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Lady and the Tramp: A Grounded Take

Some of you may not remember this film, or may have never even seen it, but the name lingered on. Definitely catchy. In our world at pluggz, we have become very fond of this phrase. We are of course speaking about the classic Lady and the Tramp, but in the world of grounding shoes, tramp is abbreviated for trampoline, as in our trampoline heel. This is a core feature in our grounding shoes, also called earthing shoes. So what’s this all about?

Trampoline heel groundedThe trampoline heel is actually an original, well-engineered classic heel design. Over the years many shoes have been constructed boasting new and elaborate technologies and special exclusive features. We’ve gone the other way, back in time, however. We believe that tried and true “classics” are good – and always “in”. The custom designed cut-out in the bottom of all pluggz grounding ballet flats (also called earthing ballet flats) allows the heel bone — the calcaneus bone — to stay centered because of the soft spot in the center of the heel. This cut-out has a “trampoline effect” and offers cushioning during one’s heel strike and takes weight away, rather than adds to the load of solid rubber. This also makes our shoes more comfortable to wear.

The sole in all pluggz grounding shoes and earthing shoes made with this heel design is that they have the benefits of a wedge since the medial side/inside of the sole is filled-in, while keeping the look of a heel on the lateral/outside of the shoe. This helps support the foot and keeps it more stable. As a result of this design detail, there is no need for what’s called a shank and this keeps the shoe lighter and softer.

The simple version is, the trampoline heel designed in all pluggz shoes makes for a “light step” while supporting your heel bone at the same time. Some have shared with us this has also made a huge difference in how they stand (now straighter up without leaning to one side). Others have reported the reduction of full absence of back pain they used to have when wearing other shoes.

Further on the classic old news front is even what is more special about pluggz shoes. (We were saving best for last). In fact it goes back to ancient times, when man and woman first set foot on earth. It’s called grounding or earthing. What this is all about is quite simple to understand. It is also scientifically substantiated in numerous studies as well. The earth is an electrical body and has potent natural energy inside it in the form of electrons.

Our bodies, too, are electrical fields, and we were meant to have the flow of this natural energy in to our bodies when we first came on this earth to have a normalized body state.  This happened when we went barefoot much of the time and also wore leather skinned soles on our shoes. We don’t do either much anymore.

Over many centuries leading to the advent of modern times, most of us have lost this direct and constant connection to the earth. As a result, we are not getting this revitalizing energy in to our bodies. Put in other terms, we are “electron deficient”. So what, you say? Well, the so what is, this is not great for your body. Existing reports show that being more electronically balanced — which happens when you get grounded, helps recue inflammation, lower stress, increase circulation, boost vitality, make you more balanced – even happier. Who wouldn’t settle for some of this, let alone all?

So, here’s to the Tramp — and to the past. What’s old is fast becoming new.

Thank you to all of our amazing fans who have entered pluggz and ECBC’s Month Long Travel contest- #SummerWellTraveled. 

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There’s ONE more chance to win a pair of pluggz and an ECBC backpack!

To Enter: 

1) Like pluggz and ECBC on FB
2) But most importantly, be sure to answer this week’s question :

‘What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever received?’ 

HERE: http://bit.ly/pluggz_ecbc_3 

Thank you for participating in our Summer Well Traveled Monthlong of giveaway’s with ECBC.

We’ve got more for you ; )

Week 3: What’s your dream travel destination?

To Enter:

1) You must like both ECBC and pluggz

2) Answer ‘What’s your dream travel destination?’ on ECBC’s Facebook Page Here (link) to win

 

We are excited to announce a month long of giveaway’s with ECBC, a chic luggage company.  Every week we will prompt a question on their facebook and a random winner will win a pair of pluggz and ECBC Hercules Laptop backpack. 

To Enter: You must like both ECBC and pluggz and answer the question of the week.

Week 1: What’s your #1 “healthy” travel tip?

Leave your comment on their FB page to win!

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feetOkay, it was a play on words from that song, but have you noticed how much better we all feel in the summer, what with those warm breezes, ocean smells, lighter clothing and longer daylight hours?  Seems like everything is calmer and a bit slower, doesn’t it?

