Grounding – What is This?
Grounding, also known as earthing, is a therapeutic technique in which you have direct skin-to-earth contact with the earth's surface. It is believed that the earth’s energy and electrical charges travel through your body and produce positive psychological effects.
What are the benefits of grounding?
Enjoy a good night’s sleep
Grounding can help you reduce your sleep disorders and improve sleep quality. It reduces hot flashes and the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
In a study, researchers made patients with sleep disorders sleep on a cotton sheet having conductive threads. The sheet was attached to a wire that led to a rod placed on the surface of the earth. Participants enjoyed a better sleep at night and felt a decline in stress and pain, as well.
Reduce inflammation and pain
Free electrons enter your body and act as antioxidants when you have direct contact with the earth’s surface. They offer you protection against harmful free radicals. A study showed that grounding reduced inflammation and increased healing in people suffering from muscle soreness.
Boost your mood
Earth’s energy can produce a calming effect and lighten your mood. Earth can absorb your stress and, in return, give you its positive energy. A 2019 study reports that grounding has the power to reduce stress and depression. It promotes a positive mood in humans.
Improve heart health
The therapy has an incredible effect on the heart’s health as well. It can improve your heart health and help you prevent serious health problems such as heart stroke, hypertension, etc.
In a 2018 study, researchers gave grounding therapy to 10 patients suffering from hypertension. By the end of the research, they noticed a significant reduction in their blood pressure.
Increase facial blood circulation
Earth’s energy can enhance your skin’s health and help it fight free radicals that cause wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. A study shows that grounding can stimulate your blood circulation throughout the face, helping the healthy nutrients and oxygen reach your skin. It can also repair your skin tissue fast.
What should I expect from a grounding session?
Since there are a variety of grounding techniques, your practitioner will first ask you about the problem that is disturbing you, so that they can design a custom grounding plan for you, according to your needs.
Generally, the practitioner takes the receiver to a peaceful and secure place. You will be asked to take off your shoes and place your feet firmly on the ground. Your practitioner will then tell you to observe your surroundings by using your five senses. They will ask you to name things you can smell, watch, feel, hear, and even taste.
Doing so will decrease the intensity of certain feelings like anxiousness or nervousness. By the end of the session, you will be calm and at peace.
Grounding is an ancient technique, and now even science proves its numerous benefits. It helps people eradicate negativity and have an optimistic outlook. It can improve the quality of sleep, enhance mood, and improve your heart health.
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