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I am almost half way through my second year of training as a naturopathic nutritionist. The course is intense and very scientific and at times I really struggle with the content. I recently had a particularly stressful weekend of college work and by Monday I was exhausted and in need of some serious relaxation. It was perfect timing because I had an appointment to visit mycoocoon in Soho that very evening.
I worked my way through the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street, down a quiet, deserted road and up to the top floor of a big building into a beautiful, serene studio; home of mycoocoon in the sky.
mycoocoon is a chromotherapy treatment. Chromotherapy is a gentle alternative relaxation technique which uses coloured lights, sounds and smells to improve mental and physical well-being. My therapist, Julie was really welcoming and responsive and we chose my colours to suit my mood at the time. I had a mix of colours but the main shades were green and red (both are to do with balance, which is unsurprising as I was feeling a little off-balance after my intense weekend). I then picked a smell that made me feel most safe, mine was a warm woody smell. Julie explained that the light therapy worked to balance our internal points, like chakras.
Once I was all set up with my colours and smell, she took me into the coocoon and left me with some relaxing music and I easily drifted into a dreamy meditation. Some people choose to close their eyes, I kept mine open and enjoyed watching the colours change, some were more vivid than others and I felt particularly drawn to the reds and pinks. It was a really unique experience, I let myself glide with the colours and inhale my chosen smell while listening to the soft, beautiful music in the background, I was in a gentle trance.
After 30 minutes Julie came back to collect me and recommended I take in the view from the balcony as it would appear even more vivid. The combination of feeling very relaxed and looking down at the big, sparkling city lights was magical and I felt very disconnected from the noise and present in that moment of relaxation. Julie and I chatted over the tea that was matched to my colours and some chocolate and I left with a spring in my step and a positive feeling about the week ahead.
More about colour therapy:
In ancient times and in different cultures such as in Egypt, India, or China, colour was used for healing. Colour is a property of light and a form of energy, each shade has a specific rhythm and wavelength, giving it a unique vibration. Each colour stimulates different emotions. When light falls upon the photoreceptor cells of the retina, it is converted into electrical impulses. The colour of light influences the way the brain processes emotional stimuli. When there is too much of one colour energy in our system it literally makes us feel ‘off colour’ and we need to redress the balance.
What is Chromotherapy?
Chromotherapy or Colour Therapy healing is the science that uses the 7 colours of the spectrum to improve our mental well-being and the health of our bodies. The 7 colours have the ability to affect the vibrations of the body in the frequencies that affect health, welfare and harmony. Colour therapy is an ancient art with many sophisticated systems existed in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Today it is one of the fastest growing areas of natural health with an explosion of scientific development in the use of light to heal.
mycoocoon work with all kinds of businesses including yoga studios and they have small, transportable immersion walls which work perfectly in the corner of a yoga room. I’d love to combine the chromotherapy with yoga and will be keeping my eyes out for a practice that offers this soon. mycoocoon have also created a colour institute app. Find out more about mycoocoon via mycoocoon.com and go experience the beautiful relaxation treatment for yourself, I promise you won't be disappointed.