What is Salt Therapy/Halotherapy?
“Halos” literally means “salt” in Greek. Halotherapy, better known as salt therapy, is the therapeutic use of natural salt in a simulated microclimate, like a salt room or halochamber, which simulates the effects of actual salt mines. Developed as a drug-free and natural therapy by scientists and researchers, salt therapy brings a once inaccessible, natural, healing element from the earth to the doorsteps of our community. Salt therapy is specifically used to help relieve and support clients with respiratory and skin ailments but, provides so much more.
How Salt Therapy Works?
Our salt room utilizes state of the art technology to reproduce the atmosphere of a salt cave with a monitored microclimate. During a salt session, dry salt aerosol micro-participles are dispersed into the salt room by our Halogenerator. The salt aerosol is then inhaled and penetrates deep into the lungs, nasal cavities, sinuses and bronchial tubes with normal breathing. Salt is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and mucolytic by nature. It reacts with the mucous present in the respiratory system and helps to loosen and move out. This environment is also very beneficial to exposed skin. The non-inhaled salt particles fall onto the skin, and with its anti-inflammatory proprieties, it can help improve circulation to the skins surface.
What happens during a session?
During sessions, halogenerator grinds pharmaceutical salt to a fine dust that is then dispersed into the room for you to inhale. Salt Rooms are designed for tranquility as much as therapy. Sit back, relax and breathe. If are with your child in the children’s therapy rooms, then it’s playtime. Children will love the toys, puzzles, and books. The children’s therapy room is a playground that little ones will love to explore.
What should I wear?
You may wear whatever you would like to the sessions Comfortable clothing is best. The salt will not harm your clothes in any way. If you are coming for skin conditions, we recommend you wear clothing that will expose as much of the area of concern as possible. Shoes will be removed and replaced with disposables booties to cover feet or socks.
Are there any guidelines or policies while receiving a therapy session?
Yes, we have created a Salt Room Etiquette guide for our guest to review and to ensure that everyone has a great experience. You can read our guide by clicking here.
Are walk-ins welcome?
Yes, but if you prefer to guarantee your session time, we advise that you book your appointment. You can book online or call us: 615 470-8500
Are there any cancellation charges if I miss my appointment?
No, but please be courteous and inform us if you can not make your appointment time as soon as you can.
How safe is Salt Therapy?
Salt Therapy is 100% natural, drug-free and safe for adults and children. It provides effective relief from various respiratory illnesses. It can be used as a complementary in conjunction with traditional medicine.
Are there any side effects?
Typically, there are none. Few individuals may experience a throat tickle, coughing or even a slight runny nose this is normal and means the salt therapy is working. This is the body’s way of draining the mucous buildup. In this case staying hydrated and gargling with a little bit of warm will help.
How many sessions should I have?
24 hours between each session is recommended. Each individual will have a different requirement. We will consult you on the best plan that is suitable for your individual needs.
Is salt therapy a substitute for medical treatment?
No, Salt Therapy is a complementary therapy and should only be used as an adjunct to medical advice.
What if I have a sodium restriction?
As a result of eating too much salt, we can develop hypertension or high blood pressure, which increases the risk of Cardiac Arrest and Strokes. With Salt Therapy, however, the medical grade salt affects your respiratory system and not your stomach, heart or kidneys. Also, the concentration of salt is much less than that of our daily recommended allowance 0.5-10 mg/m3 (milligrams per cubic meter), compared to 6.0g (grams). Therefore, the amount of Salt entering your respiratory system is extremely low. Even if you were to ingest it, instead of breathing it, the amount of salt is insignificant.
Do you need to stop taking medications if receiving salt therapy?
No. It is fine to continue your medications as you need and as directed by your doctor. Since salt therapy is all-natural, it does not have any interactive effects with medications.
Is there research to support salt therapy (halotherapy)?
Yes, halotherapy has been well studied in Denmark, Russia, and Eastern Europe. Dr. A.V. Chervinsltaya, the head of Clinical Research Respiratory Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, has conducted most of the research. You can also click here to find links to research articles listed on the Salt Therapy Association website.