What is Chromotherapy?
Chromotherapy, also called color light therapy, is the process of restoring balance to the body by applying color. Many people use chromotherapy lights in an infrared sauna to enhance the wellness benefits of both infrared sauna and color light therapy.
Chromotherapy relies on the premise that each color is associated with a different bodily response. For example, red is typically associated with stimulation, while blue is considered a mentally relaxing color.
Color has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions since ancient times. The history of chromotherapy dates back to ancient Egypt, India, China, and as far back as the Mayan culture. Today, the medical benefits of chromotherapy are being investigated and implemented in major hospitals and medical research centers worldwide.
Benefits of Chromotherapy
Chromotherapy has many benefits, ranging from emotional to physical. These chromotherapy benefits can help with:
Reduced Swelling and Decreased Inflammation
Applying color light therapy to swollen or inflamed areas has been known to help soothe the area and catalyze healing. This kind of chromotherapy treatment helps to relax the muscles and reverse irritation.
Because color light therapy helps reduce swelling, inflammation, muscle tension, and other conditions typically associated with pain, the treatment often provides relief to patients.
Color light treatment helps accelerate the body’s reparative efforts. Rejuvenative LED light therapy has been used to catalyze the healing of post-surgical scars, burns, wounds, and more.
Increased Range of Motion
Treatments that utilize chromotherapy lights help lubricate joints and relax the surrounding muscles, resulting in increased range of motion. This results in many benefits, including improved flexibility and injury prevention.
Decreased Muscle Tension
When applied to tight and tense muscle areas, color light therapy helps dissolve knots and tension to relax the body. As a result, reduced stress is a collateral benefit of color light therapy.
Since different colors vibrate at different frequencies, certain colors can have effects similar to heat and can affect your body’s circulation. This chromotherapy benefit is enhanced when used in conjunction with an infrared sauna.
Each color in the spectrum elicits a specific feeling or response, one of which is regulated moods. Using light to stimulate our endocrine systems naturally regulates hormonal imbalances, mood changes, and even depression.
Improved Sleeping Patterns
Mood regulation and muscle relaxation can result in improved sleeping patterns among persons that participate in color light therapy. Combining chromotherapy with sauna use can enhance this benefit even further.
Relief of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
We all have an internal biological clock that helps us adjust to the cyclical nature of days and nights. With SAD, which is typically triggered in the winter months, that internal clock is thrown off by shorter days and lack of sunlight. That’s where color light therapy comes in. Certain color treatments can help to offset the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which, in turn, helps regulates mood and improves sleeping patterns.
Color light therapy energizes skin cells and reinvigorates inactive skin cells. This results in a boost in collagen production. A boost in collagen gives the skin a smooth appearance and improves its elasticity.
Chromotherapy + Infrared Sauna Treatments
An infrared sauna works to nourish the body with a multitude of health benefits that accompany this aspect of the sun’s light. Combining chromotherapy benefits with those of an infrared sauna can help to customize the vibration frequencies to your specific wellness goals.
Disclaimer: Excerpted from the Sauna Works, Inc. Blog.