This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Visiting a color therapist should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience. The treatment room should be warm and the chair or couch should be comfortable. The therapist should take your medical history, noting any drugs you may be on (see Cautions, below).
Unless you are seeking treatment for a psychological problem, you will probably be asked to don a robe. Or you may need to remove some clothing in order to expose certain areas of your body to colored lights.
Color therapists use a variety of techniques. Some shine beams of filtered light onto the part of the body being treated. Others use flashing colored lights. Still others shine a filtered and softened beam of colored light directly into the eyes. If the therapist prefers, colored silks may be used instead of lights.
If you are seeing a practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, he'll likely have a chart to explain the healing powers of the different colors and how they effect corresponding chakras. If you considering color therapy for psychological reasons, you may be asked to take the "Lücher Color Test."
The diagnosis and method of treatment will determine the number of therapy sessions required.
Some forms of color therapy are simple and safe enough to be done at home, and the therapist may recommend that you try one or more of them. These include wearing clothes of a recommended color, eating certain colorful foods, visualizing a particular color while meditating, and sitting in front of a color-filtered light for a period of time. If you suffer from SAD, the practitioner will probably recommend that you purchase a bright-light box or special light visor for regular use at home.