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What's SHINRIN-YOKU?

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SHINRIN-YOKU (Forest Bathing) began in Japan in the 1980s and has spread all over the world in the 40 years since then. Nowadays it is revered in many countries as an easily accessible, healthy way to spend time in nature. Although this is not widely known by Japanese themselves, the word SHINRIN-YOKU is used in other languages as-is, in a similar fashion to MATCHA and WAGYU, and enjoyed on weekends, days off and vacations.

 
But this year a pandemic caused by the new coronavirus occurred. As we all are aware, this novel infection has been reported to be more severe with a higher mortality rate in the elderly who have a weakened immune system as well as in patients who have underlying diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses.  This has also been implicated in the weakening of the immune system for these patients. Also, due to the effects of pandemics such as "lockdowns," "isolation," "long-term self-restraint from going out" and "unemployment due to economic stagnation", many health issues arising from the accumulation of mental stress have surfaced.  Stress suppresses immune function and can be the cause of all kinds of diseases.  That's why it is most important to ensure that stress does not accumulate.
 
 
Forest bathing is effective in reducing stress hormones and can improve depression, therefore it may be effective in reducing mental stress and preventing mental disorders during the Coronavirus calamity. Furthermore, forest bathing can prevent hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory diseases by strengthening immunity and reducing stress. From these perspectives, forest bathing can contribute to both the prevention of infection with the coronavirus itself as well as the worsening effects of its effects.
 
 
We should use this unfortunate global event to make sure that each and every one of us protects our own health and maintains our well-being more than ever before. In particular, we see boosting our immunity as the single biggest preventative. In order to maintain our wellness, we should, for example, pay close attention to our health and live a regular lifestyle, eat well-balanced foods and get a good night's sleep. We should exercise moderately and be careful not to remain too sedentary at home. If we are feeling chronically tired or in a rut, we also need to look into maintaining our mental health. On top of these things, SHINRIN-YOKU provides another method of improving health for the future and helps maintain a high level of immunity and improve mental resilience.
 
Through many research projects around the world, looking at its health-promoting effects, SHINRIN-YOKU has received a lot of scientific evidence to back up its claims.
 
From these results it has become clear that:
① One 20-minute to 2-hour SHINRIN-YOKU session promotes parasympathetic nerve activity, reduces mental stress and stress hormones, and is effective in improving depression.
 
② SHINRIN-YOKU provides stress relief which exerts a preventive effect on lifestyle-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory diseases.
 
③ A SHINRIN-YOKU session of 2 nights and 3 days enhances immune function, and the effect lasts for about 1 month.
 
It seems that many modern physical and mental health problems indeed can be remedied by SHINRIN-YOKU.
 
Fortunately, there are many forests around the world that are suitable for SHINRIN-YOKU. And it can also be practised in large parks and green spaces near your home or office.
If you usually visit the park for a walk, to play with your children, or to walk your pets, try taking in some SHINRIN-YOKU to improve your health as well. If you have never experienced SHINRIN-YOKU before, take this opportunity to try the pleasant sensation.
Then, incorporate SHINRIN-YOKU into a daily practice to boost your immune system and ensure your mind and body are less susceptible to illnesses.
 
We are continuing to promote SHINRIN-YOKU, which aims to protects human health and the forest environment, so that it can be enjoyed more widely around the world.

 

If you want to know more about forest bathing in Japan, please also visit this web site

Wellness-tours Co, SHINRIN-YOKU

 

【Good Reference Book about SHINRIN-YOKU】
SHINRIN-YOKU (UK ver.)
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FOREST BATHING (US ver.)
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