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- What is Halotherapy or Salt Therapy?
Halotherapy, also known as dry Salt Therapy is a holistic approach that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt air is dispersed into an enclosed or sealed room through a unique process generated by a halogenerator. This type of treatment is a safe and effective way of using salt’s natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and super absorbent properties to provide relief for respiratory and skin conditions.
When you heat salt, it becomes super dry, and kinetically more active. This heated and dry pure sodium chloride is then crushed into micro-sized particles and dispersed into the air in an enclosed environment. When micro-particles of dry salt is inhaled into the respiratory system, it does its job by absorbing and removing allergens, toxins and foreign substances in your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract. Salt also reduces any inflammation and opens airway passages making easier to breathe.
- How does Salt Therapy work?
A machine called a halogenerator grinds salt to the size of 1-5 micrometers to produce a dry salt aerosol. The generator is placed on the outside wall of the salt room. While sitting in the room for 45 minutes the fine salt aerosol can travel to the deepest part of the lungs in addition to other parts of the respiratory tract. As salt enters the lungs and respiratory tract it dissolves bacteria and pollutants and works to expel mucous and open constricted airways.
- What are the conditions and ailments that can be treated by salt therapy?
- Breathing difficulties / chest tightness
- Bronchitis / Chronic bronchitis
- Cold/Flu Prevention
- Ear infections
- Hay fever
- Sinusitis/sinus inflammation
- Smoker’s cough
- Snoring / Sleep Apnea
- Stress and fatigue
- Chronic ENT illnesses
- Cystic Fibrosis
4. Is Salt Therapy safe for children?
It is safe for children. There are no potential harmful effects. The treatment is completely natural and in fact, children often respond to treatment faster than adults. At Salts, we have both an Adult and Children’s therapy room. Children can play with books, puzzles, and toys while receiving the benefits of salt therapy.
5. How many sessions/times a week is necessary?
Halotherapy offers the best results when practiced regularly. The benefits are accumulative where consistency and frequency is the key. People with chronic issues will benefit greatly if visiting salt rooms at least 3-4 times a week. Those who are looking to incorporate Salt Therapy into their regular wellness routine would benefit from a weekly session. Halotherapy is safe to use on a daily basis if desired.
6. What should be worn when receiving (Halotherapy) salt therapy?
You want to be comfortable. Light colored clothing if possible but whatever you are comfortable in is best. If you have a skin condition you may want to wear something that exposes more skin. For those without skin conditions such as (dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis) ...these conditions are not contagious and cannot be passed from one person the other. The salt in the air will not harm and can easily be brushed off if noticeable on your clothes or body. No showers are needed or provieded after a halotherapy session. If you have open wounds or a skin condition on your feet you will want to where socks until after you are sitting with your feet propped on foot stool. Do not go bare foot on Himilyan salt floor. The himalyan Salt on the floor is not what heals the skin conditions and can cause pain to the affected area.
- In which cases should Salt Therapy be avoided?
Halotherapy is not recommended for individuals with the following conditions:
- Infections associated with a fever
- Contagious diseases
- Cardiac disease patients
- Acute respiratory disease
- Severe hypertension
- Chronic obstructive lung diseases
- What about the concern that salt is bad for you?
Consuming too much salt is linked to high blood pressure. With salt therapy, you are inhaling a dry salt aerosol which only enters your respiratory system not your digestion tract. The salt particles are so fine that even if you were to eat that amount it would not pose a risk to your health.
- Are there any side effects?
Typically, there are none. Few individuals have experienced a slight throat tickle which can be treated with gargling warm to hot water. In cases with an individual that is highly sensitive they can experience slight skin irritation or red patches; however, they go away after a few sessions. If you experience increased coughing due to mucous buildup that means the salt therapy treatment is working. This is the body’s way of draining the mucous buildup.
- Do you need to stop taking medications if receiving salt therapy?
No. It is fine to continue your medications as you need and as directed by your doctor. Since salt therapy is all-natural it does not have any interactive effects with medications. Often, individuals who undergo salt therapy will find that they are less dependent on certain medication and that their symptoms are less frequent and less severe.
- How sterile is the salt room – could someone pick up germs?
Salt naturally absorbs bacteria. On walls and the floor of the rooms at Salts have salt on them which creates an almost sterile environment. Most importantly we have the very best ventilation system installed that works throughout the entire session to circulate the air in the room, exhausting used air out and clean, fresh air in. This ensures no germs are blend spread from client to client. There is no recycling of air back into the salt rooms. Chairs, tables, toys, books, and magazines are wiped down frequently.
