Halotherapy treats many skin conditions and offers benefits to the lungs.
Spas are more focused than ever before on therapies and services that address lung health. Halotherapy, inhalation of fine salt, is quickly becoming a common topic of new spa builds, remodels, and requests by operators to enhance even the smallest of spaces in spas. The use of salt for health benefits has been in practice for thousands of years. Over the last 50 years, saltwater floatation has been promoted more for joint, muscle, skin, and mental benefits. Spas incorporate salt scrubs and also mineralize water with Himalayan salts to replenish mineral deficiencies and rehydrate instead of sugary beverages. It is not surprising that many people are now discovering even more uses for salt therapy.
There are some main reasons that halotherapy has taken such a strong hold for allergies, asthma, sinus issues, bronchitis, COPD, and is now being used to support the impact of long-term COVID-19 symptoms. It doesn’t stop there. In general, it is good for overall lung health, but also addresses a host of skin conditions and can be used pre- and post-spa services without negatively impacting treatments. For a resort spa setting, it is an ideal treatment to offer because they are dealing with travelers who have been in crowds, on various transportation, and are usually dealing with allergy-inducing environments that they are not used to.
From an operations standpoint, during a time when staffing may be limited or when considering the cost of commissions and wages, the unit and treatment usually work on their own without a technician. Salt is also a very low-cost product keeping the operational supplies cost down, too. For versatility in equipment and usage, it’s a playground for spa-lovers. Options are standalone chambers and SALT Booths®, salt décor caves, full-size lounge rooms, yoga studios, saunas equipped with halotherapy, and treatment room devices that can be used while the guest is on the table.
There are also revenue benefits. Adding this amenity allows an increase in daily use rates while increasing experiential moments for the guests. It also gives guests better value for the money. Resorts can also build it in as an upgrade to a day spa experience or add halotherapy as a stand-alone treatment. There are so many applications to generate a very passive revenue in the spa while creating a healthier experience for the guest. Halotherapy continues to grow and at some point, may just become as common as a steam room and sauna are to us today.
BIO: Since 2008, Daniel Spencer has led the Agua Caliente spa properties— previously in Palm Springs, CA, and currently in Rancho Mirage, CA—to enviable recognition levels. Spencer entered the spa industry in 1995 as a massage therapist and supervisor at the five-acre Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in Corona, CA, and progressed to spa operations manager at Pala Casino Spa and Resort (CA). He joined the Agua Caliente team for the 2008 Rancho Mirage debut of Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, which achieved the AAA four-diamond rating in its first year. His years with Agua Caliente expanded to include his role as director of the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs and led further development of Sunstone Spa and The Spa at Sec-he.
This article originally appeared in American Spa Magazine under the title “The Use of Salt for Skin and Health Benefits” and was written by Daniel Spencer, Spa Director, Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Resort Casino