Colour Breathing® is based on the use of seven Colour Breathing Disks®.

The seven “Colour Breathing Disks®” have been specially designed with subtle gradient effects for individuals to use with ease. They are a physical item to see and hold, yet visual point of focus, for individual and group led relaxation support sessions. Individuals enjoy using CBRT as a relaxation technique and using colour as a means of expressing how they feel.

Individuals use a “Colour Breathing Disks Easel Chart” as a visual tool to focus on (see image on top of front page)  containing a set of seven coloured disks whilst a) becoming aware of their natural breathing pattern and b) relaxing their body in seven stages. The product is very safe to use, being of printed matter.

Since 1997, research and development has involved training a wide group of mental health, education and complementary professionals – the majority from within the UK, who have provided valuable case studies and feedback. Their feedback data has so far included a wide range of presented conditions and social care case studies including insomnia, GAD, the full spectrum for depression including PTSD and suicidal tendencies.

Great care has been taken with the design of CBRT products...

Before the CBRT kit was created, thorough research was carried out to find ways the kit could make the relaxation process as easy as possible. Examples include:

  • The silk paper used for the book was selected so that the book would “feel nice to touch”.
  • The size and weight of the book was chosen to be a comfortable weight to hold.
  • The CBRT Disks® have a unique easel card – freestanding design suitable for any flat surface.
  • Each chapter has been designed to focus on a different CBRT Disk, enabling the user to relax their breathing pattern with different areas of their body, working from the base of their spine up to the top of their head.
  • Each CBRT Disk helps the mind to calm and focus. There are no other pictures present to distract the mind.
  • The process is designed to be simple; children and adults alike enjoy reading the process and relaxing with the Colours. When ready to move on, the next CBRT Disk appears at the bottom of the page to prompt you to turn over to the next colour.

Development History

The Colour Breathing Disks® and technique have been developed by Alison Bourne since 1997. Prior to this she had a commercial background which included studying Wines & Spirits to Master of Wine first year level – which is where she learnt about colour.

Alison has previously had both Retail and Wholesale Management, and other roles which included National Project Management to Board Level, New Product Development and Own Label /National Grocery Buying. These experiences and skills provided the acumen, commercial knowledge and experience necessary to be able to create a product from concept and bring to market.

Inventors have a vision and her last 23 years work and dedication  have culminated in the creation of Colour Breathing Relaxation Technique® (CBRT) widely recognised as being a visual form of Mindfulness, as a new and valued approach to mental health and well being.

Following a sudden family bereavement to cancer in 1990, Alison re-trained at weekends for 2 years in holistic therapies at The Raworth Centre in Dorking, Surrey. By this time, she was also delivering weekly meditation sessions in London. On becoming qualified, she left paid employment to specialise in pallaitive care as an Aromatherapist and Palliative Care Therapist. After two years of practice in Sussex, she relocated to The New Forest in Hampshire and became the very first complementary therapist and team member in Oakhaven, her local hospice - which was founded by Dr. Jan Swallow.

It was whilst caring for her patients here she became aware of the need to provide an effective and visually uplifting relaxation product which Patients could use to help themselves relax. Working closely with doctors and nurses within a hospice environment provided her with deep insight into the many different forms of stress and anxiety and  the often devastating ripple effect it could have on close family members and friends.

The picture shown is of Alison (seated) and dear friend Nicole who is sadly no longer with us - having great fun showcasing Colour Breathing at The Frankfurt Book Fair. Alison is married, with two adult children.