Chromotherapy and colorful tile

Have you ever heard the expressions, “seeing red,” and “feeling blue” used in conversation?  Seeing red typically refers to a passionately-angered feeling when someone experiences an unintended problem that caused personal outrage.  Feeling blue is the same expressive extreme, but in the sense that someone is deeply saddened, emotional, and caught in a disheartened state-of-mind.  So why are people inspired through color?  Color at its definition is the way the eye senses how an object emits or reflects light.  The use of chromotherapy helps us understand how to make use of colors.

What is chromotherapy? 

 

In the study of A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution, “Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. It is a centuries-old concept used successfully over the years to cure various diseases…”

In short, colors have been studied for their therapeutic benefits for years.  The study continues,

     “Ancient observation chromotherapy is a centuries-old concept. The history of color medicine is as old as that of any other medicine.  Phototherapy (light therapy) was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India. The Egyptians utilized sunlight as well as color for healing. Color has been investigated as medicine since 2000 BC. People of that era were certainly unaware of the scientific facts of colors as medicine, but they certainly had faith in healing with colors. They used primary colors (i.e. red, blue and yellow) for healing as they were unaware of the mixing up of two colors…” (1)

Color and its therapeutic application

In India, a well-known and ancient holistic practice called Ayurvedic medicine plays a large part in healing the mind and body.  In relation to color, practitioners of this healing system refer to the body’s chakras.  The term chakra,   “refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.

 

There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head…” “Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being…" (2) 

Each chakra corresponds with a designated color representing the body’s Ayurvedic reponse:

In addition, in the study mentioned previously, scientist found that warm-toned colors suggest varied responses when compared to the responses of cool-tones.  In summary, warm colors are stimulating, while cool colors provide the following: relaxing, tranquilizes anxiety, lowers blood pressure, provides tension relief, alleviates muscle spasms, reduces eye-blink frequency, and aids insomnia. (1)

 

Introducing color therapies to your home

The following images are examples of the same master bathroom with different wall colors.  When browsing each image, ask yourself which color is best, and why:

RED
ORANGE
YELLOW
GREEN
BLUE
PURPLE
INDIGO
WHITE

When choosing the right aesthetic for your home’s interior, have you considered a color palette?  Could there be a meaning or a natural pull to the color you feel would be right for the space?  Consider the many therapeutic benefits of color now knowing a little more about their qualities.  At Topp Tile, we offer an exponential range of colorful tile, as well as a program that will assist you in choosing a carefully selected aesthetic for your residence or business.

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Work Cited:
1 Yousuf Azeemi, Samina T., and Mohsin Raza, S., (December 2005),  A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2(4): 481–488. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1297510/

2 Fondin, Michelle, What Is a Chakra?, Retrieved from  http://www.chopra.com/articles/what-is-a-chakra#sm.00000bkistlhwf1rsdm1l58ka3u2b

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