Summer keeps us grounded because we get plenty of:

  • Earth’s Electrons: We often walk barefoot in summer and, when we do, we absorb the earth’s free electrons. It’s called grounding, and it keeps us healthy.

Cavemen walked barefoot, but our hectic lives and (often highly insulated) shoes cause an electron deficiency, creating an imbalance, associated with inflammation and lack of overall well being. Solution:  Wear a grounding shoe like pluggz.

  • Sand:  We seem to sleep better at the beach, and we usually think it’s because of the sound of the waves– but it’s really because sand and ocean water are natural conductive materials that will help you get rid of positive electrons and negative energy.
  • Light:  Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) leads to excessive sleeping, low energy, depression, and overeating; there’s not much need to worry about that with the long days of summer.
  • Sunshine=Vitamin D:  Although it’s possible to get it from some foods, such as fish, eggs and cod liver oil, the main source of Vitamin D is sunshine.  It gets synthesized through the skin, and 10 minutes is all it takes to avoid a deficiency.  Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, and may also protect against osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer, and other diseases.
  • Abundance=Vibration: There are plenty of flowers, greenery, blue sky, water and wildlife in summer—and it’s all free. That’s abundance.  Abundance is a vibration.  Vibration is energy.  When your energy is high, you’re hopeful, optimistic, happy and healthy.

 

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Calvin Coolidge said it best in a 1924 address: “Teaching is one of the noblest of professions. It requires an adequate preparation and training, patience, devotion, and a deep sense of responsibility. Those who mold the human mind have wrought not for time, but for eternity.”Just about anything can make a kid unruly, and teachers are on their feet all day long—that’s a recipe for stress, anxiety and a lack of overall wellness.

Ideas to brighten up any day:

  • Turn the purse into a mini survival kit, and carry:
  1. A small vial or two of essential oils for a little aromatherapy.  Need calming? Take a whiff of lavender or geranium. Got a headache?  Combine lavender and peppermint. Have indigestion or a tummy ache? Try fennel and ginger. Need a mood uplift?  Sniff a little lemon.
  2. A favorite poem or quote.   William Butler Yeats’ quote reminds teachers why they do what they do: “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”
  3. Healthy snacks, such as an organic apple, orange, grapefruit, mini carrots or raw nuts and seeds.
  • Meditate:  Two or three minutes are really all it takes to become anxiety-free. The Internet is full of free guided meditation downloads, but here’s one from Deepak Chopra. To listen, click here.
  • Wear grounding shoes, and your posture will thank youPluggz footwear combines style, comfort and grounding, with a special custom designed cut-out in the shoe bottom to allow the heel bone to stay centered, important because of the soft spot in the center of the heel. This cut-out has a “trampoline effect” and cushions your feet while walking. By the way, grounding is scientifically proven to keep you calm, stress-free and, well, grounded.

 

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Nature is abundance, and it’s all around us, free for the asking:  flowers, greenery, water, blue sky, wildlife.

Abundance is a vibration, and vibration is energy.

When your vibration is high, you’re positive, optimistic and happy. Everything seems to flow seamlessly, because the Universe sends you situations that have the same energy and vibration you are putting out. The Universe will bring you opportunities that match this feeling on an energetic basis, and that can be anything, from financial abundance to better relationships.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling negative and out of sorts—well, you’ll get that, too!Nature gives us:

  •  Flowers:  They’ve been acknowledged throughout history for their medicinal properties and often have cleansing and antimicrobial properties, and can boost immune systems, increase vitality and enhance mood.

 Speaking of mood, have you ever tried to stay in a bad one when you walk into a room filled with beautiful blooms and sweet scents?

  • Green:  Is associated with spring, renewal, refreshment and vitality.  Chinese medicine relates the color green to the liver (which is where wellness really begins), emotional stability and creativity.
  • Blue Sky: Look at blue and think trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, tranquility, calmness, faith, truth, and heaven. Considered beneficial to mind and body, that color slows metabolism and produces a calming effect—much like grounding. Sky symbolizes infinity- endless possibilities and freedom!
  • Water: A universal symbol of change, water is also associated with emotions, life and birth, forgiveness, spirituality—and the color blue.
  • Wildlife:  We think of animals in the jungle or in the wild, but many also use that word to define life out in the open, on your own, and on your own terms.