Forest Bathing

What it is, and why it’s the latest way to de-stress.

According to well + Good, we need recharge our batteries by enjoying nature.

Sure we talk about how it’s good to get outdoors… go for a walk in the woods… but today the act has been given a sexier title called ‘forest bathing.’

Proponents say it stems from the traditional practice of shinrin-yoku in Japan, where people spend contemplative time in nature.

Lately, forest bathing has been popping up on spa menus. It’s quickly becoming a top wellness trend for 2015.

And it’s not just a walk in the woods. Yoga classes in forests are becoming popular. There are even meditation pods suspended fro towering trees in Portugal.

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Science backs up the whole experience. Studies show that spending time in a forest can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, improve your mood, increase your energy level, improve your sleep and increase your ability to focus.

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And the airborne, aromatic chemicals and oils emitted by many trees (called phytoncides) are not just delicious-smelling, they could cut your cancer risk. In a 2006 study, exposure to phytoncides boosted natural killer cells and anticancer proteins by 40 percent.

(source: well + good)

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