Japanese Art of Forest Bathing Shinrin-Yoku 森林浴
The fast-paced modern world often leaves us longing for moments of tranquillity and connection to nature. The Japanese, always having a profound connection with nature, coined the term ‘Shinrin-yoku’, which translates to 'forest bathing'.
It isn’t the act of washing oneself in a forest, but rather immersing oneself in the forest atmosphere. This holistic practice encourages individuals to connect with nature, harnessing its therapeutic and rejuvenating powers.
Multiple studies in Japan have demonstrated that forest bathing can elevate mood, reduce stress hormones, lower anxiety, improve concentration, and even boost the immune system. The secret lies not just in what we see, but what we breathe in: phytoncides – natural oils derived from wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which are said to have health benefits when inhaled.