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!
While there are many clinical and scientific studies conducted on dry salt therapy (halotherapy) throughout the world, the FDA has not evaluated the statements made throughout this material, content, website, etc. Dry salt therapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Our private salt sessions are 60-minutes and our community sessions are 45-minutes.
Like many wellness and health regimens, people respond differently. Many people will notice a positive effect in just in one session, however, a series of sessions is recommended for optimal results. Some people come 2-3 times a week for a 3-4 week ritual during allergy and cold seasons, some people come 2 times a week for 6-8 weeks for more chronic conditions. Those who come for general wellness, stress relief, and relaxation simply come as often as they like. For many conditions, after a series of sessions, symptoms subside and relief can last for several months before another session is needed. It can also be used as a preventative measure to strengthen the immune system against colds, cough, allergies, and sinusitis. You cannot overdose on salt therapy.
You will want to wear comfortable clothing. We don't recommend wearing black or dark colors unless you don't mind a little salt dust visible! You can wear shorts and t-shirts to expose your skin if necessary. Socks are recommended to keep feet warm, however many clients prefer to have bare feet. Blankets are provided in the cave for your comfort.
Infrequently. Some people might experience a mild tickle in the throat or an increase in a cough due to an excess mucus buildup. This is an indication the therapy is working. Other effects might be a slight skin irritation for those with hypersensitive skin.
Salt Therapy is completely safe. It is a 100% natural, drug-free, non-invasive wellness ritual with no side effects or potential health hazards. If an individual has any questions or concerns regarding any current medical or other condition, please consult with your healthcare professional.
Salt therapy has three main characteristics: Dry salt is super absorbent, it is anti-inflammatory and it is anti-bacterial. Because the microscopic salt particles get deep into the respiratory system as well as into the skin, the dry salt absorbs all the excess mucous, allergens and foreign elements in the respiratory system, opens constricted airways and kills the spreading of bacteria and viruses.
Salt therapy benefits people of all ages and is great for overall wellness, respiratory, and skin. Salt therapy has provided benefits for those with the following conditions:
In addition, given the nature of salt therapy, it also:
Dry pure grade sodium chloride is heated and then it is ground and crushed into very tiny micro-particles in a machine called a halogenerator. These dry aerosol micro-particles of salt are then dispersed into the salt room during a session. As the person relaxes in the salt room the micro-particles are inhaled as well as land on the skin. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli as well as into the deeper layers of the skin.
Some people are concerned about the intake of salt because of issues relating to diet, high blood pressure, and hypertension. This type of salt intake is connected to the digestive tract. Dry salt therapy is different as it associated with the respiratory system. When inhaled, the amount of micro salt particles entering your respiratory system is extremely low that it doesn’t present any risk to your health. It actually kills bacteria, reduces inflammation and expands airways.
Halotherapy is not recommended for individuals with the following conditions:
We recommend unplugging for your session so you can truly relax. Salt is also corrosive to electronics so while we don’t ban them from The Salt Cave- taking them in is at your own risk. Please keep phones on silent at all times.
We require 24 hour notice to cancel all services. 100% of the service is charged in the event of a no-show. These fees allow us to compensate our staff for their time reserved just for you. You would be a hero to us and to other clients who may be on a waitlist if you provided us adequate notice should you need to cancel. There are no exceptions to the cancellation policy.
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.
Northern Light Counseling is a proud member and supporter of the Salt Therapy Association (STA). The Salt Therapy Association was founded to provide resources, information, research and standards to support, promote and create awareness about salt therapy for the industry, businesses, and consumers. For more information about the Salt Therapy Association, please visit: