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The Medicine of the Forest

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Walking on stones, smelling the trees, lying on log beds and gazing at leaves- this is Shinrin-yoku, meaning “forest bathing”, a medicine derived from simply being in the forest.

The concept was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

With many forests coating a green landscape, walking tours in designated forests are popular in Japan. And with the growth in healthier lifestyle attitudes and natural therapies, Shinrin-yoku has taken root with walking tours for groups led by specialist forest therapists. These tread along ancient pilgrim routes such as the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama, home to the Kumano Kodo and its network of Unesco-protected pilgrim routes dating back thousands of years.

Forest Bathing involves gazing at trees, deep green breathing, mindful walks through lush green valleys, listening to birdsong and the appreciation of the beauty of a wild flower. This sensory immersion in a natural healing environment promises mental and physical rejuvenation.

Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have conducted studies on the health benefits of spending time amongst the trees, demonstrating that forest bathing positively creates calming neuro-psychological effects through changes in the nervous system, reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the immune system.

Japan is also renowned for other natural therapies:

Hot spring bathing in a natural hot spring onsen in Japan. Here it is the tradition to bathe naked in these popular springs. Japan is home to 10% of the worlds active volcanos

Rui-katsu (tear seeking) involves groups of people watching sad movies and crying together to release stress.

Moss Meditation (philosophical meditation) involves staring at green moss for positive mantras.

Alternatively, closer to home in the UK, the New Forest is following the same path. From your base in a luxury forest cabin or tree house you can sample this ancient art of re-connecting with nature.

Forest Bathing sessions will start in September 2017, http://www.forestholidays.co.uk/things-to-do

Or you can practice Shinrin-Yoku in your local park. Here are a few tips to help you bathe in the forest…..

If you have to take your phone, put it on silent and hide it in a pocket – you need to be completely present in the moment.

Wear low shoes or preferably bare feet to feel “at one” with the earth – you will be more aware of the earth and nature beneath you.

Walk aimlessly, don’t plan your journey – this will help to empty your mind and appreciate what’s around you.

Don’t rush, use all your senses – breathe slowly, notice the aromas around you,  the colours, shapes of leaves, flowers and trees. Look and see in all directions, hear the sounds. Pause to hear your heart beat and feel at peace.  Enjoy!

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Essential Facts

Airport:Budapest Airport
Voltage:230v
Time Zone:Central European
Weather/Climate:Hungary experiences typical Central European climate. Winters are snowy and cold (average of 3°C). Summers are warm and sunny with occasional rain (average of 20°C)
Language Spoken:Hungarian
Currency:Hungarian forint (HUF)
Dialing Code: +36

Essential Facts

Airports: Airport
Voltage:230v
Time Zone:Central European
Weather/Climate:Hungary experiences typical Central European climate. Winters are snowy and cold (average of 3°C). Summers are warm and sunny with occasional rain (average of 20°C)
Language Spoken:Hungarian
Currency:Hungarian forint (HUF)
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Unveiling the refurbished Preidlhof Luxury Spa Resort

Award-winning luxury health and spa resort, Preidlhof in South Tyrol, Italy has reopened following a €6 million luxury refurbishment. Overseen by Austrian designer, Reinhard Köck, Preidlhof’s refurbishment will see the the unveiling of 36 new luxury suites and five luxury penthouse suites, bringing the total number of rooms to 70 to enhance the impressive medical and health spa facilities already available.

Preidlhof’s spa programme offers an integrated preventative, holistic and medical healthcare programme with highly experience and qualified practitioners, representing tremendous value. Central to Preidlhof’s philosophy is the Mediterranean ‘Good Life’ – La Dolce Vita – and this is interwoven into every facet of its offering.

The new luxury suites all feature spa loggias and some have their own whirlpool and private sauna. The penthouse suites each have an outdoor cinema and the Luxury Penthouse Suite DolceVita Premium Star, its own private pool.The new luxury accommodation is situated within an entirely new main building. This incorporates a new entrance and reception area with a dedicated ‘Adventure’ check-in and Concierge service.

Located in Naturns, Preidlhof is built into the hillside, interspersed with orchards, vines, olive trees and subtropical plants as typified by the region. The guest rooms, the Spa, fitness pavilion, 450m² wellness water park, and the restaurant – recently awarded a Michelin star – all afford stunning views of the valley. The Mediterranean climate and The Texel Group Nature Park (the largest natural park in South Tyrol) make this a wonderful place to hike and bike with all the equipment and guides available in-house. Guests can also use the complimentary DolceVita Vespas and quad bikes to explore further afield.

The comprehensive 5000m² Spa and Wellness facilities, including six floors dedicated to 16 different sauna, steam and relaxation experiences, as well as 14 Spa treatment rooms. A team of spa and on-site medical experts offer a wide range of natural health, medical and beauty treatments.

The 5-night “Preidl Health Check” programme starts from €1,550 per person with accommodation on a 3⁄4 board basis in a Lavendel Luxury Suite. Treatments include:

Initial medical consultation with PROGNOS measurement, 50 min
Medical abdomen examination, 20 min
Initial medical consultation with heart-rate variability measurement (HRV), 50 min
Medical abdomen examination, 20 min
Concluding medical consultation with HRV measurement, 25 min
Medical acupressure, 3 sessions of 25 min
Life coaching, 50 min
Craniosacral therapy, 50 min
Shiatsu, 50 min
PREIDL harmony massage, 75 min
Relaxation in the Deep Sea Room in the Spa Tower, 2 sessions of 15 min
Option of additional individual infusion therapy
The 10-night “Preidl Detox” programme starts from €2,663 per person with accommodation on a 3⁄4 board basis in a Lavendel Luxury Suite. Treatments include:

Initial medical consultation with PROGNOS measurement, 50 min
Medical abdomen examination, 20 min
Concluding medical consultation, 25 min
Alkali correction
Individual infusion therapies
Visceral osteopathy, 50 min
Lymphatic drainage, 3 sessions of 50 min
Maritime phytotherapy, 3 sessions of 20 min
1 cooking workshop – “My healthy kitchen”
Relaxation in the Deep Sea Room, 2 sessions of 15 min
Alkaline diet
Preidlhof is a highly attractive and great value destination for guests seeking an active and indulgent holiday, couples on a romantic break, and serious detox and wellness seekers travelling alone. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted.

Reservations and more information:
+39.0473.666.251; www.preidlhof.it

Széchenyi Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool, Budapest, Hungary

Széchenyi Thermal Baths is one of the largest bath complexes in Europe with 21 pools, various health and wellness services, saunas, gymnastics, and aquafitness facilities.

IMTJ Award: International Thermal Medical Bath Of The Year.

Oftalvist, Spain (multiple locations)

The various locations under the Oftalvist Group are undisputed leaders in the laser ophthalmic surgeries.

IMTJ Commended Award: International Eye Clinic Of The Year.

Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dubai

Moorfields Eye Hospital is internationally renowned for its specialized training and research regarding ophthalmology.

IMTJ Award: International Eye Clinic Of The Year.

Germany