What is Salt Therapy?

Modern dry salt therapy (halotherapy) can date its origins to the salt mines in Europe and Russia, where it was called speleotherapy, a respiratory therapy which involves the breathing of salt-infused air in a micro-climate of a salt mine. It was first officially recognized as a therapy in 1843 by Polish physician Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, who noticed that the salt mine workers rarely suffered from respiratory issues. Impressed with the positive health benefits he witnessed in the salt mines, Dr. Boczkowski founded and opened the first health resort facility at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland.

Natural salt caves have been used in Eastern Europe for more than 150 years. Throughout Eastern Europe, people started using hollowed-out areas of salt mines, which were referred to as “caves”, as underground health resorts and sanatoriums. The first spelotherapy chambers opened in the 1960s in Eastern Europe. In 1976, Russian doctors and scientists created the first halogenerator, which replicated the conditions of salt mines, and halotherapy, the above-ground alternative for speleotherapy, was born. As halotherapy grew more popular in the 1980s and 1990s, health and beauty resorts throughout Europe and Scandinavia began to install salt rooms and offer halotherapy as one of their restorative treatments. Thousands of patients have been successfully treated in Russia, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Canada, UK, Australia, USA, Ireland, UAE, and Indonesia.

Modern Dry Salt Therapy

Modern dry salt therapy (halotherapy) depends on the use of a machine called a halogenerator.  A halogenerator is a machine that intakes air and is comprised of a salt feeder, and a grinder or blade cutting mechanism that transforms pure grade sodium chloride into precise micro-sized salt particles and disperses the dry salt aerosol via a fan through an opening into a salt therapy room.

In the United States, dry salt therapy  started approximately 10 years ago with about a dozen facilities. Popular in states such as California, Florida and New Jersey, dry salt therapy is making its way across the country as an alternative and complementary treatment to improve respiratory issues, skin conditions, and general wellness.

Eden Salt Studio salt therapy and yoga rooms are equipped with halo halogenerators to circulate dry, salty air to recreate the microclimate of an underground salt cave. While sitting in the salt room or practicing in the yoga studio and breathing the dry, salty air, clients will experience halotherapy treatment. Salt reaches the deepest part of the lungs to absorb bacteria, pollutants, and to provide an anti-inflammatory effect. The rooms are also adorned with 100% pure Himalayan pink salt to create a calming, visually pleasing environment.

Halotherapy is increasing in popularity throughout the United States. Be among the first in the Central Arkansas to experience the many health benefits of dry salt therapy in our yoga room and dedicated salt rooms at Eden Salt Studio!