Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese form of nature therapy that was developed in the 1980s. The Japanese government ran studies which showed that spending time wandering around forests could help to reduce blood pressure and lower cortisol levels, among other benefits. Various studies since the 80s have backed up these claims, so now Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing is seen as a legitimate exercise for stress reduction.
We wanted to explain what Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing is, how to best do it, and where you can do it in the UK.
We should also clarify that there is no difference between Shinrin-Yoku and forest bathing - Shinrin-Yoku is simply the Japanese name for forest bathing.
How do you do Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing?
Where can you do Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing in the UK?