During my Qigong treatment from my colleague, I easily drifted away beyond my physical borders during her treatment. I could feel myself floating and drifting and exploring. I also came back to my body instantly as if I was crashing back and I was being sucked back without warning. This happened when my colleague physically touched my ankle during the treatment, which usually is no big deal, but if you are not physically in your body, it was as if it induced an alarm and I suddenly came rushing back. I found it difficult to get my bearings back for a few seconds until I could get reoriented.
In my practice I have learned to respect the grounding process and I don't bypass it, even if my client has never had an out-of-body experience or is not prone to soul expansion. I want them to be connected to the earth so if they have the opportunity to expand during their Qigong treatment, they may do so without fear and know they are connected and will be feel safe.
I have also noticed that with each client, the grounding process is different. Sometimes it is as if I am moving the energy through soft butter and getting them connected to the earth. Other times, it is like forging a connection through overgrown brush before I can connect them to the earth. But I always do this step to make sure my clients will feel safe and secure when I work with their energy. It is almost as if the grounding process is the handshake of respect between my energy, their energy, and with the earth's energy.