The benefits of “Forest Bathing”

Ahhhh...this article speaks to my soul.  Like I posted on March 13th, the pull for bringing the great outdoors into my practice is reverberated in this article...

The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature. You have crossed the bridge to happiness.

The healing power of God’s great outdoors...

How my heart & soul fills with peace, joy, & love when I’m in God’s most powerful creation of nature.  My heart yearns to find my dream to work in such an environment...what an additional healing level to massage for both my clients & myself to work in a location in the woods, or out in the country...a place where you can open the windows to hear the wind & birds instead of traffic; to smell earth & flowers instead of nothing, to see the wind in the trees instead of concrete parking lot.  My heart felt prayer is that dream comes to fruition before I’m too old to work.  

It has been scientifically proven that when we spend time in nature, our brain behaves differently. It affects how we feel and think, which has a direct impact on our immunity and healing powers.

When you’re enjoying nature, you can rest the prefrontal cortex. You're more in the moment rather than ruminating about your problems. The parts of the brain associated with being mindful and in a meditative state become more active, said David Strayer, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah, who studies cognition and nature.

So I urge you as part of your healing journey....get out into the woods, walk in a field, put your feet in a stream...silence your phone...or better yet leave it behind.  Smell, hear, see, feel, taste Mother Nature.   And maybe one day soon I can offer this where I work.  

Embrace your journey...