What is Salt Therapy?
Salt therapy or Halotherapy is the use of microfine salt particles circulated through the air to help open the airways and make breathing easier. Traditionally salt therapy was done in salt caves in eastern Europe and has been incorporated into many Korean spas. Today salt rooms are popping up in the US attempting to create the relaxing and therapeutic effects of those centuries old salt caves. Salt therapy has been shown to help with many respiratory disorders such as allergies, asthma, both acute and chronic sinusitis, and more severe breathing disorders like COPD. Patients have also shown improvement in certain skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Our Salt Cocoon acts like your own personal salt cave, only better. We have a built in music system filled with meditative sounds (although you are free to bring in your own entertainment) as well as a heated seat to warm up when it’s cold out. The session lasts roughly half an hour and during that time you relax and just breathe.
What benefits can you see from Salt Therapy?
- Decrease Mucus in the airway
- Improved Respiratory Function
- Deeper, Fuller Breaths
- Reduction in the Need for Medication like Inhalers and Antihistamines
- Help reduce Allergy Symptoms like, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes
- Improve respiration to help sport performance
- Boost Immune System Function
- Improve general Quality of Life
- Reduce the durations of Colds and Sinus Infections
History of Salt Therapy?
While the first manufactured salt cave opened in the UK in 2008, humans have been recording the positive benefits of salt therapy for hundreds if not thousands of years.
Spas in Poland have been offering salt therapies since the 1200’s. Later in the 1800’s a Polish doctor documented studies in which salt miners didn’t suffer the same respiratory disorders as the rest of the population.
How Salt Affects the Body
Inhaling salt has been shown to affect several different responses through various studies. Perhaps the most noticeable effect is called a Mucolytic Response; meaning that inhaling salt directly affects the mucus membranes along the breathing pathways. This helps loosen and dry out excess mucus so it can be broken down by the body.
Salt also has been known to be bacteriostatic, helping fight infections by pulling water out of bacteria.
Studies have also shown that salt can help reduce immune system overactivity by helping to reduce IgE (a specific immunoglobulin associated with allergic response)
Salt therapy has also been shown to improve the quality of the air a person breathes by filtering out pathogens.