What is Color Therapy (Chromotherapy)
Therapeutic color healing dates back to ancient Egypt, China and Persia. There were even special rooms where colored crystals of natural minerals were installed, and the colored light obtained through them was used to relieve emotional stress. It can be concluded that even in those days, people believed in the power of color, but they did not realize then that this is a science called Chromotherapy.
It is believed that color exposure can either increase or decrease a person's energy. Therefore, colors play a huge role in people's lives. Color energy enters the human body by stimulating the pineal and pituitary glands. This, in turn, stimulates the work of hormones that affect a variety of human physiological processes, which are responsible for:
- emotional state;
- sexual arousal (sexual excitement).
In other words, how we feel depends a lot on the colors we are surrounded by. Great news, isn't it?
THE MEANINGS OF COLORS (WHAT DO COLOR SYMBOLYSE)
Each color has its own character and affects our well-being in its own way. We are all different and we also have different color preferences. Some prefer black color in clothes, while for others it means sadness and longing. Our task is to determine which color is right for you, to figure out how it affects your life and mood. Let's look at the most popular colors and define their meaning.
White color is associated with purity and chastity. And at the same time with death, for example, the bridal veil represents the death of the old life and the birth of a new one. In color therapy, it is considered as positive and kind. It helps a person to store up energy and improves mood. Also, the white color sublimates the functions of the universal maternal consciousness.
Red symbolizes the male principle (or Yang), fire, aggression... hence associations arise with love, sexual arousal, passion. In color therapy, it gives you a feeling of safety and confidence, helps to attract attention, to make yourself known. Red color often causes a sensation of excitement, anxiety, increases nervous tension and enhances anxiety.
Pink color is usually associated with joy. In color therapy it is used for relaxation, as it evokes romantic feelings. It also helps relieve stress and balance the nervous system.
Yellow is associated with radiant-intuitive determination or intellectual optimism. In color therapy, or chromotherapy, it helps to get rid of the negative and show creativity. If a person tends to yellow it means he has a desire to establish new contacts or wants to meet with something unknown.
Blue color - the perception of this color usually evokes associations with wisdom. Blue colors can have an inhibitory effect on a person or generate a kind of anxiety. And even tune in to a sad mood, cause fatigue or slight depression. In color therapy, this color promotes the development of intuition.
Green is associated with opportunity and birth. Green is a calm and soothing color. In color therapy, it is used to achieve inner harmony. In the model of intelligence, it sublimates the features of the male consciousness in normal conditions and the female in extreme ones.
Orange color has a stimulating effect. This color stimulates the emotional sphere, is an excellent antidepressant, and promotes good mood. According to the psychology of color, orange is the color of energy, extravagance, transformation and uniqueness.
Violet/Purple color - in large quantities, this color causes melancholy. It is a majestic color that has always been present in the clothes of kings and clergy. It is the color of inspiration that is characteristic of healers and creative individuals. The psychology of this color refers it to luxury, religion and... sexuality.
Brown is one of the most underrated colors and can seem outdated and boring. It is preferred by those who stand firmly and confidently on their feet. People, who like brown, value tradition and family.
Gray color - in color psychology, it symbolizes mainly old age and simplicity. It can be dark, dull or soft, and represents security, reliability, and intelligence. On the other hand, this color reminds us of elegance in fashion or “gray matter” in our head.
COLOR THERAPY FOR ADULTS
A lot of stress awaits us at every corner, and many people have already chosen color therapy for themselves as an effective and safe means of overcoming stressful conditions. Stress is a state of intense tension in which a person is. Most often, its appearance is caused by unpleasant events and experiences. Color therapy can be carried out, for example, using special lamps that can illuminate a room in a certain color.
You can use an ordinary lamp with different color covers. Also, there are often used glasses in which the glass is covered with the desired color or a combination of colors. Nowadays, color baths are successfully used for correction of the emotional background, getting rid of stress and developing mental stability to various kinds of negatives. Their effectiveness can be increased with the help of aromatherapy, which is also a pleasant bonus for emotional state balancing. Colored aroma baths not only have a beneficial effect on the state of mind and body, but are also quite pleasant, as well as help to relax after another hard day and relieve unnecessary stress.
COLOR THERAPY FOR CHILDREN
Color has an impact not only on adults, but also on babies, moreover, straight from their birth. Previously, ophthalmologists believed that a baby sees the world in black and white in the first days of its life. But this is a myth, since a baby is able to distinguish the entire color spectrum, though concentrates selectively, gradually highlighting the colors it needs from the surrounding reality. By the age of one, the child can already distinguish shades and choose which color he or she finds more pleasant.
With the help of color therapy, you can correct child's aggression, mood, apathy and indolence. Children's color therapy primarily involves the establishment of the baby's favorite color with the consistent introduction of it to the surrounding space.
It is important to pay attention to what color your child's wardrobe is, what colors prevail in toys, and take into account the preferences of the baby. All this will help you understand the mood of your child and correct some problems, if there are any.
COLOR THERAPY: SIMPLE TIPS
- buy candles in colored glass and put them in every room, surround yourself with the color that is pleasant to you. You will see that in a couple of days you will be delighted with such decorative elements;
- buy a coloring book or a painting, choose your favorite colors and plunge headlong into the creative process while painting your masterpiece;
- find a bright hat for yourself ... yes, you heard right! This accessory with your favorite color will have a positive effect on the emotional sphere;
- update your interior, let you be surrounded by soft, light colors that relax you and tune you to a favorable mood.