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All About The Salt

WHERE SALT ROCK COMES FROM
Thousands of years ago, Europe was partially covered by a shallow sea. The sea disappeared over time but left large amounts of salt behind. This salt is bedded between 10 and 30 meters below the surface. Modern Salt Rooms allow patients to sit in a room built from these salt blocks and gain the same benefit as they would breathing the air in a salt cave.

HOW IT WORKS
Salt Therapy is based on the principle of prolonged exposure to the microclimate found in natural salt mines or salt caves. Alpena Salt Spa uses patented state of the art technology to reproduce the atmosphere of a salt cave with a monitored therapeutic microclimate machine. The air in our patented Halo generator (tm) Salt Booth is ionized and saturated with a natural substance - a low concentration of curative highly dispersed aerosol of dry saline (salt).

IS SALT THERAPY SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
Salt Therapy is not only safe for children, but it is also highly recommended. It is a 100% drug-free, non-invasive and comfortable treatment with no side effects or potential health hazards. The treatment is suitable for children of any age (as young as 1-month-old). Children, in fact, respond to the therapy even more quickly than do adults.

Taking Wellness To Another Level

Halotherapy—a.k.a. salt therapy—remains a top spa trend. (Halo is Greek for salt.) Salt therapy is similar to spending time in the salty sea air, which offers many more benefits than just relaxation on the beach.

Ancient healers and philosophers recommended salt inhalation for the respiratory system and health problems. Dry salt therapy originates from speleotherapy (cave therapy) and the Wieliczka salt cave in Poland, where salt mine workers exhibited fewer respiratory illnesses. There are thousands of salt rooms in Europe and beyond.

The benefits of salt therapy are wide-ranging. Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy, and blood sugar levels. A natural disinfectant, salt is antimicrobial and antibacterial. Salt comes in empty processed forms or healthier pure sea salt (Himalayan and Dead Sea salt) that contain 84 elements and trace elements found in the human body.

Dry salt air is more powerful than moist air. The negatively charged ions in salt improve our health and mood. Inhaling particles may reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Scientific studies show that people with asthma and other ailments breath easier after halotherapy. The calming and detoxifying effects of halotherapy can support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. Additional benefits are reduced stress and headaches, increased energy, and better sleep patterns. Salt ions purify the air and may increase lung capacity and reduce physical ailments for adults, children, and athletes. Treatments are recommended to help keep the body healthy during flu or allergy seasons.

Skin conditions can also be improved with halotherapy (psoriasis, rashes, eczema, acne). Table salt, sodium chloride, is dehydrating, but pure mineral salts have natural moisturizing properties and support the skin’s water balance and barrier function by attracting moisture to the skin. Minerals are necessary for cell function and detoxification, so mineral salts have strong rejuvenating properties.