When you wake in the morning and draw back the curtains does the intensity and colour of the light instantly influence your mood? Of course, it’s no mystery that the sun (or lack thereof), can have a profound effect on us. It influences the start of every day for me, influencing my mood, the choice of clothes I wear and how I travel around London each day. For many years I even made my home in places where the sun would shine without fail each and every day.
Whilst a student at Newcastle University, studying for a BA in Fine Art I spent hours and hours researching and writing about Colour – how it influences our moods and its relevance as a form of therapy. At the time in the late 90’s it wasn’t a popular topic and my tutors were sceptical of its relevance to my Art degree. After uni I chose not to pursue a career in Art, and instead pursued my career as a Yoga Teacher and Health and Wellness Consultant, however a recent meeting with the founders of Mycoocoon has reignited my passion for colour. This meeting has brought my mind back to my earlier interest in colour as therapy.
As babies we first experience colour in the womb where we are enveloped in a loving and nurturing deep red. Then as a child we learn to associate with colour as part of our learning processes which contributes to the forming of our consciousness. As we get older we attach many different feelings, memories and meanings to certain colours which can become a feature in our subconscious. We can build up prejudices to colours which may have happy, sad, or frightening connotations for us. Today we see marketing and advertising utilizing color psychology. Color is used in an attempt to make people hungry, associate a positive or negative tone, encourage trust, feelings of calmness or energy.
Thousands of years ago, countries such as Egypt, Greece and China began exploring color and its healing capabilities. Numerous books have now been written about the effects colour can have on our health, one of the first in the nineteenth century was a book by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, a German writer who in 1810 published his Theory of Colours. He considered this his most important work, studying the physiological effects of colour. Goethe created the colour wheel from an observation, “When the eye sees a colour it is immediately excited and it is its nature, spontaneously and of necessity, at once to produce another, which with the original colour, comprehends the whole chromatic scale”. Goethe also included aesthetic qualities in his colour wheel, under the title of “allegorical, symbolic, mystic use of colour” establishing a kind of color psychology of his time. He associated red with the “beautiful”, orange with the “noble”, yellow to the “good”, green to the “useful”, blue to the “common”, and violet to the “unnecessary”. There are some very subjective parts to color psychology as well as some more proven elements and it’s important to remember there will be variations of colour interpretation, meaning, and perception between people and cultures.
Colour Therapy, or chromotherapy or light therapy as it is sometimes known, affects the body as a whole. That is to say, we are body, mind and spirit and none of these areas function entirely alone; each has an effect upon the other, therefore Chromotherapy is a holistic and non-invasive therapy, that uses the visible spectrum of light and color to affect a person’s mood and physical or mental health. Each colour falls into a specific frequency and vibration, which contributes to specific properties that can be used to affect the energy and frequencies within our bodies.
Mycoocoon has developed a total, ‘colour well being’ solution founded by Valerie and Dominique Kelly who have drawn together their wealth of knowledge to create a magical colour immersion experience. Mycoocoon combines product, immersion therapies and services incorporating various elements of physical, mental, emotional, social and environmental wellness.
I went along to their Soho colour energy apartment for my colour immersion experience and was firstly led through a series of questions determining my personal colour profile that defined the colour needed to balance my energy needs of that moment. I choose orange, which according to Mycoocoon relates to sensuality, emotion and enthusiasm – perfect! However knowing I was then going to be lying down immersed for 45mins with light bathing my being I chose to have a colour rotation, which went through the range of colours in the spectrum.
I lay in their beautifully designed cocoon as the colours totally captivated me creating such a strong wave of emotions and sensations throughout my being, that colour is now firmly back into my life in a new and exciting way.
Diffused In Colour.
Straight into my body
Vibrating through my core
Playing with my emotions
My body relaxes and welcomes it in.
Tears arising and passing
As colours permeate and fade.
Stronger and brighter
Traveling through me
Touching deeper and darker areas
Emotions emerge, once forgotten and hidden.
Encasing and engulfing me,
Fading, changing, passing,
Colour transforms me.
I’m left floating and clear,
Affected and amazed,
It’s a colour me day,
Colour me everyday!
Mycoocoon represents modern wellbeing. The founders passion and their integrity is inspiring. The detailed scientific research done at the Institute of Colour in France, which was founded by Pierre Van Obberghen, their leading chroma-therapist, has resulted in a truly engaging and immersive colour therapy. The tones of the colour are exact, the type of light used creates the correct frequency and vibrations, and the fabrics and the design of the pod are architecturally beautiful, everything has been designed perfectly to enhance your immersion treatment.
Mycoocoon already has an immersion flat in Soho in London and are engaging with the New York community also. Here in London I’m planning to bring colour into some of my yoga classes, we are currently experimenting with the blissful moments that arise with colours and movement, balancing and centering the body. So stay tuned – colour is a powerful tool to bring balance to the body and therefore rightfully has a place in holistic health and wellness.