UWL students build ‘forest bathing’ areas in Hixon Forest

LA CROSSE (WKBT) —¬†University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students are helping the community connect with nature through a practice called ‘forest bathing’.

There are no bathtubs involved.

Forest bathing originated in Japan in the 1980s and it’s all about using your senses to destress.

UWL professors say it’s only a little different than regular hiking.

“The forest bathing is more slow, slow and mindful. A mindful walk on the trail, using different senses, more senses at a time or simultaneously,” said Assistant Professor of Recreation Management at UWL Nam Yun Kil.

Next time you hike the Hickory Trail, you’ll see signs and areas for meditation.

The forest bathing areas in Hixon Forest are for people of all abilities.