HOW HALOTHERAPY WORKS

Salt Therapy, also called Halotherapy, taken from the Greek halos meaning "salt", is a natural treatment that has been dated back to the twelfth century. It is the process of breathing in dry salt particles and is a 100% natural way to treat numerous conditions. These particles reach the deepest area of the lungs absorbing bacteria and pollutants and providing an anti-inflammatory and cleansing effect.  Salt therapy is beneficial to your overall well being and it strengthens the body's immune system by eliminating toxins trapped within the respiratory system.


Halogenerators are used to replicate the atmosphere of salt mines. It grinds the salt to micro-sized particles and then disperses them into the air, allowing the salt to travel deep into the lungs.


WHY HALOTHERAPY?

From pollens and toxins, to pollution, smog and airborne diseases, our society has never been faced with such a growing epidemic of respiratory ailments. Halotherapy is beneficial in helping the side effects that come with such conditions. It's been researched for centuries and has proven a safe alternative to compliment other treatments. 


Most people are familiar with 'wet' salt therapy. Whether you have gargled with salt water, put salt in a bath, had a saline solution treatment or used a Nettie pot, wet salt has its benefits; but dry salt is different and the drier the salt the better. That is why our generators heat the salt prior to dispersing it into the rooms. Heat ensures that all moisture is evaporated so when it is inhaled, the salt particles can do their best job. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli which breaks down the toxin and clears the respiratory system. While inside the salt room, the salt particles that are not inhaled fall onto the skin, which is greatly beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and acne. 


HOW OFTEN?

For general overall well-being, respiratory and skin hygiene, it is recommended to visit 1-2 times a week. 

For chronic respiratory and skin conditions, it is recommended to visit frequently and consistently 3-7 times a week for a period of 14-21 days. 


BENEFICIAL FOR: 

ACNE, ALLERGIES, ANXIETY, ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS, CHRONIC ENT, COLD/FLU, COPD, CYSTIC FIBROSIS, DEPRESSION, DERMATITIS, EAR INFECTIONS, ECZEMA, EMPHYSEMA, FATIGUE, HAY FEVER, INFLUENZA, INSOMNIA, MIGRAINES, OSTEOPOROSIS, PNEUMONIA, PSORIASIS, RHINITIS, ROSACEA, SINUS INFECTIONS, SINUSITIS, SMOKER'S COUGH, SNORING, STRESS/FATIGUE, WHEEZING, ETC.


SALT ROOMS ARE FULL OF NEGATIVE IONS.

Negative Ions have “clarity effect”.

Reduce – stress, headaches, lethargy, depression.

Increase – energy, mental alertness, overall sense of well being.



SALT IS ANTI-BACTERIAL, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-VIRAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL

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How to prepare

Some Must Dos

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Arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out our client intake form (print one out on this site, complete and bring with you for faster processing), then put your belongings in our secure lockers. 


REMEMBER - No bare feet or soiled socks allowed in the salt rooms. You MUST bring clean socks, to switch into when you arrive. We do have socks available for purchase if you happen to forget your own. 

What Should I Wear?

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You can wear whatever you would like, but something loose and comfortable is recommended. If you are visiting for a particular skin condition, wear something that exposes more of the targeted area for maximum benefit.  


And if you get cold, we have comfortable, light blankets inside the rooms for your use. 

During Your Session

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Once in the salt room, just sit, relax and breathe. We provide headphones and MP3 players to listen to soft, preloaded music. Please listen at a comfortable, LOW volume as to not disturb other guests in the room. 


If you like, you can also bring a book/magazine to read, or just rest 

during the 40 minute treatment.

After Your Session

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Since salt is a drying agent, you may have a tickle in your throat, and this is natural. Drinking water can help subside those reactions but know that's a sign the salt is working. We also recommend waiting to shower since rubbing the salt residue on your skin can help soften it and act as an exfoliant.

Conditions

Allergies/Hay Fever/Rhinitis

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How Does It Help?

