A Walk in the Woods; research shows the benefits of Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing)

It has been scientifically proven through multiple studies that a walk in the forest or more specifically Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) exposes people to the highly beneficial effects of Phytoncides which are released from trees. These Phytoncides have been proven to increase NK cell activity which helps to kill virally infected cells, as well as detecting and controlling early signs of cancer. Phytoncides have also been scientifically proven to boost the overall immune system, lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce stress, anxiety, confusions, and help with sleep while boosting creativity. 

Research led by Vrije University Medical Centre in the Netherlands found that during a study of 46 participants that by just looking at still images of nature is enough stimulus to significantly lower our stress levels. When I came across this particular scene it just had all of the hallmarks of a perfect setting to embrace the true essence of a Forest Bathing experience and thought it would also be a perfect print to help convey that feeling of serenity. While usually pre occupied with the capture, this time I decided to truly feel the moment and sat down in the soft understory ground cover and leaned back against the massive Old Growth cedar tree, while enjoying the aromatic scent that cedars are know for. As I sat there I allowed all senses to be stimulated as you are to do when enjoying a Forest Bathing Experience. While not the full sensory experience of being in the forest I hope that some of these beautiful forest scenes and prints I have captured can evoke some of those same emotions and bring a bit of serenity into your home and place of relaxation!