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.
As translucent salt pebbles crunch underfoot, music fills the atmosphere of SaltWonder's dimly lit manmade sanctum and sets the tone for a meditative, healing experience. Guests lie back in grey recliners, do yoga, or hum the Battlestar Galactica theme song while the caves' halogenerators crush salt rocks, ionize the particles, and send them careening into the air, where they find refuge in lungs' deep-seated alveoli. More than 80 minerals present in the briny mist help tone complexions, resolve breathing difficulties, and reduce inflammation, exhibiting the healing properties of halotherapy, which has been practiced for centuries. The fairy-tale-like chambers' massive floor-to-ceiling columns?made up of more than 30,000 pounds of imported Himalayan pink and red salt?emit pink light that matches the glow of the craggy stone walls' inlaid amber panels.
At Evergreen Skin Care & Salt Therapy, everyday elements such as sodium and oxygen become powerful instruments of rejuvenation. Visitors can step into a specialized salt room for 45-minute sessions, where a generator reproduces the atmosphere of a salt cave. The microscopic particles in the air help to clear the nasal and bronchial passages for easier breathing, even working to offset allergy and cold symptoms. At the same time, they combat skin concerns such as psoriasis and eczema.
The staff also administers skincare services. Treatments range from microdermabrasion to oxygen facials and blemish-removal treatments. Clients can complement a newly refreshed complexion with one of many alternative-wellness therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, reflexology, or a warm bask beneath far-infrared lights.