There’s something energizing about breathing in that salty, ocean air. It turns out salt might be more beneficial than we thought, and spas are getting in on the salt therapy action.
Last month, The Independent released its list of 2011 spa trends, which included a range of interesting services from “spa in a minute” for folks on the go to more treatments aimed at seniors. The thing that stood out for me, though, was salt therapy, or halotherapy.
Halotherapy: The Healing Power of Salt
According to The Independent:
The technique claims to benefit the skin and cure respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. Look for hyper-modern rooms made of sea salt blocks in such spas as the Salt Cave in London and Kent, Salt Therapy Spa in Dublin, and HaloAir Salt Rooms in New York.
Along with its respiratory benefits, salt therapy is said to help cleanse the body and help sooth irritated skin naturally. The salt has an anti-inflammatory effect [pdf] that can help combat skin irritation. It also helps make the skin more absorbent, so the salt can help curative creams and ointments more effective.
Have any of you tried halotherapy? We’d love to hear your experiences in the comments!
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