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Colors are a part of our day-to-day lives. From the minute we wake up in the morning till we go to bed at night, all we see is color. While we may not realize it, colors can change our state of mind and our mood.
We don't just see color, we feel it as well. Artists and interior designers have long understood that colors affect our feelings, emotions, and mood. For it is said that our organs vibrate at specific frequencies and that colors radiate light energy through vibrations, which have the same frequency, therefore, affecting both our body and emotions. When we feel ill, our organs and glands tend to become out of balance and not function at their proper frequencies, light is received in different frequencies to send these vibrations or a variation of colors to your brain, restoring the proper frequency to restore health.
Therefore, Chromotherapy, also known as color therapy, is an alternative medicine that uses light in the form of color in to stimulate feelings, energy, and at the same time restoring health and overall well-being.
Color therapy has roots in Indian medicine, ancient Egyptian culture and traditional Chinese healing techniques in medical practices. Today, chromotherapy is incorporated in walk-in tubs where you can customize its use and amplify it with the combined use of aromatherapy, sound therapy, or hydrotherapy. Whether you are feeling stressed from a long day, want to help ease muscle aches and pains, or are just looking for relaxation, chromotherapy can help.
Different colors can trigger changes towards better health and overall well-being. Each color has its own meaning and is associated with specific healing properties.
These colors can be broken down into warm hues (red, yellow, orange) and cool colors (green, blue, violet). Warm hues tend to energize and stimulate the mind and body, while cool colors serve as a relaxant to help provide tension relief. Each of these colors has a certain meaning:
Red is a warm color linked to the kidneys, backbone, and the sense of smell. It can develop a sense of excitement and sensuality. Physically, it is thought to improve circulatory and nervous functions, stimulate red blood cell production, as well as increasing one’s appetite. It is ideal for people who are often over-tired, such as active people can use red light therapy for joint stiffness.
Yellow is the brightest color used in chromotherapy. It is linked to the stomach, liver, and intestines. It stimulates happiness, eases depression, brings on a sense of security, as well as raising self-esteem and confidence. Physically, it has been used to help with indigestion, strengthen the nervous system, purify the blood, and for its cleansing effects. It is ideal for people with digestion problems, and individuals who experience depression can also benefit from this color.
Orange is linked with the urinary tract, lower abdomen, and reproduction. It stimulates the thought process and helps with creative thinking and new ideas. Also, it can benefit social confidence, success and enjoyable relationships. Physically, it activates and eliminates localized fat, as well as helping with asthma and bronchitis. It is ideal for easing digestive system discomforts like cramps and stomach aches.
Green, the color of nature, is linked to the heart and lungs. It provides a calming and encouraging positive effect. It also stimulates peace, serenity, and love. Physically, it is useful in calming the nervous system, stress reduction, insomnia, and can be used to assist in recovery from nervous breakdowns. In addition to all that, green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart and is sometimes used to treat bacterial infections.
Blue is the counterpart of red. It is linked the throat, mouth, ears, and hands. It has a “cooling” effect that produces a feeling of peace and can be used to develop confidence in speaking, mental relaxation, and knowledge. Physically, it helps reduce blood pressure and calms both breathing and heart rate. It also helps ease your muscle tension, colds, stress, as well as calming strong emotions like anger or hysteria. It is ideal for people who suffer from high blood pressure and severe migraines.
The nervous system and eyes are linked to the color violet. It promotes enlightenment, cleansing, and spiritual awakening. Physically, it is used to improve immunity, arthritis, relieve organs, and relax muscles, as well as treat conditions of the lymphatic system and spleen. It is ideal for individuals who suffer from insomnia because violet lights can help you fall asleep.