What is salt therapy or Halotherapy? 

A new trend in spa wellness is emerging in the United States.  Halotherapy is not a new concept, but has been around since the 18thcentury in Europe.  Halotherapy began in the late 1800’s when it was discovered that salt miners in Europe had few respiratory issues, appeared healthier and had a more youthful appearance.   

Salt baths emerged to launch the salt therapy industry in 1839 in Poland.  Even a hospital was set up for inpatient treatment within the salt mines in the late 1940’s.  This underground climate coupled with the dry salt was observed to produce an effective adjunct treatment for asthma.  It became evident that there was a need for a simple way to duplicate the micro-climate in which salt miners in Europe and Russia worked.  Because it is not easy to get access to an actual salt mine, in 1985 the Institute of Balneology in Russia, developed the first device to produce the correct micro-sized particles of salt in an aerosol.  This is known as a Halogenerator and Halotherapy was born.  

Dr. Daniel T. Layish M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P. former medical director of Winter Park Memorial Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (1999-2013) in Orlando, FL states, “As a pulmonologist, I initially became familiar with halotherapy through my care of individuals with Cystic Fibrosis.  

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder characterized by the dehydration of the respiratory epithelial surface, resulting in impaired mucociliary clearance.  In this disorder, thick tenacious secretions obstruct the lower airway and sinuses and provide an environment for chronic infection. Nebulized hypertonic saline has been shown (in well done randomized clinical trials) to improve pulmonary function and respiratory symptoms as well as reduce pulmonary exacerbation rate in individuals with cystic fibrosis.  This may be referred to as “wet” salt therapy as opposed to Halotherapy which is “dry” salt therapy.   

(FloridaMD Magazine Aug 20, 2015) 

Dr. Layish also states “there seems to be very little risk to this therapy other than the financial and time involvement and there is a theoretical basis for the possible benefits of halotherapy, given the known anti-inflammatory and anti- infective properties of salt”.   

According to The Salt Therapy Association, active dry salt therapy is simple to understand.  There are three primary characteristics of pure sodium chloride, known as salt:

1. Absorbent (especially when it is completely dry)

2. Anti-bacterial

3. Anti-inflammatory 

Some people mistakenly compare the air at the beach to be the same as a Halotherapy session.  While being at the beach has some benefits, that salt is already saturated and does not produce the same effects as dry salt used in a Halotherapy session.   Being Oceanside does provide a wonderful sense of wellbeing from many other factors, but the benefits for your respiratory system will be far greater in a Halotherapy session.   

Here is how a Halotherapy session works.  As the pharmaceutical grade salt travels in the salt room, micro-sized particles are inhaled into the respiratory system.  The dry salt naturally starts absorbing allergens, toxins and foreign substances in your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract.  Dry salt may help reduce inflammation and open airway passages.  The micro-sized crystal structure of pure sodium chloride particles breaks loose and clears out all the “bad stuff”.  This is how dry salt therapy affects people suffering from discomforts associated with conditions like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory ailments. (The Salt Therapy Association

The properties of dry salt also absorb impurities and provide anti-bacterial properties that benefit the skin such as acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as regulates the skin’s micro-circulation.  The smaller particles can reach beneath the skin’s surface and absorb moisture toward the skin.  The larger salt particles land on the skin and absorb any bacterial and foreign substances.  The dry salt accelerates cell rejuvenation and improves skin rigidity. (The Salt Therapy Association) 

The process usually provides some simple sniffles while you are in the salt room and you may have some mucus to expel within hours after a session.  

Research is ongoing, but the consensus is that salt therapy is a safe adjunct to normal respiratory therapies with minimal to no risk or disadvantage.  It is not recommended that you stop your current respiratory therapies, but that you may find success with adding Halotherapy to your current treatment protocol.  Halotherapy is contraindicated for those with active cancers, late stage lung cancer, active tuberculosis, cardiac insufficiencies, acute issues with fever and contagious conditions.  It is recommended to discuss salt therapy with your physician if you are pregnant. Halotherapy could also provide relief from discomforts associated with seasonal allergies and colds with no side effects.   

Halotherapy (salt therapy) could have positive benefits for the following:

  • Asthma

  • Allergies

  • Common cold

  • Bronchitis

  • COPD

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Sinusitis

  • Ear infections

  • Smokers cough

  • Psoriasis

  • Itching

  • Eczema

  • Swelling & Inflammation

  • Dermatitis

  • Dry & Flaky Skin

  • Acne

  • Rashes

  • Rosacea

  • Skin Aging

Salt on the Rocks is an experience like no other. We’ve created a local Caribbean Retreat with an upscale wellness spa approach. Relax in one of our Salt therapy rooms where we use a fine aerosol of pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride which is inhaled deep into the respiratory system – THIS provides relief from the many discomforts associated with allergies, asthma, sinus and other respiratory related issues. It also has many benefits for skin related challenges. Perfect for ALL ages we even have a special Family Salt room to enjoy with the kids! Or you can relax and unwind with a deep tissue, prenatal or medical massage in our private salt therapy room. Salt on the Rocks features The Remedy Room – this is Nature’s Medicine Cabinet for the Beginner – truly a starting point for people beginning their wellness journey. Stop in our tasting room anytime to enjoy a hot tea, a local brew, or an organic soda. We have ongoing seminars and classes in essential oils, herbal wellness, yoga and have a beautiful venue to host up to 40 people for your special event. Come breathe in that Caribbean sea salt…Experience Salt on the Rocks Today!

You can get your salt therapy at Salt on the Rocks in Huntsville, AL.  We have a menu of services available.  Check us out!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are for education purposes only and are not meant to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or illness.