When allergens are inhaled it can cause airways to narrow, increase the amount of mucus in your lungs, and can lead to an asthmatic attack. During halotherapy, the micro-sized salt particles are able to travel deep into your lungs to break down and destroy any bacteria, which then leads to the widening of your airways. Salt reduces inflammation of the respiratory tract, clears out your nasal passageways, build your immune system and alleviates bronchial problems. The widening of your airways. Salt reduces inflammation of the respiratory tract, clears our your nasal passageways, builds your immune system and alleviates bronchial problems. 


  

What To Expect During/After Session

After your introduction to halotherapy, you could begin to notice some relief right away. During your sessions, the salt should help break down any build up of mucus you may have. Naturally, it takes a few sessions to notice the alleviation of symptoms and about a month to see true results. Each person will notice different effects depending on their condition. It’s recommended to visit 2-4 times a week for the first month or until your condition is controlled. Maintain 1-2 times a week to manage conditions and stay healthy. 

Anxiety/ Stress/Fatigue

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How Does It Help?

Salt rooms are full of negative ions, which are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost our daytime energy. Negative ions also increase the flow of oxygen to the brain. 



What To Expect During/After Session

Being in this environment, you may feel relaxed right away. Once the generator begins and the room starts to fill with salt, your relaxation will only deepen; causing you stress, anxiety, depression and/or fatigue to slowly drift away. You will most likely sleep easier the night of your first session. Recommendations for visits depend on the person. Usually 1-3 times a week as needed.

Asthma

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How Does It Help?

The salt acts as a natural anti-flammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. As you breathe in the dry salt particles, it opens your airways, kills bacteria which in turn boosts your immune system, and loosens trapped mucus for easier expulsion. 


What To Expect During/After Session

After your first 3-4 sessions with halotherapy, you should start to notice relief symptoms. The salt naturally opens up your airways, allowing you to breathe easier. During you session, proactive breathing exercises, deep in through your mouth and out through your mouth. It is common to feel a tickle in your throat and/or cough during the session. You may also cough up mucus during and after your first few visits. This is the process of the salt breaking the toxins down and expelling them. Recommendations are different for everyone. Usually, people experiencing a form of Asthma come 3-4 times a week for the first 2 months. Then, 1-3 times a week to maintain healthy results.

Bronchitis/COPD/Emphysema

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How Does It Help?

Salt cleanses the respiratory system and speeds up the elimination of toxins. It also loosens mucus, removes pathogens, and reduces IgE levels (immune system oversensitivity). This makes it easier to expel dirty and overused mucus to allow the body to create fresh healthy mucus, that together with the salt aerosol help fights the infection. Salt is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-fungal. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

During the session, practice breathing exercises, deep in through your mouth and out through your nose, and in through your nose and out through your mouth. It's common to feel a tickle in your throat and/or cough during the session. You could also cough up mucus during and after the visit as the salt helps to break down and expel toxins.

 

Cold/Influenza

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How Does It Help? 

Salt therapy helps bring relief to and can help prevent cold/flu symptoms by killing bacteria, promoting circulation, draining of mucus in the sinuses/chest, and immune system by eliminating toxins trapped within your respiratory system and helps to revitalize your natural defenses. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

You should notice relief with congestion, breathing, sore throat & fatigue after the first 3-4 sessions. Drainage will sometimes continue throughout the day and/or night of your session. 

Cystic Fibrosis

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How Does It Help? 

Halotherapy is a natural way to treat this condition by the inhalation of dry salt particles. The salt is able to travel deep throughout the lungs, breaking down mucus, toxins and pollution buildup, then helps to expel it and open the airways. Salt's natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties help ease inflammation. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

You will experience coughing during  the session. After about 3-5 visits you should start to notice the breakdown and removal of lung/respiratory buildup making it easier to breathe and it could eventually reduce the reliance of other stimulants to control recurring infections. 

Endurance

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How Does It Help?

Salt therapy can greatly increase your endurance by optimizing your breathing patterns and lung capacity. It can lead to better lung function and improved performance, as well as it is both a prevention and treatment of respiratory conditions among athletes. It also rejuvenates and removes impurities from the body, increases energy, and boosts the immune system. Poor breathing patterns among athletes limit oxygen intake and increase muscle soreness, dehydration, and cramps. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

After your first few sessions, you should start to  notice an increase in your endurance and stamina while performing physical activity. Breathing patterns are corrected and overall lung function improves. The more you practice halotherapy, the better your overall athletic performance could be. 

