Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

What’s a Salt Room?

Salt caves and rooms are yet another example of old meeting new in the world of health, wellness and general relaxation.

What is a salt room?

A salt room, or cave, is a room that is decorated with salt, usually Himalayan salt, to create a relaxing and soothing environment. It may be simulated to feel like a cave with dim lights, “boulders” of salt along the edges and even granular salt on the floor. Or it may be more like sitting in your living room perhaps with one or more walls made with salt bricks. Perhaps there will be a mural that depicts a beach scene or a picture of a Buddha statue.

Some rooms have salt plaster on the walls with salt on the floor and everything is white with, perhaps, some colored lights to offer something interesting to look at. There is no set way to decorate a salt room.

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There may be elevator music or the soft sound of waves coming in and out or, perhaps, a soft chant or guided meditation.

Whatever the experience, the point is to take time out of your busy day to sit, relax, escape your life for a little while and JUST BREATHE!

 

 

Aerosolized salt

Some salt rooms put a pharmaceutical grade salt into a machine called a halogenerator. The halogenerator heats the salt to a very high temperature and then grinds it into small particles that are sprayed into the room while you are relaxing. The benefits of the aerosolized salt are that they get into the smallest places of your lungs and loosen mucus. Because of this, salt room experiences are particularly good for people who suffer from allergies, asthma and other breathing conditions.

The benefits of Himalayan Salt

Himalayan salt is all the rage right now as the latest health trend. What makes Himalayan salt so much different from any other salt?  At one time, the Himalayans, a mountain range in Asia that goes from Afghanistan and ends in Burma and passes through Pakistan, India, Nepal and Tibet, was an ocean. As that ocean dried up, it left behind pockets of beautiful pink Himalayan salt. Because this salt is buried so far underground, it is not exposed to the toxins from our atmosphere that other salts are. In addition, despite being mostly sodium chloride, which is “salt,” Himalayan salt also contains 84 other trace minerals. Minerals that our bodies need to function optimally but may be available to us below the minimal exposure that we need.

Inhaling this salt or absorbing it through our skin exposes us to these nutrients that our bodies may be craving. Besides helping with breathing, Himalayan salt may also relieve the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.

Salt lamps

Himalayan salt lamps can be found everywhere now. The benefits of a salt lamp are similar to that of sitting in a salt room but with a much smaller effect. I encourage all my clients who suffer from allergies and sleep apnea to get a salt lamp to improve their breathing but they probably won’t have the same immediate effect as a 45 minute session in a salt room would give them.

Rest, relaxation, better breathing AND softer, healthier skin! Who doesn’t want all that?!

Stay tuned for more information on JUST BREATHE by NBH, a salt room experience coming soon!

 

 

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