Blawhorn Moss NNR
It has long been known that being out in the natural environment is good for health, both physical and mental. Forest bathing is originally a Japanese practice that involves moving slowly through a forest using all our senses to take in the forest environment. By taking the time to really observe and absorb the sights, smells and sounds and touches of the forest and immersing yourself in the forest envorinment you can achieve a mindful connection with nature and get health benefits such as :
- Boosting our immune systems by increasing our natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell, that helps fight off ill-health.
- Lower levels of blood pressure and lower heart rate
- Stabilizing and improving mood and cognition
- Reducing feelings of anxiety and depression
- Increase creativity and problem solving
There are even scientific claims that many trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system. What’s not to like?
Well, at Blawhorn Moss we have a small amount of tree cover, perhaps not enough to bath in but you can at least get a strip wash.
But there is enough bog habitat for the whole team to have a bath. Open peatland habitat has a different feel to forests, there is a peace, tranquility, space and wildness that pleases and calms many people. And by taking your time you can take in the fantastic range of colours, the calming birdsong, the invigorating weather and the wilderness feel. I don’t know of any scientific research carried out on the health benefits of bog bathing but I am sure they are there so if anyone fancies taking it on as a research project get in touch.
But first we might need a new name for it.