The term is becoming increasingly common: grounding. It means being on a natural surface with your naked skin. You can stand barefoot on the sand, in the grass or in the dirt, for instance. Your body makes direct contact with the earth. But what are the benefits and what good does it do our body?
Being grounded can mean two things:
We've all experienced being grounded at some point. We feel 'at home'. But this is often a fleeting sensation. Fortunately, there are grounding techniques that help us to be fully present in our body. The techniques can help you to:
Just imagine. You are walking on the beach barefoot. You feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. You listen to the rhythm of the crashing waves and smell the sea wind blowing past you. Now pay attention to your feet. Do you feel a tingling sensation in your feet or legs when the warmth flows into your body? Perhaps you've noticed a similar feeling when you walk barefoot on the grass. During those moments, you are grounded. That is one of the reasons why many people feel drawn to the sea and the beach.
You can do it pretty much anywhere. Go outdoors on bare feet for half an hour and see the difference it makes to your pain or stress level. It's best to sit, stand or walk on grass or on sand. These are conductive surfaces that allow your body to take in the earth's energy. This means you can ground yourself at any time and place, as long as you have a conductive surface. Wood, asphalt and plastic floors are not conductive, so it will not work with those.
There are special earthing products you can buy such as conductive mats, sheets and shoe inlays. They help you ground yourself day and night so you won't have to free up any time for it.
At 't Lennepserf, we have plenty of sand, grass and dirt where you can ground yourself for as long as you like. Take your time, take a deep breath and return to your own body. Take a look at our accommodations and see if there is a spot free for you!