What is Shinrin Yoku? The term Shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese word meaning "forest -bathing." Sound familiar? It is one of the nature connected forms of self care which has caught the attention of both media, (New York Times, Outside magazine) as well as serious researchers like the Journal of Physiological Anthropology in the last six years. One of the many great great things about Shinrin Yoku is that the research behind the method is extensive, and growing.
The Japanese government began doing research to develop the method commonly known as "forest bathing" back in the 1980s as a way of dealing with their stressed and largely urbanized population. The test results from their subjects conclusively showed that being in nature does make you less stressed! One reason is that trees give off something called phytoncides, which interact with your bodies natural "killer" cells, thus measurably boosting your immune system.
I am excited to bring guided forest therapy to the greater southeastern Michigan area. I will be fully certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy in January 2018, and I'm excited to bring this wonderful practice to my neighbors as A2 Shinrin Yoku. My goals as a guide are to hold a safe, inclusive space for people to experience the wonders of the natural world, and hopefully inspire a greater appreciation and care for our environment in the process. Hope to see you soon!
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