Forest bathing, also known as ‘shinrin-yoku’ became mainstream in Japan during the 1980s. It was a response to crowded busy cities, unhealthy lifestyles and for those who were disconnected from nature. Following scientific studies conducted by the Japanese government, they introduced it as a national health programme. Results showed that even just two hours of mindful exploration in a forest per week could help:
reduce blood pressure
lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels
improve concentration and memory
They also found that trees releases chemicals called phytoncides, which have an anti-microbial effect on human bodies, boosting the immune system.
Over the last decade, forest bathing has gained popularity in the UK and beyond. In 2018, academics at the University of Derby found that improving a person’s connection with nature led to significant increases in their well-being.
Forest Bathing Resources
Today's busy lives can have a significant impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a while, why not have a go at forest bathing? Despite the name, you won’t need to pack your swimsuit: it simply means the practice of slowing down and immersing yourself in the forest atmosphere.
This handy guide will give you some top tips and places to go, so you can return to your roots.
If you don’t have much time, consistent short periods of mindfulness can be better than occasional long ones. Auto-pilot tasks such as doing the laundry, whilst your mind is racing, can be an opportunity to slow down and focus on the present moment.
This link brings you directly to great tips for beginners.
Forest Bathing Practitioners
Currently the following are Forest Bathing practitioners based in England, UK.
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Forest Clouds Nature Therapy
Ruth is a Certified Natural Mindfulness & Forest Bathing Guide / Certified Shinrin Yoku Guide / Reiki Practitioner /
Based in Essex, England, UK
Breathe in the Forest
Breathe in the Forest works with individuals, small groups, corporate groups and families. Please contact us to discuss how we can create a bespoke event for you. Or join us on our regular organised events.
Kate is based in Alton, Hampshire, England, UK
"I am passionate about helping and supporting people to receive the wisdom, healing power and find meaning through nature.
I believe in the power of nature to heal our minds. Mindful natural meditation is one of the best ways to create the mental space needed to clear the mind."
Dr Phil Green has really nice 'soundscapes and nature micro videos on his website.
Based in Gloucestershire, England, UK