When CPE met The Willows in late 2021, an opportunity arose to investigate the extent to which light-based therapies could be adopted within the practice to augment and expand upon the existing range of holistic therapies; it is increasingly recognized nowadays that light plays an important role in human wellness and wellbeing.
A scoping study by CPE and The Willows was undertaken, looking at light-based therapies that can be identified as lying within three distinct but overlapping sectors defined as: medical, neurological and holistic. The investigative work determined that there was potential for the practice to adopt therapies from all three sectors as might become appropriate to the business development. In terms of holistic light therapies, there is presently great interest in an area known as chromatherapy wherein specific colours of light are selected and applied to influence wellbeing by for example promoting feelings of calm and relaxation; other colours may stimulate creativity and alertness. The types of light source involved range from handheld colour spheres of light to whole-of-room light treatments.