If you’re not too keen on “adventurous” wellness trends like laying bare in fermented hay (yes, really), or traversing the mossy (and insect-y) offerings of Mother Nature sans footwear, you may better appreciate chromotherapy: a wellness trend that’s literally just about colours.
Now, before you give yourself a pat on the back for that rainbow mood light you’ve had in your room since you were 12, here are some things you should know.
Chromotherapy is an ancient alternative healing method which can be traced back to Egyptian times. It is the practice of using colour and light to promote healing and restore balance of the body and mind. And it seems there may be some scientific evidence to support it.
Put simply, light is energy, and each colour has a specific wavelength, frequency and quantity of energy. This means that different colours affect us in different ways, activating specific functions in our bodies.
A detailed study of chromotherapy stated that, “when even a single photon of light enters the eye, it lights up the entire brain. This light triggers the hypothalamus, which regulates all life-sustaining bodily functions, the autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, and the pituitary (the body's master gland).”
In a study called Principles of Light and Colour, Edwin Babbitt identified the colour red as a stimulant of blood; yellow and orange as nerve stimulants; blue and violet as soothing to all systems and as having anti-inflammatory properties.
As such, he prescribed red for physical exhaustion; yellow for a morning energy boost; blue for nervousness, headaches, irritability, inflammatory conditions; and pink for anxious behaviour and to help with relaxation.
While the science behind chromotherapy is still superficial, many people over the centuries have touted its benefits and vouched for its efficacy. Spas across the globe have taken to providing chromotherapy sessions for this reason.
Still not convinced? Well, aside from chromotherapy being an extra pick-me-up, it’ll also assume double duty as background-candy for your Insta-grid. Win-win?
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