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Colour Therapy - case study
Posted on: 2011-08-26 11:16:24
My first practice of colour therapy was when Miss x was in bed, extremely ill and with a high temperature. She had a stunning but very red duvet set on her bed, with a red sheet and red pillow cases. I explained to her that the abundance of red was overpowering and that her symptoms needed balancing with a cooling and calming colour.
Miss x took a bath using a blend of chamomile and eucalyptus oils to ease sinuses and loosen mucus whilst I changed her bedding to a more appropriate light blue set to provide a calming and cooling influence, balanced with some softer red cushions (not placed around the head area to stimulate blood flow and give a feeling of warmth). Feeling off colour Miss x was not interested in eating but was drinking so I made some solarised water using a blue glass bottle and some mineral water which she sipped to keep her fluids up. She also used this water as a gargle for her sore throat. I used orange ray foods as she recovered to strengthen her immune system and to help her mind become more alert.
Once recovered, Miss x started to become nervous about the couple of days she’d lost to illness and whether she would be able to revise properly for her upcoming driving test and her English A level exam. Miss x’s bedroom is a very neutral colour so we set up our Phillips Living Colours Mood light against one corner which would bathe two walls in our chosen colour. We opted for quite a strong, but not overpowering, yellow tone which would be mentally stimulating and good for memory. She also wrote notes on yellow paper. At the end of her studying periods she would set the light to a calming blue tone to help her relax.
On the day of her practical driving test, Miss x was obviously quite nervous about whether she would pass and whether she would make any mistakes. On this occasion, Miss x wanted to be alert and confident whilst at the same time cool and calm. We practiced some colour breathing, Miss x breathing in green to harmonise and balance herself. Noting that she wanted the calming influence of blue but also the stimulating influence of red, Miss x wore a simple indigo dress for the test. Feeling confident but calm Miss x took the test and passed first time.
On the day of the Britain’s Next Top Model auditions Miss x was obviously excited. She again practised colour breathing, breathing in green to harmonise her being and calm her excited heart. Miss x wore red underwear as she wanted to feel confident and sexy whilst not appearing outwardly over aggressive. Her throat was still a little sore so I used blue light on her throat Chakra for ten minutes and she carried a bottle of blue solarised water. Although Miss x was not chosen to go further she had a fantastic day, met Elle MacPherson and the other judges, was complimented rather than criticised and was asked to consider trying again next year. She returned home full of enjoyment and confidence having thoroughly enjoyed her day.
Finally, the English A Level exam. Through her study colour therapy and revising Miss x was confident about the exam. I used green ray foods in her meal and gave her cocoa before she went to bed to promote a good night’s sleep so she would be fresh for the exam day. She took a bottle of yellow solarised water into the exam with her to stimulate her mind, improve her memory and keep her thinking clear. Miss x is confident that her exam went well although we will not know the result until March.
What Miss x said: “at first I didn’t think the colours would make any difference but when Mum changed my bed and balanced my room I did feel cooler and calmer. I sipped the solarised water too and when I could manage it, I ate the bits of orange and Satsumas Mum put in my room. I do think it helped actually and made me less reliant on the packet of ibuprofen that was on the table.
The colour light in my room whilst studying definitely helped. The normal harsh glare of the electric light bulb was replaced with the bright but soft yellow tone which seemed to make reading easier – my eyes didn’t feel so tired.
Britain’s Next Top Model was brilliant. When I was getting ready and trying to choose my clothes Mum suggested the red underwear and I pulled a face. Mum proved her point but holding up a red bra and the nice “off-white/grey” everyday bra and asked which one would make me feel sexier and more model like walking down the catwalk! Point made.
In my driving test I tried to remember my colour breathing to keep me calm. I don’t think I always remember to breath in the colour but even practising deep breathing helped me to stay calm and keep in control. Passing was great.
All in all, I’ve got quite interested in colour therapy. I’ve always been quite interested in interior design so I’m going to read up on it a bit more.”
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