Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese term for "forest bathing". It was developed in the 1980s in Japan and has become a focus of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine. There is significant scientific literature in Japan and South Korea supporting the benefits of spending time under the forest canopy. The concept is being accepted globally.
If an individual visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. I fully support this theory as I use the forest as my 'therapy' and place for re-energizing.
Research now demonstrates the mechanisms behind the healing effects of spending time in the forest or wild and natural areas. It's believed that trees give off organic compounds that boost our immune system's way of fighting cancer, can reduce blood pressure, and stress levels while improving one's mood. Additionally, time spent in the woods can increase the ability to focus, accelerate recover from surgery or illness, increase energy levels, and improve sleep.
There are organizations practicing Shinrin-yoku around the world and individuals certified in the practice.
My recommendation is to get out there! Daily if possible. Wilderness is a necessity! I was motivated and inspired to create Tonewood by not only my local sugar making families in Vermont and Quebec but by the sugar bushes and trees themselves.
To watch a beautiful video click the link below:
So...what are you waiting for? Get out there and reap the benefits!
For more information: www.shinrin-yoku.org