The Barefoot Healers
I have recently teamed up with a friend and fellow healer, Bo, to create Barefoot Healers. You can find us on Facebook here, website still under construction. The main aim of the collaboration is to provide in person and eventually online courses, based around the concept of Intuitive self healing.
The idea is that through varies techniques, support and learning how to tap into our innate ability to use our intuition, we can heal thy self.
You can read more about us here.
This approach is mind, body and soul healing. It is our belief that you cannot achieve your true potential without addressing all 3, as they are often (if not always) intrinsically linked. While this approach is not new to Jenius, it expands upon the soul aspect and importance of being connected to the heart beat of mother earth and what surrounds us.
The website is under construction ad we will be holding our first workshop “An Introduction to Intuitive Healing” on the 16th of June.
The first module and the rest of the outline for the online course are being put together but will include the following modalities (name may change).
- Gut health and Digestion
- Managing stress
- Hormone balance
- Immune strengthening
- Proper and Safe Detoxification from Toxins and Heavy Metals
- The Mind-Body-Soul Connection
- Meditation, Breathing, and Sound Therapy Classes
- Reiki and Energy Medicine
- Detox Pathways
- Sound therapies
- The use of herbs, oils, flower remedies and crystals.
- Chakra balancing
- Energy and Quantum healing
- Emotional Balance
- The Impact of Solar, Lunar, and Planetary Influences on Health
- and more
Each module with cover mind, body and soul in relation to the subject, all with the ethos of enhancing our intuition.
You cannot access and utilize the seat of your soul, your intuition without having a “clean” vessel where energy flows like water. Stagnant energy can get blocked in our machinery and cause dis-ease.
So why barefoot?
The inspiration for the name came from our mutual love to get our feet on the ground and the benefits we feel when we are connected to Gaia.
When we walk, if we can, we kick off our shoes and feel the earth beneath our feet.
If meditating outside, we take off our shoes. If we are on the beach (even better) we let our feet breathe and walk in the sea.
The Vital Connection: Earthing and its Impact on Health and Well-being.
In our modern lives, we are surrounded by technology, concrete jungles, and insulated environments that often disconnect us from the Earth’s natural energy.
Many people live with daily pain and constant stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. They feel out-of-sorts–not centered, strong, or solid. Doctors often can’t find the cause and resort to prescribing medications that produce side effects like fatigue, poor mood, gastrointestinal upset, and headaches.
We are a bioelectrical beings living on an electrical planet. Our bodies operate electrically. All of our cells transmit multiple frequencies that run, for example, your heart, immune system, muscles, and nervous system.
With the exception of humans living in industrialized societies, all living things on our planet are connected to the ground’s electric energy. In industrialized societies, we rarely go barefoot and walk around outside or wear natural leather shoes that allow you to absorb the ground’s energy.
For many decades, people have increasingly been wearing rubber and plastic-soled shoes that act as a barrier to the Earth’s energy, insulating them from electrical contact with the Earth. People also generally don’t sleep on the ground anymore, as many cultures have done throughout history. They live and work above the ground, even far above the ground in high-rises.
In general the truth is, we’re disconnected. We’re ungrounded. We are not in touch with the Earth. Could this disconnection be an overlooked factor in the increase of illnesses and dis-ease?
A growing body of scientific research suggests that reconnecting with the Earth through the practice of earthing or grounding can have profound effects on our health and well-being.
The concept of humans as electromagnetic beings, and the scientific evidence that supports the exchange of electrons between our bodies and the Earth.
What is grounding?
Earthing, also known as grounding, is the practice of coming into direct contact with the Earth’s surface, such as walking barefoot on grass, sand, or soil. It allows for the transfer of free electrons from the Earth into our bodies, which may have significant implications for our overall health.
Every living organism on Earth generates an electromagnetic field. Our bodies produce electrical activity in the form of nerve impulses, muscle contractions, and biochemical reactions.
Moreover, our cells communicate using electrical signals. This intricate web of electrical activity implies that our well-being is closely tied to the delicate balance of electrical charges within our bodies.
Scientific research suggests that the Earth’s surface carries a negative electrical potential, while our bodies can carry positive charges due to various factors such as exposure to electromagnetic fields and stress. This potential imbalance can lead to chronic inflammation, pain, and other health issues.
When we come into direct contact with the Earth, electrons flow from the Earth to our bodies, effectively neutralizing excess positive charges.
This process, called grounding, helps restore the body’s natural electrical balance. By establishing a connection with the Earth’s electric energy, we can potentially benefit from its natural healing properties.
Several studies have investigated the effects of earthing on various aspects of human health. Here are a few key findings:
Inflammation and Immune Response
When it comes to grounding and its impact on inflammation in the body, the practice of earthing has been shown to have significant effects. When we come into direct contact with the Earth’s surface, such as walking barefoot on grass or soil, free electrons from the Earth flow into our bodies.
These electrons act as powerful antioxidants, helping to neutralize excess positively charged molecules, known as free radicals, in our tissues. By reducing the levels of free radicals and oxidative stress, grounding can effectively dampen the inflammatory response in the body.
