Forest Bathing Melds Nature With Mindfulness To Improve Fitness : Shots

Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And MoodEnlarge this image toggle caption Allison Aubrey/NPR Allison Aubrey/NPRWhen my editors asked me to report on forest bathing, I packed a swimsuit.
The Associations of Nature & Forest Therapy plans to train and certify about 250 new guides next year.
Perhaps the new forest bathing trend is a recognition that many of us need a little nudge to get back out there.
Back in the early 1990s the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku — which translates roughly as forest bathing.
Enlarge this image toggle caption Allison Aubrey/NPR Allison Aubrey/NPRThe aim of forest bathing, Choukas-Bradley explained, is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment.

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