Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Salt Room

Imagine being surrounded by pure salt in a pristine cave lit by candlelight. In this healing sanctuary, your whole being is infused with the medicinal properties of salt. I visited The Salt Room in Winter Park, Fl a few weeks ago and it was amazing.

This was a feeling like no other and can only be compared to breathing in the pure air of the ocean on a very secluded beach. The salt is inhaled deeply into the lungs and absorbed through the skin.  The negative ions in the salt magnetize and purify toxins in the air and body. Many ailments are alleviated by the effects of the salt. For instance, asthma can be brought under control, chemical sensitivities lessened and even food allergies curbed. Basking in pure salt or Halotherapy is very healing and therapeutic. That's why a trip to the ocean to breathe in the salty air can not only boost your mood, but your complexion and immune system, as well. There are salt rooms all over the world and many have been around for ages. The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, aka, the palace of salt, is once such place.

Salt rooms are popular in Eastern Europe and there are also a chain of therapy centers in the UK called, The Salt Cave. The options range from rustic cave-like dwellings,

Quaint little rooms,

 Homey retreats,

To almost luxurious chill pads.

There are even rooms outfitted especially for children who suffer from eczema, bronchitis or allergies.

What they all have in common, however, is that they replicate the healing micro-climate of a natural salt cave, which gently soothes your respiratory system in a powerful and non-invasive way.

When I walked out of The Salt Room, my lungs felt light and clear and my skin glowed. I even had to shake some of the salt crystals off my clothes and a bit off my face. The salt was literally filling the room, purifying every inch of space and of me. I loved it!

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