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.
A scientific study titled “Halotherapy Benefits and Risks” concluded that salt therapy is a natural treatment with insignificant side effects that offers a “beneficial effect on the psycho-emotional state” on both adults and children. The study also found that salt therapy may improve some psychosomatic conditions including:
- stress and fatigue
- immune reactivity1
How might salt therapy improve stress? Salt is naturally antibacterial. Salt coated walls and floor paired with a state-of-the-art HVAC and airflow system allows salt’s bactericidal properties to ensure air purity2. During salt therapy, the body is breathing clean air, so it is not having to work as hard at cleaning the air. This allows the body to rest. Salt is naturally anti-inflammatory and helps to lessen inflammation in the body3. Chronic inflammation has been linked to damaging healthy cells body tissue including the organs over time. Inflammation can lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring.
All of these are linked to the development of several diseases including:
- heart disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- type 2 diabetes
- neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease4
While reducing inflammation in the body, salt also works to rid the body of bacteria and pathogens by thinning mucus in the respiratory tract, reducing inflamed passageways, thus clearing the toxins from our body5. A 2006 study found that the detoxifying benefits combined with the anti-inflammatory properties that a positive psycho-emotional benefit is realized, and salt therapy had an antidepressant effect6. Lower stress combined with happier feelings, getting a good night of rest becomes easier.
With less inflammation and open airways, salt therapy has also shown to improve sleep, even in children with adenotonsillar hypertrophy, enlarged tonsils7.
Many of us fail to take time to restore and recharge. In addition to researched benefits, salt therapy provides a moment to breathe clean air, separate from daily stresses, focus on yourself8. Recharge, breathe, and reduce stress naturally with salt therapy.
- Halotherapy – Benefits and Risks, Evgeniya Vladeva and Liliya Panajotova , Department of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation, Thalassotherapy and Occupational Diseases, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Varna, 2018
- Halotherapy, a Naturopathic Breath of Fresh Air, Sussanna C. Czeranko, ND Portland Oregon, 2007
- Halotherapy: History and Experience of Clinical Application, A.V. Chervinskaya, A.N. Alexandrov, S.I.Konovalov of Clinical and Science-Research Respiratory Center, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 1997
- How Does Chronic Inflammation Impact the Body? Healthline, 2018
- The Sweet (and Therapeutic) Truth About Salt Caves, US News and World Report, 2017
- Prospects of Halotherapy in Sanatorium and Spa Dermatology and Cosmetology, A. V. Chervinskaya, 2006
- Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Randomized Clinical Trial on the Efficacy of Aerosal in the Treatment of Sub-Obstructive Adenotonsillar Hypertrophy and Related Diseases, Matteo Gelardia, Lucia Iannuzzia, Antonio Greco Mianib, SimoneCazzanigac, Luigi Naldic,d, Concetta De Lucaa, Nicola Quarantaa , aSection of Otolaryngology, Department of Basic Medical Science, Neuroscience and Sensory Organs, University of Bari, Italy, b Paediatrics ASL BA, Bari, Italy, c Centro Studi GISED, Fondazione per la Ricerca Ospedale Maggiore, Bergamo, Italy, d Unita`di Dermatologia, Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy; 2012
- Salt Caves as Simulation of Natural Environment and Significance of Halotherapy, Joanna Zając1, Iwona Bojar2, Jadwiga Helbin1, Emilia Kolarzyk1, Alfred Owoc3, 1Department of Hygiene and Dietetics, Jagiellonian University, Medical College, Krakow, Poland, 2 Department for Health Problems of Ageing, Institute of Rural Health in Lublin, Poland Lubuski College of Public Health, Zielona Góra, Poland3 Lubuski College of Public Health, Zielona Góra, Poland; 2014