Color is felt, interpreted, and experienced. Color is part of our emotional and psychological landscape. Color, along with light, has powerfully healing properties that have been embraced for centuries.vCultures such as the Anasazi of the American Southwest built their great kivas to align the spirit with a single ray of sunlight; the Chinese art known as Feng Shui, utilizes various energies, including color, to harmonize people with their environments. And the Egyptian word for color, “Iwn”, translates into “human character” or “personality.”
In many parts of the world, Winter solstice is arriving — with it comes shorter days, more darkness, and yes, less color. The leaves are off the trees; the vibrant colors of spring and summer are dormant. For many, the lack of light and color at this time of year can bring about a case of the winter blues, and for many, a more severe condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, a cyclical kind of depression tied into the seasons. Along with exercise, nutrition, light spectrum lamps, color therapy is also an effective course of treatment, whether it is painting a room in a warmer color tone, to working with color therapy, or color meditation.
Chromotherapy uses colors with specialized instruments to create an energetic field around the body through the vibrational waves contained in each color. Like the many who already incorporate light therapy into their daily self-care, especially those who live in geographic regions with extended periods of darkness, or those diagnosed with depression, color therapy has a deep effect on the physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of our lives.
Color therapy and healing can take many forms, from individual sessions with light and color spectrums that incorporate color wheels, colored crystal light, oils, or breathing in colors through meditation. Due to the frequencies found in colors, intentional exposure can have a wide variety of impacts and not simply through the visual stimulation that color provides. Color is thought to be able to enter our skin, our breathing, and is a much sought after therapy for everything from hormonal imbalance, stress, to mild depression, to brain disorders. There are a multitude of Color Healing and Color Therapy to choose from:
Colorpuncture or Samassati Color Therapy uses color light along the meridians, chakra points, and acupuncture points to activate and heal energetic pathways.
Crystal Healing applies colored crystals to restore physical, mental, and emotional healing.
Color Silks Therapy incorporates colored silk, thought to contain a highly energetic transfer of vibrations.
Hydro Color Therapy is watercolor for the body, either through infusion, internal consumption, or colored lights placed in a bath or show.