Written by Christopher Kiggins
I manage a 3,000 member infrared sauna health benefits Facebook group and had the question of what is the difference between chromotherapy and red light therapy. I figured that this would be a great opportunity for a blog post to help explain what is happening when your body receives red light as ‘chromotherapy’.
Chromotherapy in a sauna environment is nothing new. Offering different colored lights inside of a sauna coming from a light(s) in the ceiling has been done for over 30+ years and the practice of color light therapy has been done for hundreds of years.
Chromotherapy is just that; using the different wavelengths of the light spectrum (different wavelengths correspond with different colors in the visible spectrum) to help cure disease. As a note, red light therapy would fall under the umbrella of chromotherapy as it is a color used to provide healing.
What’s different now is the research behind the practice and the subsequent change in how it is used inside and outside of a sauna.
Personally, I think it is quite lazy to use a simple LED light (or series of weak LED lights) in the ceiling of a sauna to provide ‘chromotherapy.’ This can have a fun factor effect for the sauna user, but is it really doing anything at all? Let’s examine.
Light is simply electromagnetic radiation. What is electromagnetic radiation? It is the variation of electric and magnetic fields existing in nature. Light is energy. The natural occurrence of color is a bi-product of the interaction of matter and energy.
The wavelength of every colorful ray are fixed; meaning, an individual wavelength/certain frequency (and a fixed amount of energy denominated as a distinctive color.
Human eyes are sensitive to this energy (electromagnetic radiation) at wavelengths between 380 and 780 nm (nanometers).
This small wavelength window is called the visible spectrum of light. Visible light can be broken down into electromagnetic frequencies. Electromagnetic frequencies are just frequencies based off of a surface temperature of light:
Each lightwave has its own wavelength which has its own temperature. In the visible spectrum of light each color has its own wavelength.
Red, yellow, orange, green, blue, violet and indigo.
I hope you’re still with me. Onto something slightly different, but related—how light affects the body.
When the body (or a part of the body) malfunctions, it is replaced in a way similar to how machinery is handled. When these malfunctions are treated with chemical ingredients they sometimes cause negative side effects. Contemporary medicine uses these chemical ingredients to suppress how the machine is malfunctioning—but does not address the root issue, which is diseased life energies.
Albert Einstein had a theory about this. His approach dealt with the body not as an amalgamation of parts but as a total system operating in harmony with the electromagnetic light energy of the universe.
His understanding was that chromotherapy (vibrational healing through specific light waves) lies in reroutes energy fields that form complex relationships with other fields surrounding the physical/cellular substance to “fix” the malfunction of how the machine works.
We are surrounded by light (and thus, color). If we are engulfed in light it goes that this light and color can affect our health in both positive and negative ways. For example, you don’t want to absorb too many gamma rays! An inverse to this is far infrared—which is also a specific wavelength of light that gets absorbed into your body and raises your core body temperature.
A rise in core body temperature is very similar to exercise which when sustained over a period of time causes the body to sweat—which is extremely healthy. This is also true when your body absorbs specific colors of the visible light spectrum.
According to the theory of chromotherapy, the body itself is composed of colors.
The body exists from colors—the body (and its parts) is stimulated by colors. Internal organs and limbs of the body have their own color; and thus, their own vibrational energy/wavelength. We are all energy—down to the cellular level. Our body parts, organs, skin, hair and cells are energy centers which vibrate and harmonize with the frequencies of these colors and these colors harmonize with these body parts.
When these individual body parts deviate from these expected normal vibrations the body is either diseased or malfunctioning. By vibrating these malfunctioning parts with their harmonized wavelengths (colors) they become balanced and the diseased energy patterns are corrected.
Here are the health and skin benefits of each color:
Red—Younger looking skin. Decreases signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, by increasing collagen production.
Violet—Cell renewal. Increases cell regeneration, which helps to cleanse the skin and reduce inflammation.
Blue—Combats acne and whitens teeth. Reduces the bacteria that causes acne and whitens teeth.
Cyan—Smoother skin. Smoothing, calming, healing treatment, that helps irritated and inflamed skin.
Green—Even complexion. Balances out redness and blotches for naturally beautiful skin.
Yellow—Reduces redness. Alleviates inflammation, sunburn, rosacea, or other skin conditions to enjoy healthier skin.
Orange—Glow from within. Revitalizes your skin for a brighter glow. Adds radiance and vitality to dull skin.
Infra-Red—Literally means ‘below-red’. Penetrates deeper into the skin for better rise in core temperature.
As I previously mentioned, I think it is quite lazy to put a small panel of LED lights in the ceiling of an infrared sauna. What you need in a sauna environment is to be much closer to the LED lights to be getting the maximum effect of the colors emitted, ideally within 2-3 inches away from the light source. This makes sense as you want maximum absorption of the colors/light. The closer away from the heaters, the less absorption. So make sure you’re close!
Chromotherapy harnesses a small and narrow band in the electromagnetic energy spectrum (known as the visible color spectrum). It is composed of blue, green, red, violet and combined derivatives, which produce the colors that fall between the ultraviolet and the infrared ranges of light energy wavelengths.
These colors, with their individual wavelengths and oscillations, combine with a light source and thusly applied to impaired organs or malfunctioning life systems, provide healing energy required by the body to escape disease and repair malfunction. Light affects everything and the associated colors which come from it generate electrical impulses and currents that activate the biochemical and hormonal processes in the body which stimulates the necessary natural mechanism to balance the entire system.
To answer the original question, red light therapy is a subset of chromotherapy and they have the same goal.
I am glad infrared saunas have developed the way they have, because I couldn’t imagine my life without the benefits they provide, like deep sleep, lower blood pressure, less joint pain, weight loss, and a boosted immune system. Here at SaunaCloud I sell saunas that are some of the best history has offered. My far infrared saunas use advanced ceramic-carbon combination heaters for an amazing sauna experience. For more information on how SaunaCloud’s infrared saunas work and how they can improve your health, download my book The Definitive Guide to Infrared Saunas. Just give us a call at SaunaCloud 1.800.370.0820.
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