Have you ever felt drawn to the ocean and the salty air around it? Think back to a time when you inhaled deeply as your face was kissed by a cool, salty breeze, as you laid next to the water. The negative ions in that salty ocean water are known to calm your mood and balance your energy. The healing effects of salt therapy, otherwise known as Halotherapy are incredibly nourishing and life-bringing.
While salt therapy has been used since ancient times and has gained traction throughout history, its application in the modern world is relatively new. More and more salt caves (around 300 in the US) are popping up with the discovery of multiple health benefits. While there are a number of potential benefits from Halotherapy, two very important and relevant ones include the improvement of respiratory and immune health.
Halotherapy & Respiratory Health
Scientific research has found that inhaled dry salt particles have bactericide, mucokinetic, hydrophilic and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation in the entire respiratory tract and widen the airway passages. According to the Salt Therapy Association, "dry salt particles are also known to accelerate the transportation of mucus, the elimination of residual tar and foreign allergens. A clean respiratory system naturally results in higher oxygen intake, increased energy, and an improved immune system."
While Halotherapy is not recommended to be used when you are contagious, it has been known to relieve a number of respiratory conditions including:
Halotherapy & Immune Health
The American Lung Association reports the inhalation of salt likely thins out mucus within the airway, facilitating its release, ultimately clearing out breathing passages. Salt inhalation also decreases inflammation, killing microbes within the lungs, dramatically reducing the chances of an infection.
Even if you do not have an abundance of mucus within your lungs, you can still benefit from salt therapy's immune boosting powers. Halotherapy has the potential to combat the formation of microbes within your lungs and attacks those already in place. Furthermore, salt therapy reduces respiratory inflammation, ultimately helping your immune system function as efficiently and effectively as possible.
For maximum effectiveness and benefits, it is recommended that you receive Halotherapy consistently and drink plenty of water before and after treatment. Since Halotherapy is 100% natural, drug free, and has no unpleasant side effects, using Halotherapy a few times a week is highly encouraged.
Salt Cave & Halotherapy at Pellegrino Healing Center
Once Pellegrino Healing Center heard of the safe alternative benefits of Halotherapy, we had to have a Salt Cave! Our top-of-the-line halogenerator crushes our special treatment salt into small particles for inhalation, creating the microclimate that leaves you feeling elevated.
Interested? Come relax in our zero-gravity lounge chairs and breathe in the salty air.
Your oasis awaits.
Words & Graphics Created by Michelle Eggink
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher