What is forest therapy?

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Quoted From: https://www.portlandforestbathing.com/

"A forest therapy walk (which is related, though not identical to the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or "forest bathing"), is more than a "nature walk" in the woods. It is a guided wellness practice that invites participants to slow down, become immersed in their senses, and to cultivate reciprocal relationships to the more than human world. The practice is adaptable and accessible to all participants regardless of ability, fitness level, or experience in the outdoors. typical walk lasts between 90 minutes to 3 hrs and walks typically cover less than 1 mile on easy trails. The guide will greet participants at the prearranged meeting spot and provide a brief orientation before beginning the walk. The walk consists of a series of guided "invitations" or suggestions for ways to engage and explore the forest. The series of invitations is carefully crafted to provide a reliable structure that help participants become immersed in their senses and open the door for the forest to provide the type of theraputic experience most needed by the participant.
MENTAL HEALTH
Possible benefits include increased focus, enhanced creativity, less stress, enhanced memory, improved mood, less anxiety, relaxation.

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Possible benefits include more energy, better sleep, enhanced immunity, healthier digestion, reduced inflammation, better regulated blood pressure.

EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL BENEFITS
Participants may experience feeling more connected, alive, present, joyful, rest, forgiveness, self-acceptance, love, reconciliation, insight, awe, perspective, and/or empowerment."

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