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Forest Bathing

Hastings County

A couple of years ago, a colleague of mine sent me a link to an article from the October 11, 2010 edition of the Globe and Mail about something called “Forest Bathing”.  I wondered what that was about, and I learned that the Japanese have been at this “Forest Bathing” thing for quite some time.

Forest Bathing means to experience stress reduction in natural surroundings or in Japanese “shinrin-yoku“.  In other words, Japanese scientists discovered that the scent of trees, the sound of brooks and the feel of sunshine can have a calming effect.

I didn’t realize that my walk or ski in the woods around Hastings County is more than exercise – it’s a natural stress reliever.  I’m bathing away the ills of stress.

You can Forest Bathe at several parks and conservation areas, even in the winter.  Get out of the house and car and go cross country skiing to experience nature, the sounds of the birds, the crackle of the trees in the wind, the falling snow and fresh crisp air.  You’ll bask in the sounds of nothing – free from the urban jungle.


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