What is Halotherapy?
- Also known as salt therapy, halotherapy is “the inhalation of micronized [broke into very fine particles] salt within a chamber that mimics a salt cave environment”, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Salt therapy originated hundreds of years ago in Eastern Europe in Poland’s natural salt mines. Salt mining workers appeared to have fewer skin and respiratory issues than other mine workers in the area where there was not any salt present.
What is in the salt cave?
- The micro particles filtered into a salt room may be small enough to be inhaled into the deepest part of the lung. The salt room is usually kept at a warm temperature with low humidity. And a salt therapy session usually lasts no more than 45 minutes to an hour.
What are the potential benefits of Halotherapy?
- Think of it like you are in front of the ocean and inhaling that wonderful ocean air!
- Salt is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antihistamine.
- When inhaled, it may reduce inflammation in the lungs, help clear mucus, and even increase lung capacity.
- It may provide relief from the common cold, asthma, bronchitis and allergies.
How does Halotherapy relate to Massage therapy?
- As you may know, massage therapy not only helps with everyday physical aches and pains or injuries but it also decreases levels of stress and tension. After treatment you feel better or relaxed compared to when you came in before your treatment.
- Halotherapy does something very similar. Since they are built to mimic natural salt caves, salt rooms are said to have a magical feel and appearance to them. The salt creates negative ions which purifies the air giving you time to unwind, gives a way to manage stress and it may reduce anxiety.
- During the massage facing down you may have noticed that you are becoming stuffy or your breathing may be faster than normal due to the mask. Sitting in the salt room after treatment may help unclog and help you breathe normally again. Not only that, it may help you slowly get back to the rhythm of your day instead of just jumping back to the world after having a treatment.
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