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.
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 systems are enhanced, which can substantially reduce high blood pressure and lower one’s heart rate. Forest Bathing has proven to significantly increase individual vigor and decrease depression, fatigue, anxiety, and confusion. Extensive research has also shown that people tend to be more rested and are less inclined to stress factors after spending time in nature or forest.
How to Forest Bathe at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
1. At Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, guests experience spacious outdoor amenities surrounded by a natural forest setting. As guests relax and rejuvenate in the Scandinavian Baths Hydrotherapy circuit, the sights, sounds and aromas of nature augment health and wellness benefits.
2. Guests have access to Scandinave Spa’s Certified Forest Bathing Trail before or after their spa experience. It is recommended guests spend 20-30 minutes opening their senses and reconnecting with nature. A Forest Bathing Guide is provided by a Guest Service Agent at the Welcome Hut or Reception area..
Experience The Forest Bathing Trail
The certified trail is conveniently located on a small section of naturally protected land and leads you through seven suggested marked stations (invitations). These invitations are clearly marked on the trail and will correspond with the Forest Bathing Guide.
Wander slowly to each post, taking as long as you wish to experience each invitation. This develops into mindful movement through the landscape to promote overall relaxation and rejuvenation, mirroring the results achieved through the Scandinavian Baths Hydrotherapy circuit.
To fully realize the benefits of the Forest Bathing Trail, give yourself the opportunity for a meaningful escape by removing your everyday distractions. Turning off your digital devices and honouring silence creates a deeper connection with the natural sounds around you.
The Scandinave Spa Forest Bathing Trail in the 2nd certified trail by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy in Canada.
For more information about the Forest Bathing Trail, please speak with a Guest Service Agent at the Welcome Hut or Reception area.
If you prefer a guided Forest Bathing experience with our certified Forest Therapy Guide Beth Foster, visit forestbathingwithbeth.com.