Forest Therapy, also known as Forest Bathing, is a slow and relaxed stroll of about 3 hours and a distance no longer than 1 km, through a natural environment. During the walk, the guide will help you awaken your senses and slow down to be present, away from your worries and connected to nature.
Forest therapy is inspired in Shinrin Yoku (which literally means forest bathing), that began in the early 80’s in Japan, in response to high stress levels in the country’s population that lead to a spike in cancer and autoimmune diseases. The government of Japan wanted to create a way to get people out into nature again, to have spaces for leisure and relaxation, because through a series of studies they found how beneficial it is to be in touch with nature. There are over 60 certified trails in Japan and a big part of the population practices forest bathing on a regular basis. We have been living in natural surroundings for 99,9% of our evolutionary time and it has not been until the last few decades that more and more people are moving to big cities. Speed and urgency, being connected to screens all day long, climate change, conflicto threats and so many more, lead to constant stress. We need to spend more time in nature to have some balance to this stress.
There has been a number of scientific research, that proof the benefits of being in nature in a conscious way, such as blood pressure reduction, stress hormone (cortisol) reduction, important increase in the immune system function, especially in the production of NK cells (natural killer cells, a type of White blood cells that can fight cancer and other diseases), reduction of blood sugar level, increase to up to 50% in focus and creativity, among others. To get to know more about the research, click here. (En inglés)More
We believe in mutual benefit, in reciprocity. When we connect to nature and develop a personal, intimate relationship with her, we learn to fall in love again, and slowly remember and repair the relationship between human being and nature. We are used to perceive us as a separate entity from nature, we always say, humanity and nature, when in reality we all are part of the same.More
Trees release volatile compounds into the air and shower themselves with these compounds called phytoncides. The phytoncides are part of the tree’s immune system and help them to fight funghi, bacteria and viruses. During one of the researches, Japanese scientists discovered that when humans breathe in these phytoncides, the NK cell (natural killer cell) activity increases significantly. The natural killer cells are an important part of our immune system. Basically, when we are close to trees, we are being showered by phytoncides and that’s where the name forest bathing comes from: Bathing in the phytoncide rich atmosphere of the forest.More
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Sentir Natural has been chosen as the provider of Forest Therapies and Forest Bathing by numerous private clients, groups, companies, as well as receptive travel agencies and hotels throughout Costa Rica to provide any of the following services.
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