Remember when we used to run around barefoot all day - feeling squishy things, soft dewy grass, and even pokey, rough things? These sensory experiences brought a smile to our faces then, and they can again today.
Stories have been told for centuries about the benefits of walking “connected to the Earth” or “Earthing,” as it is now called. In these fast-paced times when science and ‘woo-woo’ are coming together and proving so many ancient beliefs, things are getting interesting…and starting to make sense on an intuitive level.
EVERYTHING IS ENERGY: There is scientific evidence that every living thing has an energy field. Earth has its own energy field, or frequency. This frequency was calculated to be 7.83 Hz and is now known as the Schumann Resonance.
WHAT IS “EARTHING?: Earthing is also known as ‘grounding’ and refers to making contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot on grass, sand, or soil, and transferring the energy from the ground into the body.
SPECIFIC OUTCOMES OF TESTING: Numerous studies support and prove the Earth’s electrons can create a variety of health benefits on a therapeutic level, including:
Minimizing stress and cortisol levels
Improved healing of muscle soreness
Improving parasympathetic systems (blood flow, respiration, oxygenation of the blood, and pulse rate)
OTHER BENEFITS OF EARTHING: Additional studies have proven walking barefoot improves balance and body awareness in relation to our surroundings – which is one of the reasons it is recommended toddlers don’t wear shoes when first learning to walk. By improving foot mechanics, walking barefoot also helps keep your knees, hips, and core in proper alignment and allows freedom of movement. The increase in leg strength from walking barefoot helps improve lower back strength as well.
Walk barefoot daily in short increments to build up strength walking on uneven ground.
Be mindful of the terrain. Watch for broken glass, rocks, nails, and wet areas that may be slippery.
These surfaces do NOT provide grounding benefits: asphalt, wood, rubber, plastic, vinyl, or tarmac.
Any natural surface provides grounding benefits: sand, grass, soil, concrete, or ceramic tile.
Wash, inspect thoroughly, and moisturize your feet afterward.
Earthing is a FREE, natural way to improve our health and stay connected to nature. As you develop your own personal mindfulness practice, I encourage you to add this technique and start feeling the benefits for yourself.
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