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Color therapy is based on the ancient art of using color and light to treat disease. Practitioners believe that by altering the colors that surround us, it is possible to enhance health and well-being. The earliest forms of therapy included the use of colored gems and sunlight. There is now a wide range of treatment options available and many practitioners combine the use of color with other complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, crystals and yoga. What are the principles of color therapy? The human body absorbs light that is made up of the color spectrum. Each color in the spectrum has a frequency, wavelength and energy associated with it. The colors we absorb can have an effect on the nervous system, the endocrine system and subsequently on the release of hormones and other organic substances within the human body. They can also have an effect on the more subtle energies of the chakra system. This may affect our mental, emotional, psychological and ... more
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Color therapy is the use of color in a variety of ways to promote health and healing. The different colors we see in the world around us are the result of the eye perceiving light vibrating at different frequencies. Sunlight, or full-spectrum light, holds all the wavelengths of color in the visible spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) as well as infrared and ultraviolet light, which cannot be seen. Used to treat both physical and emotional problems, color therapy may involve exposure to colored lights, massages using color-saturated oils, contemplating and visualizing colors, even wearing colored clothing and eating colored foods. What is Color? What do we mean when we say the sky is "blue" and the roses are "red"? While our eyes are able to distinguish among hundreds of wavelengths, our dictionary and understanding is far more limited. A color name refers to our perception of the prototype of a range of wavelengths. For example, while the word "red" refers ...
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