Friday, October 15, 2010

Chakras in Interiors?

Not only is color therapy (rooted in Chinese medicine and ancient Indian Ayurveda) now being used in interiors to promote health and wellbeing, "chroma therapy," associated with the seven chakras of the body, is now being incorporated in the latest steam baths and showers.

Mr. Steam's ChromaSteam combines steam therapy with color and aroma therapy, focusing on each of the body’s chakras along with its associated color and healing properties. The body has seven major chakras, or energy centers, and each is associated with a color from the visual light spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (ROYGBIV). Each chakra not only corresponds to a specific color and area of the body, but to a healing property as well. In this way, color (“chroma therapy”) is used to address physical ailments. Below are the seven chakras and their associated properties.

RED: Located at the base of the spine, this chakra is associated with vitality, energy, strength, vigor and sexuality. Exposure to this color is thought to improve circulation and stimulate red blood cell production.

ORANGE: Located just below the navel, this chakra is associated with passion, confidence and enthusiasm. Citrus fruits (also orange-y in hue) are known for their antibacterial properties, therefore orange is thought to aid in easing digestive discomfort, as well as congestion problems and dry skin.

YELLOW: This chakra is located behind the stomach as is associated with intellect, communication, wisdom and clarity. This color is also thought to have antibacterial and decongestant properties.

GREEN: Located in the middle of the chest (and the middle of the color spectrum) green is associated with the heart, hope, healing, compassion and growth. Furthermore, because of its place in the center of the color spectrum, green is the easiest on the eyes, therefore it is also associated with harmony and balance. Ayurvedic practitioners use the balance associated with the color green to treat ulcers, which may result from imbalances in the body's acidic or Ph levels. Green is also considered an antiseptic.

BLUE: Because of its location at the base of the throat, this chakra is associated with self-expression, communication and knowledge, as well as creativity. Blue has long been associated with peace, loyalty and truth. Blue is thought to eliminate toxins and is used to treat liver disorders and jaundice.

INDIGO: Located at the center of the forehead, this chakra is associated with intuition. Therefore indigo, or violet, can be used to stimulate creative intuition. Because blue hues are associated with tranquility, blue is considered calming and may be helpful in controlling bleeding.

VIOLET: Located above the head is the highest chakra, associated with spiritual connection, the inner voice, transcendence and bliss. Violet promotes spirituality and is used to soothe organs, relax muscles and calm the nervous system.

To learn more about how Mr. Steam's ChromaSteam System combines color therapy and aromatic oils to respond to and ease your physical and emotional ailments, see:

For more on Ayurveda and color therapy see:

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