Ireland may be facing a nude awakening with more and more people stripping off and taking up naturism over the past two summers.
The Irish Naturist Association (INA) is reporting a 68% rise in membership over the past two summers.
On Newstalk Breakfast his morning, the association’s spokesperson Stephen Bolton said lockdown has seen a surge in interest.
“I think it is due to people working from home,” he said. “It is 18 months now this week we have been in lockdown.”
“People have gone from wearing their formal wear to work to wearing their favourite tracksuits bottoms or leggings to wearing nothing on a nice warm day.”
He said there are lots of reasons people enjoy stripping off in nature.
“It is a comfort thing for a lot of people,” he said. “Not having tan lines as well is a big thing for a lot of people.
“It’s reconnecting with nature; feeling the breeze on your skin is beautiful feeling and if you’re going for a swim in the sea or in a lake or whatever like that, your togs will hold water for half an hour where your skin doesn’t. So, it is a comfort thing.”
Mr Bolton said the time spent indoors has also left people feeling the urge to reconnect with nature.
“I think it’s maybe the sensory deprivation we have been dealing with as well,” he said.
Original publication 13 September, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 21st October 2021
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