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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Japanese Forest Bathing proven to be good for you!

So what is forest bathing? Well, simply put it's about being in the presence of trees and appreciating the nature around you. In 1982 forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku became part of a health programme to act as therapy.

The best part is there is no pressure on what you do, it's not about counting the miles you've trekked or the steps you've walked. It's simply about being at one with nature, whether you're meandering, sitting or meditating, the point of forest bathing is to relax and replenish.

"Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function." (source)

There have been various studies on the scientific evidence behind the benefits of forest bathing. Amongst some of the results a study found that “Forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments,”  (source)

For more information head to the World Economic Forum HERE

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