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Different Forms of Color Therapies to Consider

Color therapy can be used in almost any situation.

Graphology and Numerology are currently used to test a person’s suitability for a certain position in the work place.  Perhaps in years to come people will also be judged by their color preferences as this can give away a lot about a person’s characters.  Are they introverts or extroverts? Do they lean towards mild or powerful colors and is this a reflection of their personality?  Are they creative and original or do they follow the crowd? Color preferences reveal more about people than we realize.  Sometimes however a color preference is simply that – a preference to specific colors.  We have to differentiate between people being drawn to certain colors just because that color ‘suits’ them, to people craving the presence of certain colors to improve their weaknesses – albeit subconsciously.

There are many different connotations behind every color preference and we always have to remember that a color can be just a color.  It can also offer an insight into a personality and a particular mood, or passing phase, and is there for us to lean on for help, as and when needed.

Bright blue wall with colorful window box

Here are just a few examples of how color therapy is currently being used in a holistic or alternative medicine practitioners setting.  The future is full of endless opportunities and who knows how color therapy will be used in ten or twenty years’ time:

  1. Chromotherapy:  This an alternate name for Color Therapy as a whole – a general term for the use of color in any form of healinginfluencepersuasion, or as a tool to encourage certain behaviors.  It is the century’s old concept, whereby in order to correct the malfunctioning or ailments and diseases, we need to provide our chromosomes with the correct light waves or frequencies.  People suffering from innumerable physical, emotional and psychological ailments can benefit from the use of appropriate and applicable colors. Light does after all provide life to almost all living organisms, and is responsible for the maintenance of life and existence. Colors not only appeal and attract, but they can also bring out feelings of dislike and aversion.  Most importantly of all, colors can offer endless opportunities to improve the health of our body, mind and emotions.

     

  2. The Use of Crystals: Crystals, no matter what color they are, are said to have healing capabilities for the mind, body and soul.  The use of crystals has become very popular in the last couple of decades and will probably continue to gain momentum as we find ourselves searching for either peaceful moments in our ever-demanding, busy lives, or as a means to attaining extra energy.  There is no scientific evidence that crystals can heal but their use does find its roots in the ancient philosophies of Hinduism and Buddhism.  People are drawn to their colors and beauty, and who are we to say that crystals do not have as much healing power as any other form of alternative medicine?

    Keep an open mind and if you do find yourself drawn to a certain crystal you can be quite sure that is only going to do you good, if you are drawn to a Rose Quartz crystal for example, this is thought to be connected to love, trust and harmony.  The Clear Quartz, with no color is considered to be the ‘master cleanser’: and the list goes on.

     

  3. Colored Breathing: This is a form of meditative breathing that uses both our imagination and breath at the same time.  Normally we learn how to practice this form of meditative breathing with a professional and once we have the tools, we can continue to practice this on our own at home.  It basically involves lying down or sitting in a comfortable position with our eyes closed and with as few outside distractions as possible.  We then slowly breathe in and out, noticing what colors we can see in our minds eye, in different parts of our bodies. Once we feel comfortable with the practice and are able to see different colors we can then use this form of mediation to send our own healing colors to different parts of our body.  An example could be a headache.  If you lie down or sit whilst you are suffering from a terrible headache, you might be able to calm yourself down, breathe, and see the color black for example as a symbol of pain.  If your own soothing and healing color is white, your practitioner will try to encourage you to ‘paint over’ the black representing the headache with white, the healing color.  Many people, during meditation, try to focus on a white light entering their body, cleansing and healing as it whirls its way around the insides of our body. What is for sure, is that it cannot harm anyone to take five minutes out of their day to try and breathe and relax!

     

  4. Color bathing: Bathing in a bath that is filled with a color pigment, can change our energies in a few different ways.  If you wish to relax after a long day, choose one of your calming colors to bathe in, and of course if you wish to be energized then you would choose something more stimulating and uplifting!   Color is a mirror and by bathing in colored water, we can release blocked emotions.  This is thought to work because the colored water affects us on a cellular level. (Just to clarify we do not use synthetic or chemical colors in our bath – only natural ingredients such as glycerin and a non-toxic organic color agents are recommended)  It would be a great idea to add to this bath a few drops of your favorite essential oil that will help you shift your energies.

     

  5. Art Therapy: Art Therapy is an expressive form of therapy that uses the creative process of creating art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.  The use of color in imaginative expression adds a valuable dimension to traditional art therapy.  Firstly, because color has been proven to have a profound impact on the mind and body, and secondly because the use of certain colors can be a clue as to a person’s state of mind and their emotional health. When analyzed by a trained art therapist our use of certain colors can be very revealing as to what lies beneath.

     

  6. Yoga: The practice of Kundalini yoga, one of the most therapeutic and effective producers of mind/soul health involves much work with color.  A qualified Kundalini Yoga instructor will lead us through a course of color-related exercises whose intention is to open any chakra blockages, thus promoting a healthier state of body and being.  The colors of each chakra are universal.

     

  7. For the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder: Seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as the winter blues, stems from a lack of sunlight throughout the winter months, which leads to the slow and inhibited release of our ‘feel-good’ hormones.  This condition is effectively treated with the use of light boxesor bright light therapy.  The idea of being exposed to bright light which mimics outdoor light, brings with it the hope of lifting our moods.  Since white light (the bright light used in SAD treatments using light boxes) is still a color we can call this a color therapy treatment.  

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