What is salt/halotherapy?

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Halotherapy or salt therapy is a drug free, holistic treatment associated with the healing effects of the inhalation of dry-salt aerosol. Halotherapy has been recognized all around the world for treatment of asthma, allergies and sinusitis as well as many other common respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and even skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. See the full list of common illnesses here Within the last century it has been a widely used alternative form of treatment for these illnesses throughout central and eastern Europe. These salt caves and salt rooms have been designed to replicate the micro-climate of real salt mines, our influence is found in Europe. The replication of the micro-climate with all the salt and elements of the mines makes it highly concentrated and even more effective than visiting any re-opened mines in Europe or Ocean sea shores.

How does halotherapy work?

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Halotherapy is a replica micro-climate from a real salt cave/salt mine. Our medical device, the halogenerator, grinds only pharma grade sodium (sea salt, Himalayan salt or any other types of salt are not recommended as they may carry particles that are unwelcome in your lungs) into particles between 1-5 micros which allows for easy inhalation first into the nasal cavities, then the throat and finally the smallest particles that penetrate into the lungs and the blood stream. All these particles are negatively ionized and carry very high kinetic energy. Negative ionization of salt increases the efficiency of your healing. Salt aerosol cleanses the human airways, like a toothbrush cleans teeth. It alleviates bronchial inflammation, removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen) and speeds up mucociliary transport. It might sound complicated but we have broken it down so anyone can understand in our education section

Who benefits the most from halotherapy and why do people need it?

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Halotherapy may benefit anyone with any respiratory ailment. Whether it is seasonal allergies, serious asthma, thyroid problems, diabetes and even pneumonia following the acute stage. It is safe for adults and especially children whose lungs heal faster. Salt caves are highly recommended even for those who are not ill as they help prevent illness and help to maintain the lungs, considering the harsh pollution in the air in our part of the world.

What are some indications for clinical use?

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Based on the records and documents released by doctors in Poland, Germany and Russia, the following are a list of some respiratory illnesses that are known to be alleviated through halotherapy: asthma, breathlessness, strep throat, common cold and influenza, ear infections, chronic bronchitis, wheezing, smokers cough, tonsillitis, carious coughs, pneumonia, rhinitis and respiratory allergies, sinusitis, respiratory infections, disorders of the respiratory tract, bronchiectatic disease, mucosal edema, dry-paroxysmal cough, mucus plugs, allergies to industrial and household pollutants, seasonal allergies, multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome, rhinositusopathy, pharyngitis. Amongst all of these respiratory illnesses, eczema and psoriasis have been noted as skin diseases positively effected by halotherapy.

How much salt treatment do I need?

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Number of treatments depends on the the illness and the seriousness of the illness. Everyone is different and reacts to the treatment differently. Some notice effects after merely a few minutes, other after a few sessions. Keeping in mind Halotherapy isn't a get healthy quick, instant relief steroid inhaler. Halotherapy is a drug-free all natural holistic treatment of the respiratory system that takes time. The average number of sessions recommended by doctors in Europe is between 12-14.

What do I wear in the salt cave?

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Wearing any type of comfortable clothing is recommended. The salt in the air will not ruin any clothing it will simply leave light salt particles on clothing usually noticeable on darker clothing that can simply be brushed off. If this appearance concerns you try to stay away from wearing black in the cave. Due to the lower-than-room-temperature typically blankets are provided upon entry to most Healing Salt Caves. However if you are visiting for skin treatments, shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt is required so the salt particles may absorb best through any exposed skin. Wearing strong colognes or perfumes is to be avoided out of respect for our other visitors.

What is a salt cave session like?

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Due to the Large amount of negative ions in the atmosphere clients tend to experience deep relaxation and a sense of calm. Clients who are open and aware recognize very strong positive energy upon walking into a salt cave due to the "neutralizing forces of the salt" in opposition of "harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment". Adult clients are offered zero-gravity reclining chairs to lay back and relax in and most salt caves offer a children's section where they may have some toys to play with in the salt. The lights are dim and relaxing ambient music is being played softly. Most visitors like to relax, meditate or take a nap. Time away from any mobile devices is recommended throughout our facility. Whatever makes you most comfortable is recommended while respecting any other visitors in our space.

How long is a salt cave session and what are the costs?

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Most standard salt cave sessions last 45 minutes for adults and children. Some location prices vary but Salt Caves Canada recommends a standard price of $45 per 45 minute session. Find a location here

Why is cool air and humidity so important in the salt cave?

