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Forest Bathing

Forest bathing, or Shirin-yoku in Japanese, is defined as a leisurely visit to a forest and is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy.Essential wood oils, volatile antimicrobial compounds called phytoncides derived from trees, have been studied by scientists since the 1980s. Health benefits include lower blood pressure, boosted immune system, increased cancer-fighting proteins (natural killer cells), reduced stress hormones and improved mental health.Although hiking in the woods and going on a nature interpretive walk are beneficial experiences, forest therapy / forest bathing is not either of these.

Shinrin-Yoku inspired Forest Therapy is a slow, guided walk in nature that awakens every sense, calms the mind, and produces more joy, creativity, curiosity and overall good health. The forest is the therapist, the guide opens the door to the forest and invites you to experience the forest with a variety of sensory invitations. It’s like a vacation at the Spa! Two hours of forest therapy has been shown to increase your immunity (number of natural killer cells) by 40% and it will remain boosted for a week.

Haida Bolton is a certified Forest Therapy Guide. Check out “Nature with Haida” if you would like to create a calmer, healthier and more connected you.

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