Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese practice of taking in the forest atmosphere when you are among trees. It is a new and healthy way to become acquainted with Mother Nature and to de-stress. It comes from “shinrin” (forest) and “yoku” (bath). For a real forest bathing experience we’ll get you immersed in the forest, so you can take in the atmosphere through the senses. It is a practice of spending time in the woods for better health, happiness and wellness.
It is a therapy that borrows from meditation and the idea is that you focus on your senses and surroundings as you walk in the Wood.
You’ll breathe in the fresh air, touch plants or trees, sit in nature while listening to the sounds around you.
Research has proven that forest bathing has very positive effects on body and mind:
- Reduces blood pressure
- Aids sleep
- Increases relaxation and reduces stress
- boosts energy and the immune system
- Improves immune system functioning
- Reduces depression
- Increases natural killer cells
- Decreases rumination and anxiety levels
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Enhances vitality and energy levels
- Restores cognitive fatigue
“It is about taking the time to notice what we see, breathe deeply, feel the contact with the air, the textures of the leaves, listen to the wind among the trees, hear the birds” (Amos Clifford, founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy)