Have you visited a Salt Room?
Have you heard of Halotherapy? What about a Salt room? No? I hadn’t either until this summer. It just so happens that I am a very lucky American to have a Salt room in my vicinity. There are more opening up all the time so you just might be too. I have tried to find a comprehensive listing of salt rooms around the country to include on here but I can’t seem to find one. Sorry you will have to google it for your own area yourself.
Here I am in the salt room.
A friend shared about the St. Louis Salt Room
on her Facebook page this summer and I’m always up for learning about an alternative therapy so I agreed to go with her and check it out. We don’t have any major symptoms that are obviously addressed by salt therapy but I figured it was worth a shot anyhow. I really liked that it was something I could easily do together with my children and get us all treated at the same time. I also like that I could do it together with my friend and it was like a play date for our kids.
Before I go any further I’ll give you a short list of conditions that Halo Therapy addresses. There are others as well.
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Frequent Ear Infections
- Sleep Problems
It was discovered in the 1800′s that people who worked in salt mines didn’t have respiratory problems at nearly the same rates as the rest of the population. This led to spas and clinics being set up in salt mines for people to go and breathe the salty air as a way to cure their illnesses. People then figured out how to provide this same benefit outside of a salt mine and eventually developed the salt rooms. They are much more popular in Europe than here but are spreading across North America now. There are a few different methods of creating this atmosphere. The one that we go to has a small room with salt on the floor, walls and ceiling. Then it has a machine that puts tiny salt particles into the air that you breathe during a session. You can actually taste the salt in your mouth once it gets going. You go into this room for 45 minutes for one session. My children love going to the salt room. There is dead sea salt several inches deep on the floor and a bucket of sand toys to play with. It is like being at the beach for them and loads fun.
I have several friends who have been to the local salt room and seen benefit. One friend had already done 3 rounds of antibiotics for bronchitis but was still sick. He did a series of sessions at the salt room and felt that it helped more than the medications had. Another friend had a bad rash on her hands that wouldn’t clear up no matter what she tried. She started going to the salt room regularly and saw amazing progress in it. A third friend began to bring her daughter with Asthma and was amazed at the improvement that she showed after just one session. In fact the owner of The St Louis Salt Room was able to get his own daughter off of her asthma medications entirely thanks to her halotherapy sessions.
One thing that the salt room is particularly good for is infants. They can just come and be exposed to the room with their mother and breathe in the salt and be healed. It is so easy and non-invasive. It is a great option for an infant with a cold or an ear infection.
This past summer I went with a friend and between us our 4 children. We went 10 times over the course of 2 weeks. In general halo therapy needs to be done several times to see improvements so we made a commitment (it was also cheaper per session that way). I didn’t see big improvements in myself or my children from the therapy. In fact the opposite. It set off a round of die off in all of us. I was grateful for that push in the direction of healing but a bit disappointed that we didn’t get a nice healing wow out of it. I wonder if that was yet another MTHFR issue. Our bodies attempting to detox but unable to do it because of the methylation blocks.
You can see that the kids enjoyed their time in the salt and even buried each other in the salt on the floor.
I am now going back in hopes that it will help clear up a bad chest cold that I suddenly developed last weekend. I could certainly feel that it loosened stuff up at my first session yesterday and I plan to go two more times over the next 2 days and see if I can eliminate this before it gets too serious. (Chest colds always feel serious to me though). I’m also taking my Spice for Life, Master Tonic and loads of Fermented Cod Liver Oil hoping that I can knock this out sooner rather than later. Of course I’m eating lots of soup and drinking broth and other intro type foods for the bulk of my meals. My chest no longer hurts when I breathe (good!) but I still have a wet cough that isn’t going away yet so I won’t slack off. I got sick less than a week ago so I take it as a good sign that I am already seeing improvement.
Have you ever been to a salt room or do you know of one in your area? I would love to hear about it in the comments.