What do I wear during a session?
Wear whatever you’re comfortable in; nothing special required. Coming from work? Wear your work clothes. The salt air will not harm your clothing, nor leave a noticeable residue. If you are doing Halotherapy for skin conditions, we recommend that you wear shorts and T shirt, to expose as much of the affected area as possible.
How many sessions/times a week are necessary?
Frequency of therapy depends on the type and severity of the client’s condition as well as and their wellness goals. For respiratory, such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, sinusitis, or allergies it is best to “front load” by coming in 2-3 times the first 7-10 days to saturate the airway, then back down to once or twice a week to find what maintenance looks like for you. Those with a more severely compromised respiratory tract/condition will want to start Halotherapy at a lower concentration over a longer period of time. Most skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and dry itchy skin may require a higher concentration and more frequent visits. Chronic conditions require sustained use over time for best results.
When should Halotherapy be avoided?
As Halotherapy is known as a safe and natural treatment, clients who have any serious health conditions or women who are pregnant should always consult their doctor first. Halotherapy is not recommended for people who have the following conditions: infections associated with a fever, contagious diseases, some forms of cancer (please consult your doctor), tuberculosis, cardiac disease patients, acute respiratory disease, severe hypertension, intoxication
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are minimal and transient. Some may experience a tickle in their throat or sinuses, some sinus drainage as the mucus breaks up. Others may experience minor skin irritation, or skin that tingles/itches as circulation is brought to the surface. For those who experience a slight cough, this is a sign that the salt therapy is effectively moving the impurities through the cilia.
How safe is Halotherapy?
Halotherapy is 100% natural, safe and drug-free. It provides effective long-term relief for various respiratory and skin conditions. It can be used as complementary or augment therapy to pharmaceuticals as a means to help maintain and control disease. It can be used alone for stress reduction and improvement of conditions.
Should I stop using traditional medications during Halotherapy sessions?
No. Halotherapy is complementary treatment with the goal of decreasing and controlling respiratory and skin conditions….it has an additive effect and should be used as adjunct therapy to what your doctor has prescribed. As always, consult with a doctor if you have any concerns about a condition where you are under a physician's care.
Is Halotherapy safe for children?
Yes. Halotherapy is a completely drug-free treatment for children of all ages. European clinical research suggests that dry salt aerosol therapy has a higher degree of efficacy children. The effectiveness of Halotherapy is directly observable and highly recommended for pediatric respiratory and skin conditions.
What will I experience when I sit in the salt room?
Salt caves are designed so that you can relax in a soothing and tranquil environment. You can sit back and experience the halotherapy treatment in a very peaceful and stress-free setting. Some people read, listen to music or nap. The room's temperature, humidity, pressure and salt particles concentration are maintained. The lighting is dim and relaxing music is played. You can close your eyes and meditate or relax and just breathe.
Will I see, smell or taste anything during a treatment?
Halotherapy is a relaxing, peaceful and rejuvenating experience. While in our cave you are breathing the finely milled salt particles into your respiratory system and particles settle and are absorbed by the skin. You will not see or smell the salt. You should, however, start to taste the salt on your lips and see it start to collect on the inside of the cave.
Why is relative humidity important in the Salt Cave?
The humidity in the room must be between 40-55%. If the air is too humid the efficacy of the therapy diminishes, as the micro particles of salt may not reach the distal airways.
Can I have a massage or other wellness session in the Salt Cave?
Yes. Massage, yoga, facials, meditation and other Holistic modalities compliment Halotherapy nicely. Halotherapy purifies the air and allows for stress reduction and deeper breathing.
Are there germs in the salt room/equipment?
Salt is anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and anti-viral. The cave will be filled with microscopic salt, which creates a virtually sterile environment. In addition, after a session, our state of the art halogenerator vents out the air. Surfaces such as chairs and headrests are disinfected after each session.
How sterile is the microclimate in the Salt Cave?
The microclimate is approximately 3 times cleaner in the halotherapy room than in a sterile surgery room in a hospital, therefore, it is almost impossible to catch an infection during the session. A stable hypoallergenic, hypo bacterial environment is maintained in the therapeutic room.
Why do you have salt lining the walls and on the floor in the room?
The salt on the walls and the floor is applied not only to be aesthetically pleasing but also to keep the room sterile. The halogenerator will disburse pharmaceutical dry salt aerosol for a curative microclimate and to provide treatment.
How does Halotherapy help with stress?
Salt is negatively charged and has the natural ability to attract and bind positively charged particles to it. The neutralizing forces of salt can cancel out positive charged and harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment (electrosmog), as well as in our body. Hence, halotherapy has de-stressing, relaxing effects; it is beneficial for calming the nervous system. The whole experience is generally very relaxing and helps to center the mind, body and
Is there research to support Halotherapy?
Yes, Halotherapy is backed by 50 years of science. Most research has been done in Europe where the treatment originated. Halotherapy has been well researched in Russia and Eastern Europe. Most of the research has been conducted by Dr. A. V. Chervinskaya, the head of Clinical Research Respiratory Center in St. Petersburg Russia. She works in the field of pulmonology and rehabilitation medicine and has published more than two hundred articles on this topic. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on the efficacy of saline salt therapy in cystic fibrosis. They found that long term saline salt treatment had a positive impact on lung function and reduced pulmonary exacerbations. In addition, they found no negative side effects associated with the therapy. Please see our research articles for more information.
What kind of salt is used for Halotherapy?
Pure pharmaceutical grade salt (99.99% pure sodium chloride). It contains no added minerals or other potential contaminants or fillers. It comes from a natural source but naturally processed to remove all of its impure elements. It's the same salt that hospitals in Eastern Europe use in their salt rooms as well as the same salt used in Halotherapy research. We do not recommend Himalayan or sea salt as it is not stripped of all the impurities. There could be dirt, clay or some type of debris that could be harmful to the lungs. Himalayan salt can be healthy for the digestive system but not for the respiratory system.