Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is not what it sounds like.
It’s actually the term used by the Japanese to describe a mindful walk in the woods to help people connect with nature.
It’s proven to have significant health benefits such as lowering heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones. It’s become part of their national health program since 1982. The government certifies trails based on their beneficial properties.
In America, forest bathing clubs and luxury spas offering eco-therapy are popping up.
Formal training programs to certify guides for the forest bathing experience are underway all over the world.
But, you don’t need a forest. You can take the same approach in the desert or at the beach. In fact, doctors are writing “park prescriptions” to get people to unplug from the digital world and simply wander about at their local parks. Get out there!
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