Using Color Therapy (Chromotherapy) To Heal Your Body, Mind & Spirit
Chromotherapy, or color therapy, uses light and color to bring about a state of health and healing in the body. Everyone knows how good it feels to take a walk out in nature. As we breathe in fresh air, the sun recharges our “batteries” leaving us feeling alive and refreshed.
Every living thing on Earth is dependent upon light for its very existence. Rays of light from the sun contain the full spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. We recognize it as visible or white light. When light passes through a prism, it is broken down into the different color waves that make up the color spectrum. The color spectrum includes the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
How Does Color Therapy (Chromotherapy) Work
This form of energy medicine is based on the belief that the human body is composed of energy and energy fields. When the energy is properly distributed and circulating freely, the body is healthy. Imbalances or abnormal amounts of energy in the body are seen as an indication of an excess or deficiency in the subtle energy system and is believed to be directly related to why we get sick. Color and color combinations are then applied to promote healing.
In color therapy, color is energy. Every cell and organ in our bodies has a specific vibrational frequency. Like tuning forks, each color also gives off its own vibration and is associated with specific healing properties. If applied correctly, each color can trigger changes towards better health and overall well-being.
Practitioners believe disorders can be healed by applying colors of corresponding vibrational energy, either to the whole body or to the organ affected. For example, shades of red affect our physical energies. It is stimulating and warming. Blues are cooling and cleansing, affecting our spiritual energies. The yellow shades serve to bridge them, affecting our mental energies. The three colors together provide opportunities for healing our body, mind and spirit.
Colors have been known to ease stress, fill us with energy, and even alleviate pain and other physical problems. Used to treat both physical and emotional problems alike, color therapy may involve exposure to colored lights, massages using color-saturated oils, contemplating and visualizing colors, wearing clothing of specific colors or eating colored foods.
Traditional Uses Of Color Therapy Colors
Colors traditionally used in color therapy are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Red is the color of energy, vitality and power. Orange has a gentle warming effect when used on the body. Yellow is the color of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation. Green is associated with harmony and balance. Blue is the color of truth, serenity, calming and protecting. Indigo is sedating and calming and said to promote intuition. Purple promotes enlightenment, revelation and spiritual awakening.
Using color to promote healing can be very powerful. Its effects have been known since the beginning of time. Today, researchers are investigating the use of light and color to relieve ailments such as stress, fatigue, weight gain, sleeping disorders and hormonal problems.