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Grounding, a technique that is growing in popularity

“Feet on the ground” is one of the phrases that resonates in allusion to stop and rethink the objectives or to resume the course. However, it has a background which relates to the physical and mental well-being that the earth can offer man with one intimate connection: walking barefoot.

During the pandemic, this reconnection to nature was a therapeutic factor in alleviating anxiety and stress caused by social isolation and crises.

“Humans are energetic beings and the earth is a source that helps balance body and mind,” explains Lucía Noboa, psychologist and specialist in alternative therapies.

“Grounding” or “earthing” translates into grounding and is a practice as old as humanity. The ancients walked barefoot day and night. But civilization, rubber-soled shoes and other insulating materials have suspended this relationship with healing powers.

Gaetan Chevalier, PhD in Engineering Physics, and James L. Oschman, PhD in Biophysics and author of several books on medicine and energy, conducted research demonstrating the benefits of this simple practice of removing shoes, socks and to walk.

In the study “ Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons ”, conducted by scientists Oshman, Chevalier, Stephen Sinatra and Karol Sokal, a number of diseases and disorders are discussed. which have been improved thanks to this technique. It works as a supplement to traditional treatments for allergies, headaches, arthritis, autism, insomnia, circulation problems, anxiety, etc.

Noboa explains that in the Earth there are electrons and negative ions which are necessary, among other functions, to prevent the production of free radicals. When a person is disconnected from nature, he is overloaded with positive electrons, which is said to lead to various ailments.

According to these specialists, the body being a natural conductor, it would need both an electrical contact with the Earth and with water or nutrients. On the one hand, it is necessary to get rid of excess positive charges that accumulate by isolating the body from its environment. On the other hand, to regenerate with a negative electric charge.

Lizbeth Fajardo, a member of a naturopathic and alternative therapy center, points out that with the pandemic, people are disconnected from these benefits. She says that with telecommuting, television, virtual education and constant cell phone use, overload is generated.

A good way to balance is to reconnect with the natural world. It is possible to walk on sand, grass and dirt for at least 20 minutes a day. It is recommended that the “grounding” be done with the breath and can be supplemented by other techniques such as yoga, meditation and aromatherapy.

Other sources are waterfalls and rivers, so if there is an opportunity to go to these sites, great results can be achieved.

There are other ways to get this energy from the earth. Another option, according to psychologist Noboa, is to kiss trees. These are said to have components that help generate hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which allow relaxation and reduce tension.

Benefits

Relax. It allows the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system reducing symptoms of anxiety, heart rate, etc.

Deflame. The electrons that come from the soil are said to reduce inflammation and oxidation, delaying possible damage to cells.

It gives well-being. Contributes to the rhythms of the body are harmonized. Improves sleep and the feeling of vitality during the day.

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