Halotherapy, or salt therapy, is quickly becoming a trend in the United States, so naturally, we thought we’d see what all the fuss is about. Breathe Dry Salt Therapy Center hosted us for a very informative and relaxing experience at their New York City Park Avenue location, located within the Oasis Day Spa. Salt therapy has long been popular in Europe, as well as Russia, but it’s just catching on here in the states.
We weren’t sure what to expect, or exactly what the benefits of salt therapy were, but we were intrigued. We stepped into the salt room, which was dimly lit, made up of beautiful pink Himalayan salt bricks, with the floor made up completely of salt (just like a beach!). The room was small and intimate, with reclining chairs for guests to lounge in. You remain fully clothed, making it easy to pop in for a quick session on your lunch break. (Warning: your skin might feel slightly salty afterwards, as if you just dried off after a dip in the ocean.) The sessions are only 25 minutes long, which is perfect for busy people.
Here’s what we learned about the benefits of a session or two at the salt room:
- Detoxifies respiratory system
- Helps heal skin conditions
- Promotes better breathing, sounder sleep & overall wellness
- Helps alleviate allergy symptoms, asthma, COPD, snoring, sleep apnea, sinusitis, bronchitis, colds, flus and more
How does it do all this? Salt is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory, meaning it can help to destroy any harmful toxins both inside your body and out. As the only dry salt room in the city, this spot introduces salt by grinding it into tiny particles by its state-of-the-art halogenerator and then aerates it into the room. You can’t feel it or taste it at all — you basically just sit in a room and relax. It’s a great stress-reducer, with so many benefits.
Additionally, Breathe has salt beds, which provide a more concentrated and private experience in which the guest lies in what is very similar to a tanning bed, but with salt. Many people who have suffered from snoring and allergies have seen a big reduction or elimination of their symptoms. Best of all, the price can’t be beat! A single room session is $35 ($40 for a bed), while their Intro Package for new clients is $50 for 5 visits within your first two weeks. We can’t wait to go back!
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