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June 25 Post
Salt (Therapy) of the Earth
It’s summertime, so no one will blame you for catching the travel bug. If you’re a regular salt therapy client, you might be concerned about missing a session—especially if you’re going someplace with weather that triggers your symptoms.
Have no fear. While you might think it is a niche treatment, salt therapy is common around the world. When you search for halotherapy options in other countries, you’ll find that it’s a centuries-old approach to treating many conditions.
As we mentioned in our “Back to the Salt Mines” post, salt therapy is most popular in Poland, Eastern Europe, and Russia, where you’ll frequently find salt caves converted into spas. With hundreds of years of history behind it, the health spa in Poland’s Wieliczka Salt Mine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than a million visitors flock to it each year.
If you like history, you can check out another museum at the Salina Turda in Romania. Excavated in the 17th century, the popular tourist destination features an amphitheater, sports arena, ferris wheel, mini golf course, and bowling lanes.
In Spain, the Cardona Salt Mountain is a breathtaking and natural phenomenon that will help clear out your lungs. The Salt Mountain is still growing as the rain erodes it.
Other natural caves are open for tours in places as diverse as Jordan, Iran, Colombia, and Bermuda. Treatment from these caves and naturally occurring spaces below the earth’s surface is called speleotherapy. It is not exclusive to mines or caves. Time spent on the beach would give you the same effects. However, it might take much longer for the salty air to have an impact.
On the other hand, Halotherapy is a dry salt therapy provided in man-made environments. There are two types of halotherapy treatment: passive and active. Passive is essentially another version of speleotherapy, relying on large amounts of various types of salt. Think of it as an artificial cave. Chicago has two beautiful options with Primal Oceans and Galos Caves, but there are several throughout the United States.
Active halotherapy, which is the most effective form of salt therapy treatment, requires a halogenerator to crush and grind sodium chloride into tiny particles and disperse the aerosol into a room. The machine can use precise calculations to control the amount of salt in the air and adjust to your specific needs.
Salt rooms are quite common around the U.S. and abroad. The easiest way to find one is to conduct a simple web search for “salt therapy” or a “salt room” in the city you’re going to. There’s no reason to let your vacation stand in the way of your normal routine. In fact, a spa day might be the perfect addition to your trip.
June 11 Post
Men’s Health Awareness
June is Men’s Health Month. During this time, healthcare providers, policy makers, the media, and many others encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
There are several stats to support the importance of men’s health:
- The average life expectancy of men is five years lower than women in the United States.
- More than 12% of men over the age of 18 are in fair or poor health.
- Men have weaker immune systems and take twice as long to recover from flu-like illnesses.
- Men are 24% less likely to visit a doctor.
While there’s no simple answer for the state of men’s health, there is an overall lack of awareness and understanding of the health issues they face. Since men don’t usually discuss their health openly, there is often a reluctance to act when they don’t feel well. Also, men tend to engage in riskier activities and jobs—especially in terms of the pollutants they inhale.
How do you get men to take care of themselves? Sometimes you need to trick them into doing something healthy. A relaxing 45 minutes in a salt room won’t make them suspicious. Salt therapy has lots of benefits that help you heal your body and ease your mind.
Halotherapy, or salt therapy, is a natural treatment that requires you to simply sit in a chair and breathe normally. Depending on your needs, a specific concentration and particle size is calculated into a halogenerator, which crushes and grinds pure sodium chloride into micro-sized particles and fills the air with dry salt aerosol.
The salt in the air works like a gentle brush to clean the airways of mucus, allergens, pollutants, and other impurities. Sodium chloride also eases coughing by making mucus thinner, less sticky, and more slippery. Dry salt aerosol slows down the growth of bacteria that can cause respiratory tract infections. Additionally, salt is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps strengthen the immune system.
The other major physical benefit of salt therapy involves rejuvenating your skin. Dry salt is super absorbent, so the small particles can sink into your epidermis and absorb the oils that cause acne. It reduces the frequency of psoriasis and eczema outbreaks caused by inflammation. Regular treatment can also promote healthy tissue regeneration and help normalize the skin’s pH-balance.
In addition to helping with your physical health, salt therapy can alleviate stress. Sessions take place in relaxing environments free of distractions. The salty mist in the air and salt crystals on the floor will remind you of the beach. There’s science behind this too. A salt room produces a high concentration of negative ions—molecules with negatively charged electrons. Once they reach your bloodstream, negative ions can change your serotonin levels. Oxygen flow to the brain increases, and you feel more alert and energetic. You will sleep better, and your mood will improve.
