Frequently asked questions
What is Halotherapy?
Halotherapy, also known as dry Salt Therapy is a holistic approach that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt air is dispersed into an enclosed environment (room, bed, booth, cabin) through a unique process generated by a halogenerator. This type of treatment is a safe and effective way of using salt’s natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and super absorbent properties to provide relief for respiratory and skin conditions.
When you heat salt, it becomes super dry, and kinetically more active. This heated and dry pure sodium chloride is then crushed into micro-sized particles and dispersed into the air in an enclosed environment. When micro-particles of dry salt is inhaled into the respiratory system, it does its job by absorbing and removing allergens, toxins and foreign substances in your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract. Salt also reduces any inflammation and opens airway passages making it easier to breathe.
Is there research to support salt therapy?
Yes, most research has been done in Europe where the treatment originated. Click HERE for some research that we have gathered. You can also look for more research HERE at the World Halotherapy Association and HERE at the Global Wellness Institute, where our CEO Steve Spiro is the Chair of the Halotherapy Initiative.
How does it work?
Pure “dry” sodium chloride is heated and ground up in a machine called a halogenerator. The micro-sized crushed salt particles are then dispersed into the air in an enclosed environment (Salt Room, HALO BED, HALO BOOTH, HALO Cabin). These particles of fine salt penetrate deep within the respiratory system and work to remove mucus build up and eliminate bacteria and toxins. This unique process helps open and expand the constricted airways allowing individuals to breathe easier and more clearly. Dry Salt Therapy also provides amazing skin rejuvenating benefits when the epidermis is exposed during treatment.
What are the benefits and conditions Halotherapy treats?
Dry Salt Therapy may have many positive effects on our respiratory, skin and immune systems. It may reduce bronchial inflammation, by thinning and removing mucus from the lungs, as well as improving lung capacity and functionality. It also may reduce skin inflammation, improve cellular rejuvenation and decrease itching and irritated skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Dry Salt Therapy may also be successful in reducing stress as well as enhancing our cardiovascular system by reducing inflammation in the breathing tubes.
In addition, those who suffer from the following conditions may benefit from the halotherapy.
Chronic ENT illnesses
Cold/FluSinusitisCystic FibrosisSmoker’s Cough
Stress and Fatigue
When should it be avoided?
As Halotherapy is known as a safe and natural treatment, clients who have any serious health conditions or women who are pregnant should always seek proper medical advice from a doctor first. Halotherapy is not recommended for people who have the following conditions.
- Infections associated with a fever
- Contagious diseases
- Cardiac disease patients
- Acute respiratory disease
- Severe hypertension
- Chronic obstructive lung diseases
Are there any side effects?
Normally there are no side effects. Some people might experience a scratchy throat or a tickle in their sinuses. Others who might be slightly more sensitive could experience a minor skin irritation, which tends to go away after a session or two. For those who experience a slight cough, this is a sign that the salt therapy is effectively working. The body is loosening and releasing all the mucous buildup.
What kind of salt is used?
99.99% pure sodium chloride (Pharmaceutical grade salt). It contains no fillers or caking agents. It does come from a natural source but it is naturally processed to remove all of its impure elements. It’s the same salt that hospitals use and is the same type of salt all the research has been conducted on. We do not recommend Himalayan or sea salt as it is not stripped of all the impurities. There could be dirt, clay or some type of debris that could be harmful to the lungs. It’s very healthy for the digestive system but not for the respiratory system.
Are there any contraindications?
Not really. However, because Halotherapy has a detoxifying effect by releasing toxins and bacteria from the body, people who are taking certain medications might want to wait until they are done with the medication. Always check with your doctor before starting treatments of any kind if you are taking any medications for severe conditions.
How many sessions/times a week is necessary?
Halotherapy offers the best results when practiced regularly. The benefits are cumulative so consistency and frequency are the key. People with chronic issues will benefit greatly if visiting salt rooms at least 3-4 times a week. Those who are looking to incorporate Salt Therapy into their regular wellness routine would benefit from a weekly session. Halotherapy is safe to use on a daily basis if desired.
What is the treatment duration per session?
45 minutes for a salt room session and 15 to 20 minutes for the HALO BED and HALO BOOTH.
What results can patients expect?
Many patients who have asthma, allergies and other bronchial issues have seen some amazing results in a short period of time. Breathing may become easier, more energy was experienced and people just had an overall better quality of life. While we don’t make any medical claims about Dry Salt Therapy, patients’ respiratory issues and lung functions have vastly improved in many cases after receiving treatments. In addition, those who have severe skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema or acne may also have improvements in the health of their skin.
What will I experience when I sit in the salt room?
Salt rooms are methodically designed in such a way so that people can relax in a soothing and tranquil environment. It’s a place where one can sit back and experience the salt treatment in a very peaceful and non-stressful setting. People can read, listen to music or nap if they want to. Each Salt room is different and can have different themes and experiences depending on the type salt décor that is used. Each salt room has uniqueness about it but provides the same beneficial wellness treatment that only halotherapy can offer.