Colour Therapist Careers

How to become Colour Therapist

What does a Colour Therapist do?

Colour therapists suggest the body absorbs light which is interpreted by the brain as colour; the colours we absorb affect the nervous system and the release of hormones, which may in turn affect our mental, emotional and physical state. Illness can occur when too much, too little, or the wrong colour and light exists within the body. Colour therapists aim to address any colour imbalance by subjecting the body to the identified colour source, thus enabling healing to take place.

Colour therapists use a variety of techniques when treating a colour imbalance. Treatments can include: breathing exercises; the use of light and colour to irradiate the whole body, spine, or a localised area; placing coloured fabrics on the body; applying bottles of coloured fluid to an area; or, using a pendulum to dowse a chart of the spine for energy imbalances. Therapists may also advise on the use of colour in dress, décor and diet, and teach clients how to perform visualisations with colour.

Practitioners usually begin a session by establishing the client’s medical history and colour preferences. Therapists working with auras believe they can ‘see’ which colours are required to address an imbalance. Colour therapy can be used to treat a range of conditions including depression, eczema, high blood pressure, and menstrual problems.

What's the working environment like working as a Colour Therapist?

There are no set working hours and colour therapists may be required to work unsocial hours to accommodate the needs of their clients.

Practitioners spend time sitting, standing and bending. They may work from home, in private consultation rooms, or in their clients' homes. A driving licence is often useful and may be essential.

What does it take to become a Colour Therapist?

To be a colour therapist, you should:

  • be able to develop empathy with patients
  • have good listening skills to determine the best treatment
  • have a genuine desire to help people
  • be emotionally stable and self-aware
  • recognise when to refer clients to a qualified medical doctor
  • have commercial skills to help you run a business
  • have a driving licence; this is useful if you need to travel to see clients.

Colour Therapist Career Opportunities

Colour therapy combines well with other therapies; some reflexologists and acupuncturists use colour therapy techniques as part of their practise. Colour therapists wishing to increase their skills and knowledge of complementary therapies may find reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, crystals, and yoga of particular interest. Professionals working in fashion, or interior design and decoration, also work with colour.

Some practitioners move into teaching colour therapy; to meet the standards set by the IAC, teachers in Colour Training Centres are required to be qualified in their subject, and have a teaching qualification or proven experience.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Colour Therapist that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

International Association of Colour (IAC)
46 Cottenham Road

British Register of Complementary Medicine
C/o Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM)
PO Box 194
SE16 7QZ
Tel: 020 7237 5165

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
Customer Services Unit
3rd Floor
Eastleigh House
Upper Market Street
SO53 4DR
Tel: 023 8068 4500

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