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GREEN UP YOUR LIFE

SHINRIN-YOKU (TAKE A SPLASH IN A GREEN BATH)

14th March 2019

Words by Jessica Peace

Like baths? Like parks, plants and stuff that grows green? You need to get into Shinrin-yoku mate.

THE DEETS

While we were doing perms and Duran Duran in the 80’s, the Japanese were doing Shinrin-yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’. It basically means being fully in nature and it’s taken very seriously as a form of healing and preventative health care in Japan.

HOW TO DO SHINRIN-YOKU

You just need to get lost in the green, take yourself on a walk or sit in a park and concentrate your senses on nothing but green, growing and animal. 15 minutes is the minimum so if you’re on your lunch break set your alarm, otherwise anything from 2 to 7 hours is considered a good soak in a green bath.