Ear Infections

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How Does It Help?

Ear infections are usually caused when the Eustachian tube becomes blocked with trapped fluid and mucus. Halotherapy helps to reduce inflammation, relieve swollen tissues to help widen passages and improves drainage. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

During and after your session you will probably experience the loosening and expelling of the fluid and mucus buildup. This is the salt breaking down and helping your body get rid of infections and toxins. After about 2-4 neighboring sessions, you should notice immense pressure and pain relief. 

Insomnia

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How Does It Help?

Serotonin levels being too high or too low often cause insomnia, migraines, depression, etc. Salt rooms are full of negative ions that help balance serotonin levels, de-stress, relax you, and which in turn will help to promote healthy sleep patterns. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

During your halotherapy sessions you will notice extreme relaxation, most within the first 15-20 minutes. As the dry salt mist disperses throughout the room, with deep breaths, chances are most clients fall right asleep. After your session you should feel rejuvenated throughout the day and sleep very well that evening. 

Migraines

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How Does It Help?

Serotonin levels being too high or too low often cause migraines, insomnia, depression, etc. Salt rooms are full of negative ions that help balance serotonin levels, de-stress, relax you, and which in turn will help to minimize migraines. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

During your halotherapy sessions you will notice extreme relaxation, most within the first 15-20 minutes. As the dry salt mist disperses throughout the room, deep breathes are taken, chances are that migraines could drift away. After your session migraines should stay minimal and you will feel rejuvenated throughout the day. 

Osteoporosis

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How Does It Help?

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by progressive bone loss. It is not just a matter of calcium loss, it is also affected by a shortage of both salt and water in the body. If you suffer from bone/joint issues, your doctor may suggest to minimize your salt intake. This is commonly about table salt, which can certainly cause bones to become brittle and weak. Stay away from table/iodized salt! 


What To Expect During/After Sessions

After your session, you should begin to notice relief from aches and pains in your joints and become more flexible. 

Overall Health & Wellbeing

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How Does It Help?

Halotherapy is an all-natural and holistic way to maintain a good immune system by eliminating all the toxins trapped within your respiratory system. it prevents cold/flu symptoms, gives you energy and helps to promote healthy sleeping patterns. Salt rooms are full of negative ions which helps de-stress us and makes us unwind. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions

During the session, practice breathing exercises, deep in through your mouth and out through your nose, then in through your nose and our through your mouth. It's common to feel a tickle in your throat and/or cough during the session. Being in our salt rooms will make you feel extremely relaxed while building your immune system. 

Sinus Infection/Sinusitis

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How Does It Help?

Sinus infections/Sinusitis are caused when the lining of the sinuses are swollen, which can interfere with the normal flow of mucus causing it to get trapped within your sinuses. The result of this include pressure build up, blocked or runny nose, toothache, fever, bad breath, loss of taste or smell. Halotherapy helps by killing the bacteria, reducing inflammation, breaking down the mucus to expel and open up your airways/sinuses and strengthens your immune system. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

You will experience mucus breakdown during/after the first couple of sessions (usually 2-3), with some clients noticing benefits after the first session. Your sinuses will drain and open back up, inflammation will subside and pressure will start to release. 


Skin Conditions

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How Does It Help?

Dealing with skin conditions including Acne/Dermatitis/Eczema/Psoriasis can be common. Salt is cleansing, purifying and has a significant influence on the skin. Salt normalises the PH, reduces inflammation, increases microcirculation, and induces reparative and regenerative processes in the derma. It also amplifies the oxygenation process and removes bacteria and oils. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

After being introduced to halotherapy, you should start to notice improvements in your skin. The more you expose targeted areas to the salt, the more your skin will benefit. 


Snoring

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How Does It Help?

Snoring is usually caused by obstructed passages in the nose and throat, making it difficult for the air to move through freely; compromising the oxygen levels leading to irritability and lethargy. During a halotherapy session, the dry salt mist is dispersed throughout the air for inhalation, opening up airways, improving drainage and reducing any inflammation. 


