Forest Therapy / Forest Bathing / Shinrin-yoku

In my younger days, when I was introduced to the basic elements present on earth such as wind fire, earth, sea and sky, I tend to favour the earth element more than the others. Whenever I think of earth, the trees come to my mind. I love trees or greenery. Back in my younger days, there was always an opportunity to be close by frangipani trees, casuarina trees and more. These days the varieties of trees found in Singapore differs. Of course, we do have the “common” trees that can be found along the roadside.

Trees are great healers too! In Japan, there is something known as shinrin-yoku or forest therapy. Forest therapy or forest bathing (as some may call it) is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest. Walking through a forest or to a place of greenery does provide someone with health benefits. There are many articles on this and below are two of those articles.

Forest Therapy / Forest Bathing / Shinrin-yoku - Esther Neela Blog

 

Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/17/536676954/forest-bathing-a-retreat-to-nature-can-boost-immunity-and-mood

The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health
The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health

Spending time with trees or plants not only improves our overall health, but it just allows us to be in the moment. Quite often in our life, we are occupied with many matters that we may at times feel disconnected to our own self. Forest Therapy / Bathing is a good idea to get ourselves connected and unified – with the help of the energy and vibrations of the trees.

For those of us who are city dwellers and do not have access to “forest” or a place near us that provides us greenery that much, there are many ways we can experience “forest therapy / bathing” too.

Some ways:
a) have some greenery around us such as green plants around our work desk or our homes
b) If work requires you to be desk bound, one way is to have a desktop wallpaper or screensaver of greenery or forest. At regular intervals, close your eyes, and keep that visual forest in your mind. As each moment passes, imagine yourself being in the premise and enjoying the “green” moments.
c) build a Zen garden or invest where you can “draw” your own Zen garden, such as can be found here in this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&v=MNH9jpwvc7Q&hl=en-GB
d) If you are the type who prefers fish and aquarium, you also can have that in your indoor space to have an “escape” or feel “closer” to nature.
e) neighborhood parks also gives a form of relaxation. Look for parks nearby you and make a point to go for walking around that place.
f) If you have a Koi pond or any pond, spending time near it, also can give you a form of relaxation. I find this works for me well. Spending time near a Koi pond provides me with some “fresh” vibrations.

There are many ways where one can always reconnect to nature on a daily basis. It is a matter of effort and discipline on our part to do that.

Make sure you have a “date” with nature daily! 🙂

Forest Therapy / Forest Bathing / Shinrin-yoku - Esther Neela Blog

Healthy Living: Taking Care of Your Hands

Below is a simple instruction video to give yourself a hand massage. We use our hands daily and it is crucial we pay attention or care to it on a daily basis and not when we run into skin problems such as tightness, peel, etc.

Make sure you select your own suitable hand cream. Not everyone hands will respond well to all creams. You need to be your own judge when it comes to hand creams or body creams.

Shea butter creams works well for me – not all brands though. So, I am very selective in my hand cream selection. I have been using L’Occitane hand creams for more than 10 years and they works well for me.

Below are some basic videos for you…Enjoy and remember to take care one of the most overused body part – our precious hands! 🙂

 

Healthy Living: Taking Care of Your Hands - Esther Neela Blog

Foot Soaks

One of my best way to unwind each day is to have a foot soak before my night shower. If you are not well versed with herbs and on essential oils, you can also use “ready made” mixtures available at any beauty care stores. If I am too tired to make my own soak, I use the “ready made” from Body Shop and / or L’Occitane. Below are some of my best “ready made”….

Do not think that scrubs cannot be used as foot soaks. In fact, they are ready to be used as foot soaks too! You have to try it yourself to feel the difference…

Loccitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub
http://sg.loccitane.com/revitalizing-body-scrub,27,1,1952,621235.htm#s=39569

Body Shop Spa of the World Mediterranean Sea Salt Scrub or other kinds too…
http://www.thebodyshop.com.sg/en/Listing.aspx?SubCateId=392&CateId=1

After a relaxing shower, do not forget to give yourself a good massage with either lavender massage oil or any other suitable massage oil.