What color light do you use in your spa? Are you a fan of the cool ambiance of blue light? Or do you like the edgy vibes of red light? Those rainbow lights in your spa are for more than just fun and style, they’re a therapy technique! In fact, color therapy (or chromatherapy)has been studied and used for thousands of years. Let’s take a look at chromatherapy throughout the ages.
Early uses of color therapy
Phototherapy, or light therapy, was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India. Ancient Egyptians and Grecians used colored dyes, crystals and oils to treat a variety of medical ailments. This early color therapy was used alongside sunlight as treatment. Though the science behind this light therapy had yet to be developed, these early people saw intense results from the treatment.
Color therapy in the 20th century
In the early 20th century, researchers began to dive deeper into the use of color as medicine. Dinshah P. Ghadiali, an Indian-American scientist, started his journey in chromotherapy by placing water under indigo light. Ghadiali noticed that patients who drank the indigo “charged” water saw a decrease in their symptoms. Ghadiali stated that colors, in their most basic form, were energy vibrations. He deduced these energy waves could work alongside the energy waves naturally produced by the body in order to create balance. If the energy of a person was thrown off by an ailment, the energy waves of color could work to bring balance back to the body.
Color, in its basic form, is just energy waves. Transferring these waves onto the human body, which emits its own energy waves, can alter the energy waves of a person.
Later research by Robert Gerard in the 70s showed the relationship between certain colors and their immediate effect on individuals. He found exposure to warm colors increased respiratory movements and produced arousal of the autonomic nervous system. They are stimulating. Cool colors, on the other hand, provide an opposite effect. They could be used to relax anxious individuals, lower blood pressure and help ease insomnia. They are relaxing.
Colored light in spas
Colored light is integrated into every Sundance Spa. Take a look at how this works:
Effects of colors
Red energizes the body and increases blood flow. Yellow helps with nerve function and stimulates emotions. Orange stimulates thinking and uplifts emotions. Green has a calming, restorative effect on the mind and body. Blue is deeply calming and can reduce anxieties. Purple inspires creativity and relieves irritability.
Whether you're looking for relaxation or stimulation, chromatherapy is worth trying! Test out the different colors in your spa today. Don't have a spa yet? You can start your search here.
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