Regular treatment is the key to salt therapy. While one visit can bring temporary relief and a deep sense of calm, repeated exposure to dry salt aerosol provides the deeper changes that ease symptoms and boost wellness. Since most men think about seeing a doctor about once a decade, you might want to consider giving several sessions as a Father’s Day or birthday gift. Once he feels the benefits of treatment, he won’t want to stop.
May 28th Post
Yoga and Salt Therapy
Salt therapy and yoga are a lot alike. They are centuries old practices that became common in other parts of the world before gaining popularity in the United States in recent decades. They heal the body, mind, and soul. And people practice them regularly to maximize benefits.
Yoga is a comprehensive system for well-being on all levels. Most people think of it as a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation. There are many different types of yoga that can be tailored to any need or situation. While practicing beach yoga on vacation, you probably didn’t realize that the salty sea air provides additional physical benefits. Salt is an all-natural and effective antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory mineral. That’s where salty yoga comes into play.
Rather than travel to a beach, you can practice yoga in a salt room, where a machine called a halogenerator distributes microparticles of pure dry salt into the air. One 45-minute salt therapy session is the equivalent of inhaling salty air for several days at the beach. Some floors of the rooms may be lined with salt that feels like sand under your feet. As you inhale the salt particles, your lungs open, and you boost your respiratory immune system over time. Salty yoga combines the benefits of a salt therapy session with poses that help build strength and flexibility in the primary and secondary muscles of respiration. This adds to the increase of breathing capacity, oxygenation, endurance, and performance.
In salty yoga, each pose focuses on opening specific parts of the lungs and diaphragm, and the combination of moves and dry salt aerosol help you take deeper breaths. This, in turn, relaxes you. Spine-lengthening poses like Mountain Pose and Warrior II help open the diaphragm, signaling to the nervous system to relax. And as you became more in tune with your breath, you can move deeper in each pose.
The goal of salty yoga is to make you feel rejuvenated rather than depleted. It isn’t about challenging your body, burning calories, or toning muscles. It’s about deep relaxation, becoming more aware of your breath and opening places in your body where air is blocked. Many of the poses will be easy enough to do at home, and your lungs will thank you for learning how to use them correctly after you cleaned them out.
May 3rd Post
Asthma Awareness Month
Every year in May, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America declares National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Whether you suffer from these conditions or not, this is certainly a cause to support. Here are some key stats:
Asthma affects more than 24.5 million Americans
10 people a day die from asthma
More than 6 million children under the age of 18 have asthma
More than 50 million Americans (and climbing) have some form of allergies
Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs known as bronchial tubes. For some people, it is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. The causes are not clear, but family history and environmental conditions are important factors.
If you have asthma, your airways are always going to be somewhat inflamed. An asthma attack will occur when something triggers your symptoms and tightens the muscles around the airways. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
There is no cure for asthma and allergies, but serious consequences are preventable with proper treatment and care. Long-term control medications can reduce the inflammation in your airways that leads to symptoms. Quick-relief inhalers open swollen airways that limit breathing during potential attacks. In some cases, allergy medications are necessary. If you don’t have access to medicine, alternative treatments such as breathing exercises and herbal remedies help increase lung air capacity and regulate breathing rhythms when an attack occurs. However, all most treatments—both natural and pharmaceutical—focus on short-term relief.
Salt therapy is a natural and non-invasive treatment that eases coughing, congestion, breathing difficulties, and other symptoms associated with asthma. When you sit in the salt room, a halogenerator releases microscopic particles of salt into the air. As you inhale the salt particles, the inflammation in the bronchial tubes eases and allows for clear breathing. The dry salt aerosol helps clear the mucus, reduce inflammation, fight infection, and naturally ease your symptoms while boosting your respiratory immune system over time. *
Halotherapy can not only help ease the common symptoms of asthma, but it also serves as a preventative measure. Inhaling the salt micro particles widens your airways and promotes healing in the bronchial tubes. Generally, you will notice improvements in your breathing after a few sessions. These sessions will also decrease your coughing and your dependence on asthma inhalers and drugs. Regular sessions can provide long-term benefits.
One reason for declaring National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is to educate people about the severity of the disease. You do not want to take any treatment lightly or make decisions without consulting a doctor. Parents should be especially cautious when caring for their children. However, salt therapy is a centuries old treatment that offers natural benefits and the possibility of long-term relief.
