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Benefits of Salt Therapy Treatments. Salt Tank Float and Resting in a Salt Cave.

There is a new trend growing in spa treatments around the world that have been around since the medieval era. Halotherapy or salt therapy is offering some treatments aimed at healing skin and respiratory problems. So what are the Benefits of Salt Therapy?

St. Augustine Salt Spa lobby

What is Halotherapy or Salt Therapy

Think of salt therapy as breathing in the salty air but with more benefit than just sitting on a beach. Treatments you may be more aware of include: salt scrubs, salt water flushes, neti pots, salt lights, salt rooms or caves and salt tank floats.

What the Advocates of Salt Therapy Say

Those who swear by salt therapy claim that treatments like sitting in a salt cave will help with skin and respiratory conditions. Breathing in the salty air is said to boost immunity, clear skin and relieve asthma and bronchitis.

The salt molecules in the air break down after entering the lungs where they breakdown and release negative ions which cleanse and kill bacteria and germs. These negative ions are said to:

  • can reduce inflammation in the lungs and clear mucus
  • naturally, moisturize skin by attracting moisture
  • ease coughs and shortness of breathe
  • improve skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • help and reduce stress
  • reduce headaches
  • aid in the treatment of depression, anxiety and stabilize mood

What the Critics of Salt Therapy Say

The issue with those who question salt therapy benefits is that there haven’t been sufficient studies performed to prove the health benefits. This makes health professionals question the validity of all the claims.

salt scrub spread on brown towel Salt Lamps_Benefits of Salt Therapy Treatments

Different Salt Therapy Treatments Available

Salt Scrubs

Using salt scrubs to exfoliate the skin helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and kill bacteria which results in rejuvenating the skin. Those who use them say there skin appears firmer, fresher and it provides a younger-looking glow.

Salt Lamp on table in home_Benefits of Salt Therapy Treatments

Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps

Aside from the esthetically pleasing look these laps provide in your home, these salt lamps are said to attract air pollutants and clean the air. Personally I think a good quality air purifier will work better as there are many fake salt lamps out there which will produce no results other than offering a salt glow in your room.

Lit room open salt tank with blue light Discovering the Benefits of Salt Therapy at the Salt Spa of St. Augustine

Float in Salt Tank (Sensory Deprivation Tanks)

I experienced my first salt tank float at the Salt Spa of St. Augustine and loved the experience so much I’m now on the hunt for more spas that offer this treatment. The tanks are filled with 1000 lbs of Epsom salts in water which is heated to body temperature.

The sensory deprivation tank is a place to relax, float and meditate for one hour mimicking the feeling of being in a mother’s womb. This treatment is said to reduce pain and inflammation, increase energy and ease stress.

For more detail and to read about my experience at the Salt Spa of St. Augustine click here.

inside salt cave Discovering the Benefits of Salt Therapy at the Salt Spa of St. Augustine

Himalayan Salt Cave or Salt Room

This salt therapy treatment is conducted in a room covered floor to ceiling in Himalayan Pink Salt. There is a generator in the cave which sends salt particles out into the air. The salt room is cooled to 69 degrees (20 C) with 60% humidity, and lights are dimmed down, and soft music plays.

Spending an hour inside a salt cave is said to be the equivalent of breathing in three days of beach air. As I mentioned above the salt cave treatment is said to improve respiratory conditions from colds and flu to asthma and bronchitis.

For more detail and to read about my experience at the Salt Spa of St. Augustine click here.

Salt cave Benefits of Salt Therapy Treatments

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