1What is Salt Therapy?
Pharmaceutical grade salt is ground to micron sized particles and dispersed into
a special, salt covered room. Clients simply relax in comfortable chairs and
breathe in the cool, dry salt air. The tiny particles of salt are able to reach the
deepest part of the lungs, sinuses, ears, and pores of the skin where they absorb
and help to remove bacteria, virus, mold spores, pollen and inhaled pollutants.
The salt aerosol also thins the mucus and speeds up the rate at which it is
expelled from the lungs. The respiratory tract and skin is cleared, and
inflammation is reduced thus benefiting the entire body.
2Where did salt therapy originate?
In the mid 1800’s, Polish physicians noticed that salt miners rarely
suffered from respiratory diseases. Many asthma and allergy
sufferers who hid out in the salt mines during the war, emerged
breathing freely. From these observations, speleotherapy (salt cave
therapy) was founded. 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 heal respiratory and skin conditions.
Athletes throughout the world incorporate salt therapy sessions in
their training regimens and it increases oxygenation and endurance.
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.
3What conditions benefit from dry salt aerosol?
• Breathing difficulties
• Cold/Flu Prevention
• Cystic fibrosis
• Ear infections
• Inhanced endurance and oxygenation
• Hay fever
• Sinusitis/sinus inflammation
• Smoker’s cough (must have quit 3 weeks prior in order to
avoid third hand smoke)
• Snoring / sleep apnea
• Stress and fatigue
4Is Salt Therapy safe for children?
There are no side effects to this treatment and it is safe for children and adults to
use. Halotherapy involves no artificial elements, simply pure salt that acts as a
natural disinfectant for clearer lungs and skin.
5How many sessions are needed?
Many people notice some relief from the first session. However
longer lasting results are found with multiple sessions. Depending on
the condition, 8-20 sessions fairly close together may be needed. Once
symptoms are reduced, the frequency of sessions will depend on the
individual and the conditions they are experiencing.
6What should be worn when receiving salt therapy?
Comfortable clothing that allows you to relax and breathe freely. If
you are treating a skin condition you will want to wear a bathing suit
or clothing that exposes the affected areas.
7When should Salt Therapy be avoided?
Halotherapy is not recommended for individuals with the
• Any kind of infectious disease
• Acute respiratory disease
• Cardiac insufficiency
• COPD with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
• Coughing of blood/bleeding
• Infections accompanied by fever
• High blood pressure/hypertension in IIB stage
• Any form or stage of tuberculosis
• Chronic kidney disease
• All internal diseases of decompensation
If you are unsure if salt therapy is appropriate for you, please
contact your physician
8Is the salt absorbed into the body?
With salt therapy, you are inhaling a dry salt aerosol, which enters
your respiratory system, not your digestion tract. The salt particles are
so fine that the amount breathed in is less than what you would find
on one potato chip. Most of that is expelled through breathing,
coughing, or sneezing.
9Are there any side effects?
Typically there are none. Some individuals have experienced a slight
throat tickle, which can be alleviated with gargling warm water after
a session. In cases with an individual that is highly sensitive they can
experience slight skin irritation or red patches; however, they usually
go away after a few sessions.
If you experience increased coughing
that means the salt therapy treatment is working. This is the body’s
way of clearing mucus and toxic buildup. If there is a heavy mucus
build up, coughing and sinus drainage may get worse with a lot of
mucus being expelled between the 4th and 6th sessions as the body
goes into a healing state. Clients generally report feeling much better
after the 6th session.
10Do you need to stop taking medications if receiving salt therapy?
No. You should continue your medications as directed by your
doctor. Since salt therapy is all-natural it does not have any
interactive effects with medications. Often, individuals who undergo
salt therapy will find that they are less dependent on certain
medication and that their symptoms are less frequent and less severe.
11How sterile is the salt room – could someone pick up germs?
Salt naturally absorbs bacteria. The walls and floor of the rooms are
covered with salt grains and salt dust, which creates an almost sterile
environment. In addition, our ventilation system clears the air in the
room, exhausting used air out and clean, fresh air in.
12What kind of salt is used?
We use pharmaceutical grade salt in the halogenator, and Himalayan
crystal salt on the walls.
13What will my experience be like in the salt rooms?
You will enter a room with salt on the walls and a light dusting on
the floor. The children’s room has a considerable amount of salt on
the floor for them to play in. In the adult rooms you will have
comfortable recliners to relax in. The lights will 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. The negative ions
generated by grinding the salt provide a very relaxing and uplifting
The children’s room is full of activity and fun as children of all ages
love playing in a giant salt box.
The express session is in a small private room with a comfortable chair. It is spacious enough to relax in, but the volume of air fills quickly with the correct concentration of salt so the session can be shorter, but just as effective for respiratory and skin issues. It is not as relaxing, but helps to keep you salted when you are short on time. We suggest 4-5 full 45-minute sessions before trying an express session.
Relaxation sessions are 45 minutes long, children’s sessions between 30
and 45 minutes depending on ages, and salt booth sessions are 20 minutes in length.
14Can electronics be brought into the salt rooms?
Electronics are not allowed in the salt room. We have created an
environment free of outside pollutants, chemical as well as
electromagnetic. Without the electromagnetic bombardment, your
body and mind to go to a deeper level of healing and relaxation.
15Is there research to support Salt Therapy (halotherapy)?
Salt therapy has been researched and studied in both Russia and
Eastern Europe. The first medical study on Cystic Fibrosis has been
conducted in Florida with very positive effects. For a list of research
articles please see The Salt Therapy Association’s website