*Concentrations of salt must be monitored carefully for asthmatics. I have worked with asthma clients of all ages for over four years with very good results. We use low concentrations and they usually come to the salt rooms on average of three times per week.
April 16 Post
No Pain, Big Gain
This time of year, many are ready to put winter behind us and enjoy the full bloom of spring. However, others have trouble getting through that rough patch between the seasons—when the weather is cold one day and warm the next. Not only is it tough to dress appropriately, but some people find that flare ups in their joints make it impossible to be comfortable.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause chronic inflammation of the joints and other areas of the body. In some people, the condition can also cause damage to the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Symptoms occur when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. It causes a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you might feel your joints swell and become stiff in addition to experiencing fatigue, fever, and weight loss.
And that’s just one symptom of inflammation…
Inflammation can cause all kinds of issues within the body. It can be something you see when you sustain an immediate injury, or it can be completely internal—affecting joints, muscles, and tendons underneath the skin. Even the air passageways of your lungs can become inflamed causing respiratory issues such as asthma.
Inflammation itself is the process by which the body’s white blood cells protect us from bacteria, infections, and even foreign organisms. Yet with some illnesses, your body triggers an immune response, even when there is nothing to fight. Those are autoimmune disorders.
There are a wide range of anti-inflammatory medications available over the counter and by prescription. Each has their benefits, and all have some sort of side effect. If the pain becomes particularly unbearable, doctors will prescribe steroid treatment, which brings a new set of issues and dependencies.
Salt therapy is a natural and drug-free treatment that can help relieve some of your symptoms. Finely ground sodium chloride flowing through a dry aerated room acts as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory to clear toxins and other viral causing agents. The salt attacks the swelling and helps reduce inflammation by strengthening the immune system. Because it relies on salt in the air, halotherapy works best in treating respiratory and skin issues, but there are some signs that salt aerosol’s anti-inflammatory benefits can help with pain and conditions such as arthritis.
When the body becomes dehydrated, it begins to “steal” water from other areas of the body, including your joints. This loss of water in the joints allows toxins to linger, leading to pain and inflammation. As you know, there are several ways to hydrate, but salt therapy helps your skin remain hydrated. By focusing on topical care that protects the skin, your first layer of defense, you are helping your body shield itself from damaging free radicals in the environment. And of course, the calm environment of a salt room reduces the cell-damaging stress.
It’s likely that you’ve heard someone say that the change in the weather affects their joints, or you might have even experienced it yourself. But since there isn’t a lot of research to support that connection, many medical professionals will dismiss it. That’s when salt therapy is most useful as a safe, all-natural treatment that doesn’t interfere with any doctor’s orders. A 45-minute session can help you get to know your body, and regular sessions will help you feel some sort of consistent relief.
April 1, 2018
Stress Awareness Month
With Tax Day creeping up and spring fever is kicking in, it’s no surprise that April is National Stress Awareness Month. Teams of experts will spend the next few weeks trying to encourage public dialogue about stress—as if we needed more of a reminder about what makes us tense.
Most people experience a form of increased anxiety at some point in their lives. It can come from a sudden traumatic event or even just daily expectations. Stress is a survival mechanism hardwired into our nervous systems. When you perceive a threat, stress hormones rush into your bloodstream—increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels. Other hormones also suppress functions like digestion and the immune system, which is why chronic stress can leave you more vulnerable to illness.
Danger triggers the stress response. Unfortunately, so can work conflicts, concerns over debt, bad memories, or anxiety in general. Although one bad day at work won’t harm your health, weeks or months of stress can dampen your immune response and increase your risk for disease in addition to the mental and emotional toll it takes on you.
Depending on the severity of the situation, everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress. Maybe you just need some light pampering or a spa day. If you need more support, you might attempt to develop a healthier lifestyle. More intense stress management techniques involve psychotherapy and medications.
Salt therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment that helps people with their physical ailments as well address strains on their emotional and mental well-being. You enter a room with salt on the walls and a light dusting on the floor. While you sit in a recliner, the lights dim and you can choose to listen to relaxing music, read a book or magazine, meditate, or simply rest. The temperature and humidity in the rooms are controlled to provide an optimal experience.
