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Autism and Chromotherapy: A Therapeutic Connection?


If you’re already a whirlpool bath owner, you’re probably well aware of the range of health benefits. You might also know that chromotherapy lighting is available as an option for every whirlpool bath — but did you know that chromotherapy as a concept can be beneficial for certain conditions? In today’s blog post, we’d like to explore the potential benefits chromotherapy can have for those who suffer from autism. Before getting too deep into the topic, let’s begin at the beginning.

What is chromotherapy?

Also known as colour therapy, chromotherapy’s core concept has been around for at least a thousand years. What is that core concept? Well, the theory of chromotherapy essentially suggests that colours possess certain healing energies which a person can benefit from when exposed in the form of light. Chromotherapy is an alternative medicine and is still not well understood, but it is often linked to more mainstream ideas such as light therapy, which themselves offer many physical and mental benefits. Much of chromotherapy’s benefits are at present anecdotal, and it’s here where you’ll find many reports of its beneficial impact for autistic people.

The role of colour in autism

Because autism occurs on a very wide spectrum, it’s important to note that every person is different not only in the form their autism takes, but also in what helps them manage it. Autism is a developmental condition which affects people in many varying ways, impacting the way they communicate with others and how they experience the world directly. Neurologists have spent decades working with countless autistic people to better understand the condition, and it’s through this form of interaction that some have noted that some autistic people can be sensitive to both colour and light. By altering the colours in a person’s immediate surroundings, it may be possible to reduce over-active behaviours and provide a calming effect.  Not only that, but changing environmental colour can also help to stimulate creative expression.

How to bring colour into your home

If you’re new to chromotherapy, it’s well worth doing a little research to better understand the ways in which colours can impact mood and wellbeing. But even beyond the therapeutic and scientific benefits of changing the colours in autistic people, there’s no doubt that certain colours can bring calm and peace into a room. Here at The Spa Bath Co. we actually offer a number of chromotherapy-based bath lighting systems which offer a gentle colour-changing effect within the water of the bath itself. Combined with the bubbles created by the whirlpool jets, this can be a sensory experience like no other. So even if you’re not yet a chromotherapy believer, all it’ll take is a single glance to know that coloured lighting really can change the mood of a room.

We hope we’ve shed a little light on chromotherapy – and the ways it can help you – with today’s article. Remember that if you have any questions at all about how our whirlpool baths and products could benefit you personally, we’re always just a phone call away.

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