Earthing or grounding refers to making bodily contact with the earth through walking bare foot or sitting on the ground.
A recent review highlights the impact of earthing on our health concluding that ‘bodily contact with the Earth’s natural electrical charge stabilizes the physiology at the deepest levels, reduces inflammation, pain and stress, improves blood flow, energy and sleep and generates greater wellbeing.’
Further research also demonstrates a reduction in inflammation and pain in the bodies of individuals who implement earthing techniques alongside changes in the wound healing process and the immune response.
Now I have to say, I love being barefoot at the best of times, feeling the sand in between my toes on the beach, or the soft grass in my garden. During Spring and Summer there are lots of opportunities to do so quite easily, without looking too odd.
In Midwinter however it isn’t so common to see someone walking through a woodland without shoes on. During our recent Winter Solstice walk through our favourite woodland I felt the urge to free my feet and get them on the ground.
After doing so, I immediately felt more awake. Pulled straight into the present moment, aware of the sensations under my feet (albeit mainly cold) noticing my every step. Energised, I made a commitment to get my feet on the ground more often during the Winter months and I certainly haven’t regretted it so far.
Is it cold? Well yes it is, but I am wrapped up and have a hot drink afterwards so it is certainly manageable. Other alternatives to connect with nature if you don’t fancy going barefoot during the Winter are resting your hands on trees as you walk past them, doing some gardening or having a sea salt bath.
Do you practice earthing? How does it impact you?