Shinrin Yoku: Forest Therapy

Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest therapy.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way, there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.

Join Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, MD, FACOG, ABoIM, the medical director of the international Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Iowa’s first fellowship-trained and board certified medical doctor in integrative medicine, in a hands-on exploration of the benefits of shinrin-yoku.

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