The idea of sitting in our salt room to reap health benefits may sound a little crazy, but it’s becoming increasingly popular around the Tri-Cities. Designed to simulate the environment of Himalayan salt caves, our cozy room features literally tons of Himalayan salt, a dim glow provided by salt lamps, reclining chairs and soothing instrumental background music.
Meanwhile, during a session, the halogenerator grinds dry salt and pumps micro particles of it into the air. Our Salt Room is kept at low humidity and approximately 70 degrees. The setting is a bit like a meditation or yoga class – without any downward-facing dog poses. You simply sit quietly and breathe the refined air, as you relax and clear your mind.
The treatment, known as dry salt therapy, or Halotherapy, dates back hundreds of years to Eastern Europe and is proven to provide a variety of health benefits. These include relief from respiratory ailments such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colds, cystic fibrosis, ear infections and sinusitis, as well as skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and rosacea, according to the Salt Therapy Association.
However, one major health benefit is that of depression and anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. It estimates more than 14 million Americans suffer from major depression every year and more than three million suffer from minor depression. Some 30 million Americans take antidepressants at a cost of over $10 billion a year. That is crazy!
Salt Therapy may provide an additional or alternative treatment that is safe, natural and very affordable. It can help with many types of depression such as
-Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.
-Post partum depression and baby blues.
-Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months
-Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
If you can remember how carefree it is to be at the beach then you can understand how Salt Therapy can easily help with depression and anxiety. It is said that 45 minutes in our Salt Room is equal to being at the beach for 2 days. The negative ionization of the atmosphere can leave you feeling invigorated and with a positive attitude.