Forest bathing, forest therapy, or Shinrin-yoku, was developed in Japan in the 1980s. There is growing scientific evidence surrounding the health benefits of spending time in nature. Because of this, forest bathing became an integral part of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. The idea is that when humans spend time in a natural setting, especially under the canopy of a forest, they experience rejuvenating benefits to the mind, body and spirit
Unfortunately, with the increase of industry and modern civilization, we’ve moved away from the forest and into the hustle and bustle of the city. We’ve lost touch with nature.
People who spend time in the forest experience decreased cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which can help relieve high blood pressure, heart conditions, skin conditions, and asthma. High stress levels can compromise your immune system. By reducing these levels your body’s natural defense system is able to work its magic. Trees release oils into the air, called phytoncides, and inhaling these natural essences can actually help to boost your immune system.
Spending time in nature and experiencing reduced stress levels allows you to think more clearly and creatively. It can also increase your mood, focus, and energy.
Our clinic is situated on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize our responsibility to serve as stewards for the land and honour the original caretakers who came before us. Our community is enriched by the enduring knowledge and deep-rooted traditions of the diverse First Nations, Metis and Inuit in Kitchener today.
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” -John Muir
Forest Therapy coming soon to Thermography Clinic Kitchener!
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