While salt therapy has become a recent topic of discussion in the United States, it isn’t a new treatment by any means. It has been around for centuries in and around Europe. As it becomes more popular in the United States, you too will be able to experience its great relaxation and healing properties. Dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, is a type of therapy in which an individual inhales pure grade sodium chloride (salt) that is crushed, ground and dispersed via a halogenerator. It helps to treat symptoms of several respiratory and skin ailments that people struggle with every day.
The healing concept of salt was first discovered in Europe, where people were working in the salt mines. It was found that those who worked in the mines were healthier than those who didn’t have contact with the salt when it came down to respiratory conditions and overall breathing.
When people began to realize that inhaling the salt was a great way to get and stay healthy, spas and medical facilities began to pop up around the natural mines and caves. Even though the techniques were discovered years ago, it took years until actual salt therapy clinics began opening in more remote places. This is due to the halogenerator. The halogenerator disperses the salt into a controlled environment, so there is no need to travel to the natural caves that are hundreds of miles away. The client simply sits back and inhales the benefits.
According to the Salt Therapy Association, if you find yourself suffering from any respiratory issue, such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, common cold/flu, or COPD, salt therapy may be beneficial to you with regard to getting rid of the symptoms associated with your condition. The salty air also helps to treat symptoms that certain skin conditions (eczema, acne, psoriasis) leave behind. An added benefit of salt therapy is that it works for people of all ages!
A salt therapy session can last anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes depending on whether you use a SALT Booth®, where the salt is more concentrated, or a salt therapy room. While the adult room is set up with relaxing qualities and an ambient aura, the children’s room has toys and books to keep them entertained during their sessions. For best results, weekly sessions are advised.
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