History of Forest Bathing
It is of no surprise that shinrin-yoku or forest bathing started in Japan as two thirds of it is covered by diverse regions of forest.
Their two main religions Shinto and Buddhism believe that the forest is “the realm of the divine” and in Shinto many spirits, called Kami, are within all the constituent parts of nature including the trees.
In the 1980’s “technostress” or “karoshi” meaning death by overwork, was prevalent in the cities. A government department was directed to test scientifically the effects of nature on the human body and psyche. The benefits of connecting with nature with all ones senses, literally bathing in the forest, resulted in an evolving therapy that has been borne out of intuition and supported by peer reviewed scientific research.