“Shinrin-Yoku” is a Japanese word sometimes literally translated as Forest bathing.
From the website for the term – “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. “
Sue was visiting us from LA. LA has a shortage of vast canopied forests. Chai treated us to a day at Capilano Suspension Bridge which has no shortage of forest bathing. Here are the pictures
Some more pictures of Mum chilling at the gift shop (or rather – warming up)
Sue then went for a hike with us to Mount Seymour for more forest bathing on Holistic Trails!