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Matty Horkan

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From a young age I have always had a strong connection to nature. I struggle with dyslexia which has required me to develop strategies for me to learn. I am a hands-on learner and thrive in practical, sensory environments. As a child I was fascinated by worms and all sorts of bugs and wildlife. I would sit for hours watching them and even keeping some as pets. I also love tree climbing, so if I went missing you would be sure to find me near a tree or up one. This connection has only deepened as I have grown older and become more confident in myself.

Nature is a part of us 

We are naturally drawn to the great outdoors. There is something about the calming sounds of the forest, the invigorating scent of the trees, and the warm sunlight filtering through the leaves that speaks to our soul. These elements of nature have a powerful effect on us, helping to ease our stress and worry and allowing us to relax and think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy, vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us all for free!

What is Forest Therapy ? 

Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, forest therapy might be just the answer. It originated in Japan and involves immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest in order to relax and recharge your mind and body. It is all about slowing down and taking a leisurely stroll to soak up the goodness of Mother Nature through your five senses. So go ahead, take a deep breath in and smell those pine trees, listen to the birds singing and savor the sights of the great outdoors. Trust me, your mind and body will thank you.

Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge that opens up our senses and bridges the gap between us and the

natural world.


So what does it do for us?

The good news is that even a small amount of time in nature can have a positive impact on our health. A two-hour forest bath will help you unplug from technology and slow down, bringing you into the present moment, de-stressing and relaxing you. When we connect to nature through all five senses, we begin to draw on the vast array of benefits the natural world offers.

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves cardiovascular fitness and metabolic health

  • Lowers blood-sugar levels

  • Improves concentration and memory

  • Lifts depression

  • Improves pain thresholds

  • Increases energy

  • Boosts the immune system with an increase in the count of the body's natural killer (NK) cells

  • Increases anti-cancer protein production

  • Helps you lose weight

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