This, in turn, may lead to a decrease in chronic inflammation, which is associated with a wide range of health conditions, including pain, autoimmune disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. Studies have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of grounding, providing evidence for its potential in alleviating inflammation-related symptoms and promoting overall well-being.
Reference: Chevalier, G., et al. (2012). Earthing: Health implications of reconnecting the human body to the Earth’s surface electrons. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, 291541.
Sleep and Stress Reduction
The pathophysiology underlying the improvement in sleep and stress through grounding involves the complex interplay between the body’s electrical system, the autonomic nervous system, and the stress response.
When we are grounded, the electrical connection with the Earth allows for the transfer of electrons into our bodies. This influx of electrons has been found to have a balancing effect on the body’s electrical charge and promotes a state of homeostasis.
In terms of sleep, grounding has been shown to influence the autonomic nervous system, which controls many bodily functions, including sleep-wake cycles. Research suggests that grounding helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system, leading to improved balance between the parasympathetic (rest and digest) and sympathetic (fight or flight) branches. This balance is crucial for facilitating relaxation and promoting better sleep quality.
Additionally, grounding has been found to reduce levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. Chronic stress can disrupt sleep patterns and contribute to various health issues. By reducing cortisol levels, grounding helps to mitigate the detrimental effects of stress on the body, allowing for improved sleep and a greater sense of well-being.
Furthermore, grounding’s impact on inflammation may also play a role in sleep and stress improvement. Chronic inflammation can contribute to sleep disturbances and increase stress levels. By reducing inflammation through the neutralization of free radicals, grounding may help alleviate the underlying factors that disrupt sleep and contribute to stress.
In summary, the pathophysiology of grounding in improving sleep and reducing stress involves regulating the autonomic nervous system, balancing the body’s electrical charge, reducing cortisol levels, and addressing inflammation. These combined effects contribute to a more relaxed state, enhanced sleep quality, and reduced stress levels, ultimately promoting better overall well-being.
Reference: Ghamgosha, M., et al. (2021). Effect of grounding on sleep quality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2021, 5589672.
Pain and Healing
Improvement in pain through grounding techniques involves several interconnected mechanisms, including the modulation of inflammation, reduction of oxidative stress, and the influence on the body’s electrical signaling.
One of the key factors contributing to pain is inflammation. Inflammation is a natural immune response that can become chronic and contribute to ongoing pain. Grounding has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects by reducing levels of pro-inflammatory markers and dampening the inflammatory response.
When we are grounded, electrons from the Earth enter our bodies, neutralizing excess positively charged molecules, including free radicals. By reducing oxidative stress and neutralizing free radicals, grounding helps to modulate the inflammatory process, leading to a decrease in pain sensations.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, grounding techniques may also influence pain through the regulation of electrical signaling in the body. Nerves transmit electrical signals that communicate pain sensations to the brain. Grounding has been found to affect the electrical activity in the body, potentially modulating nerve signaling. This modulation can help regulate pain perception and may contribute to pain relief.
Furthermore, grounding techniques have been shown to promote the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving and mood-enhancing chemicals produced by the body. Endorphins bind to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, reducing pain perception and promoting a sense of well-being. By facilitating the release of endorphins, grounding techniques can provide pain relief and improve overall comfort.
Overall, the pathophysiology of pain improvement through grounding involves the modulation of inflammation, reduction of oxidative stress, regulation of electrical signaling, and the release of endorphins. These combined effects contribute to pain reduction, providing a potential complementary approach for managing various types of pain.
Reference: Chevalier, G., et al. (2017). Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 23(5), 349-354.
The potential benefits of earthing on cardiovascular health, including reducing blood viscosity and improving heart rate variability, are thought to be mediated through several mechanisms involving the body’s electrical system, autonomic nervous system, and inflammation modulation.
Blood viscosity reduction: Blood viscosity refers to the thickness and stickiness of the blood. High blood viscosity can hinder blood flow and put additional strain on the cardiovascular system. Research suggests that earthing can help reduce blood viscosity. When we are grounded, electrons from the Earth enter our bodies, which may help balance the electrical charges within the blood. This balancing effect could contribute to improved blood flow and decreased blood viscosity.
Autonomic nervous system regulation: The autonomic nervous system controls the involuntary functions of the cardiovascular system, including heart rate and blood pressure. Earthing has been found to influence the autonomic nervous system, promoting balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) branches. This balance is crucial for maintaining cardiovascular health. By promoting a state of relaxation and reducing stress, earthing may positively impact heart rate variability, which is an indicator of the adaptability and responsiveness of the cardiovascular system.
Inflammation modulation: Chronic inflammation is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Earthing has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, reducing markers of inflammation in the body. By neutralizing excess free radicals and reducing oxidative stress, earthing helps to modulate the inflammatory response. This inflammation modulation may have a positive impact on cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of inflammation-related damage to blood vessels and improving overall cardiovascular function.
Reference: Chevalier, G., et al. (2013). Earthing (grounding) the human body reduces blood viscosity—a major factor in cardiovascular disease. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19(2), 102-110.
Take off your shoes.
So, the next time you have the opportunity, kick off your shoes, walk barefoot on the Earth, and let the natural energy flow through you.
For more information on Jennie, see here.
For more information on Bo, see here.