What is Forest Therapy?
Forest Therapy is based on the established and clinically proven Japanese wellness practice known as Shinrin-Yoku. This literally translates as bathing your senses in the atmosphere of the forest, which is why it is sometimes called Forest Bathing.
The practice centres around nature connection, which put simply is the relationship between human beings and the rest of the natural world. As we connect to nature, we develop an understanding that humans are not separate to it, we are nature too. This realisation can result in more pro-environmental behaviour, feelings of compassion and a sense of belonging to something bigger. As we protect Mother Nature, she protects us in return.
What happens on a Forest Therapy session?
It is nothing like going on a nature walk; you will not cover much ground, identify species or move fast at all. Everything is geared towards slowing down. During a Forest Therapy experience, you’ll experience a series of non-contact meditations that focus on turning off chatter in the mind and bringing attention to the present moment.
Healing comes directly from the relationship between individuals and their surroundings, and by activating their senses and reconnecting with the natural world, emotional blocks can be lifted. As a result, participants can feel rejuvenated and lighter, while becoming a more resilient version of themselves.
How can Forest Therapy help?
Nature connection is proven to result in increased:
- self-reported personal growth
- sense that life is worthwhile
- sense of belonging to something bigger
- ability to feel trust, empathy and kindness towards others.
In addition, depression, anxiety and stress levels are reduced, while creativity, focus and sleep improves. From a physical perspective, phytoncides emitted by the trees increase the count of cells that fight cancer, and have a positive impact on hypertension and heart rate.
Practitioners offering Forest Therapy
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