The natural environment of the Pyrenees and the Lands of Lleida offers an unquestionably exceptional setting in which to enjoy “banys de bosc”, or “forest bathing”: immersions in forests through calm, contemplative walks that will awaken all five of your senses and make you feel fully aware of nature. A “bany de bosc” literally implies “absorbing the atmosphere of the forest” and is the translation of the Japanese concept of “Shinrin-Yoku”. The Japanese were pioneers in the use of the properties of forests as a therapy to improve human health and wellbeing. This is achieved through leisurely walks, conducted in silence, through unfrequented parts of a forest, while paying attention to it with all of your senses.
A “bany de bosc” therefore consists of immersing yourself in the essence of the forest, breathing deeply, inhaling, and rewarding yourself with the wellbeing produced by the volatile substances in its atmosphere, which can also penetrate deep inside you, via your skin. It is said that these substances can increase the number of NK (natural killer) cells and reinforce the human immune system. The benefits of forest bathing have also been related to cardioprotective and anti-diabetic effects, reducing stress, and generally improving human physiological and psychological wellbeing.
“The art of forest bathing
is the art of connecting with nature
through our senses.
All we have to do is accept the invitation”.
Will you accept the invitation?