Salt Therapy

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Dry salt therapy or halotherapy is a holistic, drug free, natural complimentary therapy that involves the inhalation of micro particles of pure grade sodium chloride, to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep, improved physical fitness and endurance and overall wellness.

Salt therapy works in conjunction with existing medication, and when administered on a regular basis, may have a greater benefit to you.

WHAT IS SALT THERAPY?

Salt therapy or halo therapy is a treatment based on the inhalation of small salt particles with the purpose to clean the airways and reduce any inflammation. The salt particles act as a bronchiole brush, thinning out sticky mucus and making it easier for the body to expel mucus and the pathogens, spores or debris trapped within this mucus. Aerosol production can be generated by a medical-grade salt aerosol generator which measures and disperses a controlled and safe therapeutic level of salt particles into the air. The appropriate salt to be used within Salt Therapy applications must be listed as British Pharmacopeia (BP) standard Sodium Chloride or Pharmaceutical Grade Salt. This has a high purity of sodium chloride, with low mineral and trace element content and free of algae, iodine, anti-caking agents and pyrogens (toxins from bacteria). 

Salt Therapy has been used in Europe for more than 150 years and is considered to be a safe and natural method, for the removal of mucus and the reduction of inflammation within the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. 

BENEFITS OF DRY SALT THERAPY 

By including dry salt therapy in your wellness routine, you may find symptomatic relief from a variety of respiratory and skin conditions.

RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS

Regular and consistent dry salt therapy may help to alleviate respiratory conditions such as:
Emphysema
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Inflammatory
Bronchitis 
COPD 
Cystic Fibrosis 
Sinusitis 
Chronic Rhinitis 
Ear Infection
Smokers Cough 
Snoring 
Hay Fever 

SKIN CONDITIONS

Regular and consistent dry salt therapy may help with various allergies and skin conditions such as:
Itching
Psoriasis
Eczema
Swelling & Itching
Dermatitis
Acne 
Rashes
Rosacea
Skin Aging
Dry & Flaky Skin
As with most natural therapies, salt therapy requires regular sessions over time to alleviate symptoms. There is no miracle cure but reducing the severity of the symptoms makes a difference to the quality of life.

Results may vary between clients. It is always recommended that clients discuss the use of salt therapy with their GP.

HOW DRY SALT THERAPY WORKS

Super Absorbent
Dry salt acts like a sponge attracting foreign substances along its path through the respiratory tract helping to remove foreign elements that cause various respiratory ailments and conditions.
Anti-Bacterial
Dry salt particles act as an anti- bacterial agent dissolving bacterial and pollutants lodged in the respiratory tract. These are then either coughed up or naturally expelled by the body.
Anti-Inflammatory
Inhaled dry salt particles may help reduce inflammation in the entire respiratory tract and widen the airway passages. A clean respiratory system naturally results in higher oxygen intake, increased energy, and an improved immune system.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Salt therapy is a relaxing and comfortable way to improve your health. Please hydrate well before and after your sessions.

Wear comfortable clean clothing. If you have skin conditions, dress to expose those areas. Private session are available upon request.

Prior to entering the salt room, remove shoes, put booties and hairnet on. These help ensure the sterile conditions in the salt room. Hand sanitiser is provided at entry. Take a seat, relax and try to breathe deeply through your nose, bringing the salt into your sinuses and lungs. The lights will be dimmed, relaxing music will play and the session will start. You are welcome to bring a book to read. We discourage the use of electronic devices in the room. We encourage clients to simply do nothing but relax, undistracted for 45 minutes. The corrosive nature of salt is not conducive to electronics, so it is wise to protect devices from the salt. Buoyant Sea will not accept any responsibility for any damage to devices.

As the halo generator pumps the tiny salt particles into the room the air may become hazy. The generator will cycle on and off during the session to maintain the required concentration. At the end of the session the lights will come on and we will prop the door open. Upon leaving the room, you can remove your hair net and booties and dispose of them in the provided basket.

Please do not smoke or use heavy body sprays/perfume or lotions prior to a session. This can affect other people’s breathing and session quality.

 

ORIGINS OF DRY SALT THERAPY

In 1843 a Polish Doctor, named Felix Boczkowski made a scientific observation that people who worked in the Wieliczka salt mine rarely suffered from respiratory problems, particularly asthma, COPD, hay fever and common respiratory illnesses. Dr Boczkowski discovered that the salt mine workers had fewer respiratory problems than other people in the general population, tracing the influencing factor to the inhalation of salt dust particles.  

From this finding, a Halo Therapy cave (speleo therapy) was developed in Poland as a therapeutic facility for the treatment of adults and children. In Germany during World War II, salt mines were a common area used as bomb shelters. Local bombing lead to disturbances in the mine which created salt dust in the air. Dr Spannahel observed that people taking cover in these mines presented with fewer respiratory problems as a result of being exposed to the salt particles within the cave. In 1949, Dr Spannahel opened a treatment facility in the Klyutert salt cave, Germany.

In the 1950s, salt therapy took a new turn. Eastern European physicians, with the help from engineers, figured out how to simulate the natural conditions of salt caves. This lead to the modern-day Halo Therapy, as we know it now. In 1958, Professor Skulimowski became the official Doctor of the Wieliczka salt mine. Regular treatment for patients became available in the salt chambers, introducing a new aspect to conventional medical practices. The subterranean Speleo Therapy, of underground salt treatment facilities began.

Shortly thereafter, in 1964 the underground treatment spa was created at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland. Professor Skulimowski became the first Director of the facility and focused on helping people with respiratory conditions. He also explored other health benefits of dry salt particle exposure. His methods were considered to be successful and were implemented in salt mines and caves in Europe and Russia. In 1968, the first speleo-hospital, was opened in the Solotvyno salt mine in Ukraine.

