High blood pressure? Put some wood in your office
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Environment
(As long as you're not being hit over the head with it) wood has "a similar stress-reducing effect to nature", says a researcher who knows her wood.
Based on studies in Norway, Japan, Canada and Austria, environments with wooden structures cause a drop in blood pressure and have a calming effect, according to Dr Marjut Wallenius of Finland's University of Tampere.
"Now that we are very familiar with the technical properties of wood, we should carry out a cross-disciplinary research project about the psychological and physiological effects of wood," Wallenius said.
"Wooden surfaces make a room feel warmer and cosier and they also have a calming effect ... Touching a wooden surface gives people a feeling of safety and being close to nature."
The full article is available in English, German, French, Russian, Chinese and Finnish at woodproducts.fi/articles.
Photo shows a tree.