What To Expect During/After Sessions 

After your first few sessions, you could start to notice relief symptoms. The salt naturally opens up your airways, allowing you to breathe easier. During the session, practice breathing exercises, deep in through your mouth and out through your nose, then in through your nose and our through your mouth. It's common to feel a tickle in your throat and/or cough during the session. You may also cough up mucus during and after your first few visits. This is the salt opening up the airways and reducing inflammation. 

in the news

Vogue

Is a Salt Spa the Secret to Breathing Easier This Cold Season?

By Lauren Lipton

Last week, just before my stuffy head had a chance to graduate into a full-on cold, I headed to the Park Avenue spa where I go for massages. This time, though, I checked into a room with salt-coated walls and floor, lay back on a chaise, and took a briny inhale.

Halotherapy, the practice of breathing dry, salt-saturated air, is undergoing a revival, with fans claiming it can soothe inflammation, calm allergies, and flush away germs. Jaycee Gossett, an instructor at the Tribeca exercise studio The Class, has recently become a convert. “It draws out anything that is an irritant to the body,” she says. “You walk out of a session and you think, ‘Wow. This is what it’s like to take a full breath.’ ” Last summer, visitors to the new Montauk Salt Cave in the Hamptons, made of salmon-colored Himalayan salt imported from Pakistan, included Debra Messing. “I definitely felt different afterward,” the actress says. “My breathing was clearer. I was relaxed.”

The wellness-promoting power of a salty room dates to the mid-19th century, when a physician in Kraków, Poland, noted the respiratory health of workers in a nearby salt mine. The flowering of salt-chamber treatment centers that followed remains alive in Eastern Europe. Here, new facilities are opening across the country, from Breathe Easy in Manhattan to the Los Angeles Athletic Club to Canyon Ranch in Las Vegas.

Salt caves themselves have not been reliably studied in the U.S., though medical research shows that inhaling salt can improve the lung function of people with cystic fibrosis, as well as ease smoking-related symptoms such as coughing. The treatment rooms rely on a halo generator, a machine that grinds salt into a superfine powder and wafts it into the air. Norman H. Edelman, M.D., the American Lung Association’s senior scientific adviser, suggests that the salty air draws moisture from the bloodstream into the airways, temporarily thinning any mucus, so you breathe easier for a time. (Still, people with medical conditions such as heart problems or high blood pressure should skip it, Edelman warns.)

As for my burgeoning cold, I spent 25 minutes breathing (and dozing) in a high-salinity environment—and sure enough, that cold never materialized

This article originally appeared in Vogue November 8, 2015

InStyle Magazine

Salt Therapy Rooms Might Be the Answer to Relieving Your Seasonal Allergies 

By Erin Lukas May 24, 2017


If you’ve tried every decongestant from Claritin to DayQuil to relieve a stuffy nose from seasonal allergies or a common cold, it turns out that 30-40 minutes in a room full of salt might just be exactly what you need to finally kick the congestion.

Salt therapy (aka Halotherapy) is a spa treatment that uses salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments like asthma, allergies, and cold viruses, along with inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The treatment takes place in a salt room that’s usually decorated with pink Himalayan salt which helps you relax as you inhale breathable salt that’s released into the air, or there’s also the option receiving the treatment in a private salt bed, too.

To find out the science behind the therapy and how exactly it works, we turned to Ellen Patrick, co-founder of Breathe Salt Rooms in New York.

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How Does Salt Therapy Work?

At Breathe Salt Rooms, only pure salt vapor is released into the air. “The natural healing qualities of salt are that it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal,” explains Patrick. These qualities are what make salt an effective method of relieving a number of respiratory issues like congestion from eczema or mucus from a cold virus.

People suffering from inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis will also benefit from the treatment, too. “These skin conditions are autoimmune conditions and are inflammatory,” says Patrick. “The salt acts as an anti-inflammatory and a very gentle defoliant so it help slough off the dead skin so the new healed skin can come out.”

