In the salt rooms at Salt Mine Arium, the atmosphere is cool and quiet and the walls glow. The two rooms are composed entirely of pink and white bricks made of Himalayan salt. The design creates an environment full of dry air saturated with negative ions, which can rejuvenate lungs, skin, and sinuses by cleansing them of pollens, pollutants, and toxins. Visitors relax on reclining chairs or practice yoga, enjoying stress-reducing sensory input such as wave sound from live speakers, the gentle splashing of water, and light effects. The rooms also feature a briny fountain and a halo generator that infuse the air with salt dust to further cleanse lungs and breathing passages.
Though the salon itself is not new?rather, it?s been open since 1987?and the stylists working there are anything but rookies, Salon Nouveau is a place where new looks are created every day. Cuts and color services keep hairstyles looking coiffed and current, while updos ready heads for nights on the town, weddings, and trips to the members-only DMV. The aestheticians on staff brighten complexions with more than a dozen facial treatments and nail technicians jazz up hands and feet with artful mani-pedis.
Salt seasons food and exfoliates skin, but it can help people breathe easier, too. Anyone suffering from symptoms of COPD, sinusitis, and other respiratory ailments may find relief at Healthy Breathing Center, where salt rooms help improve breathing function. Inside, they enter a private chamber and recline in a comfortable chair as air infused with miniscule salt particles is pumped in. While participants breathe deeply, the salt penetrates the lungs, soothing inflammation and dislodging built-up congestion. During a 45-minute session, it's even normal for patients to relax to the point of even falling asleep.