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 Hafling/Avelengo and Vöran/Verano on the Tschögglberg mountain plateau 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. Tip
Some hotels on the Hafling - Vöran - Meran 2000 plateau, such as the Hotel Miramonti
and the Hotel Mirabell
, regularly organize forest therapy outings.