For over one hundred years, people have been deliberately visiting salt mines in Europe and Russia in order to just sit and breathe deeply. Like the restorative powers of natural mineral springs, salt therapy is a time-honored tradition in the Old World, with adherents claiming many types of respiratory benefits from breathing in salt-laden air. Americans have now jumped on the bandwagon, offering brine inhalation therapy and salt therapies in places like the G20 spa in Boston and other spas and salons throughout the country. What is it, and is it something you should try?
Ancient Salt Room Therapy
Salt is essential for life, as is water. Your body requires a very carefully balanced level of each in order for your cells and organs to work properly. But when it was documented that European and Russian salt miners rarely suffered from respiratory illnesses like tuberculosis or asthma—as well as boasting better skin and overall wellness than the rest of the population—people became interested in breathing salt as well as ingesting it with food. The salt-lined rooms created with the mining process became relaxation spas. Clients would pay for a chair or bed in these rooms, dress in comfortable robes, and then while away hours or days simply relaxing, reading, visiting, and dining. They emerged feeling refreshed and renewed, often with a better complexion, and raving about the advantages of such spas. People who regularly suffered from asthma or other chronic respiratory illnesses often found a great deal of relief, but even normally healthy visitors claimed that the salt air helped to rid their bodies of mucus, which made them feel lighter and stronger.
Salt Therapy and Brine Inhalation Today
If you don’t live near the ocean, where you can step outside your door or visit the beach to breathe deeply of the salty air, you can still enjoy the benefits of inhaling salt air at home or in a spa. Salt caves are not common throughout the U.S. and importing or moving large bricks of salt from such mines to line a dedicated salt room is incredibly cost-prohibitive. Instead, spas and salons pump moist briny air into rooms where clients can sit and relax. You can imagine you are sitting on a beach, the touch of salt lying lightly on your lips. Many walk away with a reduction in asthma or cystic fibrosis symptoms (salt therapy is not considered a replacement for medications, but it can certainly make those medications more effective), clearer skin, and a general sense of well-being. If you are curious if brine inhalation therapy might work for you, contact a spa or salon such as the G20 spa in Boston to schedule an appointment.