Treasures of Oz

Celebrating the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County

Recreation

“Forest Bathing”

Shinrin-yoku

In 1982, Japan made shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a part of its national health program. The aim was to briefly reconnect people with nature in the simplest way possible. 

Go into the woods.
Walk or sit. Breathe deeply. 

Do nothing. Accomplish nothing. 

Be at peace. 

Forest bathing was Japan’s medically sanctioned method of unplugging before there were smartphones to unplug from.

Healing 

"The rise of indoor living has paralleled the rise of sedentary living, which has also paralleled the rise in chronic illness ....one out of three Americans has a chronic illness. The rates of obesity and depression and anxiety are way higher in children, in particular, than they should be.”
The Center for Nature and Health, Oakland, CA Dr. Nooshin Razani 

Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function.

The benefits of Shinrin-yoku noted in studies include: 

Boosted immune system 

Reduced blood pressure 

Reduced stress 

Improved mood 

Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD

Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness 

Increased energy level 

Improved sleep