Active dry salt therapy is simple to understand. There are three primary characteristics of pure sodium chloride, NaCl, known as salt:
This type of dry salt is placed into a halogenerator that then precisely grinds the salt into specific micro-sized particles and then disperses the salt aerosol into the air in a closed environment such as a room or chamber.
As the salt travels in the salt room, these salt particles of dry sodium chloride are inhaled into the respiratory system. The dry salt naturally starts absorbing allergens, toxins and foreign substances into your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract. Dry salt may help to reduce inflammation and open airway passages. The micro-sized crystal structure of pure NaCl particles breaks loose and clears out all of the ‘bad stuff’. This is the basis for how dry salt therapy can impact people suffering from respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, COPD and others.
The properties of dry salt also absorb impurities and provide anti-bacterial properties that benefit the skin such as acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as regulates the skin's micro-circulation. The smaller particles can reach beneath the skin’s surface and absorb moisture towards the skin. The larger salt particles land on the skin and absorb any bacterial and foreign substances. The dry salt accelerates cell rejuvenation and improves skin rigidity.
The climate conditions in a dry salt room therefore must maintain certain temperature and humidity levels and proper ventilation to ensure the efficacy of the salt therapy and provide a ‘clean-air’ environment for the consumer.
Contraindications - We are advised that the following conditions are not advised for Halotherapy.
The Evolution of Halotherapy (Dry Salt Therapy)
Modern dry salt therapy (halotherapy) can date its origins to the salt mines in Europe and Russia, where it was called speleotherapy, a respiratory therapy which involves the breathing of salt-infused air in a micro-climate of a salt mine. It was first officially recognized as a therapy in 1843 by Polish physician Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, who noticed that the salt mine workers rarely suffered from respiratory issues.
Miners, who chiseled, ground, and hammered the salt, produced micro-sized particles that were dispersed into the air and inhaled. Additionally, there were ideal conditions below the Earth’s surface where air pressure and circulation, and humidity and temperature affected the quality of the environment. The air lacks airborne pollutants such as pollen and radon. In this environment, miners were receiving many natural health benefits by breathing in the salt particles.
Impressed with the positive health benefits he witnessed in the salt mines, Dr. Boczkowski founded and opened the first health resort facility at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland.Throughout Eastern Europe, others started using hollowed-out areas of salt mines, which were referred to as "caves", as underground health resorts and sanatoriums.People would often spend days in the salt mines since speleotherapy was providing a significant positive impact on their health and wellbeing. Realizing that most people didn’t have the time to spend in a salt mine or "cave", nor the financial resources to travel there, the Russians started to investigate developing the technology of how to recreate the microclimate of these micro-sized particles for inhalation.In 1976, Russian doctors and scientists created the first halogenerator, which replicated the conditions of salt mines, and halotherapy, the above-ground alternative for speleotherapy, was born.
What other effects the dry salt aerosol has on general health and breathing?
The particles of NaCl are excellent also for the skin and hair giving them cosmetic effects as well as recovery. The microscopic salt aerosol decreases inflammation, normalises the pH level and induces the skin recovery. All lotions and body creams will have double effects after salt therapy sessions.
Why dry salt therapy for skin care
Quality and aesthetic appearance of the skin has an important aspect of how we are viewed by others and can have a profound psycho-emotional impact on how we feel about ourselves. As we age, our skin is the first organ to show the impact of time and life. Dry salt therapy is an excellent solution to improve the overall quality and appearance of the skin. Regular Halotherapy can be the most important tool that aids the healthy aging process of the skin.
The truth is that healthy and glowing skin is beautiful at any age.
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