Nature & Forest Therapy
“The Forest is the Therapist, The Guide Opens the Door!”
Convalescence is defined as the recovery of health and strength after sickness or weakness. At Total Convalescence - Nature & Forest Therapy, we are focused on your overall wellbeing. Body, mind and soul. Weakness and sickness could take various forms including stress, anxiety or depression brought on by a traumatic experience, loss, illness, or just being overwhelmed by work, school or life in general. Whether you are caring for someone else who is ill or you yourself are working towards achieving optimal health, Nature & Forest Therapy can help you achieve your goals.
What is Nature & Forest Therapy?
Nature & Forest Therapy was derived from the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku aka Forest Bathing, which was developed in the 1980s in response to a health crisis identified by the Japanese government called "Karoshi" aka "Death by overwork."
The practice has numerous scientifically documented health benefits including reduced stress, lower cortisol levels, reduced blood pressure and an increase in the NK (natural killer) white blood cell count, which in turn boosts the immune system. It also results in improved heart rate variability and helps with insomnia. Other benefits include increased productivity, focus and creativity.
The effects of a single walk can last 2 weeks to a month. A continued weekly or biweekly practice vs. attending once in a while helps you to achieve and maintain optimal health results. It is similar to how regular attendance at a gym or yoga studio can improve your health and well-being.
Sessions generally have participants walk less than 1 mile on level, accessible terrain. The session duration can range from 2-4 hours depending on the number of participants and the desired results. Wellness Walks or Medicine Walks can be done anywhere from 4 hours to a full day from sunrise to sunset.