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  • Writer's pictureJoy Ebuen-Yra

Shinrin-Yoku, The Art of Forest Bathing

Allow me to introduce you to Shinrin-Yoku, which literally means “taking in the forest atmosphere” also known as “forest bathing”. It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

So what is it exactly?

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way, there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.

The objective of Shinrin-yoku walks is to give us the opportunity to slow down, appreciate the things that can only be seen or heard when one is moving slowly, and take a break from the stress of our daily lives.

Here are scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku, which includes:

  • Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells.

  • Reduced blood pressure

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved mood

  • Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD

  • Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness

  • Increased energy level

  • Improved sleep

Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, I’ve created a treatment exclusively for members only. The Stress-Melting Body Treatment will take you on a massage journey similar to taking a stroll in the forest using a luxurious blend of Native Forest Oils, Calming Frankincense and Sandalwood, Stress Relieving Bergamot and Sweet Orange made by Body Bliss: the Tree of Life Forest Bathing essential oils that mimic the effects of breathing forest air to reap its health benefits.

The treatment begins with a welcoming foot ritual, like putting your feet in the river for a refreshing dip; followed by a full-body dry brushing to eliminate toxins and skin renewal, like leaves falling from the trees in the fall; then completing your journey with a relaxing massage using slow and long gliding strokes focusing on your tension areas, all while listening to the sounds of nature…

Massage therapy shares many health benefits as Shinrin-Yoku. Though there is nothing better in comparison to being outdoors in a forest, this treatment is thoughtfully created to take you on a “Forest Bathing” journey without actually leaving your home.

I know life can get hectic sometimes.

Take time to smell the flowers.

Take time to hug a tree.

Take time to hear each bird sing.

Take time to enjoy the view.

Take time to simply – BE.


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