While you relax, a machine disperses dry salt aerosol through the air. By breathing in the pure sodium chloride, you are opening your lungs, fighting inflammation, and killing bacteria in your body. The salt also nourishes your skin by stimulating cell growth and microcirculation. In other words, you’re building up your immune system on the inside AND refreshing your skin on the outside AND sitting in a tranquil environment.
The room can remove up to 99.97 % of all the airborne particles that cause negative effects on your health. Because salt is negatively charged, it has the natural ability to attract and combine positively charged particles to it. The neutralizing powers of salt cancel out positively charged, harmful electromagnetic vibrations that exist in our environment as well as in our bodies.
Even though we’re supposed to “officially” talk about stress this month, you can probably make a case for any time of year causing the most anxiety in your life. Over the summer, the kids are home and restless. The days get shorter and work gets longer in the fall. Then there are the holidays and winter blues. That’s why it’s important to carve out time for yourself and create a routine that allows you to unwind. The best routines will help heal your body as well as your mind.
March 19 Post
Can you have salt therapy when pregnant?
Pregnancy is a special time. Few parts of nature are more beautiful than creating a life. Over the years, a great deal of research has come out about the importance of supporting, and even pampering, expectant mothers.
When you are pregnant, you will remain in regular contact with your doctor, who will review all your symptoms and medical history as well as give you tailored guidelines for maintaining the health of you and the baby. Every woman is different, but most pregnancy routines involve a balanced diet, vitamins, and some sort of regular exercise. In addition to managing the health of mom and child, the routine helps with labor and delivery.
Many medicines are off limits during all or part of your pregnancy, and many women prefer to avoid using medication while they are expecting. However, that leaves you vulnerable to allergies and colds or worse conditions like asthma and sinus infections.
You should always consult with your doctor, but for most women, salt therapy is still a natural and effective treatment to help with chronic or acute respiratory issues. Salt is naturally anti-inflammatory and helps clear out mucus.
Halotherapy at Infinity Salt Rooms is a controlled process in which the particle size and concentration follow strict calculations based on your specific needs. One 45-minute session will help provide temporary relief, but regular sessions will help you maximize the benefits.
Regular sessions can also help with managing some common side effects of pregnancy:
- Nasal congestion – Increasing hormone levels and blood production can cause a stuffy or runny nose and even lead to nosebleeds. Dry salt aerosol helps clear your nasal passages
- Itchy skin – It’s common to feel itchy, particularly as your skin stretches to accommodate your growing belly. You may even run into issues with dry skin and eczema. Salt therapy fortifies the skin’s protective barrier and helps normalize pH-balance
- Moodiness – The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common. A session is always in a relaxing environment that usually bans devices. Even if you don’t need the physical benefits, your mind and spirit could certainly use the extra attention.
March 5 Post
Take Care of Your Sinuses
Cold and flu season is winding down, which means allergy season is around the corner. Depending on where you are and who you are, this could mean several different things. Allergies range from a touch of hay fever to a constant threat of sinus infection requiring daily medication(s).
Most people don’t think about their sinuses until they get sick, but sinuses are more than a source of congestion. They lighten the weight of your skull, help shape the sound of your voice, and above all, they have an impact on your breathing. The sinuses are one of your body’s first points of contact with the environment around you. Your nasal passages warm and filter the air you breathe in, preparing it for the lower respiratory tract.
Sinusitis is an inflammation that causes symptoms like nasal obstruction, facial pressure, coughing, and postnasal drip that won’t go away. Health experts estimate that 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis every year and spend nearly $6 billion annually on the costs of battling it.
The most common characteristic of a sinus infection is that everyone is prone to getting one at some point. Treatment tends to be unique to the individual because the circumstances always change. This time of year, it could be the result of a late season cold morphing into early season allergies. The body can only take so much!
In the case of allergies, many people consider regular medication a necessary evil that they incorporate into their daily routine. But often allergy medicine is only masking the symptoms. And in other cases, people have built up a tolerance from taking it for so long, so it’s not as effective as it once was.
Wet salt therapy is a common supplement to allergy treatment. You may not realize it, but you’ve probably used wet salt therapy before. It includes saline solutions, nebulizers, and salt baths. You either breathe in an evaporated saline solution or try a method of nasal irrigation. The problem with wet salt is that it’s not giving you the full treatment. Wet salt only reaches the upper airways and sticks to the nose and mouth without reaching the throat or the deepest part of the lungs and sinuses. This reduces the salt’s “phlegm dissolving” properties because it does not get to the parts where you most need help.
