Do You Remember the Last Time
You Walked Barefoot Outside?
Echotherapy Practices Can Help You
There are few of us who can’t remember the feel of wet sand or mud between our toes. Maybe we were children, or maybe we were on vacation, or out in our garden, at the beach or just didn’t want to get our shoes dirty. So, we pulled off our socks and shoes and started walking.
Touch the Earth with Bare Skin
To put it briefly, when your bare feet or skin touches the earth, free electrons are taken up into the body. These electrons could be referred to as nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralize damaging excess free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease in the body.
The Earth is a conductor of free electrons and so are all living things on the planet, including us. The body is composed mostly of water and minerals which in combination are excellent conductors of electrons from the Earth providing there is direct skin contact or some other conductive channel for them to flow through.
What is Ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy refers to healing and growth through connections and interactions with the earth and nature through grounding or earthing (connecting with the earth itself through barefoot walks, gardening, or swimming in natural lakes or rivers). Ecotherapy also considers the latest scientific understandings of nature and life, and how we interact and engage with the actual energetic forces of nature.
You don’t need to get naked in a sweat lodge or dance under the stars to benefit from connecting with the earth, although those practices have been shown to benefit many as well. Learn how basic Ecotherapy practices (walking in nature, standing barefoot in your garden, walking a labyrinth, wading in a stream, or other Eco-therapeutic practices) can enhance your life, mood, and healing in a normal and natural way.
If you walk on ground free from glass, shards, and other objects that can hurt or cut your feet, and you are consistent in your earthing practice, 30- to 60-minutes of earthing a day has been shown to help reduce stress and inflammation in most people.
We need nature, both to feel better and live longer, and to heal. Hundreds of studies in various practices now prove people are intimately connected with, embedded in, and inseparable from the rest of nature. It’s free.