I thought I knew quite a lot about colours and their effects until I started reading about colour therapy sometime back. The more I read and researched, the more it surprised me.
Whatever colour we wear or even eat and drink influences our body as well as our mood. When you feel active and energetic, you tend to go for Red. On the other hand, Blue is a colour used for relaxation, a colour signifying peace, it is known to bring down high blood pressure, but if anyone is exposed to it continuously for more than 10 minutes might get depressed, or start “feeling Blue!”
Orange is supposed to increase the appetite; therefore, many restaurants have their walls painted orange. The colour Purple, if applied to a child’s room, is said to enhance imagination.
Colours not only describe the personality, alter the mood and help overcome psychological illnesses, but are also applied to treat Epilepsy, Colds, Asthma, Malaria, Ulcers, Polio, Jaundice, Tumours and many other physical illnesses in the form of Colour Therapy.
Colour therapy; an ancient mode of treatment, is widely acquiring recognition. Paint companies, prisons even hospitals are now hiring Colour therapists.
Therapists believe that our body absorbs the colours. Diseases and emotional dilemmas occur due to the shortage of a particular colour in it. They believe that the body is composed of seven energy centres known as the “Chakras” which control its energy flow.
The Seven Chakras
“Chakra” is the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. These chakras are lined up vertically on the spine and are believed to be spinning round controlling and balancing the flow of energy in our body. Light is composed of seven colours, each having its frequency and wavelength.
Red has the highest wavelength, therefore, is located at the end of our spine and is known as the base or root chakra. The colour red is used to heal all the problems associated with our kidneys, bladder, lower back, hips, legs and infertility.
Next in line is Orange, which is located in the lower abdomen, and the chakra it governs is called the sacral chakra. Orange deals with the issues linked to the uterus, large bowel, testes and ovaries.
Yellow or the Solar Plexus chakra is connected with the pancreas, liver, spleen, small intestine and stomach.
Similarly, Green, the heart chakra, is used to cure the problems related to our heart, breasts and blood circulation.
Blue or the throat chakra, is linked to the throat, thyroid glands, lungs, bronchial tubes and vocal cords.
Indigo is for the Brow chakra which is related to the eyes, lower head and sinuses.
Violet, having the lowest wavelength, is located on the top of our head; it is called the crown chakra and governs the skull and brain.
Various Colour Treatments
There are many different colour treatments available. Light is the most popular source in colour therapy. Therapists even use flowers, crystals and coloured silks in their remedies.
• Solarised water is the easiest method of healing in which the water is exposed to sunlight in a coloured container and then sipped as prescribed by the therapist.
• Another known technique, also used for self-treatment, is colour breathing. It is a form of meditation in which one has to imagine inhaling and exhaling colours before going to sleep.
• A quite known way of healing is the light box, through which patients are given colour treatment, using different coloured filters.
Colour therapy can be used for self-treatment, but it is always safe to consult a therapist before applying colours to the body.
An interview with Valerie Logan-Clarke
During my research on colour therapy, I came to know about Valerie Logan-Clarke. Valerie Logan-Clarke, MIAC, MCTA, BSYA (S.Heal), is a professional Colour Therapist, practising colour therapy in U.K., using various methods for treatment of humans and animals. She is a Member of both the Colour Therapy Association and International Association of Colour. I asked her a few question regarding colour therapy.
What attracted you towards this form of healing?
Valerie: Colour has always been of interest to me, artistically and in nature. I attended a talk by Dr.Christine Page some years ago, and within her talk, the use of colour in healing came up. I resonated with this immediately and then proceeded to find out where I could train.
What is the difference between colour therapy and crystal healing?
Valerie: Colour therapy is different from crystal healing in that the colour is the primary focus in colour therapy. Although some colour therapists will use crystals as well. Very often the colour of the crystal will coincide with the colour relating to the chakra being treated, although this is not always the case.
Can you give us a brief history of colour therapy?
Valerie: Colour Therapy is an ancient form of healing for which we have the Ancient Egyptians to thank. Colour was of great importance to them. They built temples for Colour Healing. Specific colour rooms were allocated for colour therapy where the ‘patient’ would be placed having had his/her diagnosis as to the colour required. The rooms were built in such a way that the sun would enter the rooms and radiate the colours of the spectrum. The ancient Egyptian healers would also use herbs and plants, metals and coloured minerals to give their colour therapy.
Colour for healing was also used by the Atlanteans whose circular temples included healing rooms with crystals upon the ceilings which refracted the sunlight and thus filled the temple with colour.
There is also some evidence of colour therapy being linked to India and China. The Indians would use minerals and gemstones in their colour treatment. In China colour was used via herbs and minerals.
Later on in the nineteenth century, one of the main pioneers of colour and light was Edwin Babitt who published his book “The Principles of Light and Colour” in 1878.
Which is the most used colour in the therapy?
Valerie: It is hard to say which colour is most used. Blue has been traditionally a very popular “healing colour” even with those who are not colour therapists, but I find personally that I really can’t pick out one colour which predominates my therapies.
What are the side effects of colour therapy?
Valerie: There are no side effects of colour therapy. It is perfectly safe and can be used alongside any other treatment whether that is conventional medicine or another complementary therapy. It can be used for adults and children/babies and animals.
What are the most common problems found in females?
Valerie: I have not done a proper survey on this but can only speak from personal experience with my own patients and enquiries which I receive. I have found that one of the most common issues is around the orange/sacral chakra which relates to the reproductive system and also the bowel. It is interesting that orange is the colour which is the least popular and the associated issues of orange and the sacral chakra seem to be an area which people find the most difficulty working on. On the psycho-spiritual level, this chakra relates to self-respect. That is to say having the ability to give ourselves the freedom, to be ourselves and to respect our boundaries. The patients don’t necessarily present with problems relating to the bowel or reproductive organs, but on consultation, the problems often refer back to the psycho-spiritual aspects of this sacral chakra.
Besides humans, animals also happen to be your patients. How seriously do they take the treatment?
Valerie: Animals respond very well indeed to colour therapy. Their “sixth sense” or intuition is very much more active than most human beings, and they instinctively pick up the energies which are being given. I have found that they relax extremely well and seem to love their treatments. As well as enjoying their sessions, they get better too!
Can colours be interchanged during treatment?
Valerie: Yes, one uses whatever colours are deemed appropriate, and many different colours can be used during a session.
What is Aura-Soma?
Valerie: Aura-soma is a way of using colour to interpret a person’s inner thoughts and feelings. It is a collection of just over 100 different bottles of coloured liquid some bottles are just one colour others have one colour on the top and another on the bottom. An aura-soma practitioner will interpret the person’s choice of bottles according to the colours chosen. The contents of the bottles can be applied to the corresponding part of the body to aid healing.
Does makeup and hair dye also affect our body?
Valerie: Any colours applied to the body can affect us – whether hair dye, makeup or clothes as we absorb colour through the skin as well as through our electromagnetic field or aura and our eyes.
Can colour blind and blind people benefit from colour therapy?
Valerie: Colour blind and blind people can be helped with colour as the eyes are not the only way to absorb colour. Blind people can also differentiate between different colours by touch. When we were studying, we experimented with blindfolds on, and we did find we could pick up on different colours more often than not.
For an appointment or consultation Valerie can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org