Grounding- Reconnect with the Earth
Ever heard of Grounding or Earthing? It is one of the most significant aspects of kinaesthetic practice. It is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have positive effects on your body. This type of grounding therapy isn’t entirely the same as the technique that is used in mental health treatment. The simplest form involves walking barefoot in the grass, dirt, or sand. Some people take a more technical approach using grounding matts and other devices. As radical as it seems, grounding is simple science. Humans 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 the cellular level. Grounding not only has several physiological benefits—reducing inflammation and wound healing, preventing and treating autoimmune conditions, and improving sleep problems and chronic pain—but also enhances general well-being. “The mind-body connection is undeniable, as is this technique’s direct effect on reducing stress and improving mood. The most amazing thing is the accessibility of this health practice. It’s as simple as walking barefoot on grass. You can also make a more conscious effort by lying down in nature or wading through a natural water body, which can work in a similar way.
Grounding is particularly a recommended practice with regard to the current situation. This kind of energy is needed to protect ourselves and those around us. It is the perfect way to begin your day and the perfect go-to technique to unwind, de-stress and overcome anxiety. Everyone needs grounding. One of the most profound forms of grounding is to walk or sit on the bare ground with no shoes or socks, and to touch and connect with the soil or earth. Grounding helps in maintaining the health of the root chakra, the first chakra of the seven main chakras in the body, which is based on the earth element. It’s responsible for confidence, support, the musculoskeletal system and sustenance. When we lose our connection with earth, we find ourselves in a mental flurry or feeling floaty, drifty, disconnected and unsettled. This is because the mind, body and soul are intertwined with the ground and often find solace with it. Modern lifestyles have, however, distanced us from nature, and this may have been aggravated by the current health crisis, which is forcing us all to stay indoors. The surface of the earth has ample free electrons that are taken up by our body on direct skin contact, think of this as nature’s biggest and most freely available antioxidant. It is basic conduction that neutralises excess free radicals that could be otherwise damaging our body.
Clearly, the earth has a lot to offer. Now, how can you reap its benefits? Here’s how-
1. Walking Barefoot
Walking barefoot is the easiest way to have a skin-to-earth connection and wake up your senses. Savor the feeling of soft grass tickling your feet. Find a patch of dry, sun-warmed dirt and enjoy the sensation. If you’re near a beach, dig your toes in the sand. Keep in mind, If you aren’t used to walking barefoot, your feet may be tender.
2. Indoors with Equipments
When you’re inside, grounding yourself requires a bit more effort and in most cases, equipment. Use a grounding sheet or socks while you sleep. Use a grounding mat in your home office chair. Even acupuncture and acupressure techniques have been advised in this regard.
Savasana is one of the cornerstones of yoga practice to unwind and connect with yourself. Try this on the ground. Get that skin-to-earth connection by laying in a wide space like a picnic area at a park or in the sand at the beach. Or, next time you’re doing yoga, try going outside and including a little savasana on the earth rather than on your mat.
Grounding can be performed inside or outside, with or without grounding equipment. It offers a wide range of benefits, especially with pain, inflammation and mental health. Reconnecting with the earth around this time can help you cope up better. Try these techniques out and reap the benefits of Grounding!