Forest Therapy or Shinrin-Yoku Spending Immersive Time Under The Canopy of Trees. It’s a practice that started in Japan during the 1980’s. Scientific research has been done to measure the healing benefits derived from simply being in a Forest/Woodland setting in a mindful way. It also gives us a chance to enjoy our forests and green spaces more and encourages us to want to take more care of them.
These are some of the benefits reported after just 2 hours of Forest Therapy:
Reduces stress, anxiety and overwhelm
Improves and elevates mood
Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
Boosts immune system, stimulates NK cells
Has an anti inflammatory effect
Decreases blood glucose levels
Stimulates creative energy
Helps you sleep better
“Nature teaches us simplicity and contentment, because in its presence we realise we need very little in order to be happy.”
Forest Bathing and Mindfulness in Nature is such a simple concept yet can be amazingly soothing and transformative. In the sessions we cover the benefits in more detail but basically it helps us to slow down, come into the present moment and pay attention to the natural environment around us. This paying attention activates our senses, which helps us come out of our busy heads and into the present moment. It’s a slow walk around a woodland trail with invitations to explore sensory exercises. In this process our frazzled minds are distracted from habitual over thinking and rumination in our worries and concerns. Often a sense of child like wonder can be rekindled as the session progresses. Forest Bathing is amazingly simple yet powerfully soothing. Sometimes the lower the mood to begin with the more profound the experience can be.
Forest Bathing includes some gentle breathing exercises which bring the additional benefit of inhaling the woodland aromatherapy, including the tree chemicals known a phytoncides which can help to boost our immune system.
The recommended dose of Forest Medicine is a two hour session every couple of weeks.
Forest Bathing Events
Saturday 18th June 10-1pm - Introductory session
Friday 8th July (level 2) 10-1pm (meditation experience or previous forest bathing)
Thursday 22nd September Mindfulness in Nature session 10am-12pm at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Saturday 8th October Forest Bathing 10am-12.15pm at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Bespoke Mindful Walks/ Forest Therapy for friends and occasions
Please give me a call to discuss requirements.
Pre booking is essential for all classes and workshops. Health questionnaire must be completed in advance.
Guided woodland walks and Shinrin Yoku for small groups/or corporate
Time in nature is wonderful for relieving stress and re energising mind and body.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the therapies I offer or to book a place on one of my events.
You can also call me or leave a message on 07748617867
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