If you’ve already heard all you need to know about halotherapy and you’re ready to take the next step, then you know how much it can help your clients and your bottom line. All you need to do now is purchase a salt therapy machine, also known as a halogenerator.
Simple enough, right?
The short answer is, yes. There are a wide variety of companies marketing halogenerators for commercial, medical, and consumer use. Unfortunately, the sheer number of options can make it difficult to know which one is right for your needs. Especially since not all halogenerators are created equal.
A salt therapy room is incomplete without a halogenerator, but there are some key differences to keep in mind when doing your due diligence.
First, let’s break down how a halogenerator works.
What Does a Halogenerator Do?
A halogenerator, or salt therapy machine, grinds or cuts pure grade sodium chloride into micron-sized particles – ranging in size from 0.3 microns to 5 microns. It also controls and regulates the salt aerosol and concentration levels, while working with the HVAC system.
Halogenerators are a special piece of equipment that provides safe and effective dry salt therapy (aka halotherapy). These machines are the lifeblood of salt therapy as they are responsible for crushing the salt and dispersing it into the air.
Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid
Below are some of the most common mistakes business owners make when purchasing a salt therapy machine and building a salt cave. Keep reading to learn more.
#1 Using the Wrong Kind of Salt
Not all salts are created equal either. At least when it comes to salt therapy. You should only use pure grade sodium chloride in your halogenerator, preferably 99.99% USP grade.
Using other kinds of salt such as Dead Sea, Rock Salt, or Himalayan salt will not offer the same health benefits as pure grade sodium chloride.
According to clinical studies, and halogenerator manufacturers’ research, these other types of salt, including adding mint or eucalyptus, have not been proven successful with salt therapy machines.
It may be beneficial to purchase alternatives to sodium chloride to be used as décor in your salt therapy room, but they should never be used in the halogenerator.
#2 Not Assessing the Efficacy of the Salt Therapy Machine
The following key factors will play a major part in determining the effectiveness of your salt therapy machine.
Research has shown that the smaller the salt particles, the more effectively they can penetrate deep into your lungs and beneath your skin. Quality halogenerators produce consistent particle sizes as small as 2-5 microns, while the SALT Chamber SALT FX® brand consistently produces particle sizes ranging from 1 micron to a sub-micron level of 0.3 microns.
Salt concentration levels can have a major impact on salt therapy sessions. The number of salt particles per cubic volume of airspace determines the concentration level. With the right concentration levels, you can determine how long each salt therapy treatment should last and charge accordingly.
For instance, only 10 minutes is needed in a SALT Booth®, while 450 square foot rooms could require 45 minutes sessions.
It’s important to understand the technical requirements for a commercial application of halotherapy before purchasing a halogenerator. This will influence the design, build, and installation of your salt therapy room. It will also allow you to critically assess any device for these criteria.
#3 Not Verifying the Safety and Reliability of the Halogenerator
As the number of halogenerator manufacturers grows, it’s even more important to be able to compare their safety and reliability.
SALT Chamber is the only company that sells halogenerators that were manufactured in a recognized medical device facility. Other products that are manufactured at the facility, such as blood pressure equipment and nebulizers, must be compliant with specific quality standards and testing.
No other company matches the quality and safety standards of the facility that makes halogenerators for SALT Chamber.
#4 Failing to Plan for the Space and Size Requirements
While you don’t need a massive amount of space to incorporate a salt therapy room, you do need to have a plan for where you want it to go. Halotherapy treatment rooms come in a variety of sizes to choose from, which means you have to think about how you’re going to utilize and market the new service.
Every space and system is different, which means it’s important to know:
- How the dimensions and shape of the room can impact the effectiveness of treatment
- Where and how to install the halogenerator for maximum effect
- How many occupants can be in the treatment room at once
- The ceiling type and height
- How doors and/or windows may impact the treatment room
SALT Chamber will work with you, your designers, general contractors, architects, engineers, and whoever else might be needed to install your halogenerator.
#5 Not Getting A Warranty With Your Halogenerator
In this day and age, making a significant purchase without making sure it comes with a warranty (or buying one) is like driving around blindfolded without insurance. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
If you’re willing to invest money into the future of your business, it’s just good sense to ensure it’s protected. Most of us are used to receiving an automatic one-year minimum warranty with any significant purchase. If that’s all a company offers it’s better than nothing.
Thankfully, some companies offer longer warranties with purchase. SALT Chamber was one of the first companies to offer a 3-year warranty on their halogenerators and a limited lifetime warranty on the most crucial components of the device.
Choosing the Best Salt Therapy Machine
The right halogenerator makes the biggest difference in the proper implementation of salt therapy, and the SALT Chamber SALT FX® brand leads the way.
Evaluating a salt therapy machine for its viability, reliability, and credibility will help you separate the best halogenerators from the duds, and save you money in the long run.
You may not be able to snap your fingers and have an instant salt therapy room, but if you can navigate these common mistakes you’ll be well on your way to reaping the rewards of halotherapy.
If you’re interested in expanding your spa or health and wellness facility or opening your own salt therapy business, call 561-556-3322 or click here for a custom quote and to learn how easy it is to add salt therapy.