinave Spa?
The Scandinave Forest Bathing Trail is conveniently located on a small section of the spa’s natural property. The Forest Bathing trails leads you through seven suggested marked stations (invitations). These invitations are clearly marked on the trail and will correspond with the Forest Bathing Guide you receive from a Spa Guest Service Agent.
Wander slowly to each post, taking as long as you wish to experience each invitation. This develops into mindfully moving through the landscape in a way that cultivates a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, mirroring the results achieved through Hydrotherapy.
To fully realize the benefits of the Forest Bathing Trail, please consider giving your full attention, both honouring silence and engaging in digital detox. Turning off your cellphone creates a deeper connection with the natural sounds around you.
To begin your Forest Bathing experience , speak with a Guest Service Agent at reception.
The Scandinave Spa Forest Bathing Trail in the 2nd certified trail by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy in Canada.
If you prefer a guided Forest Bathing experience with our certified Forest Therapy Guide Beth Foster, visit forestbathingwithbeth.com.