What is Forest Bathing?
Also known as Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing is simply taking a slow walk in the woods, while noticing your surroundings using all your senses: sight, taste, touch, sound, sight, smell and heart. 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 phytoncides, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables. Inhaling phytoncide improves immune system function.
Scientific studies have confirmed that forest bathing therapy enhances cardiovascular and metabolic systems function. This means spending a little time in the forest can lower blood pressure and anxiety while enhancing creativity feelings of calmness, happiness and cognitive function. By lowering the production of the stress hormone cortisol, it can even help you sleep better.
How to Forest Bathe at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
1. Spa guests can experience the spacious outdoor amenities surrounded by a natural forest setting. As guests relax and rejuvenate in the Scandinavian Baths Hydrotherapy circuit, the views, sounds and smells of nature augment well-being for mind, body and spirit.
2. Guests are encouraged to access the Certified Forest Bathing Trail before or after their spa experience. This self-guided 20-30 minute experience is a relaxing extension of the Spa’s property. Ask for your Forest Bathing Guide at the Welcome Hut or Reception area.
3. Enhance your visit with forest-inspired items & packages from our boutique to extend your experience at home. Specialty items include an all natural Forest Bathing scented candle, Forest Bliss loose-leaf tea, and more.
Experience The Forest Bathing Trail
Reconnect with nature in a new way by opening your senses. The Forest Bathing Trail at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain 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 1km walk from Post #1 to Post #8.
Like all thing in nature, the beauty of this experience unfolds slowly. Quiet, mindful movement through the landscape promotes overall relaxation and rejuvenation, mirroring the results achieved while in the Scandinavian Baths Hydrotherapy circuit.
Ask for your Forest Bathing Guide from the Welcome Hut or at Spa Reception. To fully realize the benefits of the Forest Bathing Trail, remove your everyday distractions. Turn off digital devices and honour silence to experience a deeper connection with the natural sounds around you.
Scandinave Spa’s Forest Bathing Trail is one of two certified trails in Canada. 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.