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Staying grounded – what is earthing and how it can improve your health

I have always been drawn to natural landscapes. Forests, beaches, mountains, lakesides, any green space where Mother Nature gets to show off her beauty and calm.

Whenever I visit a new city, more than ticking off the must-see’s, I seem to be drawn to its parks, the serene, air purifying “lungs”. Or when I feel stressed, tired or grumpy, a nature walk is always my go-to remedy.

It is also something that helps me regain my focus and brings me back to “myself” after a particularly intense session of bodywork, treatment or therapy.

standing grounded

Can you relate to this?

I believe most of us do, and it is because we are innately connected to Earth and its electromagnetic field. This energy has the power to heal us by increasing our health, vitality, energy, vibration, however you like to think of it.



Earthing, or grounding, means simply tapping into this healing, purifying vibrational force. It runs literally under our feet.

Stephen Sinatra, a cardiologist who has done extensive study in the science behind earthing, writes in his book ‘Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth’: “Humans, as well as all living beings and plants, are bioelectric life-forms in constant interaction with the environment. Our cells resonate to particular frequencies and are in constant transmission and receipt of energy. We owe our heart’s rhythmic beating to electrical impulses. Our nervous and immune systems, as well as muscular activity, also involve electrical currents. With modern life, heavily insulated homes and buildings and rubber and plastic-soled shoes have largely disconnected us from the Earth’s healing energy – a disconnect that may be an overlooked cause of the steep rise of diseases, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep that plague contemporary cities.“

beach walk

Grounding is the easiest, most uplifting and enjoyable way to protect ourselves from the constant bombardment of our modern day wireless technology, toxins, pollutants and emissions. Half an hour a day is recommended, but even 10 minutes at the end of the day or during your lunch break can work wonders.



  • Walking barefoot on grass, sand, rocks…
  • Swimming in the ocean or a lake, or dipping your toes in the water whilst walking on the beach
  • Gardening, weeding, planting, picking, foraging, watering…
  • Sitting on a park bench on your lunch break and planting your feet firmly to the ground
  • Going hiking or camping in nature as often as possible
  • Hugging or sitting under a tree, or on a rock, inhaling their ancient wisdom
  • Looking at, or sniffing, flowers
  • Filling your office or home with indoor plants and caring for them with love!
  • Exercising outdoors whenever possible.

It is also a good idea to limit your use of wireless technology, turn off your wise old treephone/WiFi/tv/appliances when they are not in use, limit the duration of your phone calls or at least use speakerphone and keep electrical appliances out of the bedrooms at night.



I’m the first to confess that I have always been the greeny-beany tree-hugging type! I have come to understand, though, that it is not something to hide or be embarrassed about, on the contrary!

Connecting to the Earths energy is the sanest thing we can do for our health and wellbeing. Not to mention the implications this practice could have on the conservation of our planet if we pass the appreciation of nature to our family, friends, children and community.

Now off you go to the nearest park, and wrap your arms around the first tree you see!!

No? If it’s a bit too much to ask, what about taking a moment to google some national parks and start planning the next camping trip?!



Riina Kosonen is a massage therapist interested in all things selfcare and natural healing. She practises in Newcastle, NSW. She is also a self-confessed tree-hugger, moment-seizer, lunchbreak-bird-watcher, on-off-backyard-gardener and a proud owner of a handsome indoor plant (monstera deliciosa) whom she calls Pablo.



Rosa, T. and Sinatra, S. 2015. Health Revelations From Heaven And Earth.

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