- What kind of salt is used?
99.99% pure sodium chloride (Pharmaceutical grade salt). It contains no fillers or caking agents. It does come from a natural source but it is naturally processed to remove all of its impure elements. It’s the same salt that hospitals use and is the same type of salt all the research has been conducted on. We do not recommend Himalayan or sea salt as it is not stripped of all the impurities. There could be dirt, clay or some type of debris that could be harmful to the lungs. It’s very healthy for the digestive system but not for the respiratory system.
13. What will my experience be like in the salt rooms?
You will enter a room where you will see Himalayan salt on the walls and on the floor. In the adult suite, you will have comfortable recliners to relax in. The Himalayan salt brick wall is lit up and relaxing music may be playing. Its the guest choice. You can choose to listen to relaxing music, read a book, meditate, or simply rest. We ask that you are aware and respectful of the other guests in the salt room and use quiet whispers. The temperature and humidity in the rooms are controlled and needed to provide the cleanest and best halotherapy experience. You will find pure relaxation and tranquility away from your everyday stress leaving you rejuvenated and fully energized. The children’s suite is designed to bring fun and enjoyment with toys, books, and puzzles while they receive their salt therapy treatment. All sessions will be 45 minutes. You may or may not notice a faint trace of salt on your lips after the session.
- Can electronics be brought into the salt rooms?
Salt can damage electronics so we encourage that you place it in a pocket, under a piece of clothing or in a plastic bag as we are not responsible for any damaged items. NO CELL PHONE CONVERSATIONS PERMITTED AND ALL CELL PHONES MUST BE ON SILENT (NOT VIBRATE) AT ALL TIMES IN THE SALT ROOMS. Salts is not responsible for any damaged electronics inside the salt room.
- Is there research to support Salt Therapy (halotherapy)?
Salt therapy has been researched and studied in both Russia and Eastern Europe. Look at our Research page to view the clinical trials and studies done to support salt therapy.
- Do you get the same effect from going to the beach?
While going to the beach and breathing in the ocean’s salt air is great for the body, salt therapy takes that feeling to a whole new level. The effects of breathing in the dry salt aerosol in our salt rooms are far greater than that of breathing in wet air from the ocean. Dry salt is able to move through both the upper and lower respiratory tracts where wet salt can only reach the upper airways. Dry salt is negatively charged, therefore, able to revive cilia and speed up its motion. The cilia line our respiratory tract and are covered by a layer of mucous. When a foreign particle such as dust is inhaled, the job of the cilia is to beat causing the mucous to travel towards your mouth so it can be coughed out. Salt therapy speeds up that process and in some cases where that process is non-existent it works to get it started.
- Are all salt rooms the same? Do they all work?
No. Each Salt room is different and can have different themes and feels depending on the type salt décor that is used. However for Halotherapy rooms to properly work (to mimic the salt caves) the climate conditions in a dry salt room must maintain certain temperature, humidity levels and proper ventilation in a sealed room. This is to ensure the efficacy of the salt therapy and provide a ‘clean-air’ environment for the clients. False walls and ceilings with no ventilation system is not a proper or safe salt therapy room for anyone to go into. Without these measures taken and systems in place, it would be impossible to control the environment and remove any germs that has been circulating from session to session. This could potentially cause the client to get sick from the germs being spread and never removed properly. At Salts, we follow the Salt Therapy Association Standards and guidelines; the highest in the United States. Our clients health and safety is our #1 priority.
- What should I know before going into a HaloTherapy room?
There should always be a sealed room with a proper ventilation system in place. Look to see if the room is sealed or enclosed (drywall on walls and ceiling) and not look like the office building squares in the metal frames on ceiling. This does not seal the room and can potentially cause rust from the metal/aluminum frame. This will be dispersed in the air that you are inhaling; a common problem for Halotherapy rooms not properly made. If you are not certain about the ventilation system, ask them to point out or show you how they remove the bad air from the room. You do not want to be breathing circulated air that is never removed from room. Is that staff knowledgeable or can they direct to a person who can answer your questions? Do you they follow the Salt Therapy Association Standards? (These are safety and quality control standards that should be followed in USA)If they do not, ask why? Ask for research papers or sites of the products or service they are selling.
***Contraindications: Halotherapy is recognized as safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer cure! Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders and active tuberculosis. Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns need to seek proper medical advice and care.**