Great to catch up with ex Phoenix FM Presenter, Ruth, from Forest Clouds Nature Therapy, to talk about Forest Bathing.
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What is Forest Bathing
“Shinrin-Yoku” or forest bathing is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. It literally means to bathe in the atmosphere of the forest, immersing your senses in your surroundings. No swimsuits or water required! Not a hike, there is no goal, just discovery, curiosity, awareness, openness, awe and joy.
A preventative medicine since the 1980’s, when the Japanese Forest Agency suggested the practice as a way to reconnect with nature and calm stressed out city dwellers, it’s a slow sensory walk through the forest using mindfulness, meditation, breathing and walking exercises.
Research has proven that spending time around trees can reduce blood pressure, lower stress, boost energy and boost the immune system.
As your guide I will invite you to participate in various activities and exercises all designed to awaken your natural senses and slow down your mind, to bring your awareness to the here and now deep within nature.
Relaxing, connecting, stimulating, refreshing, immersing and awakening to our natural roots, we are all connected to nature. Come join me to remind yourself you are part of something bigger, you are part of the natural world.