Nature Therapy 101

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If you haven’t heard of Nature Therapy, you’re in for a treat! Nature Therapy or Forest-Bathing – also called Shinrin-Yoku in Japan, is a popular Japanese wellness practice that took off in the 1980s. It is an integral part of preventative care and healing in Japan. Research is being amassed and forest-bathing is becoming a more recognized wellness practice around the world. The practice has an impressive list of benefits, including:

  • Boosted immune function (due to the resulting increase in your body’s NK, or “natural killer” cells)
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Reduced stress levels
  • More balanced mood
  • Mental relaxation & increased focus
  • Better sleep
  • Increased energy levels
  • An overall increased sense of happiness

Forest-Bathing is the simple practice of immersing yourself in nature mindfully, using all 5 senses. The object isn’t to raise your heart-rate or break a sweat through exercise, rather to simply be amongst nature. Just make sure you’re leaving devices and cameras behind to remove distractions and create distance from harmful EMFs. Some of the best ways to practice forest-bathing are:

  • Laying on the ground or walking barefoot
  • Sitting under a tree or touching the trunk
  • Wander aimlessly allowing your senses to guide you
  • Listen to the sounds of the wildlife and environment
  • Notice the different colours, shapes and textures around you
  • Take in the aroma of the forest and stop to smell the flowers and trees
  • Dip your toes in a stream
  • Just be, taking in the magic of the forest

It’s best to follow your intuition and do whatever feels best for you. 20-60 minutes of time spent in nature each week will have lasting effects on your overall wellbeing. Now, go out and get some Nature Therapy – see you in the forest!

 

REFERENCES
Hansen, M. M., Jones, R., & Tocchini, K. (2017). Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy: A State-of-the-Art Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,14(8), 851. doi:10.3390/ijerph14080851

 

 

Kelsey Pastuszko, Wellness Advisor

As a Wellness Advisor and certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Kelsey is excited to be a part of your wellness journey as a source of support, knowledge and community. It is her belief that when we learn to connect within; cultivating a strong mind-body-spirit relationship, healing becomes a more simple and intuitive process. The better we know ourselves, how to advocate for and express our needs, our work with practitioners, healers and medicine becomes a beautiful and transformative experience.


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