Take a Forest Bath

Ever hear of or participated in the art of forest bathing? While you may not have known you were partaking, if you’ve spent time in the woods soaking in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature, then you have in fact enjoyed what the Japanese call “Shinrin-yoku.” 

Shinrin-yoku translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” and aims to bring the therapeutic qualities of nature to a society that is spending increasingly more and more time indoors. This practice does more than provide relaxation; participants in a three-day, two-night study in the forests of Japan found an increase in many markers associated with a healthy immune system thanks to the benefits of surrounding yourself with nature. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – Henry David Thoreau

Our health care systems are dominated by indoor Experiences. How might we take greater advantage of our outdoor spaces or find ways to bring the outside in – bringing the healing qualities of nature to our team members, providers, patients, and guests?

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