The Benefits of Forest Therapy

The juggle is real! Do you experience daily anxiety or stress? You are not alone. Would you like to disconnect from tech and responsibilities, declutter your mind and detox your soul? I guess that at least some of these resonate with you:

  • Expectations from society - you can 'have it all' / the glorification of 'busy'. 
  • Balancing demands of work and family
  • Worrying about health issues
  • Feeling lonely/disconnected
  • Constant comparison to others
  • A lack of quality time for yourself
  • Negativity around us (media, social media, other people)
Testimonial - "Forest Therapy with Sonya is something else. There's something about being permitted to, for example, spend 20 minutes in your own little world just watching out for things that are moving around you, or collecting 'treasures' to build your own personal gratitude shrine, that at the same time connects you to both your 8-year-old self and your deepest/highest Self" - Helen, Petersfield. 

There is growing scientific evidence from the UK that proves that just 2 hours of connecting to nature in a Forest Therapy experience boosts immune function, lift the spirits, decrease strain on the heart, and makes you feel more alive! Results from my early sessions corroborate these findings (participants completed the recognised psychological rating Profile of Mood States (POMS) test before and after the walk). So step off the merry-go-round and lose yourself in a slow, engaging, transformative experience. 

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And the best news? The benefits don't just last for the duration of the experience. Some are proven to last well beyond the end of the session; days and sometimes even weeks afterwards. 

Testimonial - "The course of monthly sessions allowed me to become increasingly open and take the experience to a deeper level each time. The benefits continue long after the session itself has finished" - Annie, Upham. 

These are some of the clinically proven health benefits:

  • Reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Increased happiness and reduced depression, anxiety and ADHD
  • Enhanced mental clarity, memory and focus 
  • An increased sense that life is worthwhile
  • Heightened ability to feel trust, empathy and kindness towards others
  • Increased sense of gratitude, joy and wonder - proven to increase resilience
  • Accelerated recovery from surgery/illness*
  • Boosted immune system and an increased count of and activity in natural killer cells that are known to fight cancer*
  • Reduced high blood pressure and heart rate
  • Improved sleep
  • Feelings of rejuvenation
  • Increased creativity

* Specifically attributed to inhalation of the essential oils emitted from trees (mainly conifers and oak in the UK) called Phytoncides (note that this will take you to the scientific report on a separate site). 

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From a personal perspective, Forest Therapy has fundamentally changed who I am; I cannot un-see what I have seen on my nature connection journey (not that I would want to) and I hope to bring these same fundamental shifts in personality to you. There is so much in nature that can bring you deep joy and a sense of awe, and I feel so grateful to have found this now. Considering yourself part of nature rather than separate to it changes everything. 

Testimonial - "I came home feeling rejuvenated and positive. So much so that I managed to have a 2-hour Saturday afternoon snooze on the sofa, something that I haven't done for a long time." - Jules, Winchester. 

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