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  • Susan Schwarting, CMI/RMT

The Art of Forest Bathing

What? Bathing in a forest! No, I'm talking about a mindfulness practice called shinrin-yoku.

The therapeutic benefits of forest bathing have been shown to include more energy, positive mood, enhanced immune system and better sleep as well as lowering blood pressure and cortisol levels. Forest bathing is about engaging your senses, moving slowly, reflecting out loud(quietly) what you notice, coordinating your breathe with your footsteps and pausing to sit and observe your surroundings. It's not about getting from point A to point B but about immersing yourself in your surroundings and engaging your senses.

If you don't live near a forest/woods you can do it in any quiet outdoor space - even out walking your dog!


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