My earliest and strongest memory as a child of the downside to allergy relief pills was bearing witness to my mother chronically suffering from hay fever. She would painstakingly cut her allergy pills into small fragments to avoid the full on side effects. This is probably nothing out the ordinary aside from the fact she complained about it religiously and must have felt it equally relieving to protest against it to me and my young siblings all of our lives. On some days when she was acting out of sorts, tired, foggy and downright miserable, she would always announce in disgust “Well I had to take a whole allergy pill today!” This is always how it was for her and I only wish the trend for holistic and natural health remedies were more popular back in her day.
While there are a myriad of modern medicines available for allergy sufferers, many still come with unwanted side effects. Just listen to the fast talking at the end of a commercial advertisement: “ Drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, stomach upset, blurred vision, or dry mouth/nose/throat may occur…” Really? Choosing the lesser of two evils isn’t much comfort. Personally, I often hear people with chronic allergies commiserating on how they dislike or even avoid taking their allergy medicine because they don’t like how it makes them feel.
Natural allergy relief is one of the many benefits of Halotherapy (Halo is Greek for Salt.) Also known as Dry Salt Therapy, it is known for relief of respiratory ailments such as cold/flu, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infection, sinusitis, rhinitis, and hay fever (allergies.)
In addition, the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of dry sodium chloride aerosol has been shown to treat ear infection and conditions of the skin such as psoriasis, rosacea, eczema and dermatitis.
What is Halotherapy
A natural, drug-free and non-invasive therapeutic treatment. Salt therapy is a method of inhaling pure, dry, micronized salt air particles. These particles reach the deepest area of the lungs absorbing bacteria and pollutants and providing an anti-inflammatory and cleansing effect. This process supports and strengthens the body’s immune system by eliminating toxins and allergens that are trapped within the mucus lining of the respiratory system.
How does it work
Dry pharmaceutical grade salt is heated and then it is ground and crushed into very tiny micro-particles in a machine called a halogenerator. These dry aerosol micro-particles of salt are then dispersed into the salt room during a typical session. As the person relaxes, the micro-particles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli. Bacteria and pollutants are dissolved as salt enters the lungs and respiratory system by eliminating mucous and opening constricted airways.
What is it like in a Salt Room
Salt rooms come in many different styles. Some are lined with white salt and floors are covered in granular salt. Others offer beautiful back lit Himalayan salt bricks,
stones and panels. The negative ions emitted by Himalayan salt is beneficial in offering a pollution free environment.
Guests typically relax in zero gravity lounge chairs which open the lungs and take pressure off the spine. Soft music plays and you are welcome to use the 45 minutes as you like: nap, read, meditate, chat with friends if appropriate. Depending on how you look at it, the only possible drawback is that you must unplug. Use of electronics is prohibited due to the corrosive nature of salt. Lockers are provided for the secure keeping of your personal items. Dress comfortably or bring an appropriate change of clothes if you have skin conditions you need to address and expose those areas to the salt air. The temperature in the room does not change, it is not a sauna.
Taking fitness to a new level
You don’t need to have respiratory or skin issues to experience the benefits of a salt room. It is becoming increasingly popular to combine using a salt room while practicing other health modalities such as yoga, breathing, meditation and massage – combining fitness and halo therapy is a perfect complement as it opens airways, increases lung capacity, and promotes deep relaxation, skin wellness and boosts natural immunity.
Who should avoid halotherapy
Halotherapy is recognized as safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure.
Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders and active tuberculosis. Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns need to seek proper medical advice and care.
Halotherapy is promoted as an aid to better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep, improved physical fitness and endurance, and an overall feeling of wellness. My personal experience with a salt room was in February 2016 in Florida. I personally experienced relief of bronchitis on my first visit to a Salt Room. My husband was skeptical but afterwards exclaimed he forgot what it was like to breath through his nose. We were so impressed with the results of this natural, holistic therapy that we decided to incorporate a Himalayan Salt Room in my business venture back in Maine and we are so pleased to offer an alternative therapy to those who may benefit. I wish my Mom could have traded her whole allergy pills for a holistic, natural relief.
Take good care of yourself!