No Swimsuit required for this healing power of nature

Spending time in green space or being present in nature is known to have significant positive effects on mental wellbeing.

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No Swimsuit required for this healing power of nature

Spending time in green space or being present in nature is known to have significant positive effects on mental wellbeing.  It can be along a beach or coastline, in the woods, in the hills, up mountains, or across fields – the effects of walking in nature said to be felt for up to seven hours afterwards.  Research shows that Ecotherapy (outdoor activities in nature) can be helpful for mild to moderate depression and this feature is looking at Forest Bathing.

Forest bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku in Japanese, is a practice that involves immersing oneself in the forest atmosphere for wellbeing.  The concept originated in Japan in the 1980s and has gained popularity worldwide.  No swim-suit required, just an open heart and a willingness to embrace the healing power of nature!

The science behind Forest Bathing – scientific studies conducted by the Japanese government revealed that spending two hours mindfully exploring a forest can have several positive effects: reduced blood pressure, lower levels of stress hormone cortisol, improved concentration and memory as well as benefitting from the antimicrobial effects of phytoncide released from trees which boost the immune system of the human body. As a result, the Japanese government introduced shinrin-yoku as a national health programme.

How to practice Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing is simple and accessible:

  • Choose a quieter time of day – early mornings, late evenings or weekday afternoons are ideal
  • Turn off electronic devices – detox from screens to focus on your surroundings
  • Take your time – wander slowly, meditatively, or find a spot to sit and observe
  • Engage all your senses – touch tree trunks, notice sunlight filtering through leaves, and listen to birdsong.

Benefits of Forest Bathing

  • Enhances wellbeing and mental health
  • Connects you with nature
  • Provides a sense of calm and relaxation
  • Increases your connection with the natural world.

Optimal Health Group are launching a MINDWORK Centre of Excellence right here in Hampshire this month and are proud to introduce one of the members of our Clinical team – Ashling Casey-Moore.  Ashling, an NLP Neurolinguistic programming practitioner, a SIRPA UK practitioner (physical manifestation of mental issues); a Mental Health Level 3 practitioner and a Clinical Hypnotherapist.  She is also trained in naturopathic medicine and a qualified osteopath and acupuncturist.  Ashling will be working alongside colleagues in the MINDWORK team to help clients who are facing challenges with their mental wellbeing.  Using techniques and technology – such as brain mapping, hypnotherapy and sound therapy – to create a bespoke treatment pathway, Ashling and the team will be supporting clients through their wellness journey every step of the way.

If you want to know more or book an initial assessment, talk to our Care Team – 0330 223 6553 or email careteam@optimal-healthgroup.com.

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