When you pass through the doors of Primal Oceans Salt Cave, its feels like you've been transported to another world. A cavern made out of pink Himalayan sea salt surrounds you, and soft salt sands shift under your toes. Stalactites and stalagmites reach into the center of the cave, and a sea of stars swims overhead. You sink into an antigravity chair for your 45-minute session, and the scent of pure Himalayan sea salt opens your lungs and allows you to breathe more deeply and relax in the meditative atmosphere. After departing the salt cave, you can recharge your body with spa services that include an ionic detox footbath, an aqua massage where you stay fully clothed and dry, and Aquascape, a water bed that mimics the feeling of floating in the ocean.
The team at ChiroMed and Therapy includes physicians, medical aestheticians, massage therapists, and psychiatry and sleep medicine experts, all working toward a united goal: total wellness for their patients. To help put bodies and minds into perfect balance, the office offers everything from alternative medicine services like cupping and acupuncture, to aesthetic services like laser hair removal and facials, to physician-supervised weight loss programs.
The air is tinged with the smell and taste of salt. Stalactites of salt dangle from the ceiling, and the floor crunches as the group walks through inches of rock salt. After taking a seat, soft music plays and the lights dim while the group relaxes and breathes in the healing salt air. This routine plays out several times a day inside Galos Caves' artificial sea microclimate, which earned it a nod in Time magazine. Using 100% Black Sea salt, the cave's air is laden with the negative ions of salt, which are thought to treat respiratory diseases, digestive tract problems, and dermatological blemishes. From asthma to rheumatic disease, the salt can help the body alleviate the more troubling symptoms of myriad conditions, and the relaxed atmosphere helps remove stress. Kids are welcome in the serene environment, and the staff gives children toys such as shovels, Frisbees, rakes, and plastic french fries to play with in the crystals.
As a full-service outfit, Mirror Mirror Salon Spa boasts a roster of expert stylists and aestheticians to preen and pamper bodies with services for men and women, including body wraps, perms, manicures, and facials. Hair stylists make over 'dos with Aveda deep-conditioning treatments, tress-taming keratin, and expertly applied extensions, and also shampoo, condition, and style locks during every haircut. For pampering below the hairline, aestheticians perform facials using Bioelements products to revamp skin with organic botanicals and massage arms and shoulders to relieve pain and tension.
Isabella Samovsky fell in love with a salt lamp. Well, not just the lamp, but also the salt-assisted healing it provided. Her love for the salt lamp and its alternative approach to maintaining health inspired her to create Solay Wellness, a center that offers salt-based products and treatments. The Himalayan salt at Solay is harvested from ancient, mineral-rich seabeds, and can be found in hundreds of fair-trade and organic health, beauty, gourmet, pets, and lifestyle products including salt inhalers, natural rubber yoga maps, and soy candles. Solay Wellness also offers an extensive range of fair trade Himalayan salt crystal lamps with UL dimmer cords, which can be shaped like bowls, pyramids, globes, or salt shakers.
At the center’s private salt room, guests can meditate on lounge chairs as they breathe in the salt’s negative ions, which can help to reenergize the body, purify the skin, reduce stress, and alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms. Guests can also take up Tibetan singing-bowl sessions in rooms lined with ancient Himalayan salt blocks. Tiles and loose salt are also on hand to help stimulate pressure points in feet and give children a place to play. In addition to salt-based treatments, the center also offers reflexology and massage. Parking is available across the street, and a train station is nearby.
With its starkly elegant black-and-white design scheme, On Stage Salon exudes a modern vibe that belies its 40 years in business. Ornate chandeliers illuminate the cushy, ebony salon chairs, from which stylists transform the manes of women, men, and children. A time-honed slate of services draw from cutting-edge products such as Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Wella color. The mirrors at each styling station—along with the delicately painted curlicues above them—reflect clients' newly minted perms, waves, and Slinky extensions.