Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Practice That Could Transform Your Day
Veteran wilderness guide Amos Clifford, who leads the walks that stressed-out Rebecca Valentine attends in California, knows just how healing shinrin-yoku can be: His blood pressure has dropped 10 points since he began forest bathing. "What we do doesn't seem in any way extraordinary, but the effects are astonishing," he says. For Valentine, the walks have become a sanity saver: "There are some great residual benefits. I won't say everything's fabulous, but when I leave the trail, I feel calmer, more reflective and refreshed. I feel like I'm taking care of myself in a way that has a lasting impact."