In the second blog in this Wellbeing mini-series, we take a closer look at Chromotherapy.
Wellbeing extends beyond the physical. Psychological and spiritual wellness is also important to assist in coping with the stresses of everyday life.
Aromatherapy, Chromotherapy and Crystals are just a few of the ‘alternative’ therapies that can be combined with the more traditional wellbeing experiences to achieve a fuller sense of relaxation or stimulation.
Colour and light have been proven to have a positive effect upon your mood and health. The light from the sun can be broken down into seven colours each relating to a certain energetic vibration within our bodies. When these energies (or chakras) are out of alignment it can lead to physical ailments. Chromotherapy is the use of colour and light as a non-invasive restorative therapy – helping to realign this vibrational energy, dispel negative energy and promoting mental and physical wellness. We can absorb colour through our eyes, skin and also through the energetic field surrounding the body (aura).
Red – root chakra
Red is the colour of vitality and energy. Physically it represents healthy organs, body tissue and blood. It is a stimulating colour and on a mental level helps with concentration and clear thinking. It guides us towards change, helping with movement and progress.
Orange – Sacral chakra
Orange is a powerful, physical energy, converting ‘chi energy’ into energy that the body can use. It is fresh and invigorating and awakens the soul. It encourages you to listen to your gut instincts and inner wisdom.
Yellow – solar plexus chakra
Yellow is a strong energy promoting physical and mental strength and a healthy digestive system. On an emotional level it helps with self confidence and balance. The solar plexus chakra encourages personal and spiritual growth and self esteem.
Green – heart chakra
Green is the colour of love, harmony, balance and compassion. Physically it represents a strong heart and healthy immune system. Emotionally it represents healthy relationships. Spiritually it stands for unconditional love.
Blue – throat chakra
Blue is a calming, healing, stress reducing colour. Physically it relates to the throat ensuring a healthy thyroid, good upper body strength and the ability for clear communication. It also promotes mental clarity. It is the colour of conscious creativity and helps with creative expression.
Indigo – brow chakra (third eye)
Indigo is the colour of the third eye chakra, which relates to intuition, perception, instinct and the sixth sense. Indigo encourages you to connect and listen to your inner wisdom. Physically it promotes good memory, visualisation and good mental strength. Indigo is the colour of night where all your senses are heightened.
Violet – crown chakra
Violet is the highest vibration in the spectrum of light. A balanced violet energy means that all the chakras are working in harmony and energy is flowing freely throughout the body. It represents excellent overall health. The energies are balanced, peaceful and calm. It indicates a deep spiritual awareness.
White is the colour of balance and harmony. It is a pure energy, clarifying the senses and mind.
Relaxing and focusing on a specific colour can help the relevant chakra open up and let go of negative emotions or heighten the positive aspects of each chakra.
Saunas and steam rooms incorporate Chromotherapy lighting to enhance the wellbeing of the bather. This can also be combined with Aromatherapy (see previous blog post) for a more powerful experience.
There are many excellent websites that can provide more information on the use of colour and its effect on the chakras.