What is GROUNDING?
Grounding is a technique that discharges electric charge and stress held in your nervous system into the earth to enable you to feel calmer and self regulate better.
Direct contact with the Earth's slightly negative electromagnetic charge evens out the positive charge that builds up in the nervous system - especially when there is high stress or trauma.
This essentially acts to neutralise the nervous system charge that has built up in the bioelectric system of the body.
These electrons also offset free radicals – involved in the body’s immune and inflammatory responses. Since inflammation is a primary contributor to many diseases including degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, being "grounded" for a period of time will reduce inflammation significantly as seen in these thermography pre-post images below:
Red = increased inflammation
Blue = low to no inflammation.
The image on the right was taken on 7-15-05 after 4 nights of sleeping on the ETT sleep system. Note the significant improvement in inflammation in the entire low back region.
What does grounding help with?
Grounding is currently an under-researched topic and there are very few scientific studies on the benefits. However, the most recent scientific research has explored grounding for inflammation, long-lasting pain, muscle repair, cardiovascular disease and emotional health. Benefits of grounding relate to:
inflammation, pain, stiffness, circulation, blood pressure, blood viscosity, HRV, vagal tone, cortisol, stress, depression, anxiety, tiredness, fatigue, energy, mood, blood glucose, immunity, sleep, thyroid function, metabolism, serum electrolytes, wound healing, athletic performance and recovery, and more.
One review study, by Oschman J, Chevalier G and Brown R published the Journal of Inflammation research in 2015, found grounding affects the the central connector between living cells, known as the living matrix.
Grounding affects the the central connector between living cells, known as the living matrix.
Chronic inflammation, wound repair and autoimmune diseases were vastly improved by the electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth.
The importance of the root space (root chakra, sacral chakra, sexual organs, sacrum, womb)
The first spaces to develop in gestation are the perineum, yoni, anus and gonads, The heart develops after that. As a result, these structures reflect our primal development and sense of safety and connection to the world. They hold so much of the early in utero and birth stories and traumas that are often held unconsciously in the body and are the spaces where much somatic and energetic healing can take place.
Healing our root space, physically through structural alignment and release of muscular tension and fascia knots, emotionally through release of fear and power plays and spiritually through release of karmic conditioning helps to reconnect you to your BODY/VIBRANT SEXUALITY/FAMILY/ EARTH/ANCESTORS/TRUE SELF/LIFE FORCE.
It will help you release FEAR/SHAME/SELF DOUBT and feelings of being LOST.
You are your roots. If you are scared to go into the depth of your root space, you will reflect this fear in your life, scared to go deeper into yourself. You will always feel held back by something, unsure of what, and probably projecting it externally.
If you are anchored deeply in your root space, nothing can knock you out, you sway with the wins grateful for their breeze and grow tall and straight like a giant forest tree. Have you ever seen a giant tree with small roots? It is impossible.
Roots are a network of intelligence, like nerve pathways they grow in the dark. They flourish in the void. They seek nutrients in order to allow the blossom the leaves high above. They are not afraid of the mystery or of intimacy with one another. They will grow and weave themselves in with the roots of other trees.
Take some time to drop into your root space today. What lies beneath and how are you healing this? How are you nourishing yourself? Are you blossoming within your own being? Can you go deeper into your roots?
I'm often teaching my clients the importance of grounding and how to establish awareness of their root space and deepen their energetic roots. Infact it's so important not just for clients but also for practitioners of somatic and energetic healing that I've created an online course that takes you through specific techniques and how grounding relates to trauma healing.
Take the course: How to Ground Your Client at the School of Healing Alchemy.
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