Featured Therapy – August: Salt Therapy

August 14, 2014

Our ‘Happy Communities’ featured therapy of the month is Himalayan Salt Therapy.

Salt therapy has a long history of use throughout Europe, but is still relatively new to Australian shores. It was a Polish physician who first noticed that salt miners, deep in the Earths crust, rarely suffered from respiratory complaints, and those that did were becoming well. He realised it was the fine dust of salt particles dispersed in the air they breathed that was responsible for this healthful side effect.

In the early 1980’s, rooms mimicking the environment from deep underground began to make their way around Europe. Such rooms, termed ‘halo chambers’, infuse a fine mist of salt into the air and mimic the climate of a mine, deep underground. People simply sit in these rooms, relax and breathe in the salty air. A clinic, in one of these mines still operates today in Poland. The Wieliczka salt mine offers treatments to thousands of people every year seeking relief from respiratory conditions or looking to enhance their athletic performance – there is even a soccer training field down there.

Salt rooms offer a non invasive, drug free therapy for people suffering from respiratory and skin ailments.

The salt acts to calm and cleanse the airways / respiratory system, clearing away mucous, unblocking sinuses, decreasing inflammation, resulting in easier, less laboured breathing. Think about when you go to the beach how much streams out of your nose and lungs. This is similar, except for it being a ‘dry’ environment.

Topically on the skin, the Himalayan salt provides an abundance of minerals important not just for skin health, but overall, whole body health. It also acts as an antiseptic helping to kill any minor infections as are common with eczema and psoriasis.

It is suitable for people of all ages, including babies and pregnant women.

Constructed of Himalayan salt, the rooms at Saltuary are unique in that they are abundant in negative ions. Negative ions are naturally produced chemicals, they are present in vast numbers at the beach too. Ultimately it is believed that negative ions help us to feel relaxed and possibly enhance our serotonin levels. Serotonin is our body’s feel good, happy hormone.

People are always asking how many sessions they need. Most people are aware of antibiotics and the need to have more than one to achieve an effect. Salt therapy is the same. You can’t expect miracles from just one session. Most people need a course of sessions, with the exact number being a very individual case. People with an acute cold for instance, might do 3 in a week, whereas someone with chronic bronchitis might need 5 – 10 sessions in 4 – 6 weeks. There are also many other factors at play in the ‘how many sessions do I need’ game. Things like diet, stress levels, what you are treating, your constitution, how long you have had the condition, what medications you are on, etc etc.
We recommend every new customer starts with our Introductory Pack of 4 sessions and completes these within 10 days. From here, you will gain a good understanding of what the therapy has done for you and we can help evaluate on how often you should use it in the future.

In Saltuary’s time, asthma, colds and flus, emphysem a and coughs have been the conditions we’ve treated most. Of course many others have found their way to us, but predominantly, the above conditions are the ones we’ve treated the most.

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