Naturism is a way of living in harmony with Nature characterized by the collective nudity as a way to raise self-esteem, the respect for the others and for the environment.

As mentioned in this definition by the International Naturist Federation, Naturism is based on the practice of nudity in a social environment and looking for the well being of sharing our body with the natural elements. After all, what can be better than the pleasure of having full contact with water, fresh air and sun?

Unfortunately, in our society nudity keeps directly connected to erotism, being the body presented as a mere object for pleasure. It is either exploited till exhaustion by publicity on a point of view of physical “perfection”, at the service of fashion and profit, or either condemned by the socio-cultural and religious habits of some pseudo-moral which demands “clandestine” to certain parts of our body, considered as “dirty and sinful”. After all, they’re two faces of the same coin – the lack of respect for our unity and the dignity of our body.

Once abolished these prejudices and taboos we notice that naturism promotes a bigger living joy as well as a physical and psychological harmony which favours self-esteem, peace and physical and emotional relaxation.

One time will be enough to understand and feel the healthy dimension of this behaviour. Even if nudity is the most highlighted and polemic aspect of naturism, its influence universe is wider and its perception will broaden the more we get into this lifestyle.

in: www.fpn.pt