Unwind in a Forest Bath in Provo
July 05, 2018

Unwind in a Forest Bath in Provo

Spending time in a forest is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of daily life. In Japan they even have a name for it, shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means "forest," and yoku means "bath."

Located just 15 minutes down the road from our apartments in Orem, Wasatch Forest Therapy offers guided forest bathing for health and wellness. You might be wondering why you would need a guide for walking through trees. Lissa Kennedy, founder of Wasatch says "I like to think of it as similar to a yoga practice - you can and are encouraged to do it on your own, but it is simply easier to fully drop in with a teacher/guide, and the benefits you gain are magnified." Here are a few examples: a guide will help you keep the slow pace, truly unplug and near the end of your experience Lissa offers a tea ceremony from foraged local plants so you can also experience the forest through taste.

Forest Bathing was written about by Dr. Qing Li in Time Magazine, "Never have we been so far from merging with the natural world and so divorced from nature. By 2050, 66% of the world's population is projected to live in cities. According to a study sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of his or her time indoors.

"But the good news is that even a small amount of time in nature can have an impact on our health. A two-hour forest bath will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. It will bring you into the present moment and de-stress and relax you. Numerous studies I've conducted have shown that shinrin-yoku has real health benefits."

There are so many wonderful things to do in and near Orem. Contact us today to learn more about joining our community.