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Crown Publishing Group, Summer 2019

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The Secret Therapy of Trees
Harness the Healing Energy of Forest Bathing and Natural Landscapes
By (author): Marco Mencagli By (author): Marco Nieri
9781984824141 Hardcover English General Trade BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Gaia & Earth Energies Jul 09, 2019
$25.99 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.5 x 0.78 in 224 pages 4 CHARTS Potter/Ten Speed Press/Harmony Rodale Books
In The Secret Therapy of Trees, Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri explore the relationship between plants and organisms, and illustrate how to benefit from nature’s positive impact on our psychological and physical well-being.

Our connection to nature is deeply rooted in the history of our evolution. And yet, we have less contact with green space now than ever, and our stress and anxiety levels are at an all-time high. The Secret Therapy of Trees helps us rediscover the restorative value of our natural environment and presents the science behind green therapies like forest bathing and bioenergetic landscapes, explaining which are the most effective and how to put them into practice to achieve the best possible results.

Studies have shown that increased exposure to green space can result in a regulated heartbeat, lowered blood pressure, reduced aggressiveness, improved memory skills and cognitive function, and a healthier immune system. Just one visit to a forest can bring positive effects (hint: monoterpenes, the natural essential oils in plants, have numerous positive effects on health), and even a mindful walk through a semi natural park can alleviate physical and psychological stress.

With multiple studies backing its findings and thorough explanations for each technique, The Secret Therapy of Trees is a treasure trove of tips on how to harness the regenerative power of plants and reconnect with our planet’s natural spaces, bringing us health and happiness.

You’ll also discover:

* Which plants purify the environment at home and in the office

* The benefits of negative ions and where to find them

* How to recharge through contact with trees

ON-TREND TOPIC: The benefits of forest bathing have been recently brought to light in the US, with a few books popping up in the market. The trend has its roots in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, which literally translates to “bathing in the forest.”

RESEARCH-BASED: The Secret Therapy of Trees focuses a more scientific lens on the popular forest-bathing trend, mining the research of many recent studies. There’s also a broader scope to the book, as the authors evaluate the effectiveness of multiple therapies instead of just one.

MARCO MENCAGLI has a degree in agronomy and has been working in the field for over twenty-five years. He specializes in the design and maintenance of public parks and private gardens, as well as paths and facilities for the enjoyment of sanctuaries and protected areas. For some time now he has been focusing on the more therapeutic aspects of plants and natural environments.

MARCO NIERI is a bioresearcher and a specialist in eco-design and environmental protection. He is the creator of bioenergetic landscaping, an innovative technique that studies the effects of plant bioelectromagnetism on the human body, and the designer of therapeutic landscapes both in Italy and abroad. He is the author of Bioenergetic Landscape.

JAMIE RICHARDS is a translator based in Milan, Italy. She holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Oregon, and her translations include work by Igiaba Scego, Matteo Bussola, Ermanno Cavazzoni, Giovanni Orelli, and Zerocalcare.

Author Residence: Italy

Marketing: Social media promotions

Mailings to special-interest groups

Feature on Signature Reads site and social media channels

Publicity: National print and online review and feature attention

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