A salt room is a place to go for salt therapy – also known as ‘Halotherapy’. The modern form of therapy started in the mid-1800’s in Poland when Dr. Felix Boczkowski noticed that in his small town, those who worked in the nearby salt mine did not suffer with the respiratory conditions and ailments that others did. He started to send his other patients to the salt mine to spend time in there inhaling the salt air and found it to be successful in keeping others healthy as well.
Some salt rooms are built out of salt and others are not. At Aki, our walls, floor and ceiling are made completely out of Himalayan salt with the walls and ceiling being backlit for a warm, calming glow. Other salt rooms may appear more clinical but still be effectively dispersing the salt air. There are even salt rooms built more like a playground area to provide a welcoming environment for children with respiratory issues to benefit from salt therapy.
While in a salt room, there is a specialized piece of equipment that will be warming and pulverizing pharmaceutical grade salt into particles smaller than dust. There is also a ventilation system designed to move this salt around the room so that no matter where you sit, you’ll be breathing in the salt air.
Always be sure to ask before having a salt session if the room has these two pieces of equipment. If they do not, then you will not be breathing in the micro-particles of salt that make the therapy effective.
Breathing in salt air can be very helpful for any respiratory conditions like COPD, asthma, allergies, colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, and cystic fibrosis to name a few. Because salt thins mucous and the fact that bacteria and viruses don’t survive well in a salt environment, a halotherapy session can thin any congestion you may have in your lungs, nose or sinuses. It may also support your immune system because your airways will be lined with salt that can make it hard for bacteria and viruses to survive.