Dry salt therapy takes treatment to the next level. During a session, the concentration and particle size of salt in the air is calculated to meet your needs. As opposed to spending a few days at the beach or a few hours in a salt cave, active salt rooms help provide relief within a 45 minute session. A special piece of equipment known as a halogenerator crushes and grinds pure sodium chloride into micro-sized particles and disperses the salt aerosol into the air. This type of dry salt therapy is known as halotherapy.
When it comes to sinuses, clients might feel relief right away, but regular sessions help you maintain control over your symptoms. Rather than mask the symptoms, salt helps by killing bacteria, shifting retained mucus, and fighting inflammation.
Before you know it, you’ll be smelling the flowers and enjoying all that spring has to offer.
February 22 Post
Can salt therapy help athletes?
The Winter Olympics are in full swing. Regardless of which team you root for or which sports you follow, it’s always thrilling to watch the world’s best athletes compete at the highest level.
Even the casual fan can appreciate the intense training and strict regimen that an athlete follows to achieve success. Weekend warriors are no different from Olympians in that they look for every opportunity to enhance their performance. All of our bodies are complex, but athletes especially put a great deal of care into producing finely-tuned machines that undergo a great deal of stress in pursuit of the gold.The most common respiratory conditions that affect athletes include air flow obstruction, bronchial infections, asthma, and exposure to airborne allergens and other unwanted inhaled particles. The list of negative effects is lengthy:
Reduced stamina and performance
Increased likelihood of injury
Increased production of lactic acid and residual muscle soreness
Increased the occurrence of cramps
Longer recovery time
Limited gaseous exchange in the lungs
Elevated heart rate
Depleted energy levels
Poor sleep patterns
For some athletes, the only way to address these conditions is to limit the training, which means competitors cannot push themselves to the fullest extent. There is also a small number of athletes who only find relief in medications that put them in questionable situations regarding league rules.
Salt therapy offers a completely natural, drug-free solution to these issues by increasing lung function and breathing capacity. The dry saline aerosol in the salt room eliminates airborne particles from the airways and helps the body purge itself of harmful toxins. Athletes find that once they have optimized their breathing, they can achieve better performance, using less breath. This means they have more air in reserve to achieve outstanding performance.
In addition to the physical benefits, salt therapy provides athletes with mental and spiritual nourishment as well. Salt rooms are relaxing environments that allow you to sit quietly with your thoughts for a 45 minute session. It’s the perfect condition for an athlete to concentrate on the next event or reflect on a previous performance.
National athletic teams in Eastern Europe regularly integrate salt therapy into their training regimen. Some train in huge underground salt caves such as Poland’s Bochnia Salt Mine, which features an underground field and basketball court. Likewise, the Salina Turda salt cave in Romania has a full-sized soccer pitch.
But the best part of salt therapy is that you don’t need to be a world class athlete to enjoy its benefits. One session is all you need to clear your head. After a few regular sessions, you might notice that you’re breathing easier. You might even want to think about taking up a new sport.
February 5 Post
Salt Therapy and Sleep
Are you feeling groggy today? Check the calendar. A British survey found that we lose an average of 18 minutes of sleep each night in February. At the peak of winter, a combination of dark days, long nights and centrally heated homes reduce both the amount and quality of sleep. As a result, one-third more people report low energy levels, with women coming off worse than men.
A good night’s sleep can be as simple as a relaxing bedtime ritual, a dark room, or a comfy pillow. But many people wake up not feeling refreshed. In spite of setting up the perfect bedtime and getting the doctor-recommended seven to nine hours, they spend the day exhausted. This could be a result of any number of sleep disorders, but one of the most common causes of restless nights is snoring.
About half of all people snore at some point in their lives. It can be a nuisance to you or anyone within earshot. Light snoring is not usually anything to worry about, but heavy or consistent snoring could indicate other issues with your health. If your snores come with a choking or gasping sound, you may have obstructive sleep apnea, which means you’re at risk for severe problems such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Additionally, lack of sleep makes you irritable and affects your concentration and memory.
Salt therapy primarily assists nasal snorers, but is also effective for mouth snorers. As air moves in and out of the passages, the tissues vibrate, creating loud noises. Anything that prevents you from breathing clearly can cause you to snore. Congestion from a cold or flu, allergies, or certain nasal structures such as a deviated septum are all possible sources. Treatments range from over-the-counter medicine to surgery, which all come with their own concerns. Many people just try to attack the snoring issue, so they use devices and mouthpieces that cause a lot of discomfort and keep you awake.
