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What are the benefits of colour light therapy in infrared saunas?

Imagine your own private sanctuary at home where you not only get to unwind and enjoy the muscle-relaxing benefits of an infrared sauna but can also take advantage of colour light therapy (or chromotherapy). 

Although the technology used in home saunas today is relatively new, many ancient practices in Egypt, China and India have long understood the healing properties of colour. Such practices play a part in helping to restore the body’s natural balance, enhance overall energy levels and combat fatigue or sickness.

Blue Light in Infrared Sauna

How can colour light therapy help your overall well-being?

Light is responsible for turning on the brain and the body, entering the body through the eyes and skin, while colour is split into different wavelengths which vibrate at different speeds and frequencies.

Colour light therapy is 100% non-invasive, completely safe and uses a range of colours for their proposed healing properties to treat emotional and physical disturbances and improve one’s sense of wellbeing and calmness. It has the potential to:

  • Reduce swelling
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Improve sleep
  • Relieve pain
  • Regulate mood
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Improve range of motion
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Relieve joint and back pain
  • Reduce arthritis symptoms
Many people have also reported cosmetic benefits with chromotherapy when combined with near-infrared light treatments, including a reduction in wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, crow’s feet and acne.

Boost your post workout recovery!

Rest, stretching, protein drinks, nutritious food, ice baths, massage, sleep - there are many ways to recover from your workouts.

For anyone who exercises regularly with cardio or strength training, even if you’re just a beginner, then an infrared sauna with colour light therapy could improve your workout performance and recovery times while helping to reduce the chance of injury.

Regular saunas could be the missing piece to your post workout routine and help alleviate those nagging aches and pains.

Man Sitting in an Infrared Sauna with Green Lighting

What are the main colours used in light therapy?

Many of the latest home saunas are equipped with adjustable, medical-grade, full-spectrum infrared technology that includes a wide range of colours and settings. Here are the benefits of 5 common colours in chromotherapy.

Red - Helps to loosen muscles and reduce overall soreness and stiffness. It can also boost energy, improve strength and stimulate your senses. 
Yellow - This is all about your mental clarity, curiosity and overall awareness. Yellow has been shown to help with nerve-related conditions and repair scar tissue. 
Green - A balance between the physical and mental, green helps relax muscles, nerves and thoughts. Both energising and soothing, green light therapy is a very popular setting.
Blue - Is known for its overall calming properties, especially by helping with sleep and reducing worry. An energising colour that can also help with a range of ailments.
Orange - Feel free, stimulate creativity and open your awareness. Orange blends red and yellow to reduce inflammation, improve healing and feel more alive.

During a typical sauna session you may want to move through different colours and explore their effect. Or you might have a particular goal such as reducing stiffness or feeling calm, meaning you could focus on a single colour for the entire time.

Blue and Orange lighting in a large Infrared Sauna

Knowing if colour light therapy is right for you

There are a huge number of factors that impact our overall health and wellbeing, such as exercise, diet, sleep and our environment, and we’re all unique in the ways we respond to lifestyle changes.

Colour light therapy could be a great addition to your weekly routine and enhance your energy levels, overall calmness and improve recovery. It’s important to remember that chromotherapy is non-invasive, gentle and safe. 

However, should you have any concerns about hopping in an infrared sauna at home or a local studio, then have a chat with your GP or a medical professional.

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