Halotherapy is a holistic treatment in a man-made salt room, which reproduces the unique microclimate found in natural salt caves. Halotherapy is effective in treating a variety of upper and lower respiratory tract disorders and skin conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, eczema and psoriasis. History of Halotherapy
The therapeutic nature of salt was discovered many centuries ago and documented in several cultures, however the first modern-day research study was conducted by Polish physician Felix Bochkovsky, who published his findings in 1843. He is largely credited as being the first scientist to identify the Solotvino phenomenon: men working in the Polish town’s salt mines, despite their taxing work conditions and poor nutrition, were in excellent health and good spirits. Furthermore, the men rarely, if ever, suffered from colds, lung diseases and other respiratory ailments that plagued the general population. Bochkovsky pinpointed the source of their wellbeing as the salt aerosol they inhaled daily. Since that discovery, the salt mines of Poland and Eastern Europe have become popular sanitariums, attracting visitors from around the world. But the difficulty of accessing these salt mines, as well as safety concerns and prohibitive costs, sparked the development of halotherapy: treatment in a simulated salt cave. The former Soviet Union quickly became a leader in developing the technology for halotherapy, and much of the clinical studies conducted on the subject were published in Russian language journals. Salt rooms, or halochambers, are certified as medical devices in Russia. In the last decade, halotherapy has gained credibility and spread to Western Europe, Canada, Israel and North America.
How it works
The atmosphere of the salt room is an escape from the contaminated environments of our daily lives, free of allergens, pathogens, and pollutants. Any microorganisms that make their way inside do not survive. Such a sterile atmosphere is ideal for healing, and sets the stage for therapeutic action of the salt particles and negative ions that are created when salt breaks down due to heat and moisture of airway linings.
Microscopic salt particles enter the airways and reach down deep to the cellular level. At this level, particles stimulate airway linings, improve mucous clearance and enable a better immune response to pathogens. People with chronic respiratory conditions have been shown to lack sodium chloride in their airway linings, and this treatment helps resolve this deficiency.
The effects of salt therapy on your sinuses, skin and lungs is vastly different from what you might experience when using nasal sprays or walking on the beach. That is, salt therapy not only alleviates symptoms, but also helps prevent against symptoms reoccurring. Thus, it helps ward off sickness and reduce dependence on medications.
The skin and respiratory system are closely related, and the airborne salt that works on airways also clears up a variety of dermatitis and infections of the skin. People with psoriasis and eczema may experience dramatic improvement in their skin condition.
Salt molecules are comprised of a positive sodium ion and a negative chloride ion bound together. These molecules break down into their ions when exposed to heat and moisture. While you breathe in the salty air of the therapy room, salt molecules enter the moist airways of the lungs and break down. Studies suggest that negative ions stimulate the respiratory and integumentary (skin) systems. Moreover, it’s believed that these systems are physiologically closely related.
Studies also suggest the following benefits of negative ions:
It’s likely you’re already familiar with negative ions. The blissful feeling experienced while basking under a waterfall and the electric sensation in the air after a thunderstorm are caused by the presence of negative ions. While negative ions are abundant in nature, the stale air atmosphere that builds up inside our houses and office spaces is lacking of negative ions, and may contribute to depressed mood and energy level.
Salt therapy provides the best results when routinely administered. Respiratory and skin illness sufferers are encouraged to sign up for an unlimited package so that they may visit the facility on a regular basis and experience the full benefits of salt therapy. See pricing for package options and contact us to schedule your first appointment.
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Dry salt therapy is a natural, holistic way for adults and children to detoxify their lungs and skin to promote better breathing, sounder sleep and overall wellness and can help to improve the symptoms of allergies, asthma, snoring, sleep apnea and so much more. Our luxurious Himalayan salt room is as beautiful as it is therapeutic. As soon you begin your session, the soothing atmosphere will envelop you and the salty air will work its magic more with each deep cleansing breath.