Look around you right now. What colors do you see? What colors did you notice first? How bright is the overall light around you?
Color and light are powerful tools for your mental and physical health. Green has been frequently recognized as a “restful” color, blue has been shown to discourage appetite, yellow brightens mood, and red tends to speed up the action that is around it. We can’t always change the primary colors we are surrounded by at any given moment, but even becoming aware of the subtle psychological effects of color can help you adjust (or re-adjust) your well-being.
But there is more to color than meets the eye. In fact, there are many colors your eyes don’t even know they’re seeing, but your body and mind sure do!
The practice of chromotherapy utilizes various frequencies of visible light to alter both psychological and psychological aspects of health. In a color therapy session, clients develop an awareness of the general effects of color, the individual’s unique reaction to colors, and ways to change their color perspective in ways as easy as using colored lenses in eyeglasses or simply changing the color of the light bulbs in a room (Dr. Amanda Alexander, ND, SCNM 2018).
The next step in chromotherapy is to use advances in technologies to enhance the types of color and light that a client may need to make up for a lack of certain color vibrations and adjust the body to frequencies that promote improved health and harmony for the individual. Color and light are generally ubiquitous and slight alterations of hue and length of exposure can produce remarkable results.
At SCNM, we have an infrared sauna to help achieve body and mind balance through Chromotherapy. Not all saunas are used as just a nice, warm place to rest—this type of sauna can literally be life changing, especially during changes in seasons when certain types of light are lessened or heighted, affecting individuals differently. Infrared saunas warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight along with the benefit of adding exposure to wavelengths of visible and non-visible light spectrum.
Dr. Amanda Alexander, an ND at SCNM utilizes multiple aspects of environment, architecture and color therapy to optimize heath. She adds that, “Although color therapy is a valuable tool, it is best paired with other therapies like acupuncture or hydrotherapy when a patient has an opportunity to rest. The simple addition of Chromotherapy can improve the patient’s overall experience.”
Consider adding color therapy to your wellness plan and see how it enhances all other efforts you make on your path to wellness. Don’t forget to look around, too, and see for yourself what different colors, amounts of light and lighting is doing in your life.