What Is Colour Therapy And How Does It Work?

By

Alex Tyson

Before reading this article, please note that this information should not be seen as medical advice and that you should talk to your healthcare practitioners prior to lifestyle changes.

Colour therapy (also known as Chromotherapy) uses the visible electromagnetic spectrum of light we see as colours to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that can improve both your body and mind. Colour and light have been utilised by healers from many different cultures around the world for thousands of years.

Infrared saunas, for example, use a safe wavelength of light (or energy) that heats the body directly, creating a cardiovascular workout for the body whilst removing heavy metals and toxins. Additional benefits of regular infrared sauna use can include reduced pain and less stress, better sleep and improved muscle recovery, and weight management. If all those benefits weren’t enough, our range of infrared saunas can also be tailored to include colour therapy lighting.

The Science of Chromotherapy

Different light frequencies produce different colours of the visible spectrum and studies have shown that certain parts of the brain are light-sensitive and respond differently to different colours. These light frequencies (colours) can have positive effects on human neurohormonal pathways in the brain (specifically on the melatonin and serotonin pathways).

More scientifically, how colour therapy works is that the stimulation (as a result of these frequencies) of deep brain structures (e.g. hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal gland) via the retinohypothalamic tract (visual pathways) can help to mediate and maintain neurohormonal balance in the human brain.

How Does Colour Therapy Work?

This therapy harnesses the power of light to target neurohormonal balance. Different colours in the visible light spectrum emit different frequencies, each uniquely affecting the brain’s neurohormonal pathways. This stimulation of the brain’s deep structures can help regulate hormonal balance, impacting our overall well-being.

Applications of Chromotherapy

Chromotherapy aims to realign and enhance our mental and physical health by using light to influence neurohormonal production. This approach can be particularly effective in managing conditions like depression, sleep disorders, and other mood-related issues.

Benefits of Colour Therapy

When it comes to the benefits of colour therapy, each colour possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.

Studies have proved that chromo therapy has tremendous effects on diseases like cancer especially breast cancer, hematoma (red), hepatitis B (combination of various lights), hypertension, neonatal jaundice (blue light), spondylosis, peptic ulcer disease (yellow light), depression and stress, migraine (green light), hyperthyroidism (violet/blue light), alopecia (violet), colour blindness (blue/ green) and various skin infections especially cutaneous leishmaniasis (blue and red).

Other studies have shown that chromotherapy is effective in improving the cognitive ability of older adults. Specifically, the red and green lights are better than the white lights in increasing the cognitive ability of older adults.

Chromotherapy vs. Infrared Light Therapy

Chromotherapy differs from infrared light therapy, which operates outside the visible spectrum and is felt as heat. Infrared therapy penetrates deeper into the body, affecting muscles, nerves, and bones, whereas chromotherapy focuses on the benefits of visible light.

Colours in Light Therapy

  • Red: Stimulates and energises, enhancing circulation and heart rate.
  • Orange: Warming and uplifting, aiding muscle relaxation and immunity.
  • Yellow: Boosts mental clarity and focus, stimulating the nervous system.
  • Green: Calms and balances, reducing stress and promoting emotional well-being.
  • Soothing and relaxing, helping to lower blood pressure and ease muscle tension.
  • Encourages deep relaxation and meditation, beneficial for sleep disorders.
  • Violet: Promotes spiritual growth and emotional healing.

It’s important to note that while chromotherapy offers many benefits, it should complement, not replace, conventional treatments.

Infrared Sauna Colour Therapy at Found—Space

We combine the benefits of infrared sauna therapy with the healing potential of colour therapy. Our infrared saunas use near-infrared light for deeper penetration, enhancing the efficacy of colour therapy. To experience the transformative effects of infrared sauna colour therapy, we invite you to visit our showrooms in Melbourne and Brisbane. Or enquire online to schedule an online consultation and embark on a journey to enhanced health and wellbeing.

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