Halo is the Greek word for salt, and Halotherapy, better known as Salt Therapy, is the natural use of dry, aerosolized salt in a climate controlled environment — a “salt room.” Visitors inhale the salt aerosol, allowing the healing salt to reach deep into their lungs. This therapy naturally and safely treats many kinds of respiratory and skin conditions without drugs or invasive procedures.
For thousands of years, people with serious and chronic respiratory and skin conditions have visited the Dead Sea to enjoy its healing properties. Even today, people travel there from all over the world to find relief. The salt mines of Eastern Europe have also been a hot spot for salt healing since the late 1800s. There, as in modern salt rooms, people still sit and breathe in the salty air for its many health benefits. Even in Ayurvedic practices, the mixture of salt and lime juice has long been known as a natural bronchodilator.
As scientists and researchers have continued to learn more about the healing benefits of salt; they have determined that recreating the beneficial climate of Europe’s salt mines could make Halotherapy available to more individuals throughout the world. With this realization, Halo chambers or salt rooms were born.
When you visit a salt room, the temperature, humidity and air flow will all be controlled during your session to create an environment that mimics the conditions found in the salt mines. The pharmaceutical grade salt is ground using a halo generator and is then blown into the room in micro particles. The micro particles enter the body through the respiratory system and act as a natural, safe alternative to medication.
A typical salt session lasts 45 minutes. You may feel temporary relief after just one session, but research shows that a decrease in long-term respiratory and skin symptoms begins to appear after 10-20 sessions. Most visitors who complete a full course of 10-20 sessions find that they experience relief for a longer period and return to the salt room only as needed, or if symptoms flare up.
Sandy Hinderliter is Co-owner of Salt of the Earth Spa in Sugar Land. She is a firm believer that natural means of healing are the best and most effective because our bodies are meant to heal themselves.