Among the spa trends gaining a lot of traction in the world of Spa treatment and the wellness-community is salt therapy. The experience of undergoing salt therapy can essentially be viewed as breathing in minerals, and it’s a lot like spending time by fresh salty sea air which provides many therapeutic benefits over and beyond having a nice relaxation session on the beach.
Salt therapy (halotherapy) is a widespread tradition which philosophers and healers have recommended for hundreds of years. The origins of Dry salt therapy can be traced back to cave therapy. People who regularly visit salt caves have been found to exhibit fewer respiratory problems as a direct result of inhaling the salty air within. Perhaps a testament to the effectiveness of salt therapy today are the thousands of salt rooms found across Europe and beyond. There’s been a recent upsurge in popularity for salt therapy across the U.S.
While we’ve mentioned that salt therapy has been used as an effective treatment for respiratory problems, salt therapy has wide-ranging benefits, including helping to regulate bodily functions, improve energy levels, boost mood, alleviate sore muscles, help with inflammation (one of the biggest causes for disease and health problems), and to help with blood sugar levels. The negatively charged ions in salt help to improve our health and to increase the general functioning of our body, which is indirectly responsible for boosting our mood. Inhaling particles may help reduce inflammation and alleviate mucus in the lungs, improving conditions such as allergies, sinus congestion, asthma, and bronchitis. The benefits are far-ranging, indeed.
The physiological benefits of salt therapy are equally as wide-ranging. Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy, and blood sugar levels. A natural disinfectant, salt is antimicrobial, and antibacterial, and possesses properties that yield themselves to effective detoxification of the body. Salt comes in empty processed forms or healthier pure sea salt (Himalayan and Dead Sea salt are chock full of minerals that the body readily absorbs) that contain 84 trace elements found in the human body. Dry salt air is more powerful than moist air. Studies show that people suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems breathe easier after salt therapy.
Breathing salty air is a refreshing ritual to add to your wellness routine. The best way to understand this is to experience the natural detoxification process first-hand, and notice for yourself whether you breathe easier. We sure do.