Colour Therapy is based on the idea that colours create electrical impulses in our brains that stimulate hormonal and biochemical processes in our body; these processes either calm or stimulate us.
It is an entirely non-invasive holistic treatment which aims to bring balance to the energy of our body. It is often used as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments and is a popular go-to practice for people suffering depression, stress, and seasonal affective disorder.
Scientifically, colours have been proven to affect our moods and perception, and there is evidence of this form of therapy dating back to ancient Egypt, historic China and ages-old India. In fact, healing by means of colour and light was the first type of ‘therapy’ used by man.
What are the benefits Colour Therapy?
Simply put, colour is just light of varying wavelengths and frequencies. Electromagnetic waves constantly surround us, and colour is part of those waves. Every single cell in the body needs light energy. Our cells absorb colour, and this affects us on every level, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Each colour has a different frequency, thereby having a different effect on the body when exposed.
It is widely believed that we have seven main energy centres. These are referred to as chakras, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’ or ‘disk’. The chakras surround major nerve bundles and organs and can be thought of as a set of cogs, like the workings of a clock.
The energy which relates to the seven spectrum colours, resonates with the seven main chakras. If we are going through a hardship or suffering an ailment, our chakras will not be working in harmony.
The balance of energy in the body’s chakras is vital for wellbeing, so when there is a spanner in the works for whatever reason, it negatively affects us. A Colour Therapist can help you determine what colours you need to be influenced by in order to stimulate or unblock certain chakras.
What does a typical Colour Therapy session look like?
The types of colour therapy sessions are as varied as the colours of the rainbow!
Generally, Practitioners will ask you to complete a general health questionnaire and enquire as to the focus for the session.
Treatment will be selected to uncover underlying stress conditions, create a calm and relaxing atmosphere and best assist the body’s natural healing ability.
Colour therapy sessions are generally performed with the client fully clothed. The length of sessions can vary from practitioner to practitioner, typically sessions can take anywhere between 40 mins to 1 & ½ hours.
How do I find a specialist that suits me?
Once you have decided on Colour Therapy, you can start to build up a list of potential practitioners. It is god to get in touch before a session to understand more about the techniques they may employ. It is good to make sure you are comfortable with their approach.