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.
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.