What is salt room therapy?
Dry Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is a non-invasive treatment that alleviates many of the health issues associated with asthma, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, and a host of other respiratory illnesses. As you relax in a comfortable, climate-controlled room, salt micro-particles are emitted into the room and passively enter your lungs to initiate the healing process and provide a boost to your immune system. The only actions you need to take are to breathe and relax.
How does salt therapy works?
A patented machine called a halogenerator produces a dry saline aerosol by mechanically crushing pharmaceutical-grade salt particles down to 1 to 5 micrometers. The dry salt aerosol is blown into the rooms via a small vent in the wall. The salt-filled room provides a negative ion environment (like the seashore), which contributes to wellness and promotes stress reduction in addition to helping your particular condition. The microscopic size of the salt particles enables them to easily travel into the deepest and smallest parts of the lungs making the treatment very effective. The inhalation of the micro-salt particles will also assist in expelling mucous and help to open constricted airways. The anti-viral and anti-microbial properties of the salt provide a significant boost to your immune system.
What conditions are improved by salt therapy?
- Chronic ENT illnesses (ear-nose-throat)
- Frequent ear infections
- Frequent colds
- Allergies to industrial and household pollutants
- Hay fever
- Smoker’s cough
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sleep Apnea
When should salt treatment be avoided?
- Infections accompanied by fever
- Patients who have cancer
- Patients who have or have had a tuberculosis
- Patients who have cardiac insufficiency
- High blood pressure diseases / hypertension in IIB stage
- Acute stage of respiratory disease
- Chronic obstructive lung diseases with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
- Spitting of blood
- All internal diseases in de-compensation
Isn’t introducing salt into the body bad for you?
Eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However with salt therapy the salt enters your respiratory system, not your stomach, heart and kidneys. The salt entering the lungs kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, and loosens mucus.
Are there side effects?
Side effects are extremely rare. If you have a lot of mucous, it is not uncommon to experience increased coughing after a treatment. This is the body’s way of responding to the salt treatment by draining the accumulated mucus. If you have any concerns regarding your specific medical condition, we recommend consulting with your personal physician before scheduling a session.
Is salt therapy safe for children?
Yes – salt therapy is a completely drug-free treatment for children and adults. It is essentially no different then spending a few hours on the beach. Halotherapy has benefitted children as young as 3 months. Young children tend to pick up more viruses that result in more significant and problematic respiratory issues because their lungs are not fully developed until about the age of 9. In addition, the indoor air environment in most homes and schools are filled with pollutants that can result in respiratory issues and distress in many children. Halotherapy is extremely beneficial and effective in reducing the respiratory distress young children experience.
Is salt therapy safe for pregnant women?
Yes. Salt therapy is a great choice for women who do not want to rely heavily on over-the-counter or prescribed medication for sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses. Pregnant women who have come to respire have experienced relief for their congestion and chronic respiratory problems. In addition, the ionized salt particles help boost their immune system which can further reducing their need for medications.
Should I stop using my medication during salt therapy?
No. Salt room therapy should be used as a complementary treatment. People who come for salt room therapy often find that they can reduce their dependence on certain medications and that their episodes are not as frequent or severe. However, you should always follow your doctor’s advice and your prescribed medication regimen.
How many treatments will I need?
Every experience is different and it depends on the type and severity of your condition. Generally speaking, to maximize the healing process we typically recommend a course of 12-15 treatments over a period of several weeks. While you may feel some improvement after one session, a series of treatments is best for longer-term results. After a series of treatments your breathing will become easier and symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath will improve noticeably. People also come for treatments as a preventative measure.
What will I experience when I sit in the salt room?
At Salinity, you enter a room designed to transport you to the beach. From the custom designed flooring to the 16’ x 9’ projection and sound of ocean waves crashing on the sands of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will sit in a beach lounge chair as you enjoy the experience. The room’s temperature and humidity is maintained for optimal treatment conditions. The lights will dim and you will be carried away to a stress-free beach experience. Your session will last for 30 minutes. It is common to taste a hint of salt on your lips. When completed you will feel extremely relaxed and fully energized.
What about picking up germs in the salt room?
One of the natural properties of Salt is that it is an anti-viral and anti-microbial. Therefore, the environment of the treatment room that is created by the infusion of the salt is that it is results in a nearly sterile condition. In addition, after a session, the room is fully ventilated for 15 minutes and sanitized as an added precaution.
Is salt therapy covered by insurance?
Although salt therapy is partially covered by health insurance in Canada and some European countries, it is not covered by health insurance in the U.S.
Can I submit it on my Flexible Spending Account?
Some clients have successfully submitted their salt therapy bills to their healthcare flexible spending administrator and it was considered a valid flex spend cost. We recommend checking with your administrator to confirm whether your plan would allow Dry Salt Therapy to be considered as a valid flex spend cost.
What clothing do I wear in the salt room?
You do not need to wear anything special. Come as you are. For clients who have skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, we recommend that you expose those areas. So a T-shirt and shorts would work in that case for maximum exposure. For respiratory ailments, there is no need to expose the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions – FLOAT THERAPY What is Float Therapy?
Float therapy is often referred to as “sensory deprivation” therapy.
The water is warmed to body temperature and incorporates over 1000 lbs of Epsom Salt. This allows you to float in the water and achieve the sensation of being weightless.
The key to float therapy is that the body and mind are able to enter into the deepest possible state of relaxation. Research has shown that one hour of floating provides approximately the equivalent benefit as several hours of REM sleep. It also can help alleviate the symptoms of many medical conditions ease pain and help accelerate recovery.
What conditions does Float Therapy help?
Float therapy is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Flotation taps into the senses of the brain and is widely used by sports persons to improve performance. Did you know that one hour of floating in a float tank has the restorative effects of 4 hours of sleep. This is mainly due to the effects of sensory deprivation caused inside the flotation tank.
How Often Should I Float?
The benefits and relaxing effects of a float session will typically last a few days after your session. Most customers find floating once or twice a week provides the maximum and most long-lasting benefits for them.
I am Claustrophobic – can I still float?
The float room at Salinity was designed to provide maximum room and comfort for everyone. The room is quite large at over 6 feet wide and 9 feet long. The ceiling is 9 feet high. The ceiling is designed with a celestial starlight effect to emulate staring at the stars. The size and design of our float room will allow virtually anyone to enjoy a float session without any issues.
What should I wear for my float session?
The float sessions are totally private, so you can wear whatever makes you to feel the most comfortable. Many customers prefer to float without clothing to maximize the experience.
How Do I clean off after my Float Therapy Session?
The Flotation suite is fully equipped with a shower unit. This allows guest to shower and clean off any residual salt. We encourage customers to use the shower before their session as well.
After completing your float session and showering, there is a adjacent cosmetic/makeup room that is fully equipped with hair dryers and everything needed to re-enter the real world.
What happens if I get salt in my eyes?
It will sting. You can quickly use the adjacent shower to wash your eyes out. We do offer water-tight goggles if a customer desires to use them to minimize this risk.
Are there times when I should NOT do float therapy?
We prohibit floating if a guest has any of the following conditions:
- Infectious skin or respiratory condition
- Open wounds
- Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
- High-risk pregnancy
- Have colored or dyed their hair in the past 7 days
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Under 18 years of age (without parental consent)
- Currently menstruating
We expect all guests to inform of any of these conditions for their own safety and the safety of all of our guests.
How is the water cleaned and disinfected?
The water contains over 1000 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salt. The saline content is 1.3 grams per cubic centimeter. The saline solution is so high that no living microorganism can survive. After each session, the entire volume of the solution is pumped out and filtered through a three-part filtration and sterilization system.