by Sunny Lai
What is a salt cave? A salt cave is a room that emulates an authentic European salt mine, including all the therapeutic benefits that come with it in the form of salt therapy, known ashalotherapy Typically, a salt room is encased entirely in Himalayan salt bricks and boulders. Ambient backlighting illuminate the salt brick walls, and a stalactite cave-like ceiling is embedded with fibre-optic lighting. Salt room floors are usually covered in a layer of large grain Himalayan salt crystals. A hidden sound system provides calming background music. The primary function of the salt room is the atmosphere — from which the therapeutic benefits are derived, which is comprised of medical grade salt aerosol produced by a hidden device called a halogenerator. Additional items can includes asalt fireplace, salt water cascade, and skylight, among others. What does a salt cave do? A salt cave provides the therapeutic benefits of halotherapy to it’s patrons. To enjoy the benefits of halotherapy, a patron typically relaxes in a zero gravity chair for a period of 30 – 60 minutes. Halotherapy sessions are booked in advance with the Salt Cave staff. Is breathing salt air good for you? Regular halotherapy sessions within a salt room will provide profound health benefits. This has been verified by medical journals and clinical studies, as well as first hand experience and user feedback. When salt therapy is practiced on a regular basis, it can help improve our well-being and quality of life. Can salt therapy be harmful? Salt therapy has been around and practiced for decades, and perhaps even centuries. There are no known harmful effects of salt therapy. In fact, the opposite is true. Are salt caves beneficial? Absolutely. Salt caves are a trending spa service in North America and around the world. Salt rooms garner clientele and repeat customers, even in small towns, as salt rooms are not commonly available in every city. Salt caves are beneficial to spa owners, as well as their customers. They are a good investment opportunity for spa owners, and are proven to improve various respiratory ailments such as colds and flu, Asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Cystic Fibrosis and even a host of skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne and many others.
Do you shower after a salt cave session? In order to fully benefit from your salt cave session, it’s important to let any micro-particles of salt remain on your skin. Remember, salt therapy not only improves your respiratory system and internal organs, but also your skin, through contact with the salt-rich air. Simply put, it’s better to shower before your session, but not after. Is it safe to inhale Himalayan salt? Inhaling Himalayan salt was accidentally discovered and practiced in the early 19th century, when a Polish physician named Feliks Bocszkowski observed that salt cave miners had significantly fewer respiratory ailments, and looked much younger for their age, than coal or metal miners. The credit was given to Himalayan salt, as it was believed that these benefits were the result of breathing in the salt rich air present in the salt mines. Soon thereafter, visiting salt mines became a regular pastime in Europe for many people who were looking to improve their health and well being. Are Himalayan salt rooms safe? Modern Himalayan salt rooms contain temperature and humidity controlled environments, and highly sophisticated devices that regulate the concentration of medical-grade sodium chloride aerosol in the atmosphere. The ambient salt aerosol concentration is fine tuned for optimal therapeutic benefits to humans. There are no known or reported negative side effects of partaking in halotherapy sessions inside a salt room. Does salt therapy affect blood pressure? Although it is generally known that a high dietary salt intake can potentially increase blood pressure, there is no known connection between halotherapy and increased blood pressure. Since halotherapy helps with relaxation, reduces inflammation, and reduces toxins in the blood stream, it may in fact help to facilitate blood pressure reduction in hypertensive patients. Do salt caves really work? An astounding Yes! Salt caves have been used for their profound healing benefits for hundreds of years and have been shown to improve breathing and respiratory function, improve skin conditions, and have even shown signs of anti-aging in its users. Does salt therapy make you feel tired? Salt therapy sessions will reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and improve breathing throughout the respiratory system by reducing toxins and mucus build-up. This can also increase relaxation and naturally induce a state of calm or stillness, which can enhance meditation. Most patrons report emerging from their salt therapy sessions feeling rejuvenated and full of energy. Can I put Himalayan salt into a diffuser? It’s never a good idea to add any type of salt or additive to a diffuser, humidifier or vaporizer unless specified in the owner’s manual, otherwise you risk damaging the unit and invalidating the warranty. Salt can trigger oxidation and is corrosive to metals which include the heating element, filter or seals in diffusers. Can I put Himalayan salt into the Halogenerator? The only type of salt you should be adding to your halogenerator device is pure sodium chloride crystals without any impurities, or added anti-caking agents. This can be either pharmaceutical grade, or USP grade sodium chloride.