What is Color Therapy (Chromotherapy)?

Did you know Facial Lounge uses color therapy?? We have intentionally and selectively chosen colors based on their affects physical and emotional effects. During the design stages we worked closely with color therapists to select colors that would stimulate feelings of peace, safety, calmness, joy, healing, etc. Our treatment rooms each utilize color therapy lights and we will soon be introducing our color therapy skin treatment!

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Many of our clients are unaware of the intentionality behind the colors we use and the many benefits they can provide. This article seeks to provide an easy-to-digest explanation of the complex practice of color therapy. We will explain what color is, what color therapy is and the physical and emotional benefits of each color.

Color therapy dates back to Ancient Egyptians times where light and colors were used in different healing applications. Modern day medicine still recognizes color therapy as a powerful treatment for many ailments. Thankfully, research has broadened our knowledge and modern technologies have expanded the impact color therapy can have. But what is color therapy (chromotherapy)? Perhaps the best place to start is first defining what is color.

What is Color?

In essence, light is energy and colors are the interaction of energy and matter. In other words, as light reflects, bends and refracts through particles different colors are created. Humans are only able to see light at certain wavelengths (380nm - 780nm). The wavelengths that fall within this category are known as the visible spectrum. . Within this visible spectrum there are numerous electromagnetic frequencies. Each of these frequencies designates a specific color.

Each color maintains a specific wavelength, frequency and energy level. When we look at color as the field of energy that it actually is we can begin to understand how this energy can affect our physical bodies and mental emotions. An easy example of how light can affect us is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Many are impacted by long winters with little to no sunlight and become irritable, unhappy and even depressed.

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What is Color Therapy (Chromotherapy)?

Color Therapy for Physical Health

Just as colors maintain their own set wavelength, frequency and energy level, so too do our organs, cells and atoms. Each organ has its optimal frequency or vibrational energy. When organs begin to deviate from these “healthy” frequencies they begin to function poorly and can become diseased.

Color Therapy is used to support healing of different areas of the body. A light source paired set to a specific frequency (AKA specific color) can be applied to specific organs, joints, glands, etc to address certain ailments. The electrical impulses or fields of energy emitted by each unique color can restore optimal energy levels to impaired organs and even improve hormonal and biochemical processes.

For example, red light therapy is frequently used in the beauty industry to even skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, increase collagen production and tighten skin. Red light therapy can also increase blood flow, quicken muscle recovery, repair soft tissue, speed healing, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, stimulate new capillary formation and aide in activating the lymphatic system!

How can red light do this you might ask? Most of us are battling the constant onslaught of physical and emotional stress, not to mention the environmental stress from man-made toxins. As your body becomes overwhelmed from stress the efficiency of our cells decreases dramatically (less ATP production). As our cells become sluggish our overall energy levels drop, our healing slows down, skin becomes less vibrant and wrinkled.

Red light is able to penetrate the skin on a cellular level (8-10 millimeters deep). The frequency of red light dives into the body and stimulates mitochondrial function which, in turn, leads to increased ATP production. These vibrant, energy filled cells are then able to work at maximum efficiency leading to the many benefits listed above.

Color therapy is generally used in two ways: either through a light source applied directly to an area of the body or through the eyes. For supported healing of physical ailments colors are usually applied using a light to injured or diseased area. For example, a red light may be applied to an ankle post-surgery for decreased inflammation, pain reduction and rapid healing. Blue light is commonly shone on the face to reduce acne by killing bacteria.

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Color Therapy for Mental/Emotional Health

Visually looking at certain colors is generally used for the psychological support/healing. This can involve looking at a colored light or even looking at an object of a specific color. For example, the color green has been shown to create feelings of serenity, love, joy and strength. One can look at a lamp that has been set to emit green light or simply look at a green object like a plant. Many therapists, spas and practitioners have implemented the calming effects of the color green in their businesses by scattering various plants throughout their rooms or hanging pictures of green plants.

Physical Benefits of Each Color

Red: Wrinkle reduction, skin tightening, increased collagen production, evens skin tone, activates lymphatic system for improved detoxification, decreases inflammation, improves hair growth/reduces hair loss, faster healing, reduces skin conditions like eczema and rosacea, increased blood flow, etc.

Orange: Cramping anywhere in the body, relaxes, aides in sclerosis and heart disease, boosts the immune system, increased blood circulation, raises blood pressure, helps clean and purify the hormonal system, helps balance the endocrine.

Yellow: Aides in digestion, positively affects the gallbladder, liver, immune system, fortifies endocrine and nervous systems, nerve tonifier, helps chronic issues become acute.

Green: Is good for liver health, swelling or growth, anti-inflammatory, eye problems, bronchial catarrh, gout, diabetes, cysts, tumors, pituitary stimulant, washes out endo-toxins, promotes healthy bones, painful joints, allergies.

Blue: Is anti-bacterial, anti-infection, anti-cramping, headaches, facilitates restful sleep, pain relieving, nervousness, insomnia, hemorrhage, herpes, warts, lowers blood pressure, fever.

Violet: Menopause, spleen, sedative, relaxant, build leucocytes, lymphatic relaxant, soothes solar plexus, neutralize mercury from fillings, anti-viral.

Emotional Benefits of Each Color

Red: Fire, vitality, anger, life-force energy, ambition, power, alert, blood, primal

Orange: Calms fears, joy, happiness, warmth, creativity, pleasure, sensuality, sexuality, generosity, sociable, aspiring, gregarious.

Yellow: Is mental activity, learning, intellect, acquired/learned knowledge, alertness, concentration, focus, cheerful, sun, warmth, cleaning, fear, left brain, empowerment, self-esteem, confidence.

Green: Sedative, cooling, calming, soothing, growth, balance, money/prosperity, birth, new beginnings, nature, health, healing, harmony.

Blue: Calming, deep inner peace, restful, openness, cooling, relaxing, sadness, safety.

Violet: Inspiration, intuition, inner emotional release, stimulates dreams, wisdom, power, loyalty, synthesis, artistry, balance of male and female.

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The topic of color therapy (chromotherapy) is vast and multi-faceted. This article is intended as an initial introduction to the topic. We are planning future articles (color therapy and chakra, how to apply color therapy to your own life, best color therapy products) focusing on different areas of color therapy and will list them here when they are complete!

References:

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Azeemi, S. T., & Raza, S. M. (2005, December). A critical analysis of chromotherapy and its scientific evolution. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1297510/

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Fernandez, Fernandez, Hemsley, Meyer, E., Jeri, Linda, . . . Rentschler, L. (2016, January 10). Color Therapy & Color Healing - An Introduction. Retrieved from http://www.arttherapyblog.com/online/color-therapy-healing-an-introduction/#.XIcSRpNKg6U

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