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What Is Forest Bathing?

by | May 26, 2023 | General

Okay, you’ve heard about it, but what exactly is it? Forest bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese practice that involves immersing oneself in nature to improve physical and mental health. The concept was developed in the 1980s in response to the growing problem of stress-related illnesses in Japan. The practice involves simply being present in a natural setting, taking in the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of the forest without any specific goal or agenda.

Studies have shown that forest bathing can benefit both physical and mental health. Research has found that spending time in nature can reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, and improve mood. It has also been linked to improved cognitive function, increased creativity, and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Sound fun? Here’s how you do it. First, kick off your shoes. to practice forest bathing, one should find a natural setting such as a forest, park, or garden, and spend time simply being present and mindful of one’s surroundings. This can involve walking, sitting, or even lying down and taking in the sounds, smells, and sights of the environment. It is important to totally disconnect from technology to fully immerse in the experience. Trust me, it will be worth it. Forest bathing can be practiced alone or with a guide who can lead a structured session.

From our users . . . 

"Forest Bathing Finder has truly been a gift. I don’t have to worry about building a website, taking money when walkers sign up or marketing – now I can just concentrate on guiding my walks!"

- Jane S.

"As a guide I didn’t know how I was going to afford a website of my own – I saved so much money by joining Forest Bathing Finder. This website solved all my problems."

- John R.

"I was traveling to San Diego with five of my girlfriends and we wanted to go on a guided walk – we were able to easily find one, right near our hotel, by using Forest Bathing Finder."

- Suzanne A.

"I was looking for a spa that offered Forest Bathing and this is the only website that had all of my options in one place. Forest Bathing Finder made the search a piece of cake!"

- Suzanne A.

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