Salt therapy is a natural, drug free, and noninvasive option for snorers. Sitting in the specially designed rooms exposes your respiratory system to microscopic dry salt aerosol particles. Salt has natural antihistamine, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that help relieve inflammation and congestion in the airways. Over a period of time, the salt will assist in reducing inflammation, clearing mucus and debris from this area and helping the airway to be more open. Then you can enjoy a better night’s sleep.
An additional benefit to salt therapy is that it can be a sleepy experience on its own. You sit in a comfortable chair in a tranquil room. Your breathing becomes rhythmic and deepens. During the session, you may doze off, and since the salt helps open up your airways, you may sleep easier than you do at home.
Frequency is the key to using salt therapy to help improve your sleep. Regular sessions can help keep your airways open after the salt clears them out. The meditative environment will also relax you during the day and help you fall into a deeper sleep at night.
If February really is the month of less sleep rather than hibernation, you can use any help you can get. Salt therapy might be the solution that helps you rest easy.
January 22, 2018
Back to the salt mines
Salt Mine Therapy in Belarus
In matters of health and wellness, people can be skeptical about new or alternative ideas. There’s a level of trust that needs to develop, so many people prefer to stick with treatments that have stood the test of time.
Salt therapy today is very much a modern practice. You relax in a comfortable chair, breathe in the cool, dry salt air, and absorb it into your skin. The possible physical benefits include clear lungs and skin as well as reduced inflammation. The mental and spiritual benefits are countless.
The United States has discovered salt therapy relatively recently. But did you know that Europeans have been using salt to enhance living since the 13th century? As salt mining became more common around the world—especially in Poland, Eastern Europe, and Russia—many began to notice the benefits. Monks would take the sick down into salt caves to allow them to breathe air saturated with salt particles.
In the mid 1800s, Polish physicians noticed that salt miners rarely suffered from respiratory diseases. One of the oldest salt mines in the world in Wieliczka, Poland opened a therapeutic spa that offered salt baths. Other facilities opened around the country, and some are still operating today.
In Germany during World War II, salt mines were a common area for bomb shelters, leading to disturbances in the mine that let salt dust out into the air. Asthma and allergy sufferers taking cover in the mines emerged breathing freely. These observations led to the development of speleotherapy or salt cave therapy.
In the 1950s, Eastern European scientists figured out how to simulate the natural conditions of salt caves. Manmade, above-ground salt rooms provided a controlled environment, and halotherapy (“halo” = Greek for salt) became a new option for respiratory treatment.
The first halotherapy salt chambers opened in the 1960s in Eastern Europe. As the practice grew more popular in the 1980s and 1990s, health and beauty resorts throughout Europe and Scandinavia began to install salt rooms and offer halotherapy as a restorative treatment.
Throughout the world, we now find halotherapy rooms, built to recreate the salt cave environment. Special equipment called halogenerators grind and disperse salt aerosol into the air. One 45 minute halotherapy session is said to be the equivalent of three days in the salt caves. Many hospitals in Russia treat their respiratory patients in halotherapy rooms.
Today the healthcare systems in many countries pay for people to spend several weeks per year in the salt mines in order to prevent—and assist with treating—respiratory and skin conditions. Athletes throughout the world incorporate salt therapy sessions in their training regimens, and it increases oxygenation and endurance.
And salt therapy continues to evolve as researchers and clients around the world discover more benefits. The practice is both at the forefront of modern wellness and rooted in centuries old traditions. What was once a consequence of hard labor in mines has now become a form of restoration for the body and mind. In an exciting era in which technology makes everything smaller, faster, and smarter, there’s no telling what salt therapy will become.
Healthy Start to the New Year
January 4, 2018
Happy New Year!
The season of self-improvement has begun. Gym memberships and self-help book sales will go up. You will find yourself talking online and in person about change and fresh starts. Motivation will be readily available at every turn.
Whether because of optimism or reflection, many take the opportunity to make resolutions in January. A YouGov survey found the most common 2018 resolutions involve personal health and wellness. That’s a common reaction after a holiday season that tends to encourage indulging in lots of food and drink. It’s natural to wake up New Year’s Day thinking about reversing course in order to take care of yourself. But did you know that 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February?
