shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
Forest Therapy has its origins as far back as humans go. For millennia we were born and raised in these natural environments and experiencing Forest Therapy is a way of reminding ourselves of that. It is not a hike or strenuous walk, but rather a journey of sensory and creative experiences in a beautiful natural outdoor space, where we have an opportunity to slow down and reconnect with nature.
Forest Therapy in its current practice is inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. This health practice has had considerable scientific research and evaluations conducted, highlighting the direct and indirect health benefits, as well as emotional and social benefits. Some of these include:
If you think it all sounds too good to be true, why not give it a go yourself?