Discover the Benefits of
Dry Salt Therapy
Salt Therapy has been used across the world for centuries as a treatment for various ailments. Learn more below, then experience the relaxing and healing properties of salt therapy for yourself!
What is Salt Therapy?
People have used salt for centuries to treat various ailments. As early as ancient Greece, people realized the healing power of salt. Native Americans also used salt to heal wounds and respiratory problems. Interest in salt as a therapeutic resurged in the mid-19th century when it was observed that miners working in salt mines had significantly fewer respiratory problems than other miners.
Halotherapy is a modern-day form of dry salt therapy, where special machines called halogenerators are used to create and disperse ultra-fine particles of medical grade salt into the treatment room, where they can be absorbed by the lungs and skin.
Benefits of Halotherapy
Halotherapy can be beneficial for your overall wellness by:
- Removing toxicity from the respiratory system
- Improving the function and appearance of the skin
- Boosting the immune system
Regular halotherapy practice can improve your quality of life!
How Does Halotherapy Work?
Halotherapy works by exposing the body to salt particles in a controlled environment. Salt particles have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that can help with respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. Halotherapy can also help with skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Halotherapy is 100% natural, safe, non-invasive, drug-free, and there are no negative side effects. After sessions, you may experience a slight cough or runny nose but this is simply the salt doing its work to remove any mucus and toxins from your lungs and airways.
Who Should Use Halotherapy?
Halotherapy benefits adults and children alike, and even many animals! It is natural and safe and there are no side effects.
One does not need to have any conditions since dry salt therapy is very beneficial for overall general wellness by removing the toxicity from the respiratory system. People are exposed daily to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, allergens and other irritating and harmful factors. Halotherapy is an excellent way to cleanse and detox the lungs as well as invigorate the whole body with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake.
According to the Salt Therapy Association, many people who undergo halotherapy treatment on a regular basis may find relief from a variety of conditions, such as:
Dry and Flaky Skin
Improve Athletic Performance
Strengthen Immune System
What to Expect During a Session
While you relax in the treatment room, a state-of-the-art machine called a halogenerator grinds medical grade salt into sub-micron particles that are then released into the treatment room. The dry salt particles are inhaled deeply into the lungs, relieving inflammation, loosening congestion, and opening airways – allowing for improved breathing. The treatment increases oxygen intake and cleanses the airways of smoke, dust, allergens, and other pollutants. The dry salt particles also land on and are absorbed by your skin, helping to relieve symptoms of sore, flakey, red and irritated skin.
Salt Session Options
Just Breath Salt Spa & Sauna offers the following two options for halotherapy treatment:
Treatment needs can vary, depending on the specific issue or symptoms you wish to target. More chronic and acute respiratory conditions require increased frequency and consistency of the sessions. While in some circumstances, you may begin to experience relief as soon as after one session, salt therapy is most effective at improving chronic symptoms when administered at a minimum of twice a week for 6-8 weeks.
Once you have completed the initial recommended visits, it is important to maintain your treatments for optimal wellness. For general respiratory hygiene, visiting your local salt therapy facility once or twice a week will enhance lung capacity, boost the immune system, reduce stress, and aid better sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
We recommend loose, comfortable clothing. When the session is over, you may notice a faint trace of salt on your lips, and a slight taste of salt on your tongue. Any salt on your clothing can easily be brushed off, but if you are concerned about dust we recommend lighter colored clothing, or covering yourself with a towel which we can provide to you.
How early should I arrive?
First time clients should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to session to check in. If you’re a returning guest, simply allow enough time to be settled in your chair by the time the session begins. Once the salt session starts, we cannot allow late entry into the salt rooms. Please use restrooms before your session, as we discourage opening the door once the session has begun.
Are there any concerns regarding salt therapy treatment?
Some people are concerned about the intake of salt because of issues relating to diet, high blood pressure, and hypertension, but this type of salt intake is connected to the digestive tract.
Dry salt therapy is different since it is associated instead with the respiratory system. When inhaled, the amount of micro salt particles entering the respiratory system is extremely low, so it does not present any risk to your health.
Will I feel different after just one session?
You may notice a difference after your first session. Coughing or some sinus drainage is very common. This is a normal reaction to salt therapy, and an assurance that it is working! You may also find that you are very relaxed and enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Are there any side effects?
When it comes to salt therapy, side effects are infrequent. Some people might experience a mild tickle in the throat or an increase in coughing due to an excess mucus buildup. This is an indication the therapy is working. Other effects might be a slight skin irritation for those with hypersensitive skin.
Is there a difference between a Salt Room and a Salt Cave?
Salt rooms are designed to provide dry salt therapy in a man-made environment that can vary by size, design, and function. A salt cave is a type of style and décor of a salt room that often resembles a cave-like environment.
There are basically two types of salt rooms—passive and active.
Passive salt rooms provide an environment using various salt elements and décor, along with the right temperature, humidity, and climate conditions. This is done to mimic the look and feel of salt caves and mines, which can provide a therapeutic effect known as Speleotherapy. These facilities often do not utilize any equipment (halogenerator) to disperse salt into the air.
Active salt rooms provide a much more effective salt therapy environment utilizing a halogenerator to grind salt into micron-sized particles that are then dispersed into the air. The décor and style of the room can vary from a simple children’s theme to a more spa-like environment and from a more clinical look to an elaborate cave-like room.
Most salt rooms are set-up to have several people at once sitting and relaxing in the room together. Sessions are typically scheduled and start at specific times for approximately 40 minutes.
Here at Just Breathe Salt Spa and Sauna, our Salt Suite is an active salt room.
Can I use electronics in the Salt Suite?
Above all other considerations, we simply request that you be respectful to the quiet and relaxation time of your fellow guests. If desired, Just Breathe Salt Spa and Sauna offers lockers onsite in which you can store your personal belongings. Please make sure electronics are on ‘silent’ before placing in a locker.
Halotherapy is recognized as a safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure! Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders, and active tuberculosis.
Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns needs to seek proper medical advice and care. There are many clinical studies and research, along with testimonials from customers, as to the health benefits and efficacy of salt therapy.
Many countries around the world have varying ways they govern and regulate their citizen’s health-related matters. In some countries, Halotherapy is covered by their Government’s Health Care system or insurance companies.