Colour therapy also known as chromotherapy is a form of therapy that is based on the idea of using colour to help treat mental health and physical health. This has been debated for many years by psychologists but it all depends on you.
Colour therapists believe that different colours represent the body’s inner vibrations and chakras and sometimes these chakras and vibrations can be blocked. There are seven colours that relate to the seven main chakras or energy centres of the body. If we are experiencing hardship or suffering, it is seen that our chakras are not working in harmony.
With the colours, we can help create balance as most chromotherapy practitioners, believe different colours relate to different areas of the body:
- Red (base chakra)- is a bold and attention grabbing colour that projects power, action and confidence.
- Yellow (solar plexus chakra)- shows happiness along with optimism and confidence!
- Green (Heart chakra)- provokes a harmonious and calming effect.
- Blue (throat chakra) – encourages calmness and stability.
- Purple (crown chakra)- tones and relaxed muscles and nervous system.
Colour therapy is administered in many ways but the most popular method is shining coloured lights to the body. The aim of this is to stimulate and allow the energy within the body to flow. This allows the chakras to then become balanced.
With this holistic treatment, there are many benefits attached to it. It can:
- Reduce Stress: Certain colours such as green and blue have great soothing effects on people and can help reduce stress.
- Help boost energy: Colours such as red and yellow are seen to boost your energy once around them.
- Boost your appetite: Warm colours can boost and stimulate your appetite when you struggle to have any food.
But that’s not all!
There has been scientific research to back this holistic treatment. In 1958, US scientist Robert Gerard conducted a study that claimed red stimulates and makes us anxious, while blue promotes calm. He also showed that colour could affect appetite, blood pressure and aggression.
If you would like to look more into colour therapy start by taking part in a Colour quiz based on the research of Dr. Max Lûscher. It is there to help you understand your emotional response to each colour. It is also best to do this test twice with an interval in between the two tests, since the report covers your existing situation and stress sources.
If you would like to try colour therapy at home, you can do so by looking at a particular colour in hopes that your body will react to it or by placing or reflecting colours on parts of the body in hopes that it can help!
Here at Refashion My Town we use all colours to help bring joy and balance by recreating, mending and recycling old clothes for better use!