Grounding/Earthing

Humans are bioelectrical beings and in our every day, we are being flooded with various levels of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiation from the devices we use (mobile phones, wifi, Bluetooth and so on) which our bodies are not designed to handle.

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Grounding/Earthing

Humans are bioelectrical beings and in our every day, we are being flooded with various levels of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiation from the devices we use (mobile phones, wifi, Bluetooth and so on) which our bodies are not designed to handle.  With an overload of these frequencies, our bodies are, in effect, short-circuiting, leading to the onset of inflammation which is the precursor of many dis-eases.

Grounding, or Earthing, is a therapeutic technique based on the premise that by doing activities that allow your skin to touch the natural ground, you reconnect to the earth and it provides you with grounding energy.  The Earth’s surface is covered by a blanket of electrons and every time we come into contact with the Earth’s surface, we are able to absorb these electrons through our skin – it is said that for those attuned to their bodies, noticeable benefits are likely to be experienced after standing barefoot on the earth for 20 minutes. Grounding may act as one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories as well as promoting better sleep quality, the regulation of biological rhythms and other general health improvements – and like walking in nature or forest bathing – it is free. 

Can Grounding benefit our mental health too?  As it turns out, many of us may have practiced a Grounding therapeutic technique that is used to alleviate anxiety, stress and negative thoughts as part of yoga or deep relaxation – equally as helpful to children as adults. The practice of focusing on the present state of the body in minute detail is helpful to those who suffer with insomnia and the inability to calm the mind easily.  For those suffering severe mental stress such as PTSD, these techniques help slow the body and mind, using the body’s senses to quiet distressing thoughts.  If you are interested in the art of Grounding for the mind, here are some useful techniques you might like to try:

Engage with your body

Either sitting or standing, focus on how your body feels from head to toe, noticing each part in turn before moving on to the next.  Concentrate on elements such as the feeling of areas where your body is resting, the weight of anything you might be wearing, the sensation of the ambient air, the temperature of your surroundings and even your breath in and out of mouth or nose.  This is a useful technique to use with anxious children or those who find it difficult to fall asleep.

Listen to your surroundings

Taking a moment to be still, disengage from the myriad of thoughts of things to do and instead concentrate on the individual and minute sounds you might hear when you listen out for them.  Try and identify each sound in isolation before bringing them all back again as a chorus.  It is surprising to find out how many sounds there are, even when you think it is quiet.

Engage your senses

Pick a scented item that you like (such as a herb, tea, flower, spice) and inhale the fragrance, trying to depict individual elements of the aroma.  Can you identify them, or work out what they smell like?  They may even evoke a happy memory for you.  Alternatively, you could pick a food or drink you particularly enjoy, and rather than eat or drink it quickly, take your time to savour each bite or sip.  It feels good doesn’t it?  If you have a bath, you could take the time to wallow in it, enjoying the sensation of the water against your skin.

Grounding during sleep

Sleeping indoors insulates us from the Earth, which means that we are disconnected from the Earth’s natural electric current. In addition to this, the further away from the ground you are, the greater the electrical charge your body carries.  We are delighted to share our recommended supplier for Earthing products. Following extensive research we chose Rowland Earthing, a small UK-based company of passionate health enthusiasts committed to the most cutting-edge Earthing technology, helping people, and improving lives. Find out more about the science here  https://rowlandearthing.co.uk/pages/science.

Alternative products are available from other suppliers such as mats, wrist or ankle bands, adhesive patches and footwear.

So, as the weather turns better and if you can, try routinely walking barefoot outdoors on soil, grass, or sand; pressing your bare hands into the grass or earth; sitting on a chair, bench, or wheelchair with your bare feet set flat on the earth; lying flat on the grass, sand, or gravel with your back, legs, or arms bare; submerging yourself in a natural body of water such as swimming in a pond, lake, or ocean or gardening with your bare hands in the soil.  See if it makes a difference to you.

Optimal Health Group are launching a MINDWORK Centre of Excellence right here in Hampshire this month and are proud to introduce one of the members of our Clinical team – Danielle Berends.  Danielle, a qualified Health Coach, will be working alongside colleagues in the MINDWORK team to help clients who are facing challenges with their mental wellbeing.  Using techniques and technology – such as brain mapping, hypnotherapy and sound therapy – to create a bespoke treatment pathway, Danielle and the team will be supporting clients through their wellness journey every step of the way.

If you want to know more or book an initial assessment, talk to our Care Team – 0330 223 6553 or email careteam@optimal-healthgroup.com.

 

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