Walking in the woods is good for your health.
The practice of Forest Bathing or Shinrin Yoku" originated in Japan and is very common in a number of countries in the Far East, where it plays an important role in preventive medicine. Walking in and exploring the woods, especially if they have certain biological characteristics, reduces stress and depression, lowers blood pressure and pulse rate and makes our immune system more effective.
A study of the vegetation in the Upper Valsessera by Marco Nieri (ecodesigner and bio-researcher) and Marco Mencagli (agronomist) has scientifically demonstrated that the beech woods in Oasi Zegna have a high capacity to release volatile substances (monoterpenes) from their foliage and this has a beneficial effect on our immune defense.
that allow inhaling sufficient amounts of monoterpenes to strengthen the immune system. Along the paths selected, the Bioenergetic Landscapes technique has been applied to identify different beneficial areas, which have highlighted the remarkable biological effects that certain trees produce electromagnetically on the various organs of the human body. The resting places have also been evaluated for their landscape and environmental characteristics, so as their positively affect athe psycho-emotional level, according to the principles of Therapeutic landscape, a way to evaluate natural spaces taking into account the most profound knowledge and research in the field of environmental psychology.
To practice Forest Bathing (June to September is the period of maximum vegetation for beeches), just take any of the three paths specially chosen for inhaling these beneficial substances and walk and rest, as you please, whilst enjoying the beauties of nature around you, with eyes and ears.
Three days deliver big benefits: 3 or 4 hours a day in the wood, alternating walking and rests along the way, produce lasting effects on the immune system even till a month. If you don’t have three days, 5 km in four hours will in any case stimulate the immune system, albeit to a lesser extent.
These paths, one part also includes the Smiling Forest (Bosco del Sorriso), carry out a strong action of vital stimulation both to the mental and physical level, framing the work done in an innovative concept of Forest Therapy.