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The entire salt cave concept is a replica salt cave/salt mine micro-climate. The Wieliczka Salt Mine found approximately 250 metres underground and the temperature there is much lower, between 14-16 degrees celsius at all times. The humidity in a real mine is high, close to 75-80%. The temperature and humidity in the Healing Salt Cave should be kept as close as possible to that of what we attempt to replicate. Anything between 16-18 degrees celsius with a humidity of 50-60% is acceptable as a therapeutic standard. Temperatures that are any higher, or humidity that is any lower cannot be accepted as therapeutic properties within a therapeutic salt cave. These elements are crucial for easy inhalation of the dry salt aerosol. The air must be pure so most salt caves will have their own separate air filtration and cooling system separate from the rest of the building. A UV light is also recommended to being present in order to help kill any bacteria and viruses the salt doesn't already do. All elements are controlled in order to maintain the perfect environment that halotherapy may be performed in its ideal and intented form. Our Healing Salt Caves all follow these standards but many other salt caves and salt rooms do not follow these standards. Be sure to check with locations that you are receiving proper treatment or try one of our caves to feel the difference.

How should I prepare for my first salt cave session?

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Comfortable clothes are recommended, the temperature in a Healing Salt Cave is cooler than room temperature (blankets are often offered on location). Arriving at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment is suggested in order to complete intake paper work for first time visitors. Most first time visitors will receive a brief introduction to halotherapy, what it is, what it consists of and what to expect from your time at our locations. The most important rule is to keep in mind that this is a process therapy; that means it is not instant relief medicine, be prepared to relax and breathe deeply.

How sterile is the salt cave?

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A common worry among clients is that many people with many different illnesses are going in and out of the salt cave. Should you be worried about catching other germs or viruses in a Healing Salt Cave? Salt is naturally antibacterial, anti viral, anti inflammatory and therefore there is no need to worry. Salt is used to disinfect, there is such a high density of particles in the air and on the materials of the cave that there is not one area that bacteria would be able to manifest. Healing Salt Caves also use UV light which assists maintaining a germ and virus free environment. It is said that "the micro climate is up to two times cleaner in the salt room than in a sterile surgery room in a hospital." Therefore, not only are surfaces sterile but so is the air inside making it highly unlikely to catch an infection or sickness.

Are there any known negative side effects?

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No, there are no known cases or reports of any negative side effects. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

If I am under doctor supervision (prescription pills, inhalers, etc.) should I stop taking my medication?

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Absolutely not! We will never recommend discontinuing the use of any prescribed medication. If in the time of your halotherapy treatment you notice differences in your symptoms, some relief of pain or discomfort of your symptoms, ask your doctor if stopping or slowing your medication is right for you. For example, puffers and inhalers are a sort of steroid for your lungs, during treatment you yourself may notice a decline in the need to use inhalers as well as over the counter allergy pills but you should still consult with your doctor about these choices.

I thought salt was bad for us, how come it's okay to breathe and consume pink salt particles?

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The salt that is considered to be "bad for us" is processed salt and refined table salt. However Pink Salt from either the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan, or the Klodawa Salt Mine in Poland is completely natural, unrefined and 100% organic salt. This salt is filled with over 84 different minerals and micro-elements that your body in fact needs to survive and is known to help regulate blood pressure. That is why replacing table salt with pink salt is recommended. Pharma grade sodium chloride entering the respiratory system has little to do with eating bad table salt, the dry salt aerosol is inhaled for its sole purpose to kill bacteria, alleviate inflammation, remove pathogen agents (airborne pollen) and speed up mucociliary transport and it is used in a number of holistic treatment programs.

Are there any circumstances which halotherapy should not be used?

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Treatment should be avoided during the acute phase of any illness, including the following: infections accompanied by fever, acute active tuberculosis, cardiac insufficiency, COPD in the third stage, bleeding, spitting of blood, alcohol or drug intoxication, unstable or uncontrolled hypertension, and acute stages of respiratory diseases.

Is there research to back up these salt caves and salt rooms?

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There is research that dates back over 100 years. Throughout the past century doctors and scientist have been supporting natural salt as a healthy alternative to the treatment of the respiratory system in the form of halotherapy. Going back to 1843 a Polish doctor by the name of Dr. Felix Boczkowski recognized the effects of salt on the workers in the Wieliczka salt mine in Poland. He was of the first to publish a written book which included texts about salt therapy. Furthermore a German doctor by the name of Dr. Karl Hermann Spannagel noticed improvements in the health of his patients as they hid in the Kluterthöhle Karst Salt Cave during World War II. He was the next professional physician who backed the findings of his patients. In more recent years Professor Alina V. Chervinskaya, M.D., Ph.D. has spent the last 20 years devoting her life to supporting, developing, and implementing the care that is now known has halotherapy. Many other physicians are starting to take notice. For more infomation please visit the Canada Halotherapy Association website.