What is Salt Therapy?
About Salt Therapy
Salt Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive and drug free treatment assisting the body to cleanse itself of toxins and naturally improve general health and well-being.
The therapy involves sitting and relaxing in a specially designed salt room and breathing in the microscopic salt particles which has a positive effect on the body.
The salt room itself is a micro climate that has been created free of toxins and allergens which allows the body to rest and start to naturally heal itself.
Salt has natural healing properties that help sufferers of respiratory issues, skin problems and is also great for overall health.
How does Salt Therapy work?
Salt Therapy is based on the principle of prolonged exposure to the micro climate found in natural salt mines or salt caves. The Salt Spot uses patented state of the art technology to reproduce the atmosphere of a salt cave with a monitored therapeutic micro climate. Air in our salt rooms is ionised and saturated with a low concentration of dry aerosol saline (salt).
The micro climate in our salt rooms is formed naturally, through convective diffusion from the salt walls combined with controlled temperature and humidity. This creates a hypo-bacterial and allergen-free air environment.
Inhalation of salt aerosol is clinically proven to cleanse the respiratory system and to speed up the elimination of toxins. It is also proven to have antibacterial effects, cleansing microbial flora of the respiratory tract, slowing down bacterial growth and increasing resistance to respiratory tract diseases. As the salt is inhaled, it travels through the sinuses and respiratory tract absorbing moisture, cleansing, clearing mucus and killing bacteria.
Salt has long been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as helping to loosen mucus build up and phlegm. Studies have shown that people with chronic upper respiratory conditions, seasonal allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis and skin disorders can derive significant benefits from halotherapy.
Dry Salt Aerosol works as a “Bronchial Brush” for the airways.
Bronchial mucosa before and after Salt Therapy
The skin also benefits from the dry aerosol salt. Salt is also a well known anti-histamine. It reduces inflammation and has antimicrobial affects.
What is Speleotherapy and Halotherapy?
The term Speleotherapy comes from the Greek word Speleon, meaning cave. Speleotherapy is the use of a subterranean salt cave environment for therapeutic purposes, especially in the treatment of chronic airway diseases.
The term Halotherapy comes from the Greek work Halos, meaning salt.
Modern technology is used to recreate the climate and atmosphere found in a salt cave. Dry sodium chloride aerosol is produced by a special nebulizer and released into the Salt Room.
Here at The Salt Spot we offer a combination of both Speleotherapy and Halotherapy to maximise treatment benefit to you.
A brief history of Salt Therapy
Salt Therapy was a widely used natural remedy dating back to medieval times. The monks acknowledged the healing atmosphere of salt caves where they took the sick down into salt caves to allow them to breathe air saturated with salt particles.
In 1843 the benefits of Salt Therapy were noted in a book published by Polish doctor Felix Boczkowski. Dr Boczkowski, a physician at the Wieliczka salt mine, noticed that the miners did not suffer from respiratory conditions that were common at that time. He observed that the presence of dry salt particles in the salt mine had a healing effect on those with respiratory and pulmonary discomforts.
Underground treatment in salt caves was the only method available, until the first salt room was developed in Russia. This new technique was constructed using mined salt rock from deep underground, hewn into blocks along with a halogenerator which gently blows microscopic salt particles into the salt room. These salt rooms recreated the micro climate of a salt cave in an above ground clinic.
Benefits of Salt Therapy
Salt Therapy naturally supports the relief and improvement of symptoms from:
Cleared my Sinusitis
I was suffering with chronic sinusitis I went to the Salt Spot and within a couple of days could feel the improvement in my breathing and clearing of my head. I was having sleepless nights, breathing difficulties and generally a feeling of unwell I had been feeling like this for about 8 weeks. Within a couple of visits to the Salt Spot my head and sinuses had cleared and I now have a feeling of well being and calmness. Penny is a pleasant friendly person who makes me feel welcome and each visit I feel calm and relaxed.
I would like to say that since I have been going to Salt Therapy (about 7 months) my health issues have done a 180 degree turn-around. My asthma has improved to the extent that I have not needed to use Ventolin. My breathing has improved enormously. It is true, it is like having your lungs scrubbed clean. I feel lighter in myself as I can breathe properly after all these years. Thank you Penny for bringing this into my life and for being such a warm knowledgeable lady.
The Spot to Destress
When I visit I use the time to meditate I find it a perfect environment. I look forward to my visits, as I always feel like I have been on a holiday or to the beach. The Salt room is calm and peaceful. I was under a lot of stress in my life and my time at the salt spot has reduced my anxiety greatly.
Treatment for Asthma
My son is 4 and was on ventolin 2- 3 times daily for asthma. After our 3rd visit, we stopped using the ventolin as his breathing improved dramatically (very noticeable at night when he is sleeping). Now he hardly needs ventolin, only when he has a cold which has been rare. We now visit the salt spot once a week for maintenance.
It’s been 4 months now and I am so happy that my son rarely uses ventolin. I would highly recommend The Salt Spot Neutral Bay.
A Flue-free Winter
By nature I am a sceptic and am very careful what I do, I have found the Salt Spot, energising and uplifting and without hesitation if I was unwell with the flu or a virus I would do another 12 weeks course at the Salt Spot. I have for the first time I can remember had a flu free winter, and I attribute this to the Salt Spot. I would without hesitation recommend the Salt Spot to improve health and well being.
My Kids Love the Salt Room
My two-year old has a history of chronic ear and sinus infections. Last year his symptoms were terrible and resulted in numerous courses of antibiotics. This year we have been able to treat the symptoms more effectively through salt therapy at The Salt Spot. Both my boys love it and it’s now a regular part of our weekly routine. Penny has set up the ‘cave’ so it’s family friendly with an area for the kids to play.
I often come in alone as well for a dose of relaxation! All in all, a great spot for the whole family with many health benefits.