Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku, the medicine of simply being in the forest.
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means 'taking in the forest atmosphere and forest bathing'. It was developed in Japan during the 1980's and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
- - Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural
- - Reduced blood pressure
- - Reduced stress
- - Improved mood
- - Increased ability to focus
- - Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- - Increased energy level
- - Improved sleep
- - A gentle path to wellness accessible to almost everybody.
Martin will lead a few woodland 'forest bathing' walks and a classroom session to introduce the concept, and outline the various health benefits of Shinrin-yoku.