The facility was used in the research of pulmonary disease including COPD. Lung function tests were carried out and a clinical research centre which pioneered the evolution of the above ground Halo Therapy chamber was developed. This is when the more commonly referred to salt room, began. 

One of the earliest halo generator devices was engineered in 1976 at the Solotvyno Speleo Hospital Ukraine. In 1985 a device which replicated the grinding and crushing of salt combined with the dispersal of salt particles into the air was engineered in Odessa Russia, at the Institute of Balneology. Halo Therapy evolved into the medical practices of Russia and Ukraine. 

Early Salt Cave Treatment Facility.
1968 Speleo Hospital Solotvyno Salt Mine Ukraine.
1976 Prototype of a halo generator at the underground Solotvyno Speleo Hospital Ukraine.

Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes. To book a salt therapy session, you will need to have a current plan or 5 session pass. New clients will need to schedule a complimentary consultation.  All appointments can be booked online or by calling (03)5622 1847. Visit our online booking page.

DOES IT INCREASE MY SODIUM LEVELS?

Salt therapy will not affect your sodium level. Breathing in salty air is not the same as ingesting salt.

WHAT ARE NEGATIVE IONS?

Negative ions are elements that are important to our health. The chemical composition of a salt crystal is an ideal source of negative ions, which are generally recognised as a source for creating a sense of well being. Negative ions are in abundance in certain environments, such as near waterfalls, at the beach, after a thunderstorm and in a salt room or cave. Dust, cigarette fumes, electrical appliances, such as TVs, computers, mobile phones, high-voltage networks and external pollutions rob the air of negative ions by creating an excess of positive ions which can create an electrical imbalance in the air and lead to a range of health complaints. High concentrations of negative ions are essential for a positive mood and for high energy levels. Our salt rooms have a high concentration of negative ions.

WHEN SHOULD SALT THERAPY BE AVOIDED?

Although salt therapy is a safe application the treatment is not suitable if you are suffering from any of the following:
- Lung disease
- Influenza/ARVI with fever-haemoptysis
- Active tuberculosis-lung abscess
- Emphysema of the third stage, cardiac insufficiency, kidney disease, lung cancer
- Conditions while contagious

IS SALT THERAPY SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN?

Yes, salt therapy is a completely natural and non-invasive therapy, safe for pregnant women and children from 6 months. Buoyant Sea recommends pregnant women discuss all therapies with their GP before attending. We have a designated area with toys for the children to play with during their salt therapy session. Children respond to the salt therapy very effectively. Infants are also most welcome.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A SALT SESSION?

You can wear any comfortable clean clothing, free from dirt, grass, dust or contaminants. If you are coming straight from work, please ensure you have clean clothing to change into prior to your session. Shoes will need to be removed and protective booties worn into the salt room. We will provide you with the booties and hairnet.

As the salt is inhaled, it travels through the sinuses and respiratory tract absorbing moisture, cleansing, clearing mucus and killing bacteria. Salt has long been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as helping to loosen mucus build up and phlegm. We recommend bringing tissues to a session to cough into. We can provide you with some tissues if you forget.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN THE ROOM AT A SESSION?

To comply with the covid-19 square meter rule, we can allow up to 6 people in the room per session. We currently allow one family per session in the kids room and although we can have up to 6 people in the adult room, we currently allow 4 people. This may change to comply as restrictions are varied.  A typical salt therapy session lasts for 45 minutes.

CAN I BRING WATER INTO THE SALT ROOM?

The salt rooms are a dry environment. You are welcome to have a drink before and after your session. Strictly no food or fluids are allowed in the rooms due to possible contamination of the floor salt and increase to humidity in the room. We exercise this practice in the best interests of our clients. Please speak to our staff if you have any concerns.

WHAT HYGIENE CONTROLS ARE IN PLACE?

Booties, hairnets and hand sanitiser are used by every participant. The rooms are ventilated after each session to ensure a change of air. The salt in the air and on the floor also acts as a natural antibacterial/antiviral. Additional covid-19 measures include, chairs covers (changed after each client) and hard surfaces are cleaned using viraclean. Clients will be unable to participate whilst feeling unwell, running a high temperature or when they are likely to be in a contagious state of any illness.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Salt therapy is 100% natural, safe, and a drug free treatment that has no known associated negative side effects. Some people may experience a mild skin irritation that will disappear after a few sessions. Some may notice a mild taste of salt on their lips, while others may experience a mild tickle in their throat, which can be easily treated by sipping warm water after the session.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO DO?

The number of salt therapy sessions required to see an improvement in a particular condition varies from person to person and will depend on your condition, age, and general health. Some people use salt therapy purely as a preventative measure to avoid common colds and flu and other respiratory viruses. Others like to use it as an effective complimentary treatment method for a specific condition, such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema. It is hard to predict how many salt therapy sessions each person will need. On average clients see an improvement in their condition in as little as 2 salt therapy visits, but some clients many take up to 6 – 10 visits. Generally clients with respiratory conditions often feel an improvement in breathing after one to two sessions. Skin disorders may take a little longer to respond with reduction in swelling and itching.
OPENING HOURS: 
MONDAY - Closed
TUESDAY - THURSDAY  10:00am - 1:30pm & 3:00pm - 8:30pm 
FRIDAY - Closed
SATURDAY  9am - 4:00pm 
SUNDAY - Closed
118 North Road, Warragul VIC 3820
03 5622 1847
info@buoyantsea.com.au
Disclaimer: The information on this website should not be considered as medical advice. The information contained is a result of extended study and research. It should be considered only as an opinion. The information on this website is not intended to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Clients should seek medical advice only from a Doctor.
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