sosyThe Natural Path to Health and Wellness

Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese word meaning “forest bathing” or “taking in the forest”.

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“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Humans are a product of nature. Historically, we have spent virtually all of our time and developed as humans in the natural environment. Our minds and bodies have adapted to it and often consider being in nature to be the most comfortable and stress-free state.

Forest environments affect us through all of our senses, sending signals that affect both our psychological and physiological state.

By learning how to truly re-connect with nature and making frequent Forest Bathing part of our ongoing health and wellness routines, we can all take control of our health and achieve our natural, healthy potential.

In addition to boosting the immune system, increasing energy and improving sleep, practicing Shinrin-Yoku can lead to decreases in blood pressure, blood glucose, heart rate, cortisol levels, and prefrontal cerebral activity, which indicates a reduction in stress. DSC04023 sDecreases in the body’s sympathetic nervous system activity which is responsible for the “fight or flight” response in times of stress, and increases in the parasympathetic nervous system activity which is responsible for the “rest and digest” or “feed and breed” response when the body is at rest are also experienced.

Let me introduce you, your family, business, or civic group to the benefits of Shinrin-Yoku with Forest Bathing excursions on the many fantastic trails in Southern Oregon where you will learn to mitigate the damage done from spending the majority of your day indoors disconnected from nature.

Southern Oregon Shinrin-Yoku can be one-on-one, couple/partner, or small group.

Contact TOPFIT today and take the first step to a healthier lifestyle!

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