Therapy is something we can do for and to ourselves. It is NOT something others have to do for us. It is a part of SELF CARE. Therapy is something that benefits us physically, mentally or emotionally.
If you do something which makes you heart SING … that is therapeutic.
However, Therapists have been trained to help YOU to discover those experiences which CAN bring about such benefit. Through experience and training they have extra tools in their tool box, and a whole bunch of tricks up their sleeves.
What do we mean by therapy?
If you look up the meaning of therapy in the dictionary it will say that therapy is a form of ‘treatment’ which benefits you physically, mentally or emotionally. That can include something that YOU do to help yourself feel better such as painting or dancing. More usually it is a ‘service’ you pay someone to give you that you hope will benefit you.
Its easy to understand what some of the common therapies offer you .. like physio – therapy, psycho – therapy, occupational – therapy etc
And then there are other ways of helping ourselves to feel better that we can explore out of interest such as Aromatherapy which uses essential plant oils which work through particularly through our senses. Colour therapy is similar to this because light energies can affect how your body behaves physically, mentally and emotionally at both a conscious level but also subconsciously.
My own personal blend of therapies
After my car accident I was looking for something to delve into while I was recovering that I felt passionate about: photography? art? herbs? colour? Just feeling into all of this, I realised that everything I do, even teaching, is constantly influenced by my LOVE OF COLOUR. There is no separation. When I connect with colour be that through my art, photography, colour work, listening or just playing with friends, my heart simply opens.
I was lucky to discover an amazing lady, teaching everyone all she knew about her lifetime’s adventure with colour: Suzi Chiazarra from the Iris School of Colour. Over the next few years I too explored and began to understand so much about light energies and colour, and how they can inspire and heal us in a holistic sense. Through the years since then I have played with all that I have learned and experienced, along with many other aspects of therapeutic wellbeing, such as mindfulness and meditation, with many clients and friends …. and that just never stops.
COLOUR THERAPY is perhaps traditionally one of the most gentle, healing therapies we can encounter and one of the most effective. If you doubt the powerful effect of colour on your life, pause for one moment and consider the choices you may make based on colour: the clothes you choose to wear, the colours you use in you home in furnishings of paint; the freshness of the food you choose to eat ..you know at a glance if it is fresh or not by its colour.
And those adverts that grab your attention. The advertisers know a huge amount about colour psychology which enables them to massively increase sales of their product. I could point you at so many more ways we respond to colour and have done in posts about the psychology of colour in my Blog; COLOUR MATTERS
This means that for a COLOUR THERAPIST there are so many ways he or she can go about helping you out COLOURING YOUR LIFE, more brightly, in millions of different ways. We all respond uniquely differently to colour so my first meeting with you is always to explore your existing relationship with colour.
Your favourite colour? Which colours cheer you up,, what colours make you feel sad. Part of the fun is that exploration .. and that is part of a session I create on line with potential clients with no charge .. YES FREE .. for 20 minutes. It helps my clients to explore what it is like to work ‘on-line’ I use Messenger, Zoom, Skype and other platforms. And it is FUN and often full of JOY and PLAY
Why would you need a therapist to explore colour?
As a colour therapist I am NOT in the business of FIXING you because really there’s nothing to fix! It rapidly becomes an exploration of how you can use colour in your life more much more effectively to create joyful life enhancing experiences. I have a very thorough knowledge based on academic studies as well as over 20 years of experience of Psychology in relation to Colour. I have been responsible for creating colour schemes in Care Homes as well as teenage boy’s bedrooms!
Look around you! You are surrounded by colour. That colour is created by things reflecting light energy towards your eyes. It is interacting with you. You brain processes the information about the colour and YOU respond back. You may not even notice that happening .. BUT what if you DID look around you and simply take in the colours .. focusing maybe on one that attracts your attention .. or that you really like! Feel that colour .. notice how it subtly changes you .. your thoughts .. maybe even your day … We cannot help but be affected by colour energies.
Colour Therapy is one of the oldest therapies on the planet!
And it does just that .. it helps you to harness all the wonderful effects of light in the visible range to enhance our MENTAL and PHYSICAL HEALTH, OUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH and our WHOLE WAY OF BEING.
We could see how we are caught up in advertising, how TV and other media attract our attention. We could chose what colour interactions helped us to feel GREAT. That’s exactly what I help you to do .. and it so often brings about real change in your life if you allow it. And it’s FUN
The types of colour therapy sessions on the market are as varied as the colours of the rainbow.
But for thousands of years COLOUR THERAPY has been explored all over the world, in many forms, as a non invasive complementary therapy. It has a fascinating history dating back to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India. The symbolic way colour was used to convey meaning is so apparent in their art.
