Have you ever thought about what effect certain colours have on you? Do you feel anxious in rooms of a certain colour? Does blue make you feel calm and relaxed or not? Artists and interior designers have long believed that colour can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions, it is also a hot topic amoungst marketing gurus. So how exactly does colour work? How is colour believed to impact mood and behaviour? Much of the evidence in this emerging area is anecdotal , but researchers and experts have made a few important discoveries and observations about the psychology of color and the effect it has on moods, feelings, and behaviors. There are also healing practices such as Reiki, Colour Therapy and Chinese that support the view that colour does have an effect on us, both our moods, emotions and physical wellbeing.
Working With Children I first became very interested in the power of colour when I was working as a Teaching Assistant. I was working with special needs children and it suddenly occurred to me one day whenever I wore a certain top into school I had a much worse day with one of the children that I worked with. I then started paying attention to what I wore and kept a note of it. Some colours seemed to have no particular affect others made for a great day or a really bad day with this child. I later asked the child about their favourite colours and the colours they did not like and this confirmed my suspicions that the colours affected that childs mood, emotions and willingness to cooperate. Working with Colour as a Therapist Since becoming a therapist I always get my clients of all ages to associate a colour both with unwanted feelings that they have and positive feelings they have or want to feel. Children in particular relate well to the idea of colours their favourite colours and they also are very good at associating colours with their feelings. Colour is a highly personal and subjective matter as individuals feelings about colours are usually and rooted in their own experience or culture. For example, while the colour white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries. In therapies such as Reiki Colours are used to represent the energy centres of the body and our mind body and spirit, .The different energy centres are associated with different colours and these also pertain to emotions, state of spiritual wellbeing as well as different organs and illnesses. Colour has been used over many years with Avicenna advancing the art of healing using colour in AD 980. He put forward that colour was of vital importance in both diagnosis and treatment. My Tools for life Colour Calm Workshops for parents and caregivers & Therapy Packs for children With this use of colour in mind – I have developed 4 Tools for Life Colour Calm Workshops aimed at parents and caregivers of children aged 3 – 11. These workshops will will introduce you to these techniques and show youhow to introduce them to your child - techniques that can really help them to feel calm, focused and more in control of their feelings and emotions. After the workshop you will recieve a pack can be used with children who are stressed and anxious to introduce them to ways in which they can calm themselves or an an introduction to generally feeling better, calmer, focused and the idea of self care practises. These packs all contain comprehensive instructions for parents and carers. Videos explain the resources in the pack and why the technique is good for us. A taster - designed to allow the children to try the technique and practise it, The packs are flexible you can use the structure or parts of the pack can be used on there own. There are booklets for the children to use before and after a session and an instructional video. The resources can be used with a parent/carer or by an older child on their own. Aimed at 3 - 11 year old children. There are 4 Workshops 3 hour online interactive workshops each priced at £47. These workshops introduce you to the technique and how to use it for yourself, then we discuss the use of the technique with children, why it is useful and shows you some suggestions on how to introduce your child to the specific modality, using my Tools for life - colour calm downloadable packs, which you will receive after the workshop. If you have any questions please contact me on email@example.com