Archive for the ‘Forest Bathing’ Category

Martha Stewart Living magazine just recommended Nova Scotia’s remote Trout Point Lodge among the influential publication’s favorite wellness retreats for its Forest Bathing experiences. That accolade follows a flood of attention from the likes of the Associated Press,  the Globe & Mail, Fodor’s guides, American Way magazine, and Bloomberg during 2016 alone (see www.troutpoint.com/forest-bathing.html). Indeed industry publication SpaFinder held out Trout Point as an example of the coming worldwide Forest Bathing trend in a 2015 analaysis, and CNN picked this tiny wilderness reatreat as offering the “wildest new trends in the wellness world” the same year.

Long known for its culinary classes, which the Lodge started offering in 2000 (long before cooking vacations were a norm in the travel industry), Trout Point also led North America towards astro-tourism, still a hot item among the array of outdoor experiences available at this outpost next to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. The Lodge was named the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel in 2014. It started explaining Forest Bathing to guests in 2010, long before ti became popular in the travel trade.

As Travel Editor Beth Harpaz of the Associated Press explained in her article on Forest Bathing: “These programs take participants into the woods for a slow, mindful walk to contemplate nature with all the senses. It’s not a hike, because you don’t go far or fast. And while the term forest bathing may lend itself to jokes about nude hot springs, rest assured: You don’t take off your clothes.” Beth Harpaz, Forest bathing: A mindful walk in the woods, no getting wet, Associated Press 2016.

Following the tremendous interest in Forest Bathing, this season the Lodge will amplify its experiences involving the pristine Acadian Forest ecosystem around it, and has tasked nature guide Katey Gray and massage therapist Nancy Gagnon with helping guests understand the rationale and research underlying the therapy, as well as to cater wonderful experiences for them. According to SpaFinder, research database PubMed returns 100+ studies on the health impact of forest bathing, including studies indicating that it significantly lowers blood pressure (-1.4 percent), heart rate (-5.8 percent), cortisol levels (-12.4 percent) and sympathetic nerve activity (-7 percent) compared with city walks, while also alleviating stress and depression. The most provocative of these studies conclude that exposure to phytoncides, the airborne, aromatic chemicals/oils emitted by many trees, have a long-lasting impact on people’s immune system markers, boosting natural killer (NK) cells and anticancer proteins by 40 percent.” 2015 Trends Report: Forest Bathing, SpaFinder 2015




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