Prémont: the spa & forest bathing in dordogne
The Spa offers massage therapy, soaks, body wraps, and facials from a tranquil location overlooking the Dordogne.
Perigordian Forest Bathing sessions are also available, including in the property's own protected woodland.
"Forest therapy studies have been led by Japan, whose government funded $4 million in research from 2004-2013. Today, the research database PubMed returns 100+ studies on the health impact of forest bathing, including studies indicating that it significantly lowers blood pressure (-1.4 percent), heart rate (-5.8 percent), cortisol levels (-12.4 percent) and sympathetic nerve activity (-7 percent) compared with city walks, while also alleviating stress and depression. The most provocative of these studies conclude that exposure to phytoncides, the airborne, aromatic chemicals/oils emitted by many trees, have a long-lasting impact on people’s immune system markers, boosting natural killer (NK) cells and anticancer proteins by 40 percent." 2015 Trends Report: Forest Bathing, SpaFinder 2015
"“I’d never say, ‘You don’t need those blood pressure meds, you need a walk in the woods every day.’ That’s ridiculous,” says Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, an ob-gyn who oversees integrative medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “But on the other hand, a whole approach that encompasses nutrition, exercise, stress relief, looking at the mind-body connection and incorporating nature is, I think, realistic. The beautiful thing about forest bathing is it kills a few different birds with one stone. We’re getting all the benefits of phytoncides and cancer-fighting properties, and the benefits of mood and increased cognition, and then also the practice of mindfulness.”" Elaine Glusac, The Woodland Cure: Why a good walk may just be the answer to all that ails you, American Way 2016