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Written by Beth Cooper on June 13, 2022

The Healing Effects of Grounding

When was the last time you walked outside barefoot?

Yes, that’s right. No shoes - bare feet on the ground. Usually, when I ask this question, it takes people a few minutes to think about it. The fact is, most people don’t spend much time outside with no shoes. 

What is grounding?

Throughout history, humans walked barefoot or wore shoes with very thin soles. Not today. We wear shoes with thick rubber soles and it's actually become socially unacceptable (in most communities) to walk around without shoes (no shirt, no shoes, no service - you’ve seen the signs). Researchers who study this believe that shoes along with our modern dwellings have insulated us from the ground, preventing the transfer of essential electrons. According to science, we are missing a huge opportunity to heal ourselves. We are blocking a natural occurrence from happening. It’s called grounding. Grounding, also known as earthing, is the practice of reconnecting the human body with the earth. 

How does grounding work?

Grounding occurs when humans make an electrical connection to the earth’s energies. It may sound strange but it's simple science. We are bioelectrical beings that carry a positive charge which can build up in our bodies. Earth has a negative charge. When we make contact through grounding, we discharge our excess energy, producing a healing effect at a cellular level. 

Interested in trying it? Here are a few easy ways to get started:

Walking barefoot is the easiest way to connect to the earth. Put your bare feet on a patch of grass or a warm dirt path or dig your toes in the sand

Get that skin-to-earth connection going by laying down on the ground. Try some grass in an open park or yard space or at the beach in the sand

If you like the water, this works too as long as you’re in lakes, rivers or oceans. It has to be water that is in direct contact with the earth so swimming pools or hot tubs don’t have the same effect 

The benefits of Grounding 

  • Reduces inflammation - 90% of all of our chronic health conditions are linked to excessive or persistent inflammation. Grounding is one of the simplest ways to address that
  • Improves sleep
  • Decreases stress responses - It can help shift us from our sympathetic state to our parasympathetic state in our autonomic nervous system 
  • Decreases pain
  • Increases heart rate variability - The higher our heart rate variability is (the interbeat between heartbeats) the better our autonomic nervous system functions. This can be associated with better recovery, better emotional resilience and better overall well-being 
  • Improves cortisol rhythm - cortisol is one of our key stress hormones 
  • Improves wound healing - grounding is a great thing to include in an integrative approach to healing 

If you are skeptical about the benefits of grounding, it won’t hurt to give it a try! If being outside is not accessible due to your environment or weather, there are grounding mats that are available that can create a similar effect. 

Are you looking for a deep sense of relaxation and more balance?

A Reiki session could help.


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