As for the salt décor you see in many of the rooms? Aside from making the rooms look Instagrammable, the  salt helps set the relaxing mood of the treatment, an added bonus of visiting a salt room. Negative ions purify the air. Computers, cell phones, and fluorescent lighting all give off positive ions which tend to agitate. The negative ions are relaxing. 

There isn’t a universal answer on when you’ll start to feel the benefits of salt therapy treatment. Patrick says that it varies depending on the person, the condition, and the severity of their symptoms.

SHAPE

Is the Salt Room Therapy Trend Really Worth the Hype? 
I investigated whether breathing in a room full of Himalayan rock salt can actually boost your mood, clear your stuffy nose, and give your skin a healthy glow.

By Alexa Erickson

You might think you have it all down pat when it comes to relieving everyday body issues. Headache? Pop an over-the-counter pain pill. Stuffy nose? Slurp some hot soup. But what if there were one thing that could solve all those problems at once?

Halotherapy, also called salt therapy, claims to do all that and more. The treatment essentially involves sitting in a room (often referred to as a salt cave, house, or bath) filled with rock salt and inhaling salty air that's being pumped in by a halogenerator.

While the natural-healing practice has a history rooted in Europe, with some of the earliest known salt caves in Poland, these salt-filled spaces are now popping up in spas and yoga studios. They tout benefits like curing the common cold, decreasing allergy symptoms, detoxifying the lymphatic systems, improving sleep, and alleviating some skin conditions.

Unlike table salt, which is stripped of most of its natural minerals and fortified with iodine, the Himalayan rock salt you'd find in these caves is rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iodine, bromine, and copper. So, in theory, you absorb these minerals when you breathe the salty air.

Additionally, the negative ions in salt have been said to improve mental health conditions like depression, stress, and anxiety, according to a report published in BMC Psychiatry. These negative ions may also combat the positive ions emitted by computers, TVs, and cell phones, Ellen Patrick, a salt cave yoga instructor previously told us.

In an effort to see what the fuss was all about—and hopefully, leave feeling refreshed, breathing deeper, with my skin glowing and energy recharged—I decided to check out a salt cave for myself. So I went to Salt Cave Santa Barbara in California, which boasts 45 tons of Himalayan salt covering the walls, ceilings, and floors.

I decided to bury my feet in the salt like sand at the beach and simply enjoy the beauty of the salt bricks. I was definitely enjoying the blissful silence—it was a contemplative experience—but I was also invited to take my salt cave exploration up a notch.

I was offered a private massage in a separate space, which incorporated all of the amenities as the main room—a salt floor, the orange glow from the lamps, and the pretty salt bricks—and I gladly hopped up on the table for a 60-minute deep tissue massage. Altogether, I would say I was in the cave, inhaling the negative ions of Himalayan salt, for almost two hours.

When I left, I felt similar to how I do after a yoga class—a sort of dazed peacefulness. I also noticed that, with it being the day after Thanksgiving and me feeling bloated and drowsy when I first arrived, I now felt lighter on my feet and more awake. The next day, I zipped up the mountain for my morning hike quicker than usual. My breathing felt more natural, and my skin felt squeaky clean and ready to sweat.

Now was this extra pep in my step a coincidence? I mean, self-care after the holidays is sure to make you feel rejuvenated, so it could be that I just needed a nice massage and a zippy hike in the fresh air. But I'm intrigued enough to try it again, because adding salt to the typical pampering tricks, like guided meditation or hot stone massage, seemed to give me the extra boost of relaxation and revitalization I needed.

This article appeared in SHAPE Dec 2017.

Dr. Oz and the healing benefits of Halotherapy

Disclaimer

THIS TREATMENT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVISE!

Halotherapy is a complimentary treatment to any routine or medication your doctor has already prescribed to you. For all of your health concerns or inquiries, please consult a licensed healthcare practitioner first.  Information provided by our website or any printed materials includes results that were obtained in clinical settings but have not yet been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any and all health information obtained or received from Eleventh Element or anything affiliated with said company is to be used for preliminary and experimental purposes only. Eleventh Element makes no claims or representations regarding this information. Sessions or products purchased from our company are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease or condition; nor should it take the place of your treatment or medication prescribed to you by your doctor.