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Forest Bathing, anyone?
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:37:27 PM »
"Our mission is to support the expansion, quality, and acceptance of Nature and Forest Therapy programs and practice as an auxiliary use of natural areas and forests to directly benefit the wellness of people, and as an accepted psychological or medical prescription for human health when appropriate. We are inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, "forest bathing," and the many research-proven benefits of this and similar wellness strategies that recognize the link between the well-being of humans and natural environments."

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"Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.

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."
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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 09:51:08 PM »
Here in the Los Angeles foothills, where we live, we would have to hike through the chaparral forests in groups so that if we encounter a mountain lion or a bear we could stand it down. Wearing bells on shoes, talking, and singing while walking help to alert wild animals. It is when they are surprised that they might attack.

Usually groups are led by a guide, so these cost money, but it is safer. However, these guided groups usually sell out fast, so make reservations early.

Beware, if you go for the five-mile walk or more, you must ease into it by walking every day in preparation. I though that I was fit and ready to go, but I was not. I went on a five-mile wilderness walk in Griffith Park, where they also have sighted cougars. Although the trails were steep, the views were awesome, and the people in the group were fantastic. We all had a wonderful time. However, the next morning, the pain in my hips was excruciating, but within a week, I had fully recovered. The sights of God's beautiful earth and the smell of fresh mountain air even within the city was worth any pain.
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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 11:16:02 PM »
‘Forest bathing’ is latest fitness trend to hit U.S. — ‘Where yoga was 30 years ago’

Those that practice Shinrin-yoku explain that it differs from hiking or informative nature excursions because it centers on the therapeutic aspects of forest bathing.

“So whereas a nature walk’s objective is to provide informational content and a hike’s is to reach a destination, a Shinrin-yoku walk’s objective is to give participants an opportunity to slow down, appreciate things that can only be seen or heard when one is moving slowly, and take a break from the stress of their daily lives,” Page said.
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Other studies have found an association between Shinrin-yoku and a boost in immune function. Subjects took a 3-day/2-night trip to forest areas in Japan with researchers taking blood and urine samples before and after the excursion. The numbers of natural killer cells — a type of white blood cell that fights infected or tumor cells — and other immune system markers were significantly higher after forest bathing than before.
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“In Japan, Shinrin-yoku trails are certified by a blood-sampling study to determine whether the natural killer cell count is raised enough for the trail to qualify,” Page said. “I should also note that in Japan and Korea, forest therapy modalities are integrated into their medical system and are covered by insurance.”
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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2017, 11:54:56 PM »
I don't go there, there are monkeys.
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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 01:01:39 AM »
Soooo...walking.
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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2017, 03:32:36 PM »
The English used to call them rambles (may still, I don't know).  I think it's a fine idea, but why is it a fad (and one that will be done wrong, at that)?   ???

My physiological hunch is that it's simply a matter of reducing cortisol production (which suppresses the immune system). 
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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2017, 04:28:44 PM »
I'm surrounded by forest, so I guess I can cut out the walking part??

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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2017, 07:14:00 PM »
I'm surrounded by forest, so I guess I can cut out the walking part??

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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2017, 09:12:54 PM »
The idea sounds great, forest critters or not, but it sounds suspicious they want you or insurance to pay for something you can easily do for free.
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Re: Forest Bathing, anyone?
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2017, 09:41:41 PM »
This sounds like a good way to get ticks.
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