Forest bathing

A simple act of taking a walk in a forest like Kinghurst Forest (a form of preventative therapy called “forest bathing” or Shinrin-yoku) has proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.

Freija is located amidst a remarkable, mature maple-beech 1,000 acre Kinghurst Forest that is a rare example of pre-settlement woodlands in southern Ontario. Many of the trees are 250 to 300 years old, tower over 30 meters high, and clearly show the vertical stratification characteristic of a true, old-growth forest. A spectacular show of wildflowers greets visitors in the spring, as do provincially rare plants such as Hart’s-tongue fern.

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Tsunetsugu, Yuko et al. “Trends in research related to “Shinrin-yoku” (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing) in Japan.” Environmental health and preventive medicine 15 1 (2010): 27-37.

Li, Qing et al. “Forest bathing enhances human natural killer activity and expression of anti-cancer proteins.” International journal of immunopathology and pharmacology 20 2 Suppl 2 (2007): 3-8.

Park, Bum Jin et al. “The physiological effects of Shinrin-yoku (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing): evidence from field experiments in 24 forests across Japan.” Environmental health and preventive medicine 15 1 (2010): 18-26 .

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Ohtsuka, Yoshikazu et al. “Shinrin-yoku (forest-air bathing and walking) effectively decreases blood glucose levels in diabetic patients.” International journal of biometeorology 41 3 (1998): 125-7.

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