Shinrin Yoku

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

If you live in an environment devoid of forests, trees, greenery, you may not be getting the full benefits that nature has to offer.

It has always been suggested that nature is a great healer – but now it seems we have some great scientific indicators that reveals this to be much truer than you may have first realised.

Shinrin Yoku is a Japanese term coined in the 1980’s that literally translates to ‘forest bathing’.

It’s a simple concept.

Go to a forest, walk slowly, breathe be silent and open all your senses.

This is the healing way of Shinrin Yoku Forest Therapy - which has now also been integrated into preventative Japanese medicine.

Researchers in both Japan and Korea have developed an extensive body of scientific literature that both identify and quantify the health benefits of spending time in a forest.

These include:

Boosted immune system, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, increased ability to focus, improved energy levels, improved sleep.

The flow on effects also seem to indicate an increased flow of energy (chi), deeper and clearer intuition, deepening of personal relationships, overall increase in general happiness and enhanced appreciation for the natural environment and all it’s species.