Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese activity that translates to Forest Bathing. It was developed in Japan in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It was created 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 to be; reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, lower levels of cortisol, lower blood pressure, and pulse rate. Forest Bathing has also been shown to improve the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition, by calming the nervous system.
Treetop Haven has designated trails and areas used for Forest Bathing. Yoga instructors as well as massage therapists are available when requested. Looking for ways to stay healthy and active while on vacation? Leave your vacation feeling refreshed and renewed, and looking forward to coming back.