Despite the best intentions, too many people fall short of their goals. In the case of improving the health of your mind, body and spirit, it’s not because the resolution is unreasonable or unreachable. It could be that the formula for a new you involves a major commitment or shift in behavior, and responsibilities and old routines get in the way. By no means, should you have to aim lower with your goals, but you should certainly consider the best way to achieve them.
That’s where salt therapy comes in because the benefits far outweigh the efforts. Rather than place more stress on your life with an elaborate new routine, you can view it as a moment to relax and refresh while a number of positive changes take hold. A halotherapy session might be exactly what you need after a busy couple of weeks of entertaining, traveling, or doing both.
While you sit passively in a salt room, you’re experiencing natural and non-invasive relief for sore, flaky, or red skin—in other words, skin recently beat up at the gym. The micro-particles of salt provide healing and cosmetic effects to the skin’s protective layer and hairs. It’s the perfect complement to your new vigorous exercise regimen, and it can even motivate you as a reward for a tough workout.
Regular salt sessions help improve breathing by relieving inflammation and loosening congestion. Dry salt acts like a sponge that cleans the respiratory system and removes build-up of foreign elements. If you’re a smoker looking to ease the tension in your chest and decrease coughing, salt therapy can help keep you on the path to kicking the habit. We ask that you have quite smoking approximately 3 weeks before coming in.
Sometimes it can be difficult to follow through on new year’s resolutions because the promise is too big, and you don’t see any short-term gains. You’re not going to immediately notice the effects of working out or a lifestyle change. Most salt therapy clients experience some sort of relief after the first session, but even if you don’t feel the physical benefits right away, you’ll certainly feel the effects of quiet mediation. It will help clear your head and reinforce your commitment to your new goals. With time, you’ll see improvement, and by next year, you will feel like the new and better version of yourself that you resolved to be.
December 18, 2018
Holiday Stress Relievers
Enjoy yourself this holiday season!
The holidays are in full swing, and despite the best efforts, this time of year is not always as joyful as it could be. The season often brings more demands, heightened emotions, and increased pressure. Holiday stress is real, and it can easily ruin a celebration.
Anxiety grows out of the conflict of trying to create the perfect memory while managing the realities of everyday life. You might find yourself acting impatient or feeling lonely. And the constant reminders of the “most wonderful time of the year” can be overwhelming. Add in the many opportunities to eat horribly and drink heavily, and you’re probably not feeling like yourself by the time the family gathers. At best, you’re slightly irritable and tired. At worst, you slip into depression.
While all of that may sound bleak, there are several ways to fight holiday stress. The best solution is to beat the anxiety before it starts. Take measures to stay organized and honestly address sensitive areas of your life so that you can prevent some of the tension that arises during the end of the year. It also helps to maintain your physical health, which has a direct connection with your mental well-being. But there’s no reason to fret if you feel like you can’t keep the stress from building.
Salt therapy offers the perfect release for your mind during a tense period, and it helps your body refresh. During a typical session, you can recline in comfortable chairs in salt covered rooms. Light and sound frequencies transport you to deep meditative states that encourage healing of the body, mind, and soul. You emerge feeling rested and relaxed.
A salt room produces a high concentration of negative ions, which are molecules or atoms with a negatively charged electron attached. Once they reach our bloodstream, they have the ability to produce reactions that normalize levels of the mood chemical serotonin. Oxygen flow to the brain increases, and we feel more alert and energetic. Our sleep is improved as well as depressive tendencies reduced. Certain environments such as a beach or waterfall contain thousands of negative ions, but the average home or office may contain none. Salt rooms have an advantage because the equipment used for halotherapy transmits a negative charge to the microscopic salt particles and air fanned into the room.
There’s also a physical benefit to salt therapy for stress. The salt cleanses the airways and allows the lungs to be able to take more oxygen into the bloodstream. The negative ions also help protect against the germs in the air resulting in decreased irritation from the particles that typically make you sneeze or cough. All of this can mean a subtle change in your body, but the change boosts your immune system—an added bonus during cold and flu season. You emerge from the salt room feeling rested and relaxed and realize that your breathing is freer and easier.
Salt therapy does not have to be a one-time effort either. In fact, multiple sessions tend to produce lasting results. As opposed to many short-term holiday stress relievers, salt therapy can become a new routine that helps you consistently stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit throughout the year.
However you choose to celebrate the holidays, enjoy yourself, and remember that there are plenty of ways to ensure that you have a happy and healthy new year.