The Origins of Halotherapy

You might think that Halotherapy or salt therapy is a relatively new type of alternative treatment since it’s showing up on more and more spa therapy menus. It’s not though, because it’s been around for centuries.

The first documented forms of Halotherapy were in Europe when the monks noticed that when they treated patients in salt caves their respiratory symptoms improved. In 1843 salt clinics were actually opened up in Poland by Dr. M Bojakowski after he read a book by Dr.Buchkowsky who wrote about how salt mining workers actually had less breathing problems then some other mining contemporaries who worked in coal or smoking environments where particle dust was an issue.

During World War II in German, salt mines were used as bomb shelters, and the people who were in those places found out that breathing in the salt dust helped the people with asthma problems. The Russians and Eastern Europeans in the 50’s and 60’s went even further in their findings to use salt rooms for actual Halotherapy treatments. “Hallo” is the greek word for salt. Socialized medicine was behind the funding of these special salt rooms which many people find helped their respiratory diseases.

Modern Halotherapy today has come a long way. Many wellness clinic, hospitals, and spas are utilizing salt as a super effective therapy treatment for a variety of different ailments, not just respiratory ones. Yoga and meditation is even being practiced in salt therapy rooms worldwide. It sounds like an uncomplicated way to breathe easier but it also has the benefits of being antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. The benefits go on and on, and it’s truly an incredible way to treat your body well. Here a a few forms of the salt treatment.

  • Saline Solution Inhalations: This is in the form of a nasal spray.

  • Dry Salt Aerosol Inhalations: These can be pumped into a contained room to spread the salt particles around to better be inhaled into the body.

  • Irrigation and Lavage: Gargling or colonic irrigation.

  • Saline and Brine Baths: Natural or man made in a spa.

  • Taking the Waters (crenotherapy): Drinking specific concentration of salty water.

Check with your local wellness spa to see what they offer in the fantastic form of Halotherapy. Salt can do wonders for the body, and until you experience the results for yourself, you won’t know what it can truly do for you. Don’t be afraid to try this time tested treatment for a variety of what ails you, or someone you love.

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Salt Lamps: Do They Improve Health?

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Does halotherapy reduce stress?

Does Halotherapy Reduce Stress?

The world can be a stressful place with stress coming from our personal lives, careers, and surrounding world events. Wouldn’t it be nice if a 45-minute salt therapy session could reduce stress levels? Fortunately, scientists have found that salt therapy does have a positive impact to stress.
Older woman cleaning her face.

How Does Salt Therapy Improve Skin Health?

Itchy and dry skin feels so uncomfortable. It distracts focus from what is important. Not to mention psoriasis and eczema can make wardrobe and even hair style decisions for those affected. And how many of us don’t want to look a little younger? Well, those taking their salt therapy in the kids’ suite may not want to look younger, but the rest of us do. Can salt really do all of that- improve symptoms of skin issues and make us look younger? Yes, it can, and research shows it!
Older man with arms stretched out and light weights in his hands.

How Does Salt Therapy Improve Performance?

Performance may mean many different things to different people. For some, it means athletic performance. Whether a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or someone working out for healthy lifestyle, performance includes our ability to accomplish an athletic task. For others, it may mean breath control for activities like singing, performing arts and professional auctioning. Does salt therapy deliver benefits for various types of performance? In short, yes. But let’s explore what research has found about salt therapy and improved performance.