Despite what it’s called, forest bathing doesn’t mean taking a bath in the forest. In fact, no water is involved in this latest outdoors trend. It’s all about connecting with nature and taking a step back from the busyness of life.
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“We don’t go far and we don’t travel fast,” said Kayla Weber, who is based in Vail and leads forest therapy outings. “We take the opportunity to slow down and connect back to our surroundings.”
While you intuitively know spending time in nature feels good, several studies underscore the health benefits of forest bathing, a practice that originated in Japan in the 1980s as a form of preventive health care.
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