Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy

I was totally unaware about the concept of Japanese forest bathing, until I visited this homestay – The Dolina, blissfully ensconced in the lap of the foothills of the Himalayas. Surrounded by verdant forests, this place is a sheer delight for the mind, body, and soul. It offers one of those rare experiences that unwind the senses completely.

It was here where I was introduced to this beautiful concept of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy which means walking slowly into a forest, taking in the atmosphere and sinking into the arms of nature. The concept that developed in Japan in the 1980s, has now become increasingly popular as a healing and rejuvenation technique that promises long-term effects.

How it works

There is something about nature, especially about trees, that is utterly soothing and relaxing for the human mind – the Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy is largely based on this fact. When you walk into the greens, you slowly feel a sense of peace envelop the body and mind. This is referred to forest bathing. The idea is to simply be with nature, where you do not need to hike or trek or count your footsteps. The sole purpose is to relax and to improve the overall feeling of wellbeing.

Barefoot walking is yet another aspect of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy which also contributes to the overall wellness and physical health of a person.

Benefits

A lot of research has been conducted on the concept of forest bathing. Studies reveal that the health benefits of spending time in the company of trees are innumerable, some of which are:

• Improvement in the functioning of the immune system

• Reduces blood pressure

• Reduces stress

• Enhances Mood

• Increases concentration

• Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness

• Enhances energy levels

• Improves sleep

• Improves happiness quotient 

Whether you are health-conscious, spiritual, adventurous or not, The Dolina provides peaceful, serene environment beneficial to all. It is the ideal place to experience the bliss of forest bathing and nature walks that have numerous benefits to human’s overall well-being. It sure heals the mind, body and soul.