Colour Therapy

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COLOUR THERAPY

Colour therapy is a system where coloured light is used to treat disease and disorder.

This document provides general information of what to expect when you visit a therapist, and a general theory behind how their discipline works.  It must be noted, however, that every therapist works in an individual way, and may subscribe to slightly different theories on how their discipline works.   It is always advised that you ask to see relevant qualifications and discuss the treatment offered to you by the practitioner if you are in any doubt whatsoever.

What is colour therapy and what is the explanation behind this approach? 

When exposed to light, such as daylight, humans are affected in a variety of different ways, the theory is that we respond to the light’s magnetic radiation. White light is actually made up of wavelengths which are perceived by the brain as colours.  Colour therapists believe that every cell and organ in the body vibrates at a particular frequency and so do colours. It believed by practitioners that it is by identifying which colours are needed by the body to regain balance and by subjecting the body to that particular colour source, that healing apparently takes place. 

What to expect when you visit a colour therapist.

You will be asked a series of questions regarding your medical history and questions will be asked about your lifestyle too.  These include questions of diet, exercise, alcohol intake, if you smoke and so on.

In order to decide on which colours you need for the treatment you will normally be asked about which colours you are naturally drawn to.  Other therapists claim to be able to 'see' which colour you need, while others will ask you to pick three coloured-cards from a selection of eight. Another way of finding out which colour you need, is for the therapist to run their finger up and down a 'colour spine chart' for it is claimed that each vertebrae is represented by a different colour and that each vertebrae also corresponds with a particular part of the body.  Therapist may 'dowse' for which point on the spine they feel the problems lies. There are eight colours in total that are repeated at the end of every sequence.

The colour(s) you ‘need’ can be applied in a variety of different ways. You normally keep your clothes on for colour therapy treatments, with the treatment requiring you to sit or lie in a darkened room in front of a computer-controlled machine that emits coloured light.  The therapist may choose to use a crystal torch, which is like a small pen that shines different coloured light, at the end of which is quartz tip. The application of this light is used on specific areas.  Another method used by therapists is to drape lengths of coloured silk over you while you lie down.

With all the above methods, you will not only receive the colour you need but also its complementary colour too, this ensures a balance within body.  So, if purple were the main colour used in your treatment, then you will also be subjected to its complementary colour - yellow.  

Each visit can last from 20 minutes to an hour with your first visit always taking longer because of the consultation questions about health and lifestyle.  The number of sessions you need is for you and the therapist to discuss, although the average is around seven visits.

HISTORY (in brief)

Prof. Harry Wohlforth - University of Edmonton, Canada, demonstrated that colours affect us by showing that the colour yellow increased children's learning ability, that red and yellow are highly stimulating colours and that black and blue were calming. 

US in 1973 - researchers found that bathing in red light for 30 minutes caused heart rate and blood pressure to rise.  Blue, on the other hand, decreased it. 

Dr Max Luscher – The Swiss psychologist discovered that specific states of mind and physical illness relate to colour.

West German researchers in 1948 found that the IQ of students rose when pupils were put in a classroom where the predominant colours were yellow, red and orange.

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