Salt therapy (halotherapy) is a venerable, natural health treatment in Asia, East- and Western Europe, but has only recently gained a profile in the US market.
Today, halotherapy is offered at spas and stand-alone facilities in formats including salt beds, salt rooms/caves, even salt booths in shopping malls, salt pipes, inhalers and at-home devices like the Salin Plus Salt Therapy device. It’s safe to say the salt business is booming!
In the US alone, the number of stand-alone facilities has jumped from a dozen to around 300 since 2012; with growth also reported in the spa, resort and wellness sector. It seems healing salt is no longer just Europe’s little secret!
But what is involved in salt room treatment? And what is behind its explosion in popularity?
Halotherapy is an ancient health practice, discovered by a Polish Physician, Felix Boczkowski in 1843 while he was stationed at a salt mine in Wieliczka. He observed that miners’ frequent exposure to aerosol salt in the mines had a transformative effect on their respiratory health. Cue the invention of Speleotherapy: “Speleo” translating to “of/inside a cave”.
There is historical/anecdotal evidence, dating back to early 1900s, of the effective use of speleotherapy on respiratory patients in Canada, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Austria and Germany. Doctors noted patients’ breathing, lung function and other symptoms like sneezing, coughing and wheezing improved with seven to 30 days of salt therapy treatment, and the need for medication reduced.
Interesting fact: based on these observations, Dr Boczkowski’s predecessor developed mineral spa therapy where patients bathe in minerals and salts (also known as balneotherapy).
Most modern salt rooms use a “halogenerator” which crushes, grinds and cuts salt crystals into precisely sized micro particles that dispersed into the air by a fan apparatus.
This technology reproduces the microclimate of a natural salt cave: the air produced is sterile, negatively ionized and saturated with a low concentration of dispersed, pharmaceutical grade, dry salt.
The Salin Plus Salt Therapy device uses very similar technology but on a much smaller scale with its specialized (patented and award winning) filter, designed to maximize dispersion of pure salt crystals so they can penetrate deep into the lungs.
Décor plays a big role in the salt room experience. Modern salt rooms are often beautifully outfitted, including walls lined with back-lit blocks of amber and pink salt, and inches of salt crystals covering the floor (Esthetic only. Check out Modrn Salt in NYC for the ultimate décor inspiration). Zero-gravity or cozy reclining chairs, moody lighting and ambient music combine to create a luxurious and tranquil space.
During a session, which can range from 30 to 90 minutes, clients relax, sit, chat, nap or even do yoga while therapeutic salt is delivered to every part of the respiratory tract. It’s the ultimate wellness multitasking. Sessions can maintain wellness, be used for relaxation or to spot treat illness.
When inhaled, aerosol salt dissolves or attracts small, positively charged impurities so they can be expelled by the patient by coughing or during metabolic processes, via the bloodstream. Salt room treatments help to relieve the root of inflammatory respiratory illnesses: lower or upper tract, asthma, bronchitis and allergies, by destroying bacteria and restoring health.
Each session is monitored to ensure client safety, comfort and to maintain optimal treatment conditions. There is no risk of “overdose”, and minimal chance of adverse reaction to the therapy, aside from perhaps a little dry mouth at the end of the session!
We believe in and advocate for the therapeutic benefits of salt therapy, in all its modern and traditional forms! Salt room therapy is excellent; however, it demands time (travel, booking, organizing) and ongoing expense that not everyone can support, all the time.
The Salin Plus Salt Therapy device plays an important role in the booming halotherapy market: it makes salt therapy accessible to everyone. Salin Plus allows you to enjoy all the benefits of salt room therapy (above), but from the comfort and convenience from your own home, and all while you sleep.
The beauty of this product is it can be used with regular salt room treatments, or stand-alone if you cannot access a salt room facility.
Healing, salt therapy, however and wherever you need it! Breathe better. Sleep better!