Forest bathing involves immersing yourself in a forest environment and using all five senses to connect with nature. Also known as shinrin yoku, it is a practice that originated in Japan and is an accepted form of therapy and part of Japanese preventative health.
Research has shown that Forest Bathing has mental, physical and spiritual health benefits that can reduce stress, improve feelings of happiness, free up creativity, lower heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system and accelerate recovery from illness. The benefits can be divided into two categories: mental wellbeing benefits and physical wellbeing benefits.
Mental benefits include reduced tension and stress, improved mood, better powers of concentration and freer creativity. Physical benefits include lowered blood pressure, boosted immune system and accelerated recovery from illness and trauma.