-Our trainings are where art meets science-
The evidence base supporting Forest Bathing/Therapy has been growing over the past 20 years. To date, the majority of the research has been carried out in Japan and Korea. However, European research is emerging. EFTI uses implementation science to implement research into practice. The training is a combination of the latest research on forests and human health, international nature connection practices, science, and ancient wisdom traditions.
To date, there has been an absence of well-designed evaluations on the effect of Forest Therapy for specific populations. EFTI hope to rectify this by encouraging and supporting research projects based on the EFTI 5x5 Forest Therapy model in different European countries.
-General benefits of being in nature-
The acknowledgement of the health benefits of spending time in nature is not new. Before the birth of modern medicine, people turned to nature for health and healing, from spending time in natural spas to soothe nerves, to outdoor sanatoriums for tuberculosis. As urbanisation increases and people spend more time indoors, the need for greater contact with nature will increase. With the rise of technostress, EFTI hope people will ‘swap screen time for greentime’.
Contact with nature has many salutary benefits and is a protective factor in preventing mental health difficulties. Nature contact can offer a practical approach for population based health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Forests are known as restorative environments. They offer opportunities to benefit health through engaging in physical activity, relaxing and socialising in nature. Forest Medicine was coined in Japan; the concept focuses on how the specific forest environment can benefit health by inhaling phytoncides (organic compounds found in trees and plants).
-Engaging in Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy can-
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