What is a Forest Therapy Walk?
Forest Therapy Walks are based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku aka Forest Bathing, which was developed in the 1980s in response to a health crisis identified by the Japanese government called "Karoshi" aka "Death by overwork."
Forest Therapy has numerous scientifically documented health benefits including reduced stress, lower cortisol levels, reduced blood pressure, an increase in NK (natural killer) white blood cell count, in turn boosting the immune system. It also results in an improved heart rate variability and helps with insomnia, focus and creativity.
Corporate groups use Forest Therapy to help their employees develop clarity and to increase productivity. The practice can also be a great team building activity.
The effects of a single walk can last 2 weeks to a month. A continued weekly or biweekly practice vs. attending once in a while helps you to achieve and maintain optimal health results. It also allows a connection with Nature to be developed Like Never Before!!