Forest Therapy Walks with Michelle Abbey
Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or “forest bathing” our 2.5-hour walk helps you to slow down and experience the present, through your senses. It is truly an amazing experience, not just for the connection to the natural world, but for the connection to yourself.
Research is showing that forest therapy walks have measurable positive effects on our mental and physical health. Furthermore, regular practice of forest therapy can help to improve many aspects of your life, from your eating habits, to movement habits, relationships, overall stress and resilience, problem solving skills, creativity, confidence, and overall sense of well-being.
Please reach out to me with any questions or to schedule a walk for yourself or group!
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Nature Connection – Necessary to Thrive
Forest Therapy Research and Experiences
The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy (ANFT) sums up some of the research on the physiological, mental, and cultural effects of forest therapy. Links to PDF’s of studies. Forest therapy is an evidence-based wellness practice.
A look at how forest bathing, which has been around in Japan since 1982, still shows the benefit of decreasing measures of pulse and blood pressure, along with increasing prosperity. Japan has spent over 4 million dollars on forest medicine research. Phytoncides from trees have been identified as one specific compound that may be a health benefit.
Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, who coined the term “forest therapy” speaks about his many years of forest medicine research and findings. We experience health benefits from the practice by de-synchronizing with our usual urban living routine and technology, and re-synchronize with the natural world where we evolved.
NPR article by a reporter who attended an ANFT Forest Therapy walk. A detailed summary of the experience along with some great information regarding research and its applications.
Another detailed account of an ANFT led Forest Therapy Walk for a group of 24 college students. A great story on the many benefits of nature immersion