What is Chromotherapy?

Chromotherapy, also known as Color Therapy, is an alternative holistic health treatment used to improve health and alter your mood. Chromotherapy produces different color lights within an infrared sauna to create positive change within your body as a meditative aid.

7 Benefits of Chromotherapy

1. Reduced Swelling

Chromotherapy can be used to treat swollen or inflamed areas. By applying colored light to affected regions, chromotherapy relaxes muscles, alleviates irritation, and promotes healing. The therapy’s benefits are believed to stem from the interaction between the light wavelengths and the body’s energy systems, resulting in a soothing effect, reduced tension, and potentially accelerated recovery. Color light therapy shows promise as a complementary approach for natural relief and healing.

2. Pain Relief

Color light therapy has gained recognition for alleviating swelling, inflammation, muscle tension, and other pain-related conditions. Consequently, this treatment frequently offers relief to patients by addressing these symptoms.

3. Accelerated Healing

Chromotherapy has been observed to help accelerate the body’s reparative healing efforts. Specifically, rejuvenating light therapy has been used to improve the recovery of post-surgical scars, burns, wounds, and more.

4. Decreased Muscle Tension

Color light therapy is an effective method for reducing muscle tension. By applying it to areas with tight and tense muscles, this therapy aids in dissolving knots and relieving tension. Consequently, a significant side benefit of color light therapy is the reduction of stress.

5. Improved Blood Circulation

Chromotherapy offers benefits in improving blood circulation by utilizing frequencies of different colors. Certain colors can mimic the effects of heat and have a positive impact on the body’s circulatory system. When combined with an infrared sauna, the therapeutic effects of chromotherapy in enhancing blood circulation are amplified.

6. Improved Sleep

Chromotherapy aids in improving sleep by relaxing muscles, helping to regulate a healthy circadian rhythm, and stimulating melatonin production. Being exposed to brighter-colored lights during the day can help improve sleep at night, while exposure to red-colored light boosts melatonin production to similar levels as total darkness. Individuals who engage in color light therapy often experience better sleeping patterns as a result. When chromotherapy is combined with the use of a sauna, this benefit is further enhanced, providing even greater support for quality sleep.

7. Regulated Mood

Chromotherapy uses color to assist in mood regulation. Each color evokes specific feelings and responses, including the ability to regulate moods. By utilizing light to stimulate the endocrine system, chromotherapy helps naturally balance hormones, manage mood fluctuations, and potentially alleviate symptoms of depression.

Why Chromotherapy Works

Light is an integral part of human life and color acts as a mood trigger, as well as a trigger for other psychological reactions. When light hits a surface, its wavelength changes and reveals its color, which helps indicate its significance to us. It’s an evolved trait for colors to have such profound effects on our mind and body. For example, bright fruit with saturated color is more appetizing than brown or pail-colored fruit because it indicates ripeness. When you look out at the deep blue ocean, you’ll feel calm. When the sun is setting with reds and oranges you feel energized. These effects are so significant that they’re often implemented to achieve an intended effect.

4 Proven Science-of-Color Cases:

  1. The restaurant industry discovered that people eat more food off of red plates and less off of blue ones (notice that most fast-food chains use red/orange/yellow coloring in their branding).
  2. Psych wards have changed their wallpaper color from pink to blue because it has a calming effect on their patients.
  3. Orange has been proven to inspire impulsive action, which is why e-commerce companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Etsy use orange for their call to action buttons (“Add to Cart”, “Buy Now”, etc.) and branding.
  4. 95% of the world’s top 100 most recognized brands only use 1-2 colors to avoid diluting the intended reaction and maximize the brand’s recognition.
Chromotherapy color chart

Chromotherapy: How to Use the Colors

Red: Brings warmth, energy and stimulation; therefore good for energy, fatigue, colds, chilly and passive people. It energizes heart and blood circulation. It energizes all organs and the senses.

Yellow: Increases neuromuscular tone. Purifies blood, helps digestion and has a cleansing effect. Strongly stimulates happiness, brings on a sense of security, as well as a strong feeling of well-being.

Green: Is a cooling, sedating color, which helps reduce swelling of joints and tissues; it calms the body’s nervous system. It’s the color of the relaxed heart.

Turquoise: Increases intuition and sensitivity. It mentally relaxes and tackles embodied psychological barriers. It acts as a tonifier and can help regulate imbalances in the lung and large intestines system. It facilitates spiritual growth.

Blue: Is a cool color that is calming. It stimulates the parasympathetic system, and reduces blood pressure and calms both breathing and heart-rate. It helps treat sleep disorders and headaches

Violet: Promotes awareness and consciousness. It increases the effects of medication. It promotes proper functioning of the lymphatic system and very helpful with menopause. It is the color for neutralizing emotional wounds and for spiritual growth.

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