Color Therapy uses the spectrum of light waves to send messages to the brain to help heal a number of pathologies.
Colors can be viewed as the laws that support harmoney of the universe. Disharmoney in our emotions can be feeling stress, unsettled, overwhelmed, unhappy or irratated. Our physical system reacts to our emotional disharmoney and sends signals to the rest of the body.
Color has been shown to help calm the body and the mind, so it can come back into balance. However, color might go even deeper than that and actually work with the systems within the body to help bring about repair for things such as athritus, asthma, blood circulation and so on.
During a color therapy sesson, the client, wearing white clothes, lies down on a massage table under a white cloth. Starting on the back side, colored light and cloth are used over most parts of the body. Using relaxiation techniques a client falls into the word of color and maybe experiences them as balancing agents. The pulses of light waves continue as the client follows the instructions of the practioner to tighten and relax certain areas in the body. The practioner will also follow the lines of the body that are similar to accupunture points using a a device called a stiloself. At the end of the hour long session, the clients entire body will usually feel balanced and in harmony.
As with any alternative therapy, color therapy requires is not meant to replace a therapist or medicine.
How does color work? -by Colour Affects.
Colour is light, which travels to us in waves from the sun, on the same electro-magnetic spectrum as radio and television waves, microwaves, x-rays etc. Light is the only part of the spectrum that we can see, which perhaps explains why we take it less seriously than the invisible power of the other rays. Sir Isaac Newton demonstrated that light travels in waves, when he shone white light through a triangular prism and, when the different wavelengths of light refracted at different angles, he was able to demonstrate that the colours of the rainbow (the spectrum) are the component parts of light.
When light strikes any coloured object, the object will absorb only the wavelengths that exactly match its own atomic structure and reflect the rest - which is what we see. Turn this around and it is easy to understand how the colour of anything is a clear indication of its atomic structure or, in simple terms, what it is made of. When light strikes the human eye, the wavelengths do so in different ways, influencing our perceptions. In the retina, they are converted into electrical impulses that pass to the hypothalamus, the part of the brain governing our hormones and our endocrine system.
The hypothalamus (with the pituitary) governs:
Sleeping and behavioural patterns
The balance of the autonomic nervous system
Sexual and reproductive functions
The hypothalamus houses the body's biological clock
Colour is energy and the fact that it has a physical effect on us has been proved time and again in experiments - most notably when blind people were asked to identify colours with their fingertips and were all able to do so easily. The shorter the wavelength, the stronger the underlying physical effect
Colour is Nature's own powerful signaling system - the universal, non-verbal language. Scientifically, it is the first thing we register when we are assessing anything: a very simple and obvious example of that is our reaction to a fly in our home: if it is black or navy blue, we will probably find it a minor irritation, but if it has yellow stripes our reaction will be different - most of us will recoil. The same instinct tells us when food is unsafe to eat and throughout the animal kingdom colour is widely used to signal of availability