saunas have chromotherapy
lights installed inside each sauna. The reading light has the red,
orange and yellow spectrums which will help sooth both mind and
body. Below are the benefits of chromotherapy.
Chromotherapy, sometimes called colour therapy or colourology, is an
alternative medicine method. It is claimed that a therapist trained
in chromotherapy can use and light to balance energy wherever our
bodies are lacking, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.
Chromotherapists claim a scientific basis for their practice,
proposing that colours bring about emotional reactions in people. A
standard method of diagnosis is the use of Luscherís colour test,
developed by Dr. Max Luscher in the early 1900s. When performing
chromotherapy, colour and light is applied to specific areas and
acupoints on the body. Because colours get associated with both
positive and negative effects in colour therapy, specific colours
and accurate amounts of colour are deemed to be critical in healing.
Some of the tools used for applying colours are gemstones candles,
wands, prisms, coloured fabrics, bath treatments, and coloured
glasses or lenses. Therapeutic colour can be administered in a
number of ways, but is often combined with hydrotherapy and
aromatherapy in an attempt to heighten the therapeutic effect.
MEANING AND USE OF COLOURS
Health is contingent upon balancing not only our physical needs, but
our emotional, mental and spiritual needs as well. In India, a group
of healers known as Ayurvedic healers associate colours with the
seven main chakras, which are spiritual centres in our bodies
located along the spine. Chakras store and distribute energy and
information. Much of the information on chakras comes from the yogic
teachings in India. According to these teachings, each chakra is
also associated with one of the four primary elements: earth, air,
fire, water. There are seven of these chakras and each is associated
with a particular organ or system in the body. Each chakra has a
dominant colour, but these colours may become imbalanced. If this
happens it can cause disease and other physical ramifications. By
introducing the appropriate colour, these maladies can be fixed.
Following, a description of three dominant chakras, their
corresponding colour, location and physical/emotional association.
First Chakra: Located at the base of the spine
Is used to energise and stimulate. Affects the heart by
increasing pulse rate, and the muscles by increasing their tension.
Influences vitality, and increases body temperature. Can be used to
develop excitement and sensuality.
Second Chakra: pelvis area
Being a colour mixed from red and yellow, according to
chromotherapists orange stands for kind-heartedness and
warm-heartedness of an individual. Orange would symbolise the rising
sun, and make us alert and cheerful. It is believed to affect both
our bodies and our minds. Astonishing results are ascribed to the
use of the color orange to treat mental illness, depressions,
discontent and pessimism. Orange could be applied for the treatment
of arteriosclerosis, sclerenecephaly, cardiosclerosis, loss of
appetite, anemia, anorexia and digestive system discomforts (e.g.,
flatulence, cramps). A person with an excess of orange could express
confusion, tiredness, and pessimism.
Third Chakra: solar plexus - just above the belly button
Increases neuromuscular tone. Purifies blood, helps digestion,
and has a cleansing effect. Strongly stimulates happiness, brings on
a sense of security, as well as a strong feeling of well-being.
Fourth Chakra: heart
Regulates the pituitary gland, fights depression, bulimia, and
other psychosomatic conditions affecting the gastric system. It is
useful in calming the nervous system, fights irritability, insomnia
and can be used to assist in recovery from nervous breakdowns.
Fifth Chakra: throat
Calming. Stimulates the parasympathetic system, reduces blood
pressure and calms both breathing and heart-rate. It has
anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing effects. Fights both physical
and mental tension and is used to assist in relaxation.
Sixth Chakra: lower part of the forehead
Indigo is believed to be a cooling color that develops psychic
perception and intuition. It is applied in health treatments for
eyes, ears, nose, and mental problems. It is also used in attempts
to treat addiction. Indigo is also ascribed to have sedative and
calming effects. Some chromotherapists say indigo may be useful in
controlling bleeding, and treating abscesses. Sometimes the color
violet also gets associated with this chakra, depending upon the
Seventh Chakra: top of the head
Practitioners name violet to be the color of the emotions and it
is considered to be a meditative color. In color therapy and in
particular in color acupuncture, violet is applied for treating the
lymphatic system and the spleen. Violet is also used in attempts to
soothe organs, relax muscles, and calm the nervous system. A person
with an excess of this color could express fanaticism and
domination. The color white or magenta can also be associated with
this chakra, depending upon the practitioner's training.