Going barefoot is actually a therapy called Earthing also known as Grounding, which focuses on reconnecting with the Earth. This direct skin-to-ground contact allows natural electron energy from the Earth to enter the body which is an excellent conductor, composed mostly of water and minerals. Earthing claims to have positive effects on the body which include improvements in inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, muscle damage, fatigue, stress, depression and sleep. Our modern environment is filled with electromagnetic radiation emitted from mobile phones, computers, TV broadcasts, WIFI, power lines etc. This subtly disrupts electrical communications that are a vital part of the body’s function. By being grounded to the earth, we are effectively shielded by the Earth’s large electrical mass.
Putting scary thoughts of radiation aside, going barefoot is primarily a sensory experience. It connects you to your immediate environment. Through your feet you receive feedback; where you are, the feel of the surface and the temperature. Whatever science may, or may not be associated with Earthing, you’ll know, if you ever run barefoot along a beach, how wonderful it feels!