Immersing oneself in the forest or forest bathing is the new all-natural therapy that removes stress and depression. These are not fairy tales; scientific studies have observed the beneficial effects of being immersed in a natural environment surrounded only by scents, lights and sounds being released by plants and animals that live there.
An innovative project by CNR, Club Alpino Italiano, Azienda Ospedaliera Careggi, Comune di Vaglia and Ordine dei Servi di Maria has identified, among others, the forest of Montesenario as the ideal place for forest therapy.
Forest therapy sessions are walks in the woods lasting 2 hours and a half, a ring road not requiring particular physical effort, supported by clinicians such as qualified psychologists or psychotherapists.
Its peculiarity: you proceeed in silence, making many stops and focusing attention on the connection between our senses (sight, hearing, touch, sense of smell) and the surroundings, for the purpose of producing beneficial effects on our health.
Trees release volatile organic compounds (BVOC including so-called terpenes) that are extremely positive for the mental and physical well-being of people.
The events in the forest of Montesenario start on May Saturday 28 and continue all summer long, until October.
Information on each event can be found here