Shinrin-yoku 森林浴 (Japanese) Sanlimyok 삼림욕 (Korean)
Ecotherapy - a walk in the park
Easy, safe and relaxing - can take only 45 minutes.
Shinrin-yoku has been successfully practiced as a preventative health and healing practice in Japanese medicine.
Our approach to Shinrin-Yoku Forest Therapy combines leisurely walks on gentle paths under forest canopies with guided activities and meditations to help open your mind and relax the senses.
The principles of Shinrin-Yoku focus on connecting with nature, acknowledging everything from the soil and leaves to the rays of sunshine in trees and in doing so, walkers learn to open their senses and live mindfully in the moment. Walkers are encouraged to leave their worries and concerns at the beginning of their walk, using symbolic and meditate measures to quiet the mind.
A 2007 study by researchers at Kyoto University's Graduate School of Medicine found that “forest environments are advantageous with respect to acute emotions, especially among those experiencing chronic stress. Accordingly, shinrin-yoku may be employed as a stress reduction method, and forest environments can be viewed as therapeutic landscapes.”
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Lowered pulse rate
- Reduced cortisol levels (reduced stress)
- Increased vigor
- Increases in counts of natural killer cells that combat cancer
- Reduced anger
- Reduced depression
- Increased energy
- Overall increase in sense of happiness. (http://www.shinrin-yoku.org)