Frequently Asked Questions About Salt/Halotherapy.
What is Halotherapy/Salt Therapy?
Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy (Greek: Halos – salt; therapy – treatment) or Speleotherapy (Greek: Spelean – cave; therapy – treatment) is a holistic method that reproduces the microclimate naturally found in a salt cave by dispersing high concentrations of dry salt aerosol into a room. The walls of the room are covered in layers of salt to mimic the feel of a cave. Salt Therapy involves sitting in this room that has micronized, pharmaceutical grade salt dispersed throughout for a 45 minute session. The dry salt aerosol plays an important role in the relief of health problems, especially respiratory issues and skin conditions. After each session, the salt is vented out so another session can begin fresh.
How does Salt/Halotherapy work?
Both White Himalayan and Pink Himalayan salt particles have anti-inflammatory properties which open the airways and reduce or eliminate mucus from the lungs. Salt/Halotherapy is based on salt’s natural anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory properties and the negative ions it produces. The rich negative ion effect can be felt in nature in places like the ocean, near waterfalls, and in pine forests. Our micro climate of negative ions and abundant minerals and elements packs the benefits of three days at the ocean into a 45 minutes session. In this day and age, we are exposed to a barrage of electromagnetic fields that produce positive ions such as from TVs, cell phones, computers, power lines, appliances, etc. Himalayan salt’s natural production of negative ions benefits the whole body system and combats the effect of free radicals (positive ions) from our environment.
Who can benefit from Salt/Halotherapy?
Anyone can benefit thanks to Salt/Halotherapy’s mood and immune enhancing effects. More specifically, Salt/Halotherapy can be a great benefit to those who suffer from the following conditions: Allergies, Asthma, Acne, Immune System Deficiencies, Respiratory Conditions, Bronchitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cold and Flu, Cough, Infections, Eczema, Emphysema, Nasal Congestion, Psoriasis, Sinus Infections, Snoring, Sore Throat, and many others.
Who should not do Salt/Halotherapy?
We recommend that you consult with your doctor/physician if you have concerns before starting Halotherapy. People not advised to do Salt/Halotherapy are those with: Infections accompanied by fever, active tuberculosis, bleeding, spitting of blood, alcohol and drug intoxication.
How often should I do Salt/Halotherapy?
For acute symptoms such as allergies, hayfever, sinus infections, and asthma, 1 to 3 visits should alleviate symptoms. For example, the owner’s son Nicholas has allergies and exercise-induced asthma. After mowing his large yard, he will have coughing spasms that can last for hours to a full day. After 1 session in the Salt Cave, the coughing stops and he’s fine. For more chronic issues like COPD, chronic sinus infections or chronic asthma, weekly sessions are suggested.
What time should I arrive for my Salt Therapy/Halotherapy Session?
It is highly recommended that you arrive fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This will give you time to fill out paperwork as well as visit the restroom, in order to ensure an uninterrupted session the Salt Cave/Room.
What can I expect?
A Salt Therapy session lasts for 45 minutes. Salt Therapy may produce a slight skin irritation in some individuals that will disappear in a few sessions. You may experience a mild salt taste on your lips, similar to being near an ocean. Others may experience a mild throat tickle, which can be treated by sipping water after the session. Most people will experience increased mucus production. You may have a runny nose or a productive cough after the session. This is the body’s natural way for eliminating toxins, pollens, and viruses. If you have ever smoked, you may experience a period of cough and mucus production as your body naturally clears the lungs of residual toxins. Most asthmatics will also experience an initial period of increased mucus production and cough as the body decreases inflammation, opens airways, and expels the stagnant mucus.
Are there any side effects?
Salt Therapy is natural, safe and drug free, providing effective long-term relief.
Won’t it affect my salt intake?
No. You’re not eating salt, you’re breathing salt, and it’s far less than the salt you put on your food each day. Salt concentration in human blood is 0.9% by volume. Human tears and sweat are salty as well. This presence of saline inhibits many potentially dangerous infections. According to scientific literature, the amount of salt inhaled during a 45-minute Salt Therapy session is considerably less than the recommended daily intake of salt. The recommended daily intake of sodium is 2,000mg. Salt consumption during a Salt Therapy session is 1-9mg. Moreover, most of the salt inhaled is removed from the lungs by breathing and excreting mucus.
How does Salt Therapy work?
For many centuries, salt has been used in food preservation. Salt therapy and food preservation mechanism of action are based on the phenomenon of osmosis. Essentially, this means that if a cell is put into a solution in which the solute concentration of minerals is higher than its own, the cell will shrivel up. In the context of Halotherapy/Salt Therapy, viruses and bacteria are being dried up in the lungs after the inhalation of sodium and chloride (salt) minerals. Bronchial cilia constantly wave upward in the lining of the lungs and trachea to remove mucous and foreign materials. Their removal protects the lungs from infections and allows easier breathing.
What do I wear?
Wear what you are comfortable wearing. Wear comfortable clothing to ensure a relaxing session. The Salt Cave/Room maintains a temperature of 68-70 degrees F and 40-50% humidity. Clean, white socks must be worn during the time in the salt room/cave.
What is the Salt Cave cancellation policy?
For Salt Cave Sessions, we request that you give us 1 day’s notice at 219.365.CAVE (2283). If an emergency arises and you can’t make your session, please call us and let us know. For all special classes in the Cave, all spots are pre-paid. If you cannot arrive on time and the Session has already started, out of courtesy to the people already in the Cave, we will need to reschedule your appointment, or if there are openings for the next hourly Session, we’d be happy to get you in then.
Are drinks and food allowed during the session?
No food or liquid of any kind is permitted in the Salt Cave/Room.
What do I do during the Salt/Halotherapy session?
The Salt Cave/Room was designed to help you relax in an aesthetically appealing environment with soft golden lighting from the Himalayan Salt, peaceful music, and comfortable Zero Gravity lounge chairs.
How long are the sessions?
All sessions are 45 minutes long and begin on the hour every hour.
What will happen if I arrive late to my scheduled Salt/Halotherapy session?
Arriving promptly for your session is imperative, as once the session has begun, out of respect for those already enjoying the effects, we do not interrupt the session that has started. If you cannot arrive on time, we will need to reschedule for the next available opening.
Visit us today to Enjoy the Experience
Halotherapy of St. John, Indiana is located in Northwest Indiana. Currently, there are just a few active salt caves operating in the United States. They are more common in Europe and Canada in part because insurance companies in those nations cover the treatment. Visit us today to feel the benefits. Get healthy, get relaxed, and enjoy the experience.