I find that there is nothing more comforting than walking barefoot on the dewy grass in the mornings or on the beach with the salt water gently brushing against you. Whether it is dipping your feet in a gurgling stream or soaking in a hot spring, such experiences are when you feel truly immersed with nature.
Walking barefoot on any of the earth's natural surfaces, bet it sand, grass or soil is called 'earthing' and not only does it feel good, but it also heals your body, mind and spirit.
It is a great way to reduce stress and bring back balance. When we make direct contact with the natural ground beneath us, our body synchronises with the energies of the earth, making us more at one with the universe.
Allow me to explain; the earth is sprinkled with several magnetic fields, each with their own energies flowing through them. Our body is just the same, with a mix of positive and negative discharges. The direct contact through our feet causes an exchange of energies that result in the neutralisation of our negative energies, which can could be the ones causing ill-health and disorders.
Naad Wellness is home to sprawling gardens and my fellow doctors and I often recommend walking barefoot on the grass to many guests, especially those who suffer from insomnia and diabetes.
Let me share another example of earthing, which is based on the concept of reflexology. If you are familiar with it or have experienced it yourself, you would probably know that the objective of this therapy is to stimulate the different nerve endings or reflexes that are linked to the body's internal organs. Not only does reflexology soothe tired feet, but it also helps your organs heal from within.
At our wellness centre, you can experience this a step further, through a combination of reflexology and earthing. Our Reflexology Track , which has been inspired by the yin and yang symbol features soft, smooth pebbles of different sizes. These pebbles act as stimulants and massage the feet gently, helping one release stress and increase focus.
I suggest you include the practice of earthing in your daily fitness regime. It can be easily done from literally anywhere in the world, even when you are on vacation or have some free time during your lunch break at work.
However, in order for you to reap the maximum benefits, it is strongly recommended that you practice it while the sun is still up and bright in the sky. The energies of the earth combined with that of the sun, along with the goodness of fresh air can really work wonders.
How do you think you will practice earthing? Feel free to write to me on firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and I will be happy to address any questions that you may have.
About the author: A graduate of S.D.M.College of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences, Dr Deepthy's expertise includes Yoga, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology and physiotherapy. She is also known for her empathetic ear and counselling skills. A firm believer in the healing powers of food, Dr Deepthy is responsible putting overseeing the diet of our resident guests and also helping them make lifestyle alterations when they check-out from the centre.