Why a Salt Room?

That’s what my husband asked me when I told him that we needed a salt room in Metrowest.

A year ago, I attended a retreat in May in the beautiful woods of Vermont. My allergies were in full swing, I had a headache and I was physically miserable even while enjoying the wonderful company of other holistically-minded women.

On that retreat, we experienced a salt cave in Rutland, Vermont where one of our leaders, Lisa Campbell, guided us through a meditation while we breathed in salt. After coming out of that room, one of my new friends commented that I wasn’t congested. I also noticed that the headache was gone and that my ears were not clogged. It was incredible!

A few days later, I returned home and told my husband about the experience. I was starting to feel the return of my symptoms and I wanted to go back to a salt cave to see if it was the experience of the salt cave or just breathing in the pure Vermont air. We searched for salt rooms near us in Framingham, Massachusetts and found that the nearest one was almost an hour away. Too far for a quick drop-in to test it out.

I started exploring salt therapy, or halotherapy, as it is known in the industry and started learning about the multitude of benefits that dry salt therapy can provide. The list was extensive and besides helping with relief for allergies, I also learned that dry salt therapy provides symptom relief for any kind of lung concerns from allergies, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, emphysema and even your everyday cold and flu. WOW!

In addition, salt is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial (think nature’s antibiotics), and anti-viral. I once read somewhere that nature provides us with solutions to anything that ails us. Besides being excellent for our lungs, salt is also beneficial for skin conditions such as psoriasis, exczema and even acne.

Western or conventional medicine is great if your arm is falling off or you have some other traumatic experience. However, for more chronic conditions, the answer often lies in the food we eat, or don’t eat, the stressors in our lives and how much rest we are, or not getting. Besides all the above-mentioned benefits of salt therapy, a Himalayan salt room provides us with a place removed from our day-to-day stressors. A place where we can just sit and be. For many, this helps reduce stress and anxiety, all in a non-pharmaceutical way.

Have you visited a salt room? I’d love to hear what your experience was.