Maybe you’ve heard of grounding, but don’t really know what it means. Grounding is a therapeutic technique that involves performing activities that “ground” or energetically reconnect you to the earth.
This practice builds on the science of grounding and grounding physics to explain how electric charges from the ground can have positive effects on your body. After all, we are all a bunch of atoms and electrons packed together in a body, right?
There’s a science to grounding and it’s being heavily explored—the risks and benefits, and how to perform grounding best.
The most recent scientific research has explored grounding for inflammation, cardiovascular disease, muscle damage, chronic pain, and mood.
The results are astounding. Grounding is very effective as it reduces and prevents inflammation from occurring in the body, which in turn helps prevent inflammation-related health disorders. It’s also shown that the process of grounding helps release stress, thus reducing it. Another significant benefit is improved circulation.
So, here’s how it works: when you’re outside, you can easily engage in the act of grounding by allowing the soles of your feet, perhaps also palms, or your whole body to touch the ground. Walk on the grass, lie on the sand, or swim in the sea. These are all simple ways to reconnect naturally, and this is what grounding essentially is; it’s in the expression itself. It is the reconnection of your body, with nature and with itself.
Grounding is best when done daily for 20-30 minutes; however, any amount of time helps and can be beneficial. If persistent, grounding will allow your body enough time to absorb the energies, and this should be enough to begin easing the pain, tension, and stress we regularly experience.
There are many kinds of grounding techniques to do as well, with various emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical grounding techniques. All of them possess a certain effect, and there are very strong physical and emotional implications to unpack with grounding.
It’s important to note that grounding doesn’t have to be done in nature; the point of grounding is to reconnect to yourself and your body in the most peaceful and non-disturbing way possible. One of the most used methods and oldest is the 5-4-3-2-1 method.
Using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique, you will purposefully take in the details of your surroundings using each of your senses. The point is to notice small details that your mind usually tunes out, such as distant sounds, the texture of an object, and even the smell of a certain room in your house.
Emotionally grounding connects you to your thoughts, and brings awareness to your feelings and mood. Physically, it makes you more aware of your body first and foremost, and then, more importantly, it can positively affect health.
Grounding is also studied to be of help in more serious diseases, particularly those dealing with inflammation.
Light therapy uses and benefits are plenty, and now it’s something to consider using alongside grounding. It is a complementary wellness experience, as light therapy works by encouraging the process, while grounding can create it.
With grounding, our body is recharging, boosting the number of white blood cells, and light therapy works alongside to multiply and accelerate cell reproduction. This can rejuvenate your whole organism.
Both processes aim at achieving the same goal; they are holistic, non-invasive practices that improve your general well-being.
Grounding techniques are also a proven tool for trauma survivors and people with PTSD, as well as conditions such as anxiety, depression, or just general stress and fatigue. This is also where grounding connects with light therapy, since LED light treatments help with many mental disorders, as well. And, light therapy is proven to help regulate our brain chemicals such as serotonin, help with sleep disorders, and melatonin production.
Together, these two modalities can reconnect you to your body and mind, and ultimately bring your body back into balance.
With the use of Hooga red light therapy devices and grounding products, you can receive light therapy and grounding treatment that actually works, and attends to all aspects of mental and physical well-being.