Salt Therapy for Stress, Anxiety and Depression
by Sunny Lal
We know that salt therapy (also known as Halotherapy) is one of the fastest growing trends in holistic therapy today, offering profound health benefits for patients with various respiratory and skin conditions, and these benefits are backed by medical science and clinical trials.
Halotherapy sessions have also been shown to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression — and many patrons report improved mood, cognitive ability, deeper sleep, and lower levels of stress.
Salt Therapy and Stress
“Regular salt therapy sessions in salt rooms have been shown to counter-act stress triggers, which in turn can reduce the symptoms of mental, emotional, and physical stress. “Stress is defined as a change in the body that can affect emotional, intellectual, and physiological well-being. Generally, it is the body’s reaction towards negative stress-factors and can directly influence hormonal balance or neurochemical activity in the brain.
Stress is a natural and normal response and can be a positive experience. For example, before a race or a boxing match, an athlete’s heart rate and breathing rate may increase; adrenaline and norepinephrine levels may rise — these are factors that may help with performance.
Stress can elevate your senses when you’re in danger, enhancing your abilities to take evasive or protective action.
Often in our busy lifestyles of modern society, we are bombarded with an over-bearing amount of stress factors without end, resulting in chronic stress triggers, which over time, can take a toll on your body, mind, and mood. Generally, when this happens, we begin to feel “burnt out.”
Regular salt therapy sessions in salt rooms have been shown to counter-act stress triggers, which in turn can reduce the symptoms of mental, emotional, and physical stress.
Salt Therapy and Anxiety
Salt therapy for anxiety
Anxiety is a natural response to stress. Some common reasons to experience anxiety are:
first day of school
giving a speech before a crowd
going to a job interview
getting pulled over by the police
Symptoms of anxiety can be an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, feeling restless, difficulty concentrating, and insomnia — and can vary from person to person.
If you experience severe anxiety often, or for ordinary scenarios such as just being outside, or in a shopping mall, or in an elevator, it may be due to an anxiety disorder. This type of anxiety can cause you to shut down and can negatively impact your mental and physical well-being.
In this article, salt therapy has been shown specifically to increase the flow rate of oxygen, while decreasing hypertension. Also noted is a decreased resting heart rate, indicating optimal circulation and enhanced relaxation — all indicators that can help to alleviate anxiety, regardless of its cause.
Salt Therapy and Depression
Depression is defined as “feelings of severe despondency and dejection.” However, clinical depression is a major disorder, and is a common medical illness that severely affects your moods and thought processes. Variations include Manic Depression (also known as bipolar disorder), Dysthymia (or dysthymic disorder), and many others.
The symptoms of depression can vary, but are not limited to:
feeling sad or depressed
loss of energy
loss of interest in activities
loss of, or increased appetite
increased meaningless physical activity (cleaning, pacing, writing)
feelings of worthlessness or guilt
thoughts of suicide
Salt therapy for depression
One of the best things about visiting a salt cave is that you experience an instant sense of well-being and relaxation. It is truly a profound experience, and unlike any place you’ve been to before.
Besides the proven medical and therapeutic benefits of sitting in a salt cave, you also experience a calming, zen-like atmosphere where your senses are taken over by the natural Himalayan salt cave environment. From the ambient lighting, the sounds of a distant waterfall, and the sterile air that opens your nasal passages and lungs — relaxing and disconnecting from your busy lifestyle for a brief period can clear your mind and re-connect you with your true self again.
After a salt cave session, patrons have reported improved mood, enhanced mental performance, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and deeper levels of sleep at night.
The negative ions in the atmosphere of a salt cave have been proven to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, improve breathing, and strengthen the heart — resulting in a lower resting heart rate.
It stands to reason then, that visiting a salt cave often can leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed and leaves you with a better sense of well-being — and that’s definitely something to write home about.
We hope you found the information above useful. If you would like to book a session, click here https://www.vagaro.com/thesaltcavealaska/classes