“There is no Wi-Fi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection”. Have you ever considered what this anonymous line really means?
Imagine yourself the night before your weekend begins. You are probably tired of the rat race, claustrophobic, disgruntled with your cellphone, disappointed with what’s on T.V. and very bored.
The Japanese advise a spiritual experience advocated by Buddhism and Shintoism: Forest bathing. No, you needn’t carry a bathing suit because forest bathing is a walk in the forest. This walk or hike can last from half an hour to three days, depending on your convenience. There are guides who can help you slow down and make the most of your forest bathing experience.
In the forest, you are blessed with smells, sights and sounds that provide relaxation and healing. Research shows that forest bathing can do wonders for the immune system, blood pressure, mental health and sensory functions. According to Alive, “Related Japanese studies show similar benefits, from boosting intracellular anticancer proteins in female subjects to improving the body’s immune function naturally.”
You must be curious by now about how it feels to be one with nature, what positive emotions trees can give you, where you can go forest bathing, why a park can give you the same experience and whether this is what you need. There’s only one way to find out: Leave your to-do lists and electronic media behind and go forest bathing!
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Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is therapeutic in a lot of ways, and a growing number of studies back that up. To bathe yourself in the forest is to use all your senses to surround yourself with the colors, smells, sounds, and textures of nature ...
If you think it all sounds too good to be true, why not give it a go yourself? If you don’t have a forest or woodland nearby, you can also practice Shinrin-Yoku in the park. Just follow this short guide.
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Dr. Qing Li tells that the Forest Medicine has been accepted by “traditional” medicine practitioners in Japan as a preventive medicine for health issues, but not as a treatment for health issues.