Forest Bathing is actually something done with your clothes on. It’s the practice of spending time in nature to relieve stress. In Japan, where it is a recognised therapeutic practice called Shinrin-yoku, the Forest Agency has designated over 30 official sites for this restorative practice.
Of course we feel the effects instinctively when we take a walk in nature - we feel good - and it's not just the exercise; living in Scotland we are fortunate to have access to incredible countryside. Also, not that we need convincing, but science has confirmed this through numerous studies that show being in nature lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels (stress hormones), and has many other benefits to health and wellbeing.
Twenty years ago I lived in London and access to green space was limited and along with exercise, I used regular acupuncture as a way to manage my energy and negate the affects of stress.
So if you can’t head for the woods you can experience similar benefits for your wellbeing and health in Edinburgh with acupuncture, or as one of my patients once put it, "You can't beat the warm glow of having your energy waves bent back into shape."
If you go down to the woods today...
All good things,
Cognitive Hypnotherapy Edinburgh
Edinburgh Acupuncture & Oriental Herbs