Frequently Asked Salt Cave Questions
There can be up to 6 or 8 people in the salt cave at a time. By calling to make reservations, we strive to give people as much privacy as possible. The only way to ensure complete privacy is to have a reservation for 6 or more people. Ultimately, a minimum of 6 people must be paid for to guarantee the cave to yourself for a session. (Most places charge $150 to reserve a salt cave)
Halotherapy (dry salt therapy) is an all natural holistic treatment that mimics the microclimate of the salt cave. Salt mine workers in the 1800’s were found to have superior respiratory systems, free from lung diseases that many coal and metal miners suffered from. The natural sodium chloride that filled the cave was found to reduce inflammation in the miners’ lung and air passageways. Salt caves were then discovered in Poland, Russia, Romania, Austria and the Ukraine, which is why Eastern Europe is where halotherapy began as a medical treatment.
Halotherapy uses salt’s natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and super-absorbent properties to provide relief for respiratory and skin conditions. A machine called a halogenerator, grinds up heated, pharmaceutical grade “dry” salt into micro-sized particles, which is then dispersed into the air in the salt cave. Breathing in the fresh salt air deeply penetrates the respiratory system, helping to remove mucus build up and eliminating bacteria and toxins. This process helps individuals breath easier and more clearly.
Some people may experience a scratchy throat or notice that their sinuses are beginning to clear. For those that experience a slight cough, this is a sign that the salt therapy is effectively working. The salt is helping to loosen and release any mucus buildup. We offer a complimentary bottle of water to ensure adequate hydration while in the salt cave.
Consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure. Halotherapy involves inhaling dry aerosol salt which enters your respiratory system instead of your digestive tract. The salt particles dispersed into the air is so minuscule that even if you were to eat that amount it should not pose a risk to your health.
People who have bronchial issues such as asthma & allergies have seen great results in a short period of time. Those who suffer with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema or acne also see incredible improvements in the health of their skin. Results vary by individual. Some individuals notice a significant difference after one visit, others notice it over a period of time. We have customers who come on a regular basis for specific health benefits and others who come purely for the benefit of relaxation.
The determining factor of recommended treatments depends on the type and severity of the condition being treated. Those with chronic respiratory and skin conditions like asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, allergies and psoriasis may benefit by visiting the salt cave once or twice a week over a four week period. Many feel improvement after one or two sessions but continued sessions may be required to achieve long-term results. Salt therapy is also used as a preventative measure to help strengthen the immune system against colds, cough, allergies and sinus issues.
Seating in the salt cave includes a heated salt bench as well as zero-gravity chairs. During the 45 minute session, the salt cave will be filled with a fine aerosol mist of dry salt particles. This provides many potential health benefits in addition to the warm Himalayan salt that is in the room. Salt therapy is very peaceful and relaxing.
We require appropriate clothing and recommend you dress comfortably. The cave is generally 77 degrees but since it is a dry heat, it doesn’t necessarily feel that warm. Only shoes need to be removed before walking into the salt cave, most people prefer to take their socks off too.
Salt is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and absorbs bacteria. The microclimate of a salt room makes it almost impossible to catch an infection or virus. The cave is constantly ventilated as well. If bacteria were to somehow remain in the room and not eliminated by the salt that is disbursed in the room, it would be removed during the ventilation time, which follows each session and would exit the building via duct work.
There are many reasons people seek out a salt cave. Some come for sinus, allergies, bronchitis, skin conditions or arthritis, just to name a few. Due to the relaxing nature of the salt cave, many people come for stress-related issues and are looking for the solace the quiet atmosphere provides. Therefore, at this time we are unable to accommodate children (9 months – 12 years) unless they are in a group large enough to reserve the salt cave (6-8 people).