Absorbing the Spirit of the Forest (Shinrin-Yoku) - Martin Hills

Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku, the medicine of simply being in the forest.

Shinrin-yoku is a term that means 'taking in the forest atmosphere and forest bathing'.
was developed in Japan during the 1980's and has become a cornerstone of preventive
health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

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 scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
- 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
- Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- Increased energy level
- Improved sleep
- A gentle path to wellness accessible to almost everybody.

Martin will lead a few woodland 'forest bathing' walks and a classroom session to introduce the concept, and outline the various health benefits of Shinrin-yoku.