Shinrin-Yoku – Japanese wellness

healing nature, Landscape, lifestyle

Japan’s latest wellness trend which has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and ward off diabetes. Shinrin-yoku is translated as forest bathing. Yes, in Japan, forest bathing is standard preventative medicine. It consists of dedicated forests where people go to stroll in nature, crack open a twig, inhale the scents. The idea is derived from Buddhist practices of letting nature into your body through all 5 senses.
The power of nature to heal has been recognised by this incredibly forward thinking country. Nearly a quarter of the population partake and there are even physicians who are certified in “forest medicine". Japan currently has 48 dedicated forest trails.

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