Halotherapy And It’s Surprising Benefits
If you’re not aware of halotherapy, we’re here to give you the run down. “Halo” comes from the Greek word for salt, so halotherapy is therapy through the use and benefits of salt. This is far from a new treatment; ancient people used salt caves as a way to primarily treat breathing ailments, and there are actually records showing “spa” treatments using salt in 12th century Poland. These days most people who seek it out are treated to a simulated salt cave; enjoying the same benefits without having to travel to find a naturally occurring cave.
Salt is known to affect our blood and sugar levels, and can even affect our cell activity. Salt is a well known antimicrobial and has antibacterial properties. It’s a natural disinfectant, eliminating the need for use of harsh chemicals. Processed salt is different from Himalaya or Dead Sea salt, both of which contain a large number of trace elements that are found in the human body.
Inhaling salt infused dry air is a treatment that increases our health in a variety of ways. It’s said to reduce mucus build up in the lungs, and studies show that those suffering from asthma breathe far easier after even a single treatment. Halotherapy can also improve lung capacity for those suffering from bronchitis, allergies, and sinus congestion.
Another great benefit of halotherapy is the marked improvement of skin conditions. Although salt has been used for millennia to dry out organic material, natural salt has the ability to add moisture, which helps improve conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It also helps reduce the appearance of rashes and acne. The mineral content in natural salt helps to detoxify the body as a whole, allowing for personal rejuvenation.
Surely we’ve all heard about the benefits of seaside spa treatments. Halotherapy takes those same benefits and concentrates them into a far shorter period of time. A 45 minute session is the equivalent to the benefits received by a 3 day seaside treatment. For those with busy lives and limited vacation, this is a great option and can accommodate any lifestyle repeatedly.
Due to the environment around the treatment, which includes soft lighting and music, a halotherapy treatment can help reduce stress and allow the patient to relax. This can reduce muscle strain, aches and pains, and give the brain an opportunity to simply rest and regroup. A session can also reduce blood pressure and slow the heart rate as the individual sinks into a meditative state. A session shared with others can provide a wonderful space in which to reconnect with loved ones.
Halotherapy is a wonderful way to keep the lymphatic, immune and nervous systems up and running at full strength. Seek out a treatment to stave off the common cold and during flu season. Keep headaches at bay and sleep better at night after a relaxing hour in salt infused air.
There are numerous locations for these treatments. Find the one nearest you and enjoy the benefits of halotherapy.
Thank you to Katie Mills who wrote this article. Katie is a guest author from Vidalux and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.