Walking barefoot, also known as “earthing”, in the elements and environment and being familiar with nature was natural to our ancient ancestors. Walking barefoot on the earth was and still is one of the most primal instincts for mankind.
Going barefoot is a practice that has a number of remarkable health advantages. Such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep. This is supported in a number of scientifically-researched studies.
The term Earthing means walking with bare feet on any natural surface (soil, grass or sand). Studies are showing that the health benefits come from the relationship between our bodies and the electrons in the earth, which has its own natural charge. We seem to do better when we are in direct contact with it – or ‘grounded‘.
A light, natural stride in the body returns when walking or running with bare feet. Muscles (made dormant by our shoes) improve our balance system, reawaken nerve endings, and reflexology points on the bottom of our feet are stimulated.
Barefoot walking becomes more than just exercise. It becomes a form of healing, through releasing stress and replacing it with wellbeing on every level.