Slow silent forest walk, Shinrin Yoku benefits of forest bathing at Serendipity.
"Shinrin-yoku" is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
We have always known this intuitively. But in the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that are demonstrating the mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being in wild and natural areas. (some of this research is available here). For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system's way of fighting cancer.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells.
Reduced blood pressure
Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increased energy level
Just as impressive are the results that we are experiencing as we make this part of our regular practice:
Deeper and clearer intuition
Increased flow of energy
Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
Increased flow of eros/life force
Deepening of friendships
Overall increase in sense of happiness
Opening our senses to nature also develops our intuition. We learn to contact in new ways the world around us.
Shinrin yoku@Serendipity is a silent & slow 2 to 2 1/2 walk on an easy & pleasant track with places to sit every few meters. If season permits we also take you through natural waterways. The trail is safe and close to the resort.
On walk, we introduce you to silence; the touch & feel of earth, ruffling sound of leaves and its texture, the sounds of wind, the touch of dew drops on your palm.
As guests reach the starting point, we ask them to disconnect with and offload urban chaos and tune their senses to connect with forest. Its only when you surrender to forest that it will start showering its energies to heal & treat you.
It starts with inhaling the forest energy and exhaling the bad air and strain accumulated inside our bodies, one breath at a time. As our guide will tell you, this breathing has to happen not just via nose, but also via, ears, eyes, skin, fingertips, palms, toes, and sole. When every pore in your body opens, you start becoming one with your surroundings, and when you reach this state, the forest begins to release energies to heal your muscles, nerves, bones, mind, aura, everything.
As you begin to walk, one unhurried step after another, your mind still, and entire body breathing is when you begin to notice motion in the forest. You touch the dew on leaves, rub them on your palm, feel texture of the bark of trees, set your eyes free to follow the butterflies-flutter-bies, and connect to other motions around. This slowing down is good for you. If you feel distracted, halt a bit to reconnect.
After walking for some time, find a place to sit still for up 15-20 minutes. Quietly acknowledge the abundance of energies in the forest and all the positives that have come your way and benefitted you inside out.
Leave happy. Come back. Often.
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