Colour is everywhere. We take pleasure in it consciously (What is your favourite colour?). But even on a subconscious level, it has an effect on us. You may already know that colour is light and energy. Which is why the title was chosen for this page. Colour, light and energy.
There are said to be millions of colours: tones and shades of the familiar spectrum we all know.
When Sir Isaac Newton bent the colour spectrum turning it into a circle, he created the colour wheel. And ever since, the colour wheel has been used to understand relationships between colours and to create colour schemes. The colour wheel also shows which colours are warm or cool, and which are complementary.
Cool colours – blue through to violet – are in the half of the colour wheel with shorter wavelengths. They have a calming effect. Of course, bright cool colours are more ‘exciting’ than lighter, or medium to dark cool colours.
Warm colours range – red through to yellow – basically the half of the colour wheel which corresponds to the longer wavelengths. Warm colours are active and get your attention. They can stimulate the emotions and be motivating.
What is colour therapy?
Colour therapy is also known as chromotherapy and is a type of holistic healing that uses the visible spectrum of light and colour to affect a person’s mood and physical or mental health. With each colour falling into a specific frequency and vibration, it is believed contribute to specific properties which can be used to affect the energy and frequencies within our bodies.
Of course, we know that light enters through our eyes, bur light (colour) can also enter the body through our skin. As each colour has a unique frequency and vibration, different colours will have differing effects in influencing emotion and enabling the body to heal.
Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese practiced chromotherapy (the use of colour to heal). In this treatment:
- Red was used to stimulate body and mind and to increase the circulation.
- Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
- Orange was used to heal the lungs and also to increase energy levels.
- Blue was believed to soothe and treat illness and pain.
- Indigo was thought to alleviate skin problems.
Colour therapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy and is used today as a holistic or complementary treatment. Colour or light therapists use a variety of devices and techniques to treat physical and psychological conditions. Science is catching up, in terns of research that explains how and why light and colour energy can achieve results.
The use of Colour as a Therapy is a truly holistic, non-invasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt.
Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths and, as such, is a form of energy that is used in Colour Therapy.
This light energy affects all living cells (as we all know, without light all living things are affected). Used in the right way, these different frequencies of light, i.e. colour, can have a profound and healing effect on all creation, human or otherwise. It is a well know scientific fact that everything has a vibration, that is to say that all things have their own vibration/frequency, and that includes US!
About colour therapy
Colour Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body’s energy centres/chakras by using the colours of the light spectrum, which can help to stimulate our body’s own healing process.
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Colour Therapy – what it can be used for
Colour Therapy can be used for any problem whether, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual for specific problems as well as an over all relaxation therapy.
Colour Therapy can be used safely and effectively – either alone or alongside any other therapy, whether complementary or orthodox medicine – for adults, children, babies and non-human animals alike. (However, no complementary therapy should ever be considered as an alternative to orthodox medical advice.)
Colour energy can be the catalyst for our healing process and encourages normal and healthy workings of the body.
Colour Therapy should not be something you just go to a therapist to ‘have done to you’. Colour is everywhere and should be utilized as part of our everyday life. A professional Colour Therapist can explain and advise you on how you can use colour at home for health and wellbeing.
What is Colour Psychology?
The psychology of colour is based on the mental and emotional effects of colours. Of course, there are subjective aspects to colour psychology as well as some well-established research. There are also cultural variations in interpretation, meaning and perception. Colour is often connected to emotions and may influence a person’s mental or physical state.