What is Salt Therapy?
Salt therapy is a modern variation of the Eastern European tradition of spending time in natural salt caves for health. Polish physician Dr. Boczkowski was the first to record the health benefits of salt caves in 1843, after observing the good health of salt miners in the Wieliczka salt mines near Krakow.
Many people believe that salt therapy benefits asthmatics, cystic fibrosis patients, and a host of other respiratory and skin ailment sufferers. It is a popular treatment for children with asthma because it is all-natural and some say it reduces the need for prescription medications.
The Benefits of Salt Therapy
Those who advocate salt therapy attribute the benefits to the fact that it is a sterile environment, without pathogens like bacteria and viruses, allergens. Any microorganism that makes it into the cave cannot survive because of the salt.
Salt rooms also have a high level of negative ions, which can help improve your mood.
Spending time in natural salt caves is called speleotherapy (speleos means cave). But most people don’t have access to a salt cave. Salt rooms were invented in the 1980s to recreate the conditions of a salt cave above ground. Above-ground salt therapy is called halotherapy (halo means salt), and the rooms are sometimes called halo chambers.
Why dry salt therapy aka halotherapy?
Today, more and more people are suffering from respiratory issues. From pollution and smog to airborne diseases, pollens and toxins, never before has our society been faced with a growing epidemic of respiratory ailments. Salt therapy also enhances and impacts various skin conditions. Salt therapy has been researched over the past few decades and even centuries in history as proven to be a safe alternative and complements other treatments to produce sustainable results.
About Dry Salt Therapy
Most people are familiar with ‘wet’ salt therapy. Whether you’ve put salt in a bath or have had a saline solution treatment or have used a Nettie pot to clear your nasal passages or gargled with salt water, wet salt has its benefits. Dry salt is different and the drier the salt, the better. Heating salt ensures that all moisture is evaporated so when it is crushed and grinded into micro particles and inhaled, the salt particles can do their best job.
How it works
Dry pharmaceutical-grade salt is heated and then it is grinded and crushed into very tiny micro-particles. These dry aerosol micro-particles of salt are then dispersed into the salt room during a typical session. As the person relaxes in the salt room, the micro-particles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli. While inside the salt room, the non-inhaled salt particles fall onto the skin.
Halotherapy benefits adults and children alike as well as athletes and animals. It is natural and safe and there are no side effects. A majority of people who visit salt rooms on a regular basis may find relief from a variety of respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, common cold, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and more. Dry salt therapy is great for people who also have particular skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, recovering from cosmetic surgery, etc.
However, one does not need to have any conditions since dry salt therapy is very beneficial for overall general wellness by removing the toxicity from the respiratory system. People are exposed on a daily basis to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, allergens and other irritating and harmful. Halotherapy is an excellent way to cleanse and detox the lungs as well as invigorate the whole body with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake.
For general respiratory hygiene, once or twice a week visiting your local salt therapy facility will enhance the lung capacity, boost immune system, reduce stress and aid better sleep.
More chronic and acute respiratory conditions require increased frequency and consistence of the sessions. 3 – 7 times a week for a period of 14 – 21 days will help to manage the symptoms and provide relief over time.
Halotherapy is recognized as safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer cure! However, halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders and active tuberculosis. Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns need to seek proper medical advice and care. There are many clinical studies and research, along with testimonials from customers, as to the health benefits and efficacy of salt therapy.
Many countries around the world have varying ways they govern and regulate their citizens’ health related matters. In some countries, Halotherapy is covered by their Government’s Health Care system, or insurance companies.
Salt Therapy…Worth Its Weight?
The Salt Therapy Business is growing significantly. A few years ago there were just a handful of facilities offering salt therapy throughout the United States and Canada. Today, there are over 150 facilities offering salt therapy, whether as a stand-alone salt therapy center or as add-on to an existing business or concept.
Spa Finder along with other industry experts and analysts has accurately predicted that Salt Therapy is going to be a Top 5 Growing trend. And while Salt Therapy as an industry is in its early stages of growth in North America, it has been an established and successful therapy for the past few decades in other countries providing people, from young to old, a safe, effective and alternative way of being well.
Dry salt therapy (Halotherapy) also provides a growing and profitable business opportunity.
Why Get into the Salt Therapy Business?
As a growing new industry, salt therapy is gaining interest as a distinct business opportunity.
- There are minimal investment and start-up costs
- Salt Therapy provides a great benefit and value to the end-user
- Low labor and maintenance costs
- Untapped market
- Open territories and non-competitive marketplace
- Accelerated return on investment
- No special licensing or certification needed