Forest Bathing is an immersive, interactive virtual reality experience designed to provide patients with a calming and stress-free environment where they can connect with nature.
Forest Bathing is an immersive, interactive virtual reality experience designed to provide patients with a calming and stress-free environment where they can connect with nature. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing," this project aims to improve patient well-being by offering a tranquil virtual space that promotes relaxation and mindfulness.
In the Forest Bathing experience, patients are transported to a beautifully rendered, open-ended virtual world filled with lush forests, serene landscapes, and soothing nature sounds. With the freedom to explore this virtual environment at their own pace, patients can fully immerse themselves in the calming atmosphere without the pressure of completing complex tasks or navigating intricate challenges.
Research has shown that exposure to natural environments can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance cognitive function (1). Furthermore, immersive virtual reality experiences have been found to help reduce anxiety during medical procedures, including chemotherapy (2). By leveraging virtual reality technology to recreate these restorative natural settings, Forest Bathing offers patients a unique and accessible way to experience the benefits of nature and its anxiety-reducing effects during their treatment process.
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Through its captivating visuals and open-ended exploration, Forest Bathing provides a powerful solution for patients seeking an effective way to relax, reduce stress, and find solace in the beauty of nature, all within the comfort of a virtual reality environment.