Color therapy healing, also known as chromotherapy, is an alternative treatment to heal physical and mental ailments, using color. It works by stimulating the bodies healing process by using the seven colors of the spectrum.
Light is composed of colors. Along with colors, light also consists of chemical and emotional elements, as it emits heat, electricity and magnetism. Hence, light, along with its colors, can be used to heal the mind and body. This is done by using colors, based on their electrical and heating properties.
How does color therapy work?
Color therapy is known to bring health and balance to the body, mind and emotions. Colors exist with vibrational energy, made up of reflected light that hits the retina of the eye as wavelengths vibrate. The brain then interprets these wavelengths, which causes the perception of color to become a physical and emotional experience.
Based on the idea that colors create electrical impulses in the brain, this can stimulate hormonal and biochemical processes. It has been proven scientifically, that colors can affect our moods. Using color therapy can significantly remove feelings of negativity.
What to expect at your session
Each color therapy session is around 45 to 90 minutes at a time. When you first meet your therapist they will access you by asking you some general questions. Your therapist will explain to you how each of the 7 colors can treat various ailments. You will then be asked to answer questions honestly regarding which of the colors you feel will be of most benefit to your particular situation. The therapist will then devise a treatment plan based on your ailments. Everyone has a unique treatment plan, sometimes using more than one color at a time.
How are colors applied to the body ?
There are various ways in which color therapy can be used for treatment. Massaging the body with colored oils, visualization, shining colored light onto the body or applying colored crystals to the body are a few ways to achieve results. Eating certain foods which are a particular color or wearing clothing of a certain color can also be incorporated into your personal treatment plan. Another popular option is by using color lights in a sauna.
Infrared saunas work by penetrating the skin to nourish the body. Different colored lights are used in the sauna to enhance the therapeutic effects. The treatment uses colored light to help trigger biochemical processes in the brain as we visualize the color. This then stimulate the release of hormones that have a calming and healing effect on the body.
The main difference to a normal sauna is the introduction of the colored lights. You will still receive the same cleansing benefits that the sauna offers. This can offer relief from stress and anxiety, boosted energy levels, detoxing the body, stimulating blood flow, improved circulation, better sleep patterns, improved digestive and central nervous system.
Color therapy healing colors
There are 7 colors known to create different physical and emotional states. Each of the 7 colors vibrate at a different frequency, which can be used for different issues.
These colors also represent the 7 chakra system, the energy wheels that are within our subtle body system. Each color represents a different chakra. Color therapy is also used to unblock and balance the chakra system.
Red – root chakra
Located at the base of the spine represented by the color red. This color connects us to the earth and grounds us. It increases our energy levels, and provides feelings of stability.
Orange – Sacral chakra
Located a few inches below the naval, the sacral chakra is represented by the color orange. This color is the mind-body chakra which controls adrenals and pleasure. Orange stimulates creativity, optimism and emotional expression.
Yellow – Solar plexus chakras
Located between the naval and sternum this chakra is represented by the color yellow. This color is known to give us empowerment and is responsible for our well-being. Like the sun, yellow increases our mood with joy and happiness.
Green – heart chakra
Located in the chest area, this chakra is represented by the color green. This color aids mental focus, compassion, acceptance, love and empowerment.
Blue – Throat chakra
Located at the neck area, the color blue represents this chakra. Blue is a color which brings peace, harmony and serenity to the body and mind. Also, helps with communication and self-expression.
Indigo – third eye chakra
Located at the forehead, the color indigo represents this chakra. It influences our sleep patterns, self-esteem, intuition, visualization, inner strength and gives mental clarity.
Violet – crown chakra
Located the top of our head, the crown chakra is represented by the color violet. It brings clarity, stimulates imagination and is great for meditation.
Chakra color therapy chart
What are the benefits of color therapy?
There are many ailments which can benefit from color therapy treatment. Color has been used since ancient times to treat medical conditions. In recent years, the benefits of color therapy have been investigated and implemented in hospitals and medical centers worldwide.’
Each color is associated with different bodily responses. This includes, reducing swelling and inflammation and soothing and relaxing muscles, calming the mind which in turn reduces the symptoms of anxiety. Removing negative thoughts which can increase and uplift the mood aiding in depression symptoms.
By using color therapy as an alternative treatment, this can mean that a person no longer needs to rely on over the counter medications for pain relief or depression, creating a healthier mind and body.
What ailments can color therapy treat?
Below is a list of some ailments which color therapy has been used to treat.
Pain relief – color therapy can relieve pain by reducing swelling and inflammation.
Accelerated healing – Rejuvenating, LED light color therapy has been used to accelerate the healing process of post surgical scars, burns and wounds.
Muscle tension – when applied to tight muscles. Color therapy helps to dissolve knots and tension to relax the body.
Depression – Each color in the spectrum gives a feeling response which can regulate moods. Using light to stimulate the endocrine system naturally regulates hormonal imbalances. Changes mood and aids depression.
Anti-ageing – Color light therapy energies skin cells and reinvigorated inactive skin cells. This results in a boost in collagen production, thus giving the skin a smoother appearance with improved elasticity.
These are just a few of the ailments that can be treated by color light therapy.
If this type of alternative treatment sounds of interest to you, there are many qualified color therapists operating world wide. Always make sure that you use a qualified, reputable therapist.