You may feel lighter and renewed after your first salt therapy session as if you’ve floated into a blissful state of relaxation. So, how should you prepare for your first halotherapy session and what should you expect?
• Your halotherapy session is your “you time”, so feel free to read, nap, meditate, or listen to music with headphones.
• Salt therapy often has a naturally relaxing effect on your body, which allows you to unwind.
• You may feel some relief after one session but for the best results, you need to come consistently.
• Salt’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties work to remove a build-up of mucus in your airways, clear your skin, and help you breathe easier.
Several questions might be going through your mind, from what kind of clothing to wear to what to expect during a session. No need to be in the dark. In this article, we’ll walk you through what you need to do to prepare and what your session will be like.
Ready? Let’s dive in.
We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing, preferably in light colors since salt will show more on dark colors. Please also wear socks.
It is chilly in the salt cave, so we recommend bringing an additional sweater/sweatshirt. We also have blankets and pillows available to our guests.
During your 45-minute session:
Prepare to see a different environment than you’ve seen before. The walls and floors will be covered with salt, and there will be recliners to sit in for your session. A device known as the halogenerator will grind and disperse pharmaceutical-grade salt into the salt cave.
We play reflective music in the background while you recline, relax, and breathe in microscopic, airway-cleaning, skin-soothing salt particles.
Remember... that this is your time so you just have to sit back and relax!
Read a book, meditate, or even take a nap as the salt particles penetrate deep within your respiratory system and become absorbed in your skin.
As a first-timer, you might experience a slight tickle in your throat – but that’s just the salt doing its job. You also may cough or hear a couple of coughs from across the room. There’s no cause for alarm, though, as no bacteria can survive in such a salty environment.
Salt has a calming effect on your body so be prepared to relax and unwind during your salt therapy session. You deserve this soothing time to yourself.
After your session:
Many people experience the draining of their sinus right away or hours later after their first session. Several people also say that they get better, deeper sleep the same night. Generally, you can expect to feel lighter and renewed – as if you’ve floated into a relaxing state of euphoria.
To keep this relaxed state going and experience all of the other health and wellness benefits of salt therapy, you will want to begin a consistent routine.
Here are some benefits you should expect after a few halotherapy sessions:
• Your body absorbs essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and potassium better
• You receive more immune system support
• Mucus breakdown and reduced inflammation
• Soothing of skin conditions like eczema and acne.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any additional questions and/or concerns!
Modern dry salt therapy (halotherapy) can date its origins to the salt mines in Europe and Russia, where it was called speleotherapy, a respiratory therapy which involves the breathing of salt-infused air in a micro-climate of a salt mine. It was first officially recognized as a therapy in 1843 by Polish physician Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, who noticed that the salt mine workers rarely suffered from respiratory issues. Miners, who chiseled, ground, and hammered the salt, produced micro-sized particles that were dispersed into the air and inhaled. Additionally, there were ideal conditions below the Earth’s surface where air pressure and circulation, and humidity and temperature affected the quality of the environment. The air lacks airborne pollutants such as pollen and radon. In this environment, miners were receiving many natural health benefits by breathing in the salt particles. Impressed with the positive health benefits he witnessed in the salt mines, Dr. Boczkowski founded and opened the first health resort facility at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland. Throughout Eastern Europe, others started using hollowed-out areas of salt mines, which were referred to as "caves", as underground health resorts and sanatoriums. People would often spend days in the salt mines since speleotherapy was providing a significant positive impact on their health and wellbeing. Realizing that most people didn’t have the time to spend in a salt mine or "cave", nor the financial resources to travel there, the Russians started to investigate developing the technology of how to recreate the microclimate of these micro-sized particles for inhalation. In 1976, Russian doctors and scientists created the first halogenerator, which replicated the conditions of salt mines, and halotherapy, the above-ground alternative for speleotherapy, was born.
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