Shinrin-yoku (森林浴, literally “forest bathing”) is the practice of visiting a forest in order to promote health. The activity is popular in Japan. Practitioners believe that shinrin-yoku works via the inhalation of volatile organic compounds emitted by trees. Somewhat surprisingly there is research supporting the idea that a forest walk can have certain health benefits such as reducing blood glucose levels in diabetics, reducing blood concentration of the stress hormone cortisol, and improving self-reported mood. EPACC will bathe in the forest of Ravenna Park at 8am on Friday 26th February 2016. Here’s a map.

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