Posted on January 21, 2020
Coloured lights have the potential to maximise your sauna’s healing benefits, but which colour should you choose? Chromotherapy is a centuries-old concept, with the use of colours and light to boost health and harmony dating back to the ancient Mayan times. The art of using colourful lights as an activator or inhibitor for health has recently been revived, with infrared saunas being at the heart of this renewed popularity.
If you are interested in reaping the rewards of chromotherapy, check out our in-depth guide for a breakdown of the significant positive effects that the various colours could have on your overall health and wellness.
Chromotherapy refers to the science of using colourful wavelengths of light to re-establish our body’s natural harmony and balance. It is a holistic practice that aims to promote wellness and vitality. Each colour on the spectrum has a specific vibrational frequency and the different hues are associated with specific characteristics and benefits. Moreover, the colours are related to the colours used to depict the chakras which are the psychic energy centres within the body that feature in Vedic beliefs. It also correlates with the psychology of colour, which was developed by the psychologist Carl Jung.
Lights and colours have long since been considered to have a therapeutic effect. However, it is only recently that researchers have begun investigating the matter further. Although empirical studies are minimal, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence and research so far has been promising. The benefits of using chromotherapy in your infrared sauna could include:
Red: The colour red is a stimulant, an exciting colour that we often associate with passion and desire. In chromotherapy, the use of the colour red is thought to improve the circulation and nerve functions and can even promote faster healing. Red has also been linked to improved skincare, with some suggesting that it can reduce the signs of ageing by increasing the production of collagen.
Orange: The sacral chakra in the lower abdomen is depicted as orange, and this includes our sexual health and it is where our feelings, emotions and sensuality are at play. Another mood-boosting colour, orange also linked to strength and boosting self-confidence. As well as enhancing our moods and increasing energy levels, orange is also associated with enhancing creativity. Furthermore, it is considered to increase thyroid activity, be beneficial for the respiratory system and it is reported to be particularly effective at reducing menstrual cramps.
Yellow: Yellow is a colour that is often used in restaurants due to how it stimulates appetite and digestion. The use of yellow light sauna sessions can aid with indigestion as well as boosting your metabolism. The third colour in the visible spectrum of light is one which we correlate with optimism and joy; it enhances our mood and strengthens our minds. Regular yellow light therapy is effective for nerve-related conditions, and is said to improve our focus and self-control.
Blue: Associated with healing, inspiring clarity and boosting creativity, blue is a cool spiritual colour. It is particularly effective at calming the mind, with blue light saunas sessions helping to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Promoting quietness and tranquillity, blue light can also result in the development of healthy sleep patterns by regulating the circadian rhythm. It is the colour of peace and relaxation and it can even reportedly relieve headaches and migraines.
Green: Green is a colour that is related to nature and harmony and it is ideal for an infrared sauna session that will enhance health and vitality. Some suggest that green light can also have a positive impact on the respiratory system and can be effective at reducing the symptoms of bronchial catarrh and whooping cough. Healing the physical body from within and assisting users in re-establishing their natural equilibrium, this is a universal healing colour that reduces stress and promotes relaxation.
Turquoise: The colour of the deep subconscious, turquoise is related to concepts such as spirituality and intuition. It will restore and rejuvenate and some even suggest that regular sauna sessions using turquoise lights can reduce the frequency of panic attacks. It is also thought to stimulate tissue regeneration and contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects.
Purple: Purple is the colour of emotions and purple light can assist in promoting self-realisation and creative problem-solving. It is also associated with cell renewal, and can be particularly beneficial to the skin; with some evidence to suggest that it can be effective at reducing wrinkles and helping you maintain that illustrious glow. However, it has also been suggested that darker shades of purple can be associated with feelings of sadness and frustration.
Whether you opt for a single colour or have your sauna rotating through the colours of the rainbow, the benefits of chromotherapy are available to everyone. Having an infrared sauna with a colour light system at home means that you can add chromotherapy sessions to your routine with convenience. At Health Mate®, we believe that chromotherapy can have a profound effect on our minds and our bodies, and our saunas are equipped with a unique LED Colour Light Therapy System. Discover our collection today, each sauna is provided with a lifetime warranty and has been produced with sustainability as a priority.
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