HISTORY OF SALT THERAPY (HALOTHERAPY)
The amazing benefits of salt therapy (also known as ‘halotherapy’) first came to light in the mid-1800s when, Felix Bochkovsky, a health official in Poland made the observation that salt mine workers rarely suffered from any colds, respiratory ailments or lung diseases. Bochkovsky attributes this to the salt aerosol being inhaled on a daily basis.
People with asthma, allergies, emphysema and other respiratory problems began heading to the salt mines, and speleotherapy (salt cave therapy) was born. Furthermore, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the dry sodium chloride aerosol help in treating ear infections and certain skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. Although salt therapy is new to the U.S., it is frequently used in many countries of Eastern Europe.
Today, modern technology allows us to bring the benefits of a salt mine to you. Salt therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, chemical-free, all natural solution.
WHAT IS SALT THERAPY?
Salt Therapy, also called halotherapy, is a holistic method that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt aerosol is dispersed into a room where the walls and floor are covered with layers of salt. A negative ion and antibacterial environment is created by the layering of salt on the walls and floor. The dry salt aerosol is a key factor in the relief of symptoms for many health problems including respiratory and skin conditions.
HOW DOES HALOTHERAPY WORK?
A machine called a halogenerator grinds salt to the size of 1-5 micrometers to produce a dry salt aerosol. The generator is placed on the outside wall of the salt room. While sitting in the room for 50 minutes the fine salt aerosol is able to travel to the deepest part of the lungs in addition to other parts of the respiratory tract. As salt enters the lungs and respiratory tract it dissolves bacteria and pollutants and works to expel mucous and open constricted airways.
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FREQUENTLY TREATED BY HALOTHERAPY?
IS HALOTHERAPY SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
It is definitely safe for children. There are no potential harmful effects. The treatment is completely natural and in fact, children often respond to treatment faster than adults.
HOW MANY SESSIONS/HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME?
This varies widely among individuals, and the condition being treated is a big factor. Some conditions and milder symptoms will improve or dissipate within just a couple of sessions. You may have some relief after one session; however, for the best results we recommend a series of treatments. Those with chronic conditions most likely need to come twice a week for the first 6-8 weeks. Those who come for stress relief and relaxation simply come as often as they like. It can also be used as a preventative measure to strengthen the immune system against colds, cough, allergies, and sinusitis.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHILE SITTING IN THE HALOTHERAPY CAVES?
Our clients may wear socks or go barefoot while in the salt caves. Our large salt cave floor is covered in fine grains of Himalayan salt. Your clothing should to be comfortable. Loose clothing that you can relax in is best. If you have a skin condition you may want to wear something that exposes more skin. The salt in the air will not harm your clothes. When you leave the cave you may notice the dust of salt all over you. Just brush the salt dust off.
WHEN SHOULD HALOTHERAPY BE AVOIDED?
Halotherapy is not recommended for individuals with the following conditions:
ISN'T SALT BAD FOR YOU?
Consuming too much salt is linked to high blood pressure. With salt therapy, you are inhaling a dry salt aerosol which only enters your respiratory system not your digestion tract. The salt particles are so fine that even if you were to eat that amount it would not pose a risk to your health.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Typically there are none. Few individuals have experienced a slight throat tickle which can be treated with gargling warm to hot water. In cases with an individual that is highly sensitive they can experience slight skin irritation or red patches; however, they go away after a few sessions. If you experience increased coughing due to mucous buildup that means the salt therapy treatment is working. This is the body’s way of draining the mucous buildup.
HOW STERILE ARE THE SALT CAVES - COULD SOMEONE PICK UP GERMS?
Salt naturally absorbs bacteria. In addition, our ventilation system works throughout the entire session to circulate the air in the room, exhausting used air out and clean, fresh air in. There is no recycling of air back into the salt rooms.
WHAT KIND OF SALT IS USED?
Only the finest quality dry salts from the Dead Sea are used. In addition, we have pharmaceutical grade salt that can be used in conjunction with Dead Sea salt.
CAN ELECTRONICS BE BROUGHT INTO THE SALT ROOMS?
Please feel free to bring your IPod, IPad or MP3 player into the salt rooms. The salt rooms will have internet access. We encourage that you place it in a pocket or under a piece of clothing as we are not responsible for any damaged items. Please keep all electronics on mute or use private ear buds for personal sound. We do not recommend you bring any form of electronic that has a fan attached. NO CELL PHONES ARE PERMITTED IN THE SALT CAVES AT ALL TIMES. SALT METHOD is not responsible for any damaged electronics inside the salt caves.
IS THERE RESEARCH TO SUPPORT HALOTHERAPY?
Salt therapy has been researched and studied in both Russia and Eastern Europe.
DO YOU GET THE SAME EFFECTS FROM GOING TO THE BEACH?
While going to the beach and breathing in the ocean’s salt air is great for the body, salt therapy takes that feeling to a whole new level. The effects of breathing in the dry salt aerosol in our salt rooms are far greater than that of breathing in wet air from the ocean. Dry salt is able to move through both the upper and lower respiratory tracts where wet salt can only reach the upper airways. Dry salt is negatively charged, therefore, able to revive cilia and speed up its motion. The cilia line our respiratory tract and are covered by a layer of mucous. When a foreign particle such as dust is inhaled, the job of the cilia is to beat causing the mucous to travel towards your mouth so it can be coughed out. Salt therapy speeds up that process and in some cases where that process is non-existent it works to get it started.