WALKING IN THE WOODS IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.
The practice of Forest Bathing originated in Japan and it’s 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 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.
The two experts have studied and identified three specific paths where the practice of Forest Bathing is more effective, duo to the high presence of monoterpenes and the particular landscape caracteristics, that have positive effects at psychological and emotional level.
One of the three paths include the "Smiling Forest", a special bieonergetic path studied by Marco Nieri, where the visitors can also experience the bioelectromagnetic field emitted by 16 different trees.
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. 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.