Let’s get salty! We’re not talking having a negative attitude but we are talking negative ions! Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy is the new rage; but what are salt caves and what is all the fuss about?

Halotherapy originated in Europe and is now expanding into the United States. Long ago, it was discovered that people who spent time in salt caves experienced less respiratory related health issues. So salt caves not only relax and invigorate the mind and body, but are also beneficial to your lungs. Inhaling the particles of salt from the air create a bactericide for your lungs which in turn reduces inflammation in your respiratory tract, allows air passages to widen and improves your immune system overall. Research around the world shows halotherapy is beneficial for asthma, bronchitis, COPD, sinusitis, allergies, cystic fibrosis, ear infections, coughs and congestion and even snoring.

So breathing in salt is good? Yes, but only if you have the right kind of salt. Himalayan salt is the go to for these floor to ceiling caverns of wellness. Negative ions are naturally produced by salt and provide you with reduced headaches, depression, and stress while increasing your mental clarity and energy. Salt therapy can also be beneficial in treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Ready for your therapy session? If so, you must be in the know about salt cave etiquette. First, make sure you are hydrated and dress comfortably. Leave your electronic devices at home or at least outside the room in an area provided for personal items. Your job in the salt cave is to relax. As you enter the cave you will be greeted by a relaxing recliner, so bring something to read, feel free to mediate or take a nap…. what’s not to love about a nap? Finally, as you relax, a draft of dry salt aerosol will be produced in the room for your breathing pleasure. After your session has ended, make sure to drink plenty of water just as you did before your session.

Now, where in Gwinnett can you go for this experience and how much will it cost you?
Different spas have various options but normally you can find sessions that range from 15 to 45 minutes and cost between $15 to $40. So you’re looking at around $1 per minute. The salt caves we have unearthed for you are:

Avoir Spa & Salon – Lawrenceville

Bluefern Spa – Suwanee

Serenity Salt Cave – Snellville

Overall, halotherapy sounds pretty amazing but you should always consult your doctor before beginning treatments because there are contraindications. Halotherapy is not a substitute for regular medical care but it can provide an added benefit to your overall health and wellbeing. So what are you waiting for? Find yourself a salt cave and dig in!