Shinrin-yoku or take a forest bath Chalets à Rabais

Shinrin-yoku or take a forest bath

The inexpensive and effective Japanese medical practice of shinrin-yoku has been around for a long time. But more particularly since 1980, 62 zones of the archipelago of Japan are officially declared as “therapeutic base or route”. Therapists are even specially trained to accompany walkers on their walk. The Shinrin-yoku begins to gain popularity in Western countries, where people are even seeking alternatives to decrease their anxiety. This “forest bath” (shinrin : forest and yoku: bath) consists of a very simple therapy, but essential, in order to distance yourself from the stress of urban life and the lack of oxygen.

The research of experts in sylvotherapy (naturopathic approach which is based on the idea of ​​a curative effect of stays in forests on various pathologies), among others that of Dr. Qing Li since 1982, has proved that spending time in contact with the nature had countless benefits on our mental and physical health.

The benefits

Adopting the habit of taking a “forest bath” undoubtedly causes reduction of stress, stimulation of energy, improvement of concentration and memory, weight loss, lowering of the threshold of pain, strengthening of the immune system by increasing the number of natural killer cells as well as increasing the production of cancer proteins. Studies have shown that after just 40 minutes of walking, participants saw their stress levels, heart rate and blood pressure drop .

You may not have realized it yet, but a relaxation of the shoulders and jaw as well as the deepening of your breathing, will be felt automatically when you find yourself in this real refuge that is the forest.

The Shinrin-yoku allows instant healing and that contact with most certain. This is an opportunity to refocus on your five senses to appreciate the gifts of nature, including the power of trees.

This encounter with nature also allows the rapid and almost immediate soothing of several symptoms, including the reduction in the level of cortisol in the blood, the stress hormone, as well as a decrease in the level of glucose for people with diabetes. Several studies also tend to show that the level of aggressiveness of a depressive state would decrease in nature.

The treatments by sylvotherapy consist in settling convalescent or sick people (in particular people with pulmonary diseases) in forests. The principle of sylvotherapy is based on the possibility of the existence of a curative treatment allowing healing, in particular via the respiration of phytocides emitted by trees ( terpenoids , pinenes , borneol , linalool , limonenes , i.e. molecules secreted to defend themselves against bacteria) or other natural active ingredients present in forests ( phytotherapy , aromatherapy and forest gemmotherapy ). Russian biologist Boris Petrovich Tokin also suggests that phytocides and phytohormones also allow trees to “communicate” with each other.

Concretely, how do we do it?

Whether walking in the woods, taking the time to connect with the surroundings, looking at the moss on the rocks and the different varieties of mushrooms, listening to the silence, the blast of the wind or the sound of a stream, touching trees, crossing animals or birds, feeling the earth under your feet and the sound of your footsteps, inhaling the different aromas of wood or leaves, or closing your eyes to feel the warmth of the sun on her skin.

You could take a meditative break in a park, to relax in full awareness and focus on this famous present moment.

Some exercises of consuming shinrin-yoku also include the consumption of plants (looking for young leaves , fruits, mushrooms, bark and edible seeds).

By turning off all technological and sometimes anxiety-provoking distractions, you will be more inclined to let the feeling of well-being invading your body guide you and ultimately be in communion with something else.

Bring the forest into your home or cottage, by arranging your little one more houseplants, regularly vaporizing essential oils, lighting natural candles, practicing yoga, taking a bath or consciously enjoying a meal .

At work, even from the cottage, abuse the plants and sounds of nature, take micropauses outside, walk barefoot or inhale plant odors.

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Book: Shinrin yoku – the art and science of forest bathing

Author: Dr Qing Li

Publisher: FIRST

Following the introduction on the relationship of the Japanese to the forest, the notion of Yûgen (the fact of intimately feeling the beauty and the mystery of the universe), Zen Buddhism (whose texts are written in the landscape), the shintoism (for which spirits are totally a part of nature), kodama (deities of nature who live in trees), hanami (watching cherry blossoms) and tsukimi (the concept of admiring the moon), the author highlights the benefits of forest baths. And more.

To order this book, click on the following link: https://www.leslibraires.ca/livres/shinrin-yoku-l-art-et-la-qing-li-9782412036181.html?login=1?u=342963

Organization: Shinrin-Yoku Quebec, which organizes outings in the forest

http://www.shinrin-yoku-quebec.org/

Invite yourself to nature, this friend who wishes you well, in order to find a physical and psychological balance!

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