Colour therapy

Colour Therapy can help in many ways. Colour has an impact on all areas of our lives although we are not normally aware of it. I use it in  conjunction with other areas of my healing and also when discussing the impact of colour of clothing for interviews, room colour and the impact of colour on those working or living in it. I also use colour therapy in healing and strengthening.

The history of colour therapy

Colour therapy has a long history, with the ancient Egyptians using colour for healing diseases by putting patients in a room with coloured windows and allowing the sunshine to shine through coloured gems in the colour required for the specific healing. In India and China colour therapy was part of general medicine. The Chinese diagnosed illness by reading the colours of people’s pulse, complexion, body tissue and organs.

In recent times we have recognised the importance of colour in the environment. Each colour has a different energy from red, which we can see, and which is next to the vibration of infra-red, a very slow heavy energy to violet, next to ultra violet rays, a very fast energy. I have advised on the colour choices for offices and hotels and I am aware when entering a room if the energy is suitable for that environment.

How I use colour in therapy



I find that working with  colour  helps with weak and vulnerable areas of your body. I use  kinesiology to discover which chakra is in need of help then by using the coloured energy required we can balance that area. I have used this method with individuals and also disparate groups of people from Nuclear engineers to accountants – rather cynical groups - and they are always amazed at the reaction and change of feeling after the exercise. 


When we have discovered areas in need of help we can also work on what foods would help your situation, and what colour of clothing and colours in your environment would help you. Unconsciously we often know what colour we need. I was running a course with hotel general managers and going through this exercise. One delegate showed up as very vulnerable in the heart area. He was wearing a green tie and kept hunting though the jelly babies for the green ones. I asked him why and he didn’t know. However when we talked about why his heart area appeared in need of strengthening he explained to the group that baby son was in hospital waiting for an operation for heart surgery. This had obviously had a great impact on his emotions, focusing on his heart. Subconsciously he had focused on one of the colours which is linked with the heart and was helping his own healing.

When you want to make a positive impression, using different colours in clothing can change the impact you make. This is not the same as looking at the colours which suit your skin tone, more a subtle but effective way of getting the reaction from others that you want.

Colour therapy research

When working on my twenty thousand word dissertation I went into a factory which made uniforms and clothing for industry. I discovered when talking with the machinists that the material they disliked working with the most was red. This was the colour required for offshore safety wear and they found that whenever they worked with red thread the thread broke much more easily. They said that their machines broke more often and on inspecting the incidents report log it was while working with red material that more accidents and incidents were reported.  Interesting.

Client comment

‘I was very cynical about colour therapy when you suggested it might help my feelings about being insecure and worried about the future. However when we had done the exercise, the visualisation and the breathing I felt so much better. The surprise is that, as you suggested, I should continue with the imagery and colour breathing whenever I felt that feeling washing over me again – and it has worked. Strangely now that I know that I have a means of controlling things I don’t feel the panic anymore because I know that I am in control. Thanks you so much.’ Peter K.  

Contact details


Tessa Simpson
NHS Registered Therapist
2/1 West Grange Gardens,
Edinburgh, EH9 2RA


Email complementarytherapiesedinburgh@mail.com
Telephone 07768 586 383

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