Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms. Chromotherapy benefits include physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.
Chromotherapy is important because our bodies need the sun’s light to live. And that light can be broken down into various colors of the spectrum. An imbalance of any of those colors can manifest itself in physical and mental symptoms. Color therapy works on various energy points to help balance your body via the full spectrum of visible light, each color addressing a distinct need.
The rainbow has long since been a promise of hope and love for inhabitants of planet earth: These auspicious moments afford us the unique opportunity to observe the color spectrum of light that encircles us at all times. While the rainbow of color can only be observed with our eyes under particular conditions of moisture occurring simultaneously with the sun’s luminosity, in reality, this spectrum of color bathes and serenades us in its beauty at all times.
Life on our planet, as we know it, depends on light: Light creates life and if it were not for the sun’s energy, life on our planet would cease to be. It makes sense then, as instruments are developed to harness the color light spectrum, that our body would respond in healing ways to this exposure.
Chromotherapy uses wavelengths of color light to positively alter the biochemistry of the body to promote deep healing. Chromotherapy used in conjunction with infrared sauna treatments becomes even more effective as the infrared spectrum of light, through its power to penetrate deeply into the soft tissues of the body, encourages the body to absorb the full spectrum of color emitted through chromotherapy instruments.
Explore the powerful impact that color and light have on human physiology and the cascade of health benefits found with regular chromotherapy use, particularly as it is combined with infrared sauna therapy.
Please Note: The efficacy of light therapy requires that certified medical-grade LED lights are used in the instruments. Some companies will boast the health effects of light therapy but offer standard LED lights in their equipment. For the purposes of this article, we will assume that the lights are medical grade and certified.
Chromotherapy: A Brief History
Light therapy is an umbrella term that encompasses phototherapy, ultraviolet-light therapy, infrared therapy, and chromotherapy. Chromotherapy specifically refers to the visible light spectrum of color and the healing benefits that colors have on the body and mind. Chromotherapy instruments release wavelengths and frequencies that emit particular colors of light to induce a healing reaction in the body. Chromotherapy specifically combines the benefits of color therapy with light therapy.
In 1965 NASA discovered that astronauts returning to earth after time in space without exposure to gravity experienced muscle and bone atrophy. To increase cellular production in the muscles and bones of the astronauts, it was discovered that the broad spectrum of color light, in conjunction with exposure to near-infrared light (used to activate the skin’s response to the colored light spectrum), was successful in stimulating cellular regeneration in the bones, muscles, and skin (1).
NASA created the first light therapy instruments, and since the discovery of the powerful effect that intense exposure to color light has on the body, chromotherapy has evolved as a treatment for a vast array of conditions. The impact of medical-grade light exposure to the greater populace was quickly uncovered in the treatment of cancer patients, burn victims, and individuals suffering from bone fractures.
In NASA’s technical report by Harry T. Whelan from the Medical Coalition of Wisconsin, describes the benefits of light therapy:
“NASA LEDs stimulate the basic energy processes in the mitochondria (energy compartments) of each cell, particularly when near-infrared light is used to activate the color sensitive chemicals (chromophores, cytochrome systems) inside.”
The benefits of exposure to medical-grade LED lights is not limited to patients suffering from serious burns, brain degenerative diseases, and cancer, but to anyone wanting to optimize health and wellness.
In recent years light therapy has become popular in spas around the world as people look for non-invasive ways to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As it turns out, the same positive impact that light therapy has on cellular regeneration in other parts of the body also applies to the skin.
Medical grade color light therapy coupled with infrared light exposure has the potential to heal serious skin lesions and scarring from chronic conditions such as psoriasis and acne. The same principles applied to injured skin can be used as an anti-aging technique to reduce the appearance of your biological age.
Take a look at the chart below to find out the positive effects of each color on the skin: