Shinrin-yoku - The "forest bath cure" with the healing power of the mountain forest
The healing power of the mountain forests has been known and firmly anchored in alpine folk medicine for centuries. Since more than two decades, the medical effects of the forest on the human mind and body are now also researched by conventional medicine. In Japan, "Shinrin-yoku", which translates to "take a bath in the atmosphere of the forest", is now an integral part of the state health care and is even paid by the health insurance.
Numerous medical studies, especially from Japan and the USA, prove the beneficial effects of forest bathing:
✔ Strengthening the immune system and the body's defenses
✔ Alleviative of respiratory diseases such as bronchial asthma or chronic bronchitis
✔ Stress reduction and promotion of mental regeneration (concretely proven by the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol)
✔ stimulant production of endogenous defense cells (DHEA, "killer cells")
Medically effective is the absorption of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes and phytoncides via the respiratory tract and the human skin. What sounds threatening at first, are in fact naturally produced organic substances of the forest trees. Terpenes are organic compounds that are produced in large quantities by coniferous plants such as firs, spruces, stone pine and mountain pine, as well as wild herbs such as thyme and peppermint. While the sesquiterpenes are responsible for the "beautiful fragrance", the monoterpenes are natural biopharmaceuticals that are produced by the trees for self-protection.
Add to this the well-known factors such as high oxygen content of the air, intense sunlight, extensive freedom from air pollutants, a physiologically optimal humidity and of course the stress-relieving calm of the mountain forest and simply the joy of our beautiful nature. Their sight acts via visual stimuli of the color "green" directly on the parasympathetic nerve and immediately provides for mental well-being.
Late summer and autumn are optimal times for forest bathing. The medically effective elements are complemented by the wonderful, intense colors of the autumn forest and the mild daytime temperatures, which can easily rise to 20 °C due to the special microclimatic conditions of the Gosau valley.
Our Klaushofstube, located DIRECTLY AT THE FOREST, is the ideal location for a successful forest bathing cure. At our place, the forest begins right in front of the hut door, you can take the deck chair and a book in the forest or experience the forest with all your senses on lonely hunter's paths . All bedrooms face the forest, and thanks to our secluded location, you can sleep quietly with the windows open at night. The cottage is a biologically sound building, built from centuries-old natural trunks and fully equipped with 100% solid wood furniture.
Forest bathing is possible for everyone, and for your children, the forest and numerous small mountain creeks offer many and safe play opportunities in the immediate vicinity of the hut. Forest bathing does not mean hours of tours or sporting excellence. Rather, forest bathing means relaxation in the forest, light movement, the quiet working-up of the sounds, pictures and scents of the trees, flowers and torrents. Simply Relax & Enjoy!
As part of our Forest Bathing Week, we will get an introduction to the basics of forest bathing and the Shinrin-yoku philosophy, learn how simple actions and personal exercises can significantly enhance the beneficial effects of forest medicine, and apply them immediately , Culinary high-light is an Asian-Alpine menu evening with accompanying drinks in the private, historic Kaiserstube (= Emperor's parlour) of the hut.
7 NIGHTS at the holiday apartment of the historical hunting lodge Jagdhaus Klaushofstube, including bed linen/towels, all consumption costs like electricity/water/heating etc., WLAN Internet, 1 parking lot at private parking ground, final cleaning.
incl. Introduction into Shinrin-yoku exercises, textbook and Alpine-Asian dinner including food and beverages (Aperitif, Wine, Beer, Non-alcoholics, Coffee/Tea).
PACKAGE PRICE for 1 up to 4 persons: from 860,- Euro
BOOKABLE FROM Sept. 13th UNTIL Nov. 29th, 2022
Extra night special on request
Change of program due to weather conditions reserved.
Prices exclude local tax Gosau, € 3,00 per night and Person for guests 16 years or older.
Erholung, Gesundheit, Natur