Halotherapy (Halos = Greek for salt), also known as salt therapy, is a replication of the environment found inside European salt caves. By replicating this microclimate, our Salt Room provides a drug-free and safe approach to prevent illness, cleanse the airways and lungs, and support the body’s natural defense system. The controlled parameters in the room allow for an optimal balance of effectiveness and safety to bring you an ideal breathing environment free of bacteria, dust, and allergens.
The Salt Room Experience
— What to expect and how it works
Dress comfortably for your appointment, but really whatever you have on for the day will be just fine. Once inside the Salt Room you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of pounds of beautiful pink Himalayan salt that cover the walls and floor. As we dim the lights, you can lounge back in one of our zero gravity chairs and listen to the sweet sounds of serene background music to help you relax. When you are comfortable a salt grinder, which breaks the salt grains into micronized particles begins to run. Throughout the 45 minute therapy a dry, fine salt aerosol is delivered into the salt room by a fan. Inside the salt room a monitoring salt sensor is housed and is responsible for measuring the salt aerosol concentrations levels. It receives the information then transmits the data to a controller, which compares and adjusts the salt aerosol concentration based on the specific needs for the people in the room. With a consistently sustained concentration of the dry salt aerosol, the salt room’s environment provides the benefits of natural microclimates.
Clinical research has shown that Halotherapy can provide therapeutic benefits for many common ailments:
- Ear Infection
- Cold & Flu
- Smoker’s Cough
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Stress Reduction
- Relaxation and much more
How salt therapy can help manage and alleviate symptoms of eczema and psoriasis:
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. Anything that can affect the immune system can affect psoriasis! Flare-ups are commonly experienced following an earache, bronchitis, respiratory infection, or when feeling stressed.
Inside the salt room a dry salt ionized micro-particle is dispersed into the air. Inhalation of these salt particles can clear the respiratory tract of sticky mucus, widen airway passages, reduce inflammation, normalize pH levels, and reduce edema, preventing the common triggers associated with psoriasis flare-ups. Because the respiratory system and skin are connected, people who suffer from respiratory conditions (especially asthma and allergies) will often have irritated and inflamed skin. Halotherapy’s action on the airways rid the respiratory system of impurities and toxins while also strengthening the immune system, providing improved immunity and reduced hypersensitivity to the common allergens and irritants that can trigger skin disorders. Salt particles that are not inhaled inside the salt room fall onto the skin enhancing microcirculation, alleviate itching sensation, and provides reparative and regenerative processes of the skin. The anti-bacterial, yet gentle cleansing actions of the salt does not compromise the skins normal micro-flora. The anti-inflammatory properties from the salt provide relief from redness, swelling, and irritation, helping to reduce discomfort associated with lesions, scales and inflamed tissues.
Studies have shown that psoriasis can cause considerable emotional distress for some people, including low self-esteem and depression. The air circulating inside the salt room contains negative ions in high concentrations believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost energy levels.
Dry Salt Therapy & Breathing:
Salt particles inside the therapy room are inhaled through relaxing breaths. Penetrating deep into your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract the tiny salt particles absorb allergens and toxins, as well as, reduce inflammation in the airway passages. When foreign substances are not removed from the lungs they become toxic, decrease lung volume, and obstruct airways. Salt therapy can thin unnaturally thick and sticky mucus, widen airways, and restore the normal transport of mucous secretion, leading the rapid elimination of any foreign allergens. A series of Salt Therapy sessions can lead to better lung function, fewer spasmodic attacks, and clearer air passages with less use of drugs to control symptoms.
History of Halotherapy
Halotherapy is derived from Speleotherapy (from the Greek word “speleo” – a cave) and is one of the oldest methods of aerotherapy treatments. Historical records can be traced back to ancient times Greece around the IV-V century B.C. However, it wasn’t until 1843 when Speleotherapy would become widely recognized as a treatment for respiratory diseases. A Polish physician, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski at the Wieliczka salt mine, photographed to the left, published his observations that salt miners were not enduring lung disorders that were common during that time. Then, during WWII Dr. Hermann Spannagel, a German doctor reported respiratory improvements in soldiers utilizing salt caves as shelters from bombings. This cave still remains in operation today, offering medical treatment for respiratory diseases.