What Is Forest Bathing?

Find out what Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) is this video below.

Forest bathing: A quick overview

To put it simply, it is a practice of walking slowly through the forest and immersing in nature’s atmosphere. You bathe in the forest’s environment through all your 5 senses, hence the term forest bathing.

The term Shinrin Yoku was coined in 1982 by the Director of the Japanese Forestry named Tomohide Akiyama. Since then, scientists in Japan and other countries began looking into the physiological and psychological effects of it on overall human health and well-being.

The findings have been encouraging over the years and with ever-advancing scientific technology, the scientists were even able to measure brain activities and autonomic nervous system, the system that controls our fight-or-flight response. They improved after a significant amount of forest bathing sessions.

What are the benefits of forest bathing?

It is always true that when we spend more time in nature, we feel better generally. And this is what Shinrin Yoku benefits us at the very core. But if you want to know more detailed benefits, I’d recommend that you read the work of Dr Qing Li from Nippon Medical School in Tokyo.

In his book Shinrin Yoku: The Art and Science of Forest Bathing Dr Qing Li and his team has scientifically proven that forest bathing can:
– Boost immune system
– Increase energy
– Decrease anxiety, depression and anger
– Reduce stress and bring about a state of relaxation

These are just some of the benefits that Shinrin Yoku offer. But when I conduct sessions with my clients, they all have their own version of better-feeling experiences. The benefits vary from one individual to another.

Begin practicing forest bathing

I have prepared a simple written guide for you to try on your own. Or you can always book a session with me.