The ancient Greeks were the first to detail recipes and processes for making fabric dyes. Their colours came to signify a number of things both on the battlefield, and simply walking down the street where is was an indication of status.
In present times, all over the world, colour is used to create a sense of well being for all humans in so many ways, in all societies and cultures. Nature was there first with all of this with her gentle prolific assortment of greens and blues, browns and golds. Add to that the sometimes riotous splashes of colour from flowers and fruits, not forgetting the animals kingdom and we are surrounded by an abundance of colour.
As babies we first experience colour in the womb where we are enveloped in a nurturing and comforting peachy pink. Our early attention is drawn to the PRIMARY COLOURS, red, yellow and green which rapidly expand to that of our environment. Responding to colour is such an essential part of our learning …
Later, as our brains develop we become able to discriminate between over 9000 colours. We become sensitive to many shades and tints of different hues and this sensitivity invites us to see the detail of our world in all its seasons, textures and forms
How we build up our experience of colour
As we get older we attach so many different feelings, memories and meanings to particular colours which can then become a feature in our subconscious. We can even build up prejudices to colours which have happy, sad, or frightening connotations for us.
We are these days constantly exposed to colour in the media, in adverts, within the technology we use .. on our phones and laptops constantly. COLOUR is an art form in advertising. It is used to target the right audience and create a specific response. It is important that we truly understand how each one of us is affected by the colour in our lives. We can then make an informed choice rather than being part of the herd response to ads.
When I first encountered COLOUR THERAPY and experienced how it made me feel, I was hooked! It felt just like many other modalities I had tried but so much more powerful. But Colour affects each on of us differently due to the experiences we have had in life, and the society we live in. Add to that the known physiological (bodily) and psychological (mind) responses that operate universally on each of us then it makes perfect sense that we can discover ways to use COLOUR for our personal wellbeing,
Colour is so much fun to play with .. we ALL play with it when we chose an outfit to wear, when we decorate our houses, even when we buy our food! I’m her to show you some angles of using and playing with Colour you maybe had never thought of.
My experience and qualifications
Strangely to me this means little as what I have to play with is all this PLUS all my life time experiences and healing that create who I am. But some people like to see this!
I completed a three year Diploma course in Colour Therapy, Colour Healing and Counselling. Such a qualification is only ever a beginning and over the last 10 years, I have been able to develop my own intuitive ways of using colour to enhance that of many people.
Add to that my training and experience as a Focusing Practitioner, I offer a range of experiences both ONLINE or IN PERSON (locally) which offers an opportunity for YOU to discover your unique connection with colour and how to use that wisdom to enhance your life.
B.A.; B.Sc.(Hons); Dip. IRIS CThC. Holistic Colour Therapy & Counselling; Cert. IRIS CThC. Colour Therapy & Healing.
Teacher of Meditation, COLOUR Therapies and COLOUR JOURNEYING; Qualified Practitioner in FOCUSING with the British Focusing Association
DOWNLOAD A FREE COLOUR MEDITATION
Meditation is a practice in which you learn to still your mind. To rest it from distracting thoughts.
I uses colour to assist that beautiful process.
I have been teaching meditation for 15 years and practising it for much longer. This practice creates so many proven benefits.
DOWNLOAD A FREE COLOUR BREATHING PRACTICE
If you have attended yoga classes you may have experienced a breathing practice such as Pranayama. Breathwork teaches you to breathe consciously, with awareness, and with intent. Colour adds the dimension of light, coloured light, to that experience.
CHECK OUT WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT COLOUR CARD READINGS
I have created and developed my own beautiful set of cards which we use together to discover your connection to colour. It feels like a mystery to discover what is revealed by your choices. Your choices reflect exactly where you are.
THE MYSTERY of MEDITATION
For so many people, there seems to be a sense of WONDER and MYSTERY about Meditation. So many see it as a process but it is not that. There IS NO MYSTERY.
Indeed MEDITATION is the natural state of HUMANS when they are fully present with themselves and maybe another in each moment. ‘BEING PRESENT’ is something we come to as we begin to LISTEN fully to ourselves and others. It is something we experienced as a child … BUT it’s as if all our interactions, relationships and experiences, throughout our life, muddy the waters. By that I mean that as our lives appear to becoming so busy .. so complex .. that we simply do not have time to Come back to the simplicity of JUST BEING OURSELVES.
I CAN TELL YOU FIRST HAND THAT IT FEELS AMAZING TO SIMPLY BE IN THAT SPACE.
It has a sense of INNER PEACE which we all experience from time to time though we may not recognise it.
I have placed in these pages some short meditations which you can download and listen to. There are so many meditations available from multiple sources which can help bring you to inner stillness and peace. Those which bring a sense of colour in your life which I have included here are for your enjoyment and I would love to know how you feel them …..
STILL BEING REWRITTEN ….. won’t be long!!!!