Nature has always been a great healer. Being with nature always boosts your mind and makes you feel energetic and relaxed. There are many naturopathies used by therapists and doctors which proves the fact that importance of nature in our lifestyle can not be denied.
Forest bath therapy
Forest bath therapy is also known as Forest Therapy or Forest Bathing . This has been taken from a Japanese term SHINRIN YOKU which means – taking in the forest atmosphere. This therapy has been originated in Japan in early 1980s. It is a form of nature therapy.
How is it different from other natural therapies ?
It does not including trekking through a difficult path or doing a forceful excercising or doing a long hours meditation without your wish. It includes simply walking through the forest in a calm and relaxed way connecting all our senses with the environmentfully.
It is not like having a spa in an open area surrounded with lots of trees with some soothing music for your mind. Rather you have to make your senses active to hear the sounds in nature like moving wind , chirping of birds, noise of all those small insects and watching them siliently as silent spectator.
Science behind the scene
Many scientific studies have been conducted in the past decades which prove the positive and healing effects of nature. Research by Dr Yoshifumi Miyazaki of Chiba University has proved that stress level decrease significantly by just walking 40 minutes in forest. There are some chemicals and oils which boosts our immune system . They also increase the number of disease fighting cells thus decreases the chances of chances of falling sick. The D- limonene found in some forests reduces the lung inflammation , helping in breathing problems like lungs.
You can experience the impact of nature in your life. Just seeing the trees or watching the small insects moving in a garden gives you a different kind of happiness which you can never get in four walls of your room.
Benefits of Forest bathing
There are end number of benefits of forest bathing if done in a proper way. These can help you to discover your innerself leading to self healing.
- It boosts your mood and make you feel happy.
- It decrease the depression level.
- It reduces your stress level.
- It increases the capacity of the levels.
- It improves the working of cell mechanisms.
- It improves your sleep.
- It decreases the inflammation .
- It connects you with the nature.
- It makes you feel more energetic .
- It develops the positive outlook towards life.
How to get maximum benefit of it ?
There are some good practices that you can follow to get the maximum benefits of this therapy.
- Try to simply observe what is happening around.
- Take a walk barefoot. ( Make sure road is safe to walk like this)
- Take a nap whenever you feel without exhausting much.
- Strictly no electric gadgets.
- Keep a smile on your face.
Are you interested in Forest bath Therapy ?
Here is complete guide to it where you can explore it through Forest Therapy starter kit that includes FREE 10 invitations alongwith ,printable PDF guide and other resources. You can also become a CERTIFIED FOREST THERAPY GUIDE and their various programmes.
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As a parent ,with daily job and family responsibities if you can not go for it , atleast you can enjoy few of the benefits by going for a walk or spending sometime in the garden near by. You can create even a small garden in your house. Seeing them while walking or doing your household work gives you an immense pleasure and relaxation .