Forget 2017, it’s Earth Dog FTW…
According to Hong Kong’s best Feng Shui masters the Year of the Earth Dog promises to be a great year. Dog years encourage kindness and acceptance, fairness and equality. Controversial issues are given their due, revolutions are successful, and politics are more balanced (phew!). Integrity and honesty lead to success under Dog’s watchful and just influence.
Fantastic self-care hacks
Nutri-Link provides professional quality nutritional supplements to Stefan’s patients. Call 08450 760402 to order. Stefan will put together a specific recommendation upon request.
Genotyping and Intermittent Fasting / Ketogenic Diet
Eating according to your genotype can be a powerful way to stay well or address chronic health issues. IF and KD can be combined for increased benefits and Stefan can test, guide and mentor you through this process.
We have two clinics here on Wimpole Street set up to provide intravenous infusions (IV’s), including vitamins, minerals, lipids and special cocktails.
Nurturing your relaxation response:
Learn to train your vagal tone – forward order your Sensate at the friends & family rate using 25% discount code ‘sensate149’
Follow the Pursed Lip Breathing exercise here
I’m particularly enjoying Third Ear at the moment
This is Stefan’s own signature treatment. Developed over three decades,
NRT brings together everything he has learnt in his professional and personal journey and is the most reliable and easy way to achieve the many benefits of meditation practice without the many years of hard work and effort.
Spend more time in nature
The term “forest bathing” has nothing to do with water, and is more than just a poetic way of describing a “walk in the woods,” – something humans have, of course, been doing for five million years (if never less so than today). The Japanese government coined the term in 1982, a translation of “shinrin-yoku,” which literally means “taking in the forest atmosphere.”
This Japanese concept revolves around a deceptively simple practice: quietly walking and exploring, with a mind deliberately intent on – and all senses keenly open to – every sound, scent, color and “feel” of the forest, in all its buzzing bio-diversity. With forest bathing (and the increasingly expert-led “forest therapy,” or shinrin-ryoho), mindfulness meets nature, and the goal is to “bathe” every physical cell and your entire psyche in the forest’s essence. No power hiking needed here; you just wander slowly, breathe deeply and mindfully, and stop and experience whatever catches your soul – whether drinking in the fragrance of that little wildflower, or really feeling the texture of that birch bark.
Poetic? Pleasurable? Yes. But it’s the science behind the practice that’s now taking forest bathing global, as a growing mountain of evidence indicates there’s strong medicine for human bodies and brains that a forest uniquely dispenses.
Forest therapy studies have been led by Japan, whose government funded $4 million in research from 2004-2013. Today, the research database PubMed returns 100+ studies on the health impact of forest bathing, including studies indicating that it significantly lowers blood pressure (-1.4 percent), heart rate (-5.8 percent), cortisol levels (-12.4 percent) and sympathetic nerve activity (-7 percent) compared with city walks, while also alleviating stress and depression.1 The most provocative of these studies conclude that exposure to phytoncides, the airborne, aromatic chemicals/oils emitted by many trees, have a long-lasting impact on people’s immune system markers, boosting natural killer (NK) cells and anti- cancer proteins by 40 percent.
It’s research like this that has made forest bathing a pillar of preventative medicine in Japan, and increasingly common in places like Korea (where it’s called “salim yok”), Taiwan and Finland. It may be hard to grasp what a serious, widespread practice this is in Japan, where a quarter of the population partakes in forest bathing and millions visit the 55+ official Forest Therapy Trails annually, prompting a plan to designate an additional 50 such sites within 10 years. Visitors to Japanese Forest Therapy Trails report that they’re asked to have their blood pressure and other biometrics taken pre- and post-“bathing,” in the quest for ever-more data.
Major media worldwide have been ramping up coverage of the fascinating medical evidence. And in an era of unprecedented urbanisation and digitisation (with the average person now “bathing” his face seven hours a day in the glow of a screen), we humans are in the throes of a forest-deprivation crisis. The convergence of these two trends – growing awareness of the medical benefits of time spend in forests, and alienation from this essential, yet increasingly exotic, human experience – will drive demand for forest bathing experiences in the year (and years) ahead.