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Next Color Can Heal the Nervous System

Can color heal the nervous system? Do different hues have the ability to bring health to the body through the gateway of the eyes?

The answer to these questions is, amazingly, yes. Optometric phototherapy, which heavily relies upon the use of color, has been proven to deliver results to patients. This means that color is not only beautiful, but is also medically useful.

What Is Optometric Phototherapy? How Does It Work?

Syntonics, also known as optometric phototherapy or colored light therapy, is a form of therapy that has been studied formally for over 70 years. According to the College of Syntonic Optometry, syntonics “is the branch of ocular science dealing with the application of selected light frequencies through the eyes.”

To understand syntonics, you must first understand color. Color is not just something lovely to look at; it actually emits physical frequencies, or vibrations. Different colors emit different frequencies. Researchers in the field of vision therapy have discovered what color frequencies, when received through the visual system, treat specific health problems.

Optometric phototherapy is administered via a syntonizer, which is an instrument that resembles a long tube. At the end of the tube is a white-light source, and placed in front of the light source are colored filters. In a typical therapy session, a patient places his or her face onto the wider end of the syntonizer in order to gaze upon the backlit colored lenses for a period of time. In the Brain World index, Syntonics: Colored Light Therapy for Balance, these “certain selected light frequencies applied by way of the eyes…can produce beneficial results in the body.”

The combination of color and light bring about results that are extraordinary.

What Health Issues Can Syntonics Successfully Treat?

Though there is a low level of awareness of syntonics, it remains a highly effective treatment for many different maladies. This under-recognized therapy helps relieve a myriad of health problems, including:

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Strabismus (eye turns)
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Learning disabilities
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Trauma/stress-related issues
  • Sensory processing disorder (or sensory integration dysfunction)
  • Depression
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Anxiety

Colored Light Therapy Ministers Healing to the Nervous System

Colored light therapy can heal visual problems, but it doesn’t stop there. Because, according to Brain World, syntonics causes balance to be “…restored in the regulatory centers of the body’s nervous system, specifically the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems,” it has the ability to bring peace to a troubled mind. Colored light therapy has been known to be an especially effective treatment for those having an unbalanced nervous system.

Different Colors Treat Different Health Problems

What colors, applied via optometric phototherapy, might help correct your health problems? That is a question that can only be answered by a certified vision therapist. However, the following is a list of health concerns and the corresponding colors that may help resolve them:

  • Yellow — Depression, lethargy
  • Blue and/or green — Allergies, fatigue, acute illness
  • Purple — Migraines
  • Red and/or blue — Adrenal problems

Do you suffer with any of the health problems mentioned in this post? Colored light therapy may be a viable, safe, and artful treatment that could be useful in your pursuit of better health.

Retire in Style with Artistic Flair

Retire in Style with Artistic FlairRemember being outside the school theater, waiting to see the cast list for the spring play? Or when taking a ceramics class was required and choir practice took place three times per week? These memories can leave a person longing for yesteryear. After all, many artistic opportunities dwindle post high school. Although, this is not the case for some senior citizens.

Throughout the years, there has been much talk about the aging population of baby boomers. But not all reports are true. With excellent health and good retirement plans, senior citizens are finding care facilities that meet their needs and interests.

In fact, some retirees are looking to artists colonies as places to live, remain active, and continue dreaming.

Retire in an Artist Colony

A new concept of retirement living is sweeping the west coast. In California, a number of senior artists colonies are springing up. These community living environments are purposed to offer art programs, physical activity classes, and encourage overall wellness in residents.

What makes these locations different from other retirement facilities is the enthusiasm participants have for the arts. This novel concept is attracting people who were (or are still) professional actors, singers, writers, painters, and more. It also appeals to those who are connoisseurs of the arts. These populations even welcome people who have always dreamt of becoming artists. With opportunities to live in senior artists colonies, these individuals are fulfilling their lifelong dreams.

Benefits of Art for Senior Adults

Regardless of the artistic path a person pursues, the results are destined to be positive. The act of creating a work of art is rewarding to the individual, and can boost his or her health and wellbeing. Some studies have reported that “older adults who participate in art programs have fewer doctor visits and lower healthcare costs, use less medication, experience a lower rate of depression, and even have fewer risk factors for entering a nursing home.”

In retirement years, art becomes more than a form of recreation and self-expression. It includes intellectual stimulation, emotional well-being, and physical benefits too. For those who spend retirement years in the throes of artistic interest, any living environment can feel like an artist community.

Read more Segmation blog posts about Art and Retirement:

Knitting Is More than an Art, It Is a Cause

Thomas Kinkade Is Remembered Through His Artwork

Vintage Typewriters Create Artwork

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Artistic Characteristics of the Right Brain and Left Brain

Do all artists use the right side of their brains? As the region of the brain that hosts creativity, imagination and art awareness, it seems so. However, more people are finding their inner artist can be awakened no matter what side of the brain dominates.

For a long time, humans believed we only used one side of the brain. Today, most people know about the stereotypes between the right and left sides of our brains. This is because thousands of studies have been conducted on the human brain and the way it works. While we still don’t know much about its vast complexities, we do know a lot more than we used to. For instance, we know that the brain communicates between its two halves and its many lobes.

What connects the halves of a brain are bands of fibers that serve as electronic information paths. In most cases, we use both sides of our brain, but typically one side is dominant. This is not the case for some individuals as is true for people who struggle with autism, wherein both sides of the brain have no fibers connecting the two halves.

Where do you fit into this complex picture? Do you know if you’re a right brained or left brained artist?

Here are some strengths and characteristics of right-brained dominant and left brained dominant people…

Left

  • Mathematics
  • Analytical thought
  • Speech
  • Writing
  • Logic and reasoning

Right

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Identifying with emotions
  • Philosophy
  • Art awareness

After reviewing this list, you, as an artist, may want to gravitate towards the right side. It makes sense right? (Pun intended!) Do these qualities seem to manifest them into yourself as an artist?

WARNING: Don’t be so quick to assume that all left brained thinking is cold and analytical, and the right is all creativity and ingenuity. Some incredible bodies of work and research explain that, due to the nature of our brains, it is impossible to be pigeonholed into one type of thinking per individual. There are always exceptions, and the flat out truth is that almost all of us blend the use of both sides of our brain.

So how does this affect your artwork? Take the opportunity to research some of your favorite artists and their works, and research what type of thinker they were.  While you’re at it, explore articles about some of the many other characteristics of the right and left sides of the brain. You just might be surprised.

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