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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