As someone with chronic sinus issues, I have long heard about the benefits of halotherapy. Also known as salt therapy, halotherapy uses a halogenerator to grind salt into microscopic particles and release them into the air. Natural salt is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral and can help alleviate all sorts of respiratory and skin issues. So I’ve been curious for a while, and was excited to try out the Salt Room Treatment at BREATHE that is offered as a BONUS PERK to clients on our 3 Week Commit to Clean cleanse program.
A little oasis on urban Park Avenue, BREATHE’s salt room is dimly lit with the warm glow of salt lamps. The walls are lined with bricks of orange salt, and the floor is covered in loose pink salt rocks. There are reclining chairs and blankets to help you get cozy. You can just lean back, take a deep breath, and let the salty air enter your lungs. Typically the salt room sessions last 25 minutes, though I confess to sticking around a little longer as I was so relaxed in my meditative state.
Supports Your Body's Natural Cleansing Process
Dry salt attracts pollutants and allergens and stimulates the body’s own processes to cleanse the respiratory system. The tiny particles can make their way to the smallest parts of the lungs and into the sinuses and nasal cavity to help kill bacteria and dry mucus. It’s an ideal therapy to help alleviate symptoms of allergies, asthma, COPD, snoring, sleep apnea, sinusitis, bronchitis, colds, flu, and just improve breathing overall. If you live in polluted New York City, you’ll benefit from salt therapy.
Balances Your Skin's pH Levels
It’s also great for your skin. The same anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it beneficial to breathe make it topically beneficial as well. The micro-particles of salt are said to help balance the skin’s pH and help the reparative and regenerative processes, making it beneficial to those with conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne.
Boosts Mood and Immune System
And then there’s a benefit you might be familiar with - negative ions. It’s how the salt lamps you may have seen in yoga studios and spas are said to work. The chemical composition of salt makes it an ideal source of negative ions - atoms charged with an extra electron. They occur naturally in environments like the beach and at waterfalls, as well as in salt caves. It’s widely believed to impart a sense of wellbeing by balancing out the excessive positive ions most of us have from modern lifestyles full of pollution, electronics, fluorescent lights, and air conditioning. Exposure to more negative ions are said help with strengthening your immune system, increasing serotonin levels (aka makes you happy), improving sleep, and more.
I left with my sinuses feeling great and in a state of relaxation I haven’t felt in quite a while. The best part? You’ll keep feeling the benefits even after leaving. BREATHE recommends 2 to 3 sessions per week to really maximize the therapy benefits. I’m looking forward to exploring their wellness classes as well - next time it will be yoga in the salt room for this yogini.