The Medicine of Being in the Forest.
What is Forest Therapy?
During the 1980’s, Shinrin-Yoku became a cornerstone of preventative healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine. Shinrin-Yoku directly translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” and is commonly referred to as Forest Therapy or Forest Bathing.
Studies have displayed a wide array of benefits especially as it relates to cardiovascular and immune system health. Additional research has also demonstrated the positive effects of Shinrin-Yoku on mood and cognition.
The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs draw on the latest medical research, new developments in the field of nature connection and ancient traditions of mindfulness and wellness promotion.
Shinrin-Yoku walks are lead by Certified Forest Therapy Guides in any forest ecosystem or bioregion. They can be adapted to other natural settings besides forests and are effective in human-built environments as well.
The walks can be easily integrated with health promotion, psychotherapy, social work, recreation, nature education, employee wellness programs, conservation efforts and many other specialties.
The Forest is the Therapist.
The Guide Opens the Door.
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