Got the Sniffles? Head to a Salt Room!
Relaxing in a salt room is said to improve health and mood, but how does it work? Salt therapy or “halotherapy”, (comes from the Greek word for salt ”halois) is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it gained popularity in the 1800’s in Eastern Europe. When the salt mine workers in Poland and neighboring countries showed remarkable resistance to colds and respiratory illnesses, people began to go to the salt mines to improve their resistance too. Now in the 21st century, salt therapy is becoming an accepted way to alleviate illness symptoms in the respiratory system without medication. The negatively charged salt ions in salt rooms absorb irritants in the respiratory system without entering the digestive tract. Salt also absorbs bacteria on the skin, so it can improve skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
Salt is a natural anti-bacterial agent and a natural disinfectant. Inhaling the microscopic salt particles in a dry room can help reduce inflammation of the sinuses, and reduce mucus in the respiratory system, therefore improving breathing, and alleviating symptoms of allergies, bronchitis and asthma. Most salt rooms are a cool 68 degrees, and furnished with comfy lounge chairs to relax or nap in, so you automatically de-stress. Instant mood lifter! It is said that salt room therapy can help you sleep at night.
I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I found 4 local salt rooms in the Twin Cities that sound amazing. Most charge about $35 for a 45 minutes session. Some also offer massages and foot baths along with the halotherapy. Here are a few locations to check out:
SALT Spa in St Louis Park
The Salt Room in Woodbury
The Salt Cave in Mpls.
Whispering Cave in Wayzata