The Colour Therapy History...
The first Brooker Colour Therapy Clinic was opened in early 1973, by my Grandfather ( Don) A.D.Brooker, Don Graduated with B.Sc, in physics, chemistry, mathematics and biological subjects, He was a teacher of science and mathematics at Marton District High School in 1960 he became Deputy-principal of Wanganui Technical College, where he remained for four years. During this time he discovered the Liley System of Colour Healing. Don retired in 1997 at the age of 83.
In this time Allan Brooker ( My Father ) had being training with Don to become a Colour Therapist,
Allan had moved his practices to the hills in Te Miro of Cambridge, During the past 3 years ( Part Time ) I had been working with my father to learn the ways, when my father came to me asking me to work for him full time in the last 18 months, this allowed Dad to retire to just 3 hours a week. Then in November 2018 the unthinkable happened, Sadly Allan Brooker Passed Away.
A form of alternative therapy health treatment, colour therapy involves the use of one or more colours, in various forms, to initiate healing or soothing effects on mind and body. Although most research in this field has only recently carried out in the United Kingdom and the United States, the use of colours to treat sickness is an ancient art. It was practiced in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Egypt and has long formed an integral part of healing processes practiced by the American Indians and the Chinese.
One of the main differences that is evident in today’s application of colour therapy is that scientific study and controlled testing have revealed far more about the nature and effect of colour than was ever dreamed of by ancient peoples. It is now recognized, for example, that colour itself is a means of controlling light. All colours have specific density and in a certain order form the spectrum. In fact colour is never really ‘just colour’; it is linked irrevocably with pigment, form, light intensity and either translucence or opacity. Above all, perception of colours is very much an emotional and subjective response.
Response to colour
The great majority of people, when tested, have similar responses to individual colours. Blue is the most popular colour, followed by green and then red. Black is often preferred over brown, yellow may evoke a hostile reaction.
Studies have also shown that while preferences of certain shapes such as the circle, square or half-moon seem to be based on intellectual reactions, those expressed for colours are far more primitive and based on instinctive responses. An interesting, if basic, character insight is often achieved through a person’s preferential selection of a series of colours, such as occurs with Luscher colour test.
Colour therapy has been primarily used in the past to improve or alter a patient’s state of mind, but shows considerable promise in controlling or relieving physical malfunctions. For example, coloured lights in confined spaces have been shown to have effect on blood pressure. Patient’s confined in small areas and ‘bathed’ in red light have raised blood pressure; the same experiment using blue light resulted in a fall in blood pressure. Blue appears to be perceived as calming and healing while red is stimulating and excites the senses. This is borne out by other studies involving asthmatic’s who responded well to blue surroundings but displayed increased respiratory distress in red environments.
An interesting test to gauge colour response was carried out on a number of blind subjects who were asked to imagine themselves bathed in various colours while they were surrounded by these colours. Despite the fact that they could not see the various colours, they reacted in exactly the same way as did those who could see; raised temperature and warmth when exposed to red, slower pulse, lower temperature and a feeling of relaxation when exposed to blue.
Forms of colour therapy
Colour therapist’s use various coloured lights and other equipment to treat specific aliments. Some practitioners tend towards belief in psychic and spiritual phenomena and employ this knowledge in their work. These therapist’s claim to be able to see ‘auras’ around clients and can thus detect the missing colour required to restore harmony of body and mind.
This is taken a step further by others who maintain that nature can supply the missing colour; for example a person whose aura lacks red may be advised to eat food such as beetroots, tomatoes, radishes and cherries, A person ‘lacking red’ would probably be sluggish, tired, depressed and constipated. A person lacking blue or green could be expected to be brash, accident-prone and suffer from indigestion and insomnia.
Particular aliments respond to particular colours and therapist’s claim these combinations as some of the most successful: diabetes, constipation and rheumatoid arthritis – yellow; ulcers, colds and flu’s – green; cuts, boils, dysentery, inflammation and anxiety states – blue.
Colour therapist’s mostly use rhythmic illuminations in certain patterns of particular colours. Sometimes reflectors are used, with natural sunlight and coloured filters, to expose the patient to the particular colour. The ‘rainbow’ effect involves the use of water in coloured containers being exposed to the sunlight and then drunk by the patient. Bags containing salt may be ‘charged’ by the sun or a coloured lamp until they are thought to be diffused with colour; they are then used to massage the patient for certain maladies.
The role of colour therapy
Much of the theory and therapy of colour as a healing force may be seen as quackery since these is little statistical evidence of its success in treated physical illness. However, the role of colour therapy in the fields of psychology and social medicine cannot be so readily disputed. Many institutions, including hospitals, employ experts for advice on appropriate colour schemes to provide a restful or stimulating atmosphere.
The degree to which colour affects people in their daily life is immeasurable. It may well be that in the resolution of anxieties and stress-induced illnesses, colour therapy has much to offer.
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