As our ancestors were well aware, hiking in the woods is beneficial to the body and soul. Recent studies conducted in Japan provide scientific proof of this. The forest air contains a variety of organic compounds known as terpenes. Inhaling these bioactive substances helps to strengthen the immune system, lowering blood pressure and reducing blood sugar levels. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a feeling of tranquillity and relaxation. A Japanese therapy, Shinrin Yoku, (literally, "forest bath"), follows a similar principle. Simply inhaling the essences of the forest, enhances a feeling of well-being and reduces stress.
Surrounded by forests, both Avelengo/Hafling and Verano/Vöran on the Tschögglberg plateau/Altipiano del Salto offer a perfect opportunity for practicing Shinrin Yoku. Given the hundreds of hectares of pine trees and deciduous forests, absorbing these benign essences comes naturally. Whether alone or as part of a group, the beneficial effects of being in the forest helps to sharpen the senses.
Some hotels on the Avelengo – Verano – Merano 2000 plateau, such as the Hotel Miramonti
and the Hotel Mirabell, regularly organize forest therapy outings.