Human Resources

Forest Bathing (TD2298)

Tue, 15 May 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: EJC Arboretum

Session Description:

Studies show that exposure to phytoncides, chemicals released from plants and trees to help prevent rot and predation, elicits an increase in human immune function.

Specifically, natural killer (NK) cells, which are one of the body’s first defenses against viruses and cancer, have been shown to be positively affected through breathing phytoncides.  These nature walks have been shown to increase the number and activity of NK cells and anti-cancer proteins in both males and females by 50 percent.

We are wired to be in relationship with nature and our bodies respond accordingly.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the benefits of breathing phytoncides in natural/wild areas
  • Understand the definition of restoration recreation and experience it as a valid wellness plan for staff who are primarily confined to chairs and need to get their bodies moving and some fresh air
  • Learn what the Arboretum offers as far as features/gardens that may be of personal interest to faculty/staff.
  • Understand the importance of preserving green spaces and corridors for humans and wildlife

CommonHealth at JMU is happy to partner with the EJC Arboretum for May’s installment of the 12 Months of Wellness.

Facilitated by: Janet Mahon, Director, EJC Arboretum

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