Forest Therapy Walks
Guided by Jess at Nature Wellness Co.
Imagine how wonderful it would be to take a break from your busy life, to take a calm and peaceful walk through the beautiful forest guided by a specialised Forest Therapy Guide.
A sense of calm descends your mind, body and soul as the stresses of your life slowly fade.
Catering to both individuals and groups, Forest Therapy by Nature Wellness Co. is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature in South West Victoria.
Absolutely everyone can benefit from Forest Therapy and we look forward to guiding you through a place we call home.
Forest therapy at a glance
Forest therapy is the practice of immersing in nature to relax and restore a sense of well-being.
Also known as ‘Shinrin-yoku’ which translates to forest bathing, this practice originated in Japan in the 1980’s due to a spike in chronic illnesses. Forest therapy is widely recognised as a Public Health practice and is gaining momentum as a readily available and cost effective health practice.
Forest therapy allows us to slow down and rediscover this deep rooted connection with nature. It is an evidence-based integrative wellness practice benefitting both people and nature using your 5 senses to connect with yourself and nature:
As endorsed by the International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA), there are many unique psychological and physiological health benefits to be gained from forest therapy which all promote preventative wellness.
At Nature Wellness Co. our love is so strong for the Australian forest and the therapeutic effects it can have on the human mind, body and soul.
Why Forest Therapy Walks?
Forest therapy, or the practice of forest bathing, is about slowing down to connect with the forest, and yourself.
When we walk in the forest, we are showered by phytoncides and even inhale them which is an active substance released by plants.
Phytoncides are volatile organic chemical compounds that the plant produces to help protect themselves from harmful insects and germs.
They are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial as they work by inhibiting or preventing the growth of an attacking organism.
Exposure to phytoncides during Forest Therapy has the ability to increase our Natural Killer Cells (NK), a type of white blood cell responsible for fighting tumours.
Psychological Health Benefits
Increased feeling of wellbeing
Decreased feelings of hostility, depression and anxiety
Increased positive mood
Increased social wellbeing
Improved self esteem
Physiological Health Benefits
Decreased blood pressure,
Decreased pulse rate,
Reduces stress (cortisol) hormone level,
Surge in the activity of cancer- and tumour-fighting blood cells (‘natural killer’ cells)
Active exposure to anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-viral substances emitted by trees and plants (phytoncides)
Enhanced energy level
Placing nature at the heart of sustainable development,
Gain more respect towards conservation issues,
Educate the importance of our natural environments
Build a green economy
Inclusive of every corner of society
Upcoming Forest Therapy Walks with Jess
- Multiple DatesFri, 24 FebTower Hill Wildlife Reserve24 Feb 2023, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pmTower Hill Wildlife Reserve, 105 Lake View Rd, Tower Hill VIC 3283, Australia