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Feeling Stressed-Out? Head Into the Woods to Try Forest Bathing

Bestproducts.com logo Bestproducts.com 12/2/2018 Jill Fergus
a person standing next to a tree: While forest bathing has been offered at destination spas for some time, it's now being offered at many resorts. So on your next trip, why not give it a try? Here are some spots that offer forest bathing. © Stocksy While forest bathing has been offered at destination spas for some time, it's now being offered at many resorts. So on your next trip, why not give it a try? Here are some spots that offer forest bathing.

A new wellness trend called forest bathing is gaining in popularity. It has nothing to do with putting on a bathing suit or taking a soak. Rather, it's all about "bathing" yourself in nature. This spiritually minded trend started in Japan in the 1980s to calm stressed-out business executives and is known as shinrin-yoku. It's not about physical activity, but connecting with nature and embracing its sights, sounds, and smells, which can help promote physiological and psychological health. While forest bathing has been offered at destination spas for some time, it's now being offered at many resorts. So on your next trip, why not give it a try? Here are some spots that offer forest bathing.

Salishan Resort, Oregon

a chair in a grassy area with trees in the background: Salishan Resort, Oregon - forest bathing © Salishan Resort Salishan Resort, Oregon - forest bathing

At Salishan Resort, an iconic 250-acre resort along the rugged Oregon Coast (2 hours from Portland), a forest-bathing guide will lead you along a peaceful forest trail just a few minutes' walk from the main lodge. You'll be encouraged to sit where you can take in the smell of the trees and the sounds of a trickling creek and embrace quiet reflection.

Mohonk Mountain House, New York

a river running through a fence: Mohonk Mountain House, New York - forest bathing © Mohonk Mountain House Mohonk Mountain House, New York - forest bathing

This Victorian-style castle resort, built in 1869, is located in a spectacular setting on Mohonk Lake in upstate New York. They are 85 miles of trails on the property, so you can take a mindful stroll on your own, or if you prefer, sign up for a private guided forest-bathing session, where you'll use all your senses as you observe your natural surroundings.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

a view of a wooden fence: The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana - forest bathing © The Ranch at Rock Creek The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana - forest bathing

Soak up the healing benefits of Montana's Big Sky country during a forest bathing session at The Ranch at Rock Creek, an all-inclusive western ranch with upscale glamping cabins. As you stroll through aspen groves, you'll be reminded to take deep breaths and inhale the forest scents while listening to the gentle rustle of leaves and other soothing sounds.

The Lodge at Primland, Virginia

a wooden bench next to a tree: The Lodge at Primland, Virginia - forest bathing © The Lodge at Primland The Lodge at Primland, Virginia - forest bathing

Primland, named as one of Conde Nast Traveler's Best Resorts in the South, is a luxury resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of its many wellness offerings includes forest bathing. After your guided meditative walk through the woods, enhance your relaxation by heading to the spa for a pampering treatment incorporating locally grown lavender.

L'Auberge de Sedona, Arizona

a large green field with trees in the background: L'Auberge de Sedona, Arizona - forest bathing © L'Auberge de Sedona L'Auberge de Sedona, Arizona - forest bathing

While Sedona is known for its spectacular red rocks, it does have forested areas as well. During a forest-bathing session at L'Auberge de Sedona, you'll engage your senses to find inner calm during a guided walk under canopies of sycamore trees along the banks of Oak Creek. The resort's spa menu also offers a traditional shinrin-yoku-inspired tea ceremony.

The Lodge at Woodloch, Pennsylvania

a tree in the middle of a park: The Lodge at Woodloch, Pennsylvania - forest bathing © The Lodge at Woodloch The Lodge at Woodloch, Pennsylvania - forest bathing

This adults-only resort on 400 woodland acres in the Poconos is known for its stellar spa and wellness programs, which includes a labyrinth, water therapies, meditation, yoga, and more. During its forest-bathing program, guests will breathe in fresh air and reconnect with nature in a major way during contemplative guided walks that go deep into the forest.

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