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Welcome to North Shore Forest Therapy where our goal is to facilitate a re-connection with nature and in turn with ourselves. 

We are passionate about self growth, finding meaning and transformation. I, Ruth, am a  Clinical Social Worker/psychotherapist . I believe that life gives us exactly the experiences we need to propel us forward and that answers are within each one of us awaiting to be tapped into. 

Forest Bathing connects us to nature. The benefits of doing so are varied and listed for you here. Besides these benefits learning to tune in with nature allows us to quiet the mind, clarify our thoughts and emotions and in doing so forest bathing can help with decision making as it helps to bring about clarity. 

A typical sessions lasts for 2 hours during which you will: think of your intentions for the walk, notice your surroundings, you will be invited to participate in experiential exercises to help you connect with the forest and your senses, and you will reflect on your experience.  


Check out our offerings and feel free to reach out with any questions. 

 
 

Why Nature Therapy and Forest--bathing?

Why Forest Bathing?
Improves Sleep

The average sleep time of participants after a two hour forest walk increased by 15% or fifty-four minutes

Lowers Blood Pressure

Reduces the systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and improves the autonomic nervous system such as a decrease in pulse rate.

Reduces Stress

Lowers the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline. 

Boosts the Immune System

Increases the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells. Increases anticancer production.

Increases Energy

Although walking anywhere reduces the scores for anxiety, depression anger and confusion, it is only walking in forest environments that has a positive effect on vigor and fatigue.

Studies have found that it can help with

Decreases Anxiety, Depression and Anger

Alleviates stressful conditions such as tension and elevates mood.

 

 

"Forest Bathing is not the same thing as hiking. The destination in forest bathing is "here", not "there". The pace is slow. The focus is on connection and relationship. Sometimes when I tell others about forest bathing they will say, " I have done that my whole life". Maybe–but probably not. Most of us have never learned the art of stillness in nature." M. Amos Clifford. 

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