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Your guide to forest bathing

There’s no WiFi in the forest, but there is something magical about connecting with nature. The Japanese coined the term Shinrin-yoku in the 1980s to encourage healthier lifestyles by taking regular walks in forests. They dedicated a whole field of research to it, which together with many other studies, shows that immersing yourself in nature is good for you and can have positive effects on your immune system, blood pressure, stress levels and mental health. Even short walks in a park are more beneficial than wandering along busy urban streets.

Trees release phytoncides and these airborne antimicrobial chemicals help protect them and plants against germs and insects. Japanese scientists found that inhaling phytoncides lowers stress hormones and enhances natural killer cell activity.

Spending time in nature will improve your general well-being and promote longevity. Lose the shoes and walk barefoot to increase your awareness of your natural surroundings, listen to the sounds, feel its textures and smell the aromas. This type of forest bathing takes you to a different level of sensory awareness using mindfulness and meditation techniques to allow you to open your senses to the natural world. There is no additional agenda. It’s not a nature lesson or a physical challenge; just being in the moment is enough.

Forest bathing is available at Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal and forms an important part of Holistic Anti-Aging programs.

For more information, please call +351 254 660 600 or email [email protected].


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