Have you ever returned from a trip to the beach and felt serene yet revitalized and full of energy? You know the feeling: you’ve been walking along the beach all day, strolled through the surf. That night you feel relaxed and at ease, and you wake up feeling ready to tackle the day. You won’t have realized it, but the fresh, cleansing, salty air had something to do with that feeling!
Getting to the beach regularly isn’t possible for most of us, especially here in Prescott, so Salt Therapy is the next best thing. This little-known form of therapy has been around for a while, but it has only gained popularity in the last few years.
Read on to learn more about how salt therapy works and the benefits it can provide.
What is salt therapy?
Salt therapy is a treatment that involves breathing in the salty air. It’s also known as halotherapy, which comes from the Greek word for salt: “halo.” During this process, pharmaceutical-grade salt is aerosolized into a treatment room, creating a microclimate. In other words, this room may have different moisture and heat levels to a neighboring room.
The origins of halotherapy have been dated way back to medieval times, but scientists and researchers have only recently started looking into its potential benefits. There are two main methods of practicing halotherapy: dry and wet. Dry salt therapy takes place in a human-made salt “cave,” while wet halotherapy may take the place of saltwater flotation tanks, drinking, gargling, or bathing in salty water, and nasal irrigation.
What are the benefits of salt therapy?
Halotherapy may provide the following benefits:
- Improves skin problems like eczema, dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis by regulating the skin’s pH and drawing out excess oil.
- Decreases inflammation which can lead to disease if left unchecked.
- Increases immunity against viruses and defend against bacterial infections.
- Improves mental health. Besides being an extremely relaxing therapy, salt therapy boosts serotonin levels, reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and seasonal affective disorder.
- Improves respiratory health by clearing the airways, helping to reduce the effects of allergies, asthma, and smoking damage. It also helps increase lung capacity.
- Aid in sports recovery by fighting exercise-induced free radical damage and promoting muscle recovery.
- Improves lung function and increases oxygen uptake by boosting clear airways during the night, helping with snoring and blocked nasal passages.
- Improves heart health, cardiovascular problems, and helps reduce high blood pressure.
Where can I go for salt therapy in Arizona?
We offer relaxing 30-minute salt therapy sessions at our wellness studio in Prescott.
In our climate-controlled salt cave you will enjoy purified air that is filled with pharmaceutically-graded salt particles. These particles absorb irritants, allergens, and toxins. As you relax and inhale these salt particles, they will transport around your upper and lower respiratory tract. We pride ourselves on creating a warm, relaxing, and sanitary environment, and we want you to feel the best you possibly can.
So, if you’ve been suffering from any of the issues mentioned above, halotherapy may bring you relief.