A splinter off Shinrin-Yuko, Shinrin-Reiki combines the benefits of both worlds. Shinrin-Yuko is known in Japan as Forest Bathing and it is a relaxation technique that relaxes and calms the nervous system while heightening your concentration and expanding your senses through the simple act of walking and paying attention to your surroundings. To be interactive in a familiar yet often neglected aspect of our world on a day to day basis. A basic disconnection has kept us from reaping the rewards of beauty that surrounds us daily. A simple walk in the forest…
A forest bathing trip is a short leisurely trip visiting a forest, called “Shinrin-yoku” in Japanese, which is similar to a natural aromatherapy. A forest bathing trip involves a visit to a forest, field for the purpose of relaxation and recreation by breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from plants (trees), such as alpha-pinene and limonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan, and the first kick off meeting was held at Akasawa in Nagano prefecture located in northwestern Japan. Now it has become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan.
———–FROM: Introduction to the Japanese Society of Forest Medicine President Qing Li, M.D, Ph.D
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
For more information you can check out the following resources…
International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT)
International Association for Reiki Professionals (IARP)
The Society of Forest Medicine within the Japanese Society for Hygiene –
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Japan) –
US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health –
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_bathing
Association of Nature & Forest Therapy – http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/
This site is geared towards Reiki Masters and Shinrin-yuko professionals who would like to share their experiences, teachings, process and procedures to further the wonderful experience of either modality, but especially the wonderful feeling of their combined power.
This is a very quick site that I put up while I am building out a proper site. I look forward to hearing back from all interested parties on how to make this site and community better.
Blessings in Love and Light,