Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, has recently stepped into the spotlight within the wellness community as this Japanese practice now finds itself at the forefront of wellness and spa retreats. Forest bathing melds nature with mindfulness to not only improve health, but also boost immunity and mood.
With help from a trained guide, wellness seekers can indulge in the beauty of nature while releasing their mind. Forest bathers are accompanied by a guide who leads the individuals towards certain areas of the forest for cultivating a deep connection to nature. Forest therapy is a practice that can be implemented every day. The practice allows the forest bathers to walk and awe at nature’s power and beauty, while remaining transformed by the impact the earth and nature has on human life.
Many forest walkers experience lowered blood pressure levels, increased parasympathetic nerve activity, and overall stress relief. Many wellness professionals see forest bathing as a way to release tension and anxiety. Most individuals spend almost 100% of their time indoors and are not frequently outside for more than 30 minutes a day. By engaging in forest bathing, many individuals see immediate results such as:
- boosted immune system function
- reduced blood pressure
- reduced stress
- improved mood
- increased energy level
- improved sleep
Forest bathing is a simple way to incorporate fresh air and sunlight into a daily routine. Wellness and retreat spas see this as an added bonus for helping individuals find peace and tranquility during their stay.