The Art of Ecotherapy

Shinrin Yoku, also called Forest Bathing emerged in Japan in the 1980’s and is refered to as nature theraphy, or ecotherapy and means to improve body and soul from spending time in nature, a practice in which all of the senses are immersed in nature.

Although people have been walking in nature for centuries because of quiet atmosphere and clean fresh air, new studies found that the practice could improve health benefits such as reduced blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and improved sleep, concentration and memory. Phytoncides, a chemical called the aroma of the forest, released by trees and plants, was also described to boost the immune system. Forest bathing is closely related to the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and means to engage with all of our senses; touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste.

“The tree is a representation of life, power, structure, development, response. The branches respond to light. Light is metaphor for knowledge. If a branch is not getting enough light, it will bend and twist and do whatever it has to do to get light.

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