In Living Colour

When one day you reach for the blue shirt, and the next you can’t move past the pale pink tie or scarf, know that your subconscious mind is most likely choosing the colour you need at that moment. Every colour has its own frequency, and specific frequencies have unique physiological effects in the body. Colour therapy, also known as chromotherapy or light therapy, uses the visible spectrum of light to affect your physical, emotional and mental health. Over the years colour has been used extensively for healing, alongside music and plant medicine.

USA educator Barbara Meister Vitale employed colour as a therapy in the 1970’s. She showed that using different coloured material could reduce hyperactivity in children and increase their attention span. And that using a variety of different coloured pens and paper in the classroom was a way to increase a child's leaning skills.

Blue light is used to assist both adults and children to read and study for example. It is also the colour of communication. Surrounding yourself with blue can allow you to express your thoughts more eloquently or bravely. Bright golden yellow can be worn to reduce nervousness and anxiety. So is the perfect colour choice if you suffer from exam nerves or are facing a dreaded board meeting.

Registered psychologist Rosemary Boon, has worked in the industry for over 30 years. She uses clinically researched Bioptron light therapy in her practice Learning Discoveries. Backed by clinical research, the light therapy helps “in a natural way by supporting the regenerative and rebalancing capacities of the body and therefore helping the body release its own healing potential,”

Ms Boon uses warm colours such as red, orange and yellow to energize clients and blue, green and other cool colours to calm them.

“Purple is for the third eye. It increases intuition and connection with self,” she says. 'It's a colour for learning and memory.'