Halotherapy, commonly known as salt therapy, is the fastest-growing service addition in the spa and wellness industry. Salt therapy rooms are noninvasive, and halotherapy treatment offers your clients a wide range of benefits that will keep them coming back for more.
Here are seven things to know about salt room installation. This will get you started on the right foot as you begin the planning stages of adding salt therapy to your business.
#1 The Importance of The Halogenerator
Having the right tools for the job makes it easier to get it done correctly. The same applies to having the right equipment in a salt therapy room. The halogenerator (also known as a halotherapy machine) is the most vital piece of equipment for building a salt room.
So, what is the halogenerator?
A halogenerator is a machine that grinds dry salt into micron-sized particles before dispersing them evenly into the air in a salt therapy room. SALT Chamber’s SALT FX® halogenerators grind pure-grade sodium chloride into particles 50-70 times finer than a single human hair. The smaller the particles breathed in by the client during treatment, the more effectively they are absorbed by the lungs and skin.
Essentially, without a halogenerator in your salt room, all you have is a room decorated with salt decor. Which halogenerator you need for your salt room installation, the Multi SALT FX® or SALT FX® Pro, will depend on the size of your salt therapy room.
#2 Identify Available Space for Your Salt Room Installation
Unless you are building a salt room from the ground up (or fitting out an existing space for a new business), you’ll need to identify a dedicated space in your spa facility to house your salt therapy room. Salt rooms range from 150 sq. ft. to as large as 450 sq. ft. and can be either single-purpose or multi-purpose spaces.
Regardless of your space constraints, SALT Chamber can work with you to find the right fit for your salt room installation. You can choose one or more of the following salt therapy options from SALT Chamber:
- Salt Therapy Room (standalone or multipurpose room)
- SALT Booth®
If you have limited space to work with, a SALT Booth® may be the best option for you. On the other hand, if you have ample available space, you may choose to incorporate multiple salt therapy rooms in your facility.
#3 Set a Budget for your Salt Room Installation
An essential part of any renovation or remodeling project is setting a budget. Unlike a home renovation project, building a salt room in your facility will increase your bottom line once the project is complete. This difference is key since the initial investment can be a little pricey.
#4 Salt Room Installation Building Materials
Your budget and available space will determine what materials you can use in your salt room construction. Building materials will make up a significant portion of your salt room installation budget, whether you’re constructing a new area or modifying an existing room.
Popular options for the walls in a salt room include:
- Himalayan Salt Bricks
- Custom Himalayan Salt Panels
SALT Chamber provides Himalayan salt décor for wall treatments and flooring (e.g., Himalayan salt tiles and salt wall panels), which are odorless and free of toxic materials and VOCs. They are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes.
While Himalayan salt bricks provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance in any salt cave, if your budget or available space is limited, you may opt for salt wall panels instead. They are often more affordable and lighter, unlike salt bricks which need the walls to be reinforced to support their weight.
#5 Salt Room Seating
When choosing seating options for your salt room installation, selecting based on comfort makes sense, but you also want something easy to clean between clients. The most common seating options for a salt cave include:
- Zero-Gravity Chairs
- Lounge Chairs
- Stools, or
Tiny salt particles will coat the surface during each halotherapy session. Try to choose seating that will be both comfortable, as well as easy to clean.
Salt room furnishings and decor will be the largest variable expense in your budget. It’s your decision how much you allocate for decor and furnishings, but remember that how you adorn your salt room will contribute to your client’s satisfaction.
From loose salt on the floor to custom Himalayan salt panels to raw Himalayan salt rocks, you can incorporate the perfect accent pieces in your salt room for maximum relaxation. These special touches improve the overall aesthetic of your salt therapy room and can provide a fully immersive environment for relaxing.
#7 Hire an Expert for your Salt Room Installation
In addition to budget considerations, there are requirements for a salt room installation that will require you to consult salt therapy experts like SALT Chamber and a contractor.
If you have a general contractor with no salt room installation experience, SALT Chamber can work with them throughout the building process. Whether determining what local permits you’ll need, checking building code requirements, or choosing which materials to use, these experts will help make your salt room installation much more manageable.
Finally, you’ll want to remember to use non-erosive furnishings and keep electronics out of your salt room once construction is complete. Salt can corrode traditional wooden furnishings and electronics. If you want to enhance your clients’ salt therapy treatments with sound, keep the sound system in a different room and protect speakers from exposure to the salt air.
Ready to Transform Your Facility with a Salt Room?
Salt therapy rooms require more specialized planning, design, and building than traditional construction. The most cost-effective way to build a salt room is to have it designed by a salt cave builder.
The SALT Chamber design and installation team has worked on over 1,400 salt room installation projects worldwide. Contact SALT Chamber today to learn more about how we can help you build your very own salt cave!
Photo Credit: St. Andrews Country Club, PALM Health