Shinrinyoku is Japanese for “forest bathing”.
At Thrive, Shinrinyoku involves a silent walk through the forest, carefully cultivating natural movement for a full body and soul workout.
Studies show that breathing in phytonicides(essential oils from trees) can be good for your health.
The practice of spending time in the forest has become a commonplace therapy for stress and lowered immune systems in Japan and many studies have been published showing the positive effects on both the immune system response and blood pressure.
It is essentially natural aromatherapy(breathing in phyonicides) combined with natural movement therapy.
The trails through the woods are groomed for walking but do not expect a perfectly smooth and easy walking surface!
Natural movement involves rambling up and over obstacles, working the tissues and joints in our feet and legs to move us safely along the trail. Using your arms to help move yourself along the trail is recommended for a full body workout and there are plenty of areas to stop and stretch your upper body out on a tree limb too!
Walking poles are available for those who need extra support though a goal of working towards not needing this assistance is recommended.
Silence is recommended so that you can listen to the song of the birds, the soughing of the wind through the trees and so that you can focus on your breath and/or mantra for your walk.
A water bottle is recommended and a yoga mat/towel if you have one. Carrying these items in a healthy way can become part of your workout.
We pause at the top of the hill for some yoga asana and relaxing breath work before rambling back down the trail.
Consider joining us for a natural movement class in the forest on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 8:15am or Saturdays at 9am during the summer. Check the schedule for updated class times, all classes must be pre-registered.
For more information about studies on Shinrinyoku, follow this link: