Forest Reset

Japanese-INfluenced Forest Therapy in the Pacific northwest

ABOUT The Forest Reset

Forest Reset is a program based on the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, or forest bathing. The simple act of slowly walking in the forest has been intensely studied by Japanese researchers. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, a professor at Chiba University in Japan, has been conducting studies for the Japanese government since 2004  on the physiological benefits of forest bathing.  

His extensive research conducted in the forests of Japan has shown the following benefits:

  • Blood pressure reduction

  • Increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation

  • Reduction of the sympathetic nervous system activity, which reduces stress

  • Increased sense of well-being

  • Increase in the levels of Natural Killer (NK) cells, an important component of the immune system  which targets infections and cancer cells.

The Forest Reset Program helps create therapeutic nature interventions within home and work environments, so anyone can experience the benefits of Japanese forest bathing. There are three components to the Forest Reset Program:

  1. Partnership with local governments to optimize existing parks and green spaces for forest therapy opportunities for all members of the community.

  2. Education which teaches individuals and corporations to optimize residential and working environments for increased well-being and health.

  3. Training of forest therapy guides, who can assist others in nature-based therapeutic experiences.