“Staying Grounded” with Wilderness Therapy

How Sleeping and Walking on the Ground can Improve Your Health

The Earth has the ability to naturally heal the body. “Grounding,” a relatively new concept, is the practice of using the Earth’s natural electrical energy to re-balance the body simply by coming in direct contact with it through exercises and treatments such as Wilderness Therapy.

What is Grounding?

Grounding, also known as Earthing, is the practice of balancing the electrical frequency of the human body with that of the Earth. It works by absorbing the negatively charged electrons from the Earth to neutralize the over abundance of free radicals within the body.

By coming in direct contact with the Earth through a conductive material, such as sand, dirt, or grass, the body is able to soak up the free electrons within the Earth’s surface and use them to balance the positive electrons within the body.

Earthing can be achieved a number of ways, with new products — such as a grounding mat — constantly being developed to aid in this. The easiest way to practice grounding, however, is simply to walk, sit, stand or lie directly on the earth. After just a few minutes, the body will begin to realign itself to this frequency, resulting in a variety of health benefits.

Coming in contact with the Earth’s electrical energy promotes health and well-being.

This practice has had a long-standing reputation for healing, but only recently has had the science to back it up. In the book, Earthing: the most important health discovery ever?, written by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Clinton Ober and Martin Zucker, there is compelling evidence to support the practice.

The benefits of grounding include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Detoxify the body of free radicals such as heavy metals and pollution
  • Decreased pain
  • Rebalanced natural circadian rhythms
  • Increase in energy
  • Reduced chronic inflammation

Wilderness Therapy offers the opportunity to get grounded.

In Wilderness Therapy, teens and young adults are constantly practising grounding by hiking, walking, and sleeping outdoors. For those suffering from behavioral, psychological or substance-abuse issues, grounding can aid in overcoming them.

When the natural benefits of grounding are realized, the underlying issues that accompany an individual’s problem can begin to be addressed. By re-balancing the electrical energy within the body, teens and young adults in Wilderness Therapy experience drastic improvements in behaviors and attitudes. For those whose bodies are full of destructive free radicals, simply living in the wilderness setting allows for the kick-start needed to begin the path to achieving health and well-being.