The practices of Forest Bathing (known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japan) and Forest Therapy are ways of immersing our senses in the atmosphere of the forest for relaxation and positive health and wellness benefits.
As we strengthen our connection with the natural world, our sense of beauty, wonder, awe, and curiosity is restored and our brains and nervous systems are calmed. Stress levels are lowered and the immune system is boosted.
Connecting with nature allows stressed parts of your brain to relax. Good hormones are released in the body. You feel less sad, angry, and anxious. It helps to avoid stress and burnout, and aids in fighting depression and anxiety. Returning to nature is known as a therapy to boost immunity and less illness as well as faster recovery from injury or surgery. Nature has a positive effect on our minds as well as our bodies. It improves heart and lung health and is known to increase focus, concentration, and memory.
Some plants like conifers also emit oils and compounds to protect the body from bacteria and pathogens. Molecules called Phytoncides are also good for our immunity. Breathing forest air increases infection-fighting (NK) cells in our blood. NK cells are used in our body to fight infections and tumors.
An invisible outcome of natural connection is increased emotional intelligence and confidence leading to improved relationships and public health.
Or simply this experience will bring us back to the sense that we are an inseparable part of this world.