Walk barefoot on grass, sand, the warm earth & get right with yourself

If you are feeling a little out of balance--you might just need a walk in the park -- barefoot. Turns out that a growing body of research is showing the phenomenal healing effects of walking skin to skin on the earth. Not only does walking barefoot help you restore balance and muscles on your feet, but going shoeless protects your hips, back, knees and helps with your natural gait which may have been ruined by wearing the wrong shoes. (Hello stilettos!)

But now there is even a more urgent reason to go shoeless-- the earth protects us from the detrimental effects of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by modern technology-- cell phones, laptops, television, radio and microwaves and beyond. You may not see these waves and radiation but trust, they are going through us and making many people very ill.  Modern day rubber shoes keep the energy from traveling up which is why its imperative to take them off and let your feet breathe in the earth's natural energy.

This new science is called earthing or grounding and if you haven't heard the terms, you will soon enough. Barefoot parks are popping up everywhere in Europe, especially in Germany and Austria. They are beautiful, just check out Barefoot Park, where there are miles of gorgeous landscapes where you can thoroughly sink your feet into. The US is very behind this new earthing movement. While there are barefoot hiking groups all over, there are no parks created to specifically enjoy shoeless. 

Walking barefoot has always felt extraordinarily right for me. I love to walk barefoot as much as possible and I found that whenever I spend a lot of time walk outside without shoes, I feel more energized. And connected. Understanding the science behind what I naturally experienced confirms my intuition.

The science behind earthing:
The ubiquitous electronic equipment in modern day society emits radiation that disrupts our bodies. Because the earth is a massive reservoir of negative charged free electrons connecting to it barefoot (without the rubber shoes that prevents connection) allows the earth's electromagnetic field to recharge, balance and as it turns out, protect us from the barrage of radiation. 

Dr Oz recently had an expert to discuss the new body of research and he seems convinced this is not quackery. There are books on the subject such as "Earthing: The Most Important Discovery Ever?"

If the thought of walking barefoot in the city grosses you out, no worries. Amazon carries earthing mats that plug into the earth or grounding hole - the third hole in the electrical outlet. Perfect for urbanites.

Call it crazy but do not mistake the power of the earth and natural healing. Nature has the medicine. We just need to pay attention.So go for a walk in the park and leave the shoes at home.

13 comments:

  1. Dear Sandra - I love this article. I have thought about walking in Central Park barefoot, but I have stopped myself for fear of dog poop. I'm from Ohio, so when I'm at home, my dad's house has a beautiful backyard, where I can do some earthing. But here in New York City, where can I go? The thought of buying a device I can plug in is the opposite of the all natural concept you just described. But earthing is what the doctor has ordered. So, on my next vacation I will walk around barefoot. Until then, I always have the pine hardwood floors in my apartment (I never walk around with shoes or socks on in my apartment). Thanks for this thoughtful piece. Love and light, Mable

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    1. Fear not the dog poop Mable... walk skin to skin on the Earth. You will feel soooo much better. xo

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  2. I would love to experience what you've done. :-) How was the experience?

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    1. Josh,

      Barefoot hiking was marvelous. I've gone two weekends in a row. I am definitely in love with it. Here's the post on it: http://www.sandraguzman.com/2012/06/i-took-forest-bath-i-liked-it.html

      Thanks for stopping by my site and taking the time to comment.

      Much love,
      Sandra

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  3. I would like to try this one as well. Honestly, this is my first time to hear about this therapy. I wonder if this works on a landscape with a synthetic grass installed. Anyway, I have a combination of both synthetic and natural grass. I think I should start doing barefoot walking this weekend.

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    1. Dear Billy

      I am not sure if the synthetic grass will work. Find a patch of earth and hang out there. Barefoot. Check on my post on barefoot walking / forest bathing.

      Thank you for stopping by my site and taking the time to comment.

      Much love,
      Sandra

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  5. Hi Sandra, thanks for the site. I've been researching alot on going barefoot recently. I've gone barefoot plenty of times when over other people's houses b/c either everyone else is or it's b/c their home is clean & inviting. Hoping to get to that point in my own house! Btw, I used to own Birkenstock sandals & clogs & was wondering what your take on those were? Also, not sure if this happens to women, (and I'm serious about this), but I had to find out if it was just me, or if other men experienced arousal when walking barefoot from time to time. Upon further research, I found this was the case for men to increase sexual arousal & hardness in their erection. (Had to be open about this b/c is was a concern for me if that was normal) From a medical stand point, it makes sense, b/c of the meridian points in the body. Have you experienced this or heard of other men & women that have? Also, wondering if going barefoot for the sheer joy of it in it's purest form is healthy, WHILE trying to suppress arousal while barefooting. I'd like your feedback.
    Also do you think it's OK to use public restrooms barefoot? To me stepping on human waste is not something I look forward to. Personally, I think it's disgusting. Ewh. Ugh yuck! Anyways, I just finished watching Dr. Oz's, clip on barefooting & was glad more in depth talk on the subject is being openly discussed. I hope that Americans will be more socially acceptable in doing this in public. Hopefully we can get these European barefoot parks that I read about over here in the US, especially over here in New England, to get Americans on the path to better health and healing!!! In pure health, Alex

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    1. "if other men experienced arousal when walking barefoot from time to time. Upon further research, I found this was the case for men to increase sexual arousal & hardness in their erection".

      I think I can answer this question. Yes when men start walking barefoot after wearing shoes for a long time will get aroused at first. But that fades away after going barefoot more. Your soles will toughen up and won't be as sensitive when the soles were tender and will be able to handle rough ground. So as the sensitivity decreases, so does your arousal.

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  6. It works for me. I've been going barefoot everywhere since May and I use the mat at work and bed pad at home. I barefoot hike 3-4 times a week.

    The muscle development, flexablity and stimulation/reflexology of the foot pad has had the biggest affect. I think grounding is just part of the equation. The cleanest ground connection will be from the earth and I think this is the most beneficial.

    There are many layers to this onion but for me the results have been tremendous. I've experienced better sleep, more energy, earlier wakeups and a sudden disappearance of everyday muscle aches and pains.

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  8. The greatest pleasure of mine in this life is to be (to go) BAREFOOT. Perhaps it was given to me as a gift from God. I like to feel the earth under bare feet, to feel the warmth of the sun, the hot of summer, the moisture of the rain, the raw of the grass green loaded dew, the fluffy snow. Going barefoot, I feel more close to our mother, the Nature. This is my way of saying: "My dear Mother Nature, I love you!" :)

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