Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese activity that translates to forest bathing. It was developed in Japan in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan as a natural way to relax while improving one’s health.
A forest bathing trip consists of visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in substances called phytoncides (wood essential oils). These wood essential oils are antimicrobial volatile compounds emitted from trees, such as a-pinene and limonene, to protect them from rotting and insects.
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of forest bathing, including: reduced stress, anger, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, cortisol levels, blood pressure, and pulse rate. Forest bathing has also been shown to improve the cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as improving mood and cognition by calming the nervous system.
Treetop Haven has designated trails and areas for forest bathing. Yoga instructors as well as massage therapists are available upon request to provide further rejuvenation of the body, mind, and spirit. Leave your vacation feeling refreshed and renewed.