In the face of growing existential challenges and rising disconnection among individuals, the practice of Shinrin Yoku, the concept of...Read More
At Forest Healing Sphere, one of our core missions is to provide a dedicated space for shinrin yoku, or forest bathing. This unique practice, originating from Japan, encourages individuals to immerse themselves fully in the natural environment, soaking in the forest atmosphere through their senses.
Research into the benefits of shinrin yoku has shown a range of physical and mental health benefits. Studies have found that it can reduce blood pressure, lower stress levels, improve mood, boost the immune system, and increase overall feelings of wellbeing.
These benefits are also attributed to two important theories: Attention Restoration Theory (ART) and Stress Reduction Theory (SRT).
ART suggests that spending time in nature can help restore our ability to focus. In today’s fast-paced world, our attention is often directed towards numerous tasks and distractions, leading to what is known as ‘directed attention fatigue’. Nature, however, provides us with ‘soft fascinations’ – gentle, intriguing stimuli like rustling leaves or rippling water – which allow our minds to wander and our attention capacities to recharge.
SRT, on the other hand, suggests that natural environments can reduce stress. When we’re in nature, our bodies respond by lowering cortisol levels, heart rate and blood pressure, leading to a state of relaxation.
The forest environment at Forest Healing Sphere is designed to provide the ideal setting for shinrin yoku. Our visitors are encouraged to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature, to take in the sights, sounds, and scents of the forest, and to allow the restorative properties of the natural environment to enhance their wellbeing.
By understanding and leveraging these principles, Forest Healing Sphere is committed to fostering personal growth and healing. We believe in the healing power of nature, and through shinrin yoku, we invite our visitors to experience this profound connection for themselves.
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