Friday, November 1, 2013

Naturism Background

According to online sources the word 'naturism' was used for the first time in 1778 by a French-speaking Belgian, Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon (1734–1781). The word was advocated as a means of improving the 'l’hygiène de vie' or 'natural style of life' and health.
The Portuguese Naturist Federation brings you information about the 'natural style of life', locations where you can enjoy the lifestyle, upcoming events, and news of happenings around Portugal.

Our Naturism lifestyle is based on the International Naturist Federation (INF-FNI) definition: 

"Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect, tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment".

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Nude recreation - or even just doing normal daily things around the house naked - helps your body to relax quicker. It's almost symbolic - when your clothes come off, so do many of the icons and images associated with the 'daily drudge'! Our bodies were not designed to be almost entirely wrapped in clothing, subjected to artificial light, heat or air-conditioning for endless hours.

Thousands (estimated 10.000) of regular Portuguese (and millions around the world) have discovered the fantastic feeling of freedom from these things - the feeling of the breeze and sunlight on your skin, the relief of stress and anxiety - resulting in increased self confidence and also physical, possibly even mental, health.

Anyone can be a naturist - any race, age, shape, or background. Religion, political views, profession - none of these things are relevant - nudists come from all walks of life.

The FPN promotes the naturist way of life throughout Portugal with an emphasis on nude recreation being a wholesome activity for the whole family. 

Many families (3 generations in a lot of cases) enjoy the nudist lifestyle throughout Portugal.

Around our beautiful country there are several naturist facilities and 3 nationwide membership organisations

There are also 7 oficial beaches, more then 20 recognized clothing-optional beaches through historic use, and a lot of other private and public places were naturism is possible.

Nudity is not illegal by law in Portugal and we are in the 3 version of our naturist law. Last revision in 2010 reduce to half the distance from textil facilities to 750 meters.
Whether you are already a social nudist, a private nudist, a late night skinny-dipper or even just beginning to discover this way of life, we want to help you explore the enjoyment of clothes-free recreation and the wholesome fun of being who you truly are.

Do you have more questions about the naturist lifestyle? Keep following our blog as we will continue our journey or go to our website Naturism FAQ or Benefits of Naturism pages.

This article was based  in this one published by New Zealand Naturist Federation  

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