Colour Therapy

What is Colour Therapy?


Colour Therapy is a complementary therapy for which there is evidence dating back thousands of years to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India. Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths, thus each colour has its own particular wavelength and energy.


The energy relating to each of the seven spectrum colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras/energy centres of the body. If you can imagine the chakras as a set of cogs/wheels, they are rather like the workings of a clock or an engine; each cog/wheel needs to move smoothly for the clock/engine to work properly. Thus good health and wellbeing is achieved by a balance of all these energies.  Balance of the energy in each of the body’s chakras is very important for health and wellbeing. Colour therapy can help to re-balance and/or stimulate these energies by applying the appropriate colour to the body and therefore re-balance our chakras.


Red relates to the base chakra, orange the sacral chakra, yellow the solar plexus chakra, green the heart chakra, blue the throat chakra, indigo the brow chakra (sometimes referred to as the third eye) and violet relates to the crown chakra.


Colour is absorbed by the eyes, skin, skull our ‘magnetic energy field’ or aura and the energy of colour affects us on all levels, that is to say, physical, spiritual and emotional. Every cell in the body needs light energy - thus colour energy has widespread effects on the whole body. There are many different ways of giving colour, including; Solarized Water, Light boxes/lamps with colour filters, colour silks and hands on healing using colour.


Colour therapy can be shown to help on a physical level, which is perhaps easier to quantify, however there are deeper issues around the colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Our wellbeing is not, of course, purely a physical issue. Fortunately, many more practitioners, both orthodox and complementary are now treating patients in an holistic manner. That is to say, we are body, mind and spirit and none of these areas function entirely alone; each has an effect upon the other. This is why Colour Therapy can be so helpful since colour addresses all levels of our being.


As babies we first experience colour in the womb where we are enveloped in a nurturing and comforting pink. Then as a child we associate with colour as part of our first learning processes. These first associations contribute to our consciousness. As we get older we attach many different feelings, memories and meanings to certain colours and this can then become a feature in our subconscious. We can build up prejudices to colours which have happy, sad, or frightening connotations for us.


All life experiences make an impression upon us. Some experiences will be positive and some negative. It is these negative experiences which can manifest themselves physically over time as dis-ease. As an example:- perhaps we have, over the years, been in a situation where we have felt unable, for one reason or another, to speak our mind, or to express our own truth. This can manifest as a problem in the throat chakra. The throat chakra relates in the spiritual aspect to self expression. Thus, if our self expression has been blocked, the energy in this area will not be free flowing and in turn this can lead to a physical manifestation of dis-ease.


Noting strong colour preferences can also be a helpful aid to finding possible problems and working with the appropriate colour/colours to help to dispel negative feelings, free blocks and re-balance the body emotionally, spiritually and, in turn, physically.


Colour Therapy is a totally holistic and non-invasive therapy and, really, colour should be a part of our everyday life, not just something we experience for an hour or two with a therapist. Colour is all around us everywhere. This wonderful planet does not contain all the beautiful colours of the rainbow for no reason. Nothing on this earth is here just by chance; everything in nature is here for a purpose. Colour is no exception. All we need to do is to heighten our awareness of the energy of colour and how it can transform our lives. A professional therapist will help you to do this. The capacity for health and wellbeing is within us all.


RED

Suitability:  Increases vitality and energy, signals attention


Chakra:  Base/Root. Traditionally the seat of life force


Attributes:  Invigorating, vital, activating


Physical effects:  Exhausting and curbing in excess


Distribution:  Makes space smaller and oppressive


As light:  Turns greens to black and dominates


Best use:  Counteract exhaustion


Poor use:  Stress areas


Spacial effect Use: for highlights


%Use:  7%

Orange

Suitability:  Cheerful, anti-depressant, happy environment


Chakra:  Sacral. Outgoing energy and digestion


Attributes:  Lightness, easing, letting go


Physical effects:  Relaxation of mind and body


Distribution:  Claustrophobic and tight


As light:  Soft but can become sickly


Best use:  Theatres and resturants


Poor use: Areas of stress


Spacial effect:  Breaks order, unconventional


%Use:  25-30%

Yellow

Suitability:  Singular, detaching, lack of involvement


Chakra:  Solar Plexus. Focus on mental powers


Attributes:  Lightness, etheral, letting go 


Physical effects:  Confusion, loss of orientation


Distribution:  Nervousness, tention


As light:  Disorientating, perplexing 


Best use:  Distorts perspective


Poor use:  Unstressed areas


Spacial effect:  Gives feeling of space


%Use:  Less than 9%

Green

Suitability: Hyperactivity without personal commitment

Chakra:  Heart. balancing of the emotional state

Attributes:  Finest balance, state of indecision

Physical effects:  Stability, physical equilibrium

Distribution:  Stillness, static space

As light:  Disorientating, confusing

Best use:  Outside, open space

Poor use:  Aids concentration and mental focus

Spacial effect:  Curves and planes

%Use:  Less than 5%

Blue

Suitability:  Relaxing, inviting, communicating, gregarious


Chakra:  Throat. balancing centre of metabolism


Attributes:  Spacious, ease of tension and stress.


Physical effects:  Balance and calm of body and mind


Distribution:  Opening of space, relaxing


As light:  Unwinding, spaciousness 


Best use:  Stress related areas


Poor use:  None


Spacial effect:  Creates softness


%Use:  65%

Purple

Suitability:  Ease of self, peace, love, concern for others


Chakra:  Third-eye Centre of self-respect


Attributes:  Individuality, inner balance, silence


Physical effects:  Relaxing, mind balancing


Distribution:  Unburdening, protecting


As light:  Sensual, aphrodisiac


Best use:  Areas of festivity


Poor use:  Areas of suffering


Spacial effect:  Generally supports 


%Use:  15-18%

Magenta Pink

Suitability:  Helps raise energy level. formal & festive.


Chakra:  Top of the head, centre of spiritual qualities - Crown chakra


Attributes:  Absorbing, stimulating, abounding


Physical effects:  Self-respect, dignity, composure.


Distribution:  Calm control of surrounds


As light: Aids concentration and mental focus


Best use:  Places of spiritual force


Poor use:  Entertainment areas


Spacial effect:  Vertical and horizontal lines


%Use:  Less than 4%

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