I like color in my life, and if I’m ever feeling down, something colorful always cheers me up. Some people swear by color therapy, so I thought I’d do a little research into the subject.
Thirteen Facts About Color Therapy
1. Color therapists believe that each of the seven colors of the rainbow relate to a chakra in the human body.
2. Light moves in waves and each wave varies in length. Because each color has a different wave length, we humans can discern the range of colors.
3. The color therapist looks at a person’s health and their mood and treats the corresponding chakra. i.e. where the ailment is located.
4. The treatment can consist of colored lights, which are beamed onto the afflicted part of the body.
5. Or sometimes colored silks are worn instead of using the colored lights.
6. In 1958, US scientist Robert Gerard conducted a study and concluded that red stimulates and makes us anxious, while blue promotes calm.
7. He also showed that colour could affect the appetite, blood pressure and have a bearing on aggression.
8. Ancient Egyptian scrolls tell of using color therapy to cure various ailments. Also ancient Chinese texts have mentioned color therapy.
9. During the 20th century color therapy came into its own. The Swiss psychologist Dr Max Lüscher developed the Lüscher-Colour-Diagnostic test. The recipient selects eight coloured bottles in order of preference. The results are said to reveal your worries and their solution.
10. Color treatment is safe because it’s non evasive and is able to be used on any age group.
11. After a session, the recipients are said to feel empowered and full of life.
12. The long winters in the Northern hemisphere often make people feel depressed and the use of lights is a proven cure.
13. Darkness results in the production of melatonin which is conducive to healing and a long life. If the melatonin production does not cease with the introduction of light then lethargy and depression can occur.
While a part of me remains skeptical, the use of color and light does make my mood lift. I like wearing my bright red shoes or my turquoise moccasins, and I like getting outside into the daylight at least once a day. Staying indoors makes me start to feel antsy.
Have you tried color therapy? Does color lift your mood?