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Chromo Therapy alias Colour Therapy is an alternative healing method that uses the seven colours (violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) of solar spectrum to improve the mental welfare and health of the human body. The word 'chromo' is derived from the Greek word, meaning 'colour'. Chromo Therapy literally means curative treatment by means of colours and is also known by the names Colour Therapy, Light Therapy, Helio Therapy or Colourology. Colour therapy has been in practice for over thousands of years ago to cure various ailments including depression, eczema, high blood pressure, menstrual problems etc. Colour therapy also helps people to enhance their immune system, improve their ability to learn and create, remove stress and enhance happiness.
According to Colour Therapy, many disorders and diseases in humans are caused by the imbalance in the body's energy centers or Chakras. The therapy believes that imbalance occur in the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental levels of humans, because of lack of sunlight or a particular colour in the human system, and balance could be restored by providing appropriate colour. Colour healing is based on the belief that the entire spectrum of colours is derived from sunlight and in the light spectrum, each colour vibrates at different frequency. Each of the seven main colours form the aura around our body, and it is important to balance and blend these colours in our lives. Colours have their own frequency and vibration, and plays a role in removing stress and creating happiness. The vibration of colours transmit energy, which is used to balance the body's energy centers.
Each colour is associated with different parts of the body i.e., the different energy centers, known as the chakras and has their own unique healing properties. Every cell in the body requires light energy and when the colours enter the body through light in the right way, they activate the body’s healing qualities.
Chromotherapists are medical practitioners who apply light in the form of colour to balance the lacking energy in particular areas of the human body. In Colour therapy, a therapist isolates colours to enhance and alter energies. Colour therapists use a variety of techniques when treating colour imbalance, which involves:
Colour therapy, being a therapy that includes all senses, suggests what colours to wear, what coloured foods to eat, painting using a special colour or sitting under light that passes through a certain colour of window pane etc. Chromotherapy is best used to supplement other natural therapies such as a nutritious diet, adequate rest and relaxation, exercise, yoga, naturopathy, Hydrotherapy and Aromatherapy.
To become a Chromotherapist or a Colour therapy practitioner, one must have either a Diploma or a Bachelor degree in Chromo Therapy. Basic knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics is essential to venture into this field.
In India, only few institutions are offering courses in Chromo Therapy/Colour Therapy as an independent subject. Most colleges teach Chromo-therapy as one of the subjects in the 5 ½-year Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS) course.
Institute of Alternative Medicines (IAMK) and Institute of Alternative Medicines and Research (IAMR) located in Kolkata are among the main institutions in India offering Diploma and Bachelor courses in Colour therapy. Minimum eligibility to study these courses is a pass in 10+2 or equivalent. The duration of Diploma course is six months to one-year, and Bachelor certification course is two years. One can learn Chromo Therapy by attending regular classes or through correspondence. Other prominent institutes offering Chromotherapy courses are Mahendra Institute of Alternative Medicine- Jaipur; Acupressure Research, Training and Treatment Institute- Jodhpur, Open International University for Alternative Medicine - Kolkata (under the Charter of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines) etc.
Some health care centers conduct Practical Training Programs or short-term training courses in Chromo/ colour therapy. Swastik Health Care Centre is one such centre which provide short time training in Colour therapy at its various centers.
Course Area : Chromo therapy courses cover topics such as History of Colour Therapy, Introduction of Colour, Importance of Colour Therapy, Principles of Colour Therapy, Use of Colour Therapy in ancient times, treatment as well as some aspects of Acupressure, Sujok, Vaastu, Human Body & Colour Therapy, Colour of the Nature and Colour code etc.
Skills required for Colourtherapists
To practice as a Colour /chromo therapist one must possess certain essential skills :
Even though, Chromotherapy treatment has been in practice in India from earlier times, career opportunities in this field are relatively few because this ancient form of therapy is neither well-known nor accepted by the common public.
Qualified persons in this field can work as Chromo therapists in hospitals, naturopathy clinics, nature cure health centres offering alternative medicines, or can open their own therapy clinic. To achieve success in the field of Colour therapy, one need to build up and maintain sound reputation and client base. Chromotherapists can even do research work or join the field of education. .
Since Colour Therapy combines with other therapies, practitioners like reflexologists, acupuncturists and other healthcare professionals could offer colour therapy techniques as part of their practice. There is no defined working hours for Chromo Therapists. They can choose their own working hours or offer evening and weekend appointments according to the requirements of the clients.
Salary of Chromo therapists mainly depend on their skill and experience, and the number of clients they treat. Most chromo therapists are self-employed and can charge on an hourly basis. Many therapists increase their earnings by doing some additional practice along with Chromo Therapy.
For the details of colleges/ insitututes conducting Chromo Therapy / Colour Therapy Courses, click on the following links.
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