Grounding is one of the most accessible and essential Self-Care techniques. Grounding (earthing) is a therapeutic technique involving activities that "ground" or electrically reconnect you to the Earth. Grounding refers to direct skin contact with the surface of the Earth. The need for grounding becomes obvious when we understand the effect of the Earth's electromagnetic field on the living organism. One of my favorite doctors, Mark Hyman, said: "We all have natural electrical fields inside of us, but they get thrown off from exposure to artificial inputs like electromagnetic fields and unnatural noise. The act of Earthing, also called grounding, is done by simply walking outside barefoot, sitting on the ground, or even using a specific type of mat to realign with the Earth's electrical charge. Multiple studies have found that it is associated with reduced inflammation, pain, stress, and improved blood flow, energy, sleep, and overall greater well-being. This is a simple, powerful lifestyle hack that we can all do for free, but it's often overlooked. Try to take just 10-15 minutes several times a week to get outdoors, connect your feet to the ground, and breathe some fresh air."
Everything in the Universe has energy in one or another form. The human body is no exception. Every cell in our body produces .07 volts. If we multiply this by the overage of 50-55 trillion cells in the human body, it is a lot of energy. Our bodies need this energy to function. This energy needs to move, to be distributed and balanced. And like every electrical system, we need to be grounded. We need to be connected to the Earth's electromagnetic field for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We live in raised structures, our shoes work like isolators between the Earth and us. Losing this connection with the natural environment causes elevated stress and many chronic diseases.
The benefit of the grounding
Medical professionals now recognize the benefit of grounding or earthing. It became a therapeutic technique that focuses on realigning your electrical energy by reconnecting to the Earth. It even has a name – Forest Bathing. It started last century in Japan and is called Shinrin Yoku. Now we have forest therapists or forest guides in almost every country. From 2020, doctors in Canada can now prescribe free admission to national parks to help people suffering from anxiety under PaRx.
National Library of Medicine on March 24th., 2015 published an article about "The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases." Daily contact with the Earth's natural electric charge stabilizes human physiology. Our connection with the Earth reduces inflammation, pain, and stress, improves blood flow and blood pressure, energy, and sleep, and generates greater well-being.
What we can do and how to start
Nowadays, almost everyone is aware of two minor chakras in the palms of our hands. Sadly, another pair of minor chakras on our feet souls does not receive the same acknowledgment. They are crucial in the grounding process.
There are several ways of grounding. They all focus on reconnecting yourself to the Earth and establishing direct or indirect contact with the Earth.
The easiest ground technique is to walk barefoot. Do not walk on the pavement. You can walk on grass, sand, or even mud. Let your skin touch the natural ground. Walking barefoot connects us energetically with mother earth and activates all acupressure points on our feet. These acupressure points send information to all major organs and systems in our body.
If someone has a mobility issue it also can be done while sitting, just be sure your feet are firmly on the ground.
Lying on the ground
You can increase your skin-to-earth contact by simply lying on the ground. It could be on the grass by the park or on the sand at the beach.
Submersing in or staying under the falling water
Rivers, oceans, lakes, waterfalls, or even a shower will do. Water is a great conductor.
Using grounding equipment
Alternative devices are available when going outside to ground yourself isn't an option. You can order grounding mats, grounding sheets, or blankets. They need to be connected to an electrical outlet with ground wire to work.
Risks of grounding
Before doing your grounding, always research your chosen area. Is it safe to swim? Does the wooden area have plants that will irritate skin, ticks, or poisonous snakes? Are there any local restrictions? And always, use common sense and be safe.
Disclosure: This material is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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May 1, 2022