In addition to providing valuable resources to members, the World Halotherapy Association also conducts pilot clinical studies on the usage of halotherapy or dry salt therapy. Led by Dr Cindy Hollenbeck, the World Halotherapy Association is the only independent halotherapy industry association. The following information was provided by Dr. Hollenback at a webinar held by the Global Wellness Institute and its Halotherapy Initiative led by Halotherapy Solutions CEO Steve Spiro.
The most recent pilot study most recently was titled “The Effect of Halotherapy on Peak Expiratory Flow and Forced Expiratory Volume in One Second in Recreational Athletes Above the Age of 40”. Basically what they did is look at improvement in lung function after Halotherapy in recreational athletes.
In order to participate in the study, you had to exercise 3 or more days a week, have no prior use of Halotherapy, be a non-smoker, and able to undergo peak flow meter testing. This is the test that determines improvement in lung function. Prior to the studies start, each participant completed a HIPAA consent, and a quality of life and study questionnaire. Lung function testing was done at study’s start and study’s completion. Participants received 12 sessions of Halotherapy which were 25 minutes each, completed twice a week over a six week period.
Results of this pilot study showed that there was a mean increase in lung function of 13.6% among all study participants.
The quality of life questionnaire showed improvement in sleep, increased energy in athletic activity, and decreased feeling of stress.
The plan moving forward from here is larger scale studies with athletes, to also incorporate randomization. When you randomize a study, the study participants are unaware of whether they are receiving treatment or non-treatment.
Two other studies were done following this study with the athletes. The first looked at improvement in lung function after a single 45 minute treatment. What I found here is that a single treatment alone has no immediate measurable improvement in lung function. The second looked at sustained improvement in lung function from the study participants six weeks after stopping Halotherapy. This study showed that the improvement achieved during the study wasn’t maintained six weeks after stopping Halotherapy treatments.
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Halotherapy Solutions CEO and Global Wellness Institute Halotherapy Initiative chairman Steve Spiro was interviewed by Ilenia Vidili on “the smarter set” podcast recently.
CLICK HERE to listen to Steve discuss halotherapy and how to use it to help open and grow your spa business post-COVID.
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To be clear, there is no known cure or vaccine yet for Coronavirus other than your own immune system in most cases eventually winning out. However, this current situation does bring to the forefront the strength of our own immune systems in general as well as thoughts about keeping our own respiratory systems healthy and clean.
Halotherapy has long been used by people after flying or traveling as salt’s natural absorbent, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties can help clear out your respiratory system of anything you might have breathed in. For example, small particles in your lungs will be surrounded by salt and can become large enough to more easily expectorate. Also salt can be anti-bacterial inside your body just like it can outside your body and the reason salt has been used as a disinfectant for thousands of years.
Another growing use of these properties of halotherapy is to address the growing problem of pollution around the world.
Salt is also anti-inflammatory so it can reduce inflammation inside your breathing passages and make it easier to breathe, improve V02 Max for athletes and be calming as well since more oxygen is now getting into the bloodstream.
So, what do we do now? More and more halotherapy is being seen as part of a regular, natural way to improve health and reduce challenges brought on by many diseases such as colds, flus and ear infections. It is also one of the fastest growing new modalities being added to spas around the world.
With everyone talking about coronavirus and different precautions, it’s great to know that Halotherapy can strengthen one’s respiratory immune system, improve respiratory hygiene and help with coughs, colds, etc. Meanwhile wash your hands, cough into your elbow and stay safe.
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Located in Canberra, Australia, Down Under, the Salt Therapy Clinic and Sanctuary is opening soon to provide many complimentary and natural services to help you breathe, live, relax and sleep.
Our partner Connie Ng is creating a beautiful space as you can see in this picture and there are more photos HERE on Connie’s Facebook Page.
Connie will also be providing some great introductory specials so if you are Down Under near Canberra, give it a try.
Also, in 2020 we will be doing a lot more promotion of halotherapy in general as well as of our partners. If you have a story from your local paper or some photos or videos of how you’re offering halotherapy, please send them to us and we will be happy to promote your business.
Please email all content to email@example.com with any information you would like us to share. If you want more information on how to add halotherapy to your spa, fitness or wellness business, CLICK HERE for more information.
“Studies say that eight in 10 Americans experience stress in their daily lives and have a hard time relaxing their bodies and calming their minds, which puts them at high risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. Of the myriad offerings aimed at fighting stress, from exercise to yoga to meditation, mindfulness meditation has become the hottest commodity in the wellness universe,” according to the Harvard Gazette.
Another hot topic in the wellness space these days is the concept of “stacked modalities” or simply doing more than one wellness practice at the same time in order to better address whatever issue or challenge the participant is focused on. Stress is a great example. Guided meditation for example helps relieve stress but so does halotherapy, infrared sauna, aromatherapy and many other wellness practices. So instead of doing each individually, why not combine them.
In order to better serve the customers of our partner spas, wellness and fitness centers, Halotherapy Solutions is combining different wellness modalities with our core halotherapy in order to enhance the experience and the benefits. Our newly released HaloIR booth combines halotherapy with infrared sauna, aromatherapy, chromotherapy and, using the included speakers, guided meditation as well.
KSAra, Halotherapy Solutions free guided meditation recordings, has been available for over a year to our partners so they can download the content and provide to their customers via the speakers. Now, in addition to that, Halotherapy Solutions has partnered with Waking Up, a great guided meditation app to provide our partners and their customers a free month of guided mediation content and then a discount if they want to continue to use the service.
If you are a current partner and want more information on KSAra or Waking Up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 833-200-4209. If you are still considering whether to partner with us to provide halotherapy to your customers and want more information, CLICK HERE.