Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shinrin-yoku


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This is the Japanese word - forest bathing - for what lies behind the TrailRider and Healthy Parks, Healthy People. Why do the wild places that a TrailRider will travel to make a difference? Why was Medicare Private one of the main sponsors of the HPHP stream at the World Parks Congress? The answer we all intuitively feel is that "forest bathing" heightens mental and physical health.

The Australian Conversation website has just written about new research that backs up this supposition with scientific research into beneficial bacteria, plant-derived essential oils and negatively-charged ions. If that sounds as if the physical is being preferenced over the mental checkout a linked article that discusses the growing attention to the gut and the relation to feeling good.

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