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Common Questions

What is Salt Therapy?

Salt Therapy involves sitting in a specially prepared room which simulates the microclimate of Eastern European Salt Caves (Speleotherapy). A Dry Sodium Chloride Aerosol solution, with particle sizes between 1 – 5 microns, is prepared by a special medical device and patients relax in comfortable chairs, breathing in the 100% natural, drug free healing properties of Salt. It is a Clinically proven alternative therapy where dry salt aerosol is integral to the relief of respiratory and skin related health conditions.

How does Salt Therapy work?

Using a specially prepared room, combined with a state of the art, patented medical device, the atmosphere of the Salt Mines in Europe is reproduced along with all of the naturally occurring therapeutic properties. The medical device grinds pure salt into super fine particles of between 1 – 5 microns. This process imparts a negative charge to the salt particles (negative ions) which are dispersed into the room in the form of a dry saline aerosol. Patients sit in the artificial Salt Cave breathing in the superfine, dry highly dispersed sodium chloride solution which reaches the entire respiratory tract. Once it interacts with the lining of the bronchi and alveoli, it dissolves and attracts allergens and bacteria which are later coughed up or leave the body via the blood stream.

What conditions is Salt Therapy suitable for?

  • asthma
  • chronic bronchitis
  • hay fever and allergies
  • eczema
  • respiratory infections
  • cystic fibrosis
  • COPD
  • breathlessness, chest tightness
  • pneumonia after acute stage
  • bronchiectasis
  • smoker’s cough (including secondary smoke)
  • cough with viscous sputum discharging with difficulties
  • Crackles or rales (mostly with low tone)
  • frequent acute disorders of respiratory tract
  • pharyngitis
  • multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome
  • sinusitis/sinus inflammation
  • respiratory allergies to industrial and household pollutants
  • rhinitis
  • ear infection
  • tonsillitis
  • psoriasis

What makes Salt Sanctuary’s therapy rooms better than others?

At Salt Sanctuary the medical device we use is one of the most advanced salt therapy diffusers available, the Breeze Tronic Pro. The device has settings preprogrammed for all conditions suitable to receive the therapy and has a lasor sensor in each room which provides instant feed back to the device on salt particle concentration and size. This device, along with our partner company, The Salt Cave (UK), are the only Salt Therapy devices to be considered suitable for inclusion into the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (equivalent of Medicare).

How does Salt Therapy compare to a prescribed Medical approach?

Salt Therapy is 100% natural and risk free therapy which is beneficial for respiratory and skin conditions as well as for general health and wellbeing, with no side effects.

Can Children undertake Salt Therapy safely?

Salt Therapy is totally safe and is recommended for children. Children generally respond to the therapy quickly and effectively. Salt Therapy is 100% drug free, non-invasive therapy with no side effects and is suitable for children from 6 months of age.

Why are Children more prone to suffer from respiratory conditions?

Firstly, in children the natural defense mechanism of the respiratory system is not fully developed until around age 9. Until this age, even larger particles of pollution can penetrate and remain in the lungs as the cilia (tiny muscular projections of the cells that line the airways) cannot filter them out.

Secondly, as children are shorter they logically breathe in air circulating lower to the ground. The air closer to the ground generally has a higher concentration of pollutants, especially in cities (this is why the buggies are higher these days than 20 years ago).

Thirdly, children take more breaths per minute than adults do. This mean they are breathing in more polluted air, more often and without a fully developed respiratory filtering system.

How does modern Salt Therapy differ from European salt mines?

The microclimate of the therapy rooms at Salt Sanctuary are fully controllable using the medical device. This means that the salt aerosol concentration and salt particle size (between 1 – 5 ?m) can be controlled to optimum levels for therapy and the temperature and humidity are constant and comfortable. The air is hypo-bacterial, allergen free and saturated with dry sodium chloride aerosol.

A session at Salt Sanctuary lasts for 60 minutes and a course of treatment runs between 10 – 30 sessions where as in the salt mines people spend 2 – 3 hours at a time over a period of 2-3 months.

High blood pressure is often attributed to too much salt in our diet but the reality is too much of the wrong type of salt is the problem. Most table salt has been over refined and has anti caking agents (E535 and E536) which are often the cause of this problem.

With Salt Therapy you will breathe a dry saline aerosol solution ground from pharmaceutical grade salt. It has no additives and especially no anti-caking agents. The amount of salt entering your lungs is incredibly low when compared to the average recommended daily intake of salt for eating. In Salt Sanctuary’s Salt Rooms the concentration is 1-10 mg/m3 whereas the normal adults daily recommended salt consumption is 6g.

Even if you ate this amount it would be well below the recommended daily intake and would have no detrimental effect to your system

In the process of grinding salt into a fine powder, the Medical Device imparts a negative charge to the salt particles – Negative Ions. It has been well documented that negative ions are associated with improvements in mood and physical health.

Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow discovered that negative ions are able to help protect the body from induced physical stress.

British researchers at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences found negative ions significantly improved all physiological states, particularly during rest.

Is the Salt Therapy room sterile?

The microclimate our Salt Rooms is 3 times more sterile than a hospital surgery room as measured by the number of microorganisms present in the air, therefore the risk of cross infection is virtually eliminated during the therapy. A stable hypoallergenic, hypo-bacterial environment is maintained in the treatment room.

According to the WHO standards on air sterility, 1m3 should contain less than 300 microbial bodies. The assessment of the microbial bodies present during a session of Halotherapy identified that 1m3 contains from 90 – 200 saprophytic microorganisms; far below the standard set by the WHO.

If any bacteria managed to enter the room and it somehow survived in the sterile environment maintained by up to 2 tons of salt in the room, at the end of each session the air is completely vented for 15 minutes and replaced with fresh air for the next therapy session.

Why is it so relaxing in the Salt Rooms?

In the process of grinding salt into a fine powder, the Medical Device imparts a negative charge to the salt particles – Negative Ions. It has been well documented that negative ions are associated with improvements in mood and physical health.

Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow discovered that negative ions are able to help protect the body from induced physical stress.

British researchers at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences found negative ions significantly improved all physiological states, particularly during rest.

What should I wear to my Salt Therapy session?

You don’t have to wear anything special, just your normal, everyday clothes. There are comfortable chairs in the room for you to sit and relax in whilst reading a book or listening to your personal stereo. Relaxing background sounds will help send you off to sleep if that’s your preference. There is a separate room for children where they can watch TV or play in the salt like they were at the beach. The temperature in the rooms is maintained between 18 and 24 degrees.

The only preparation we ask people to observe is not to wear any perfume or strong scented beauty products as many of our clients may be sensitive to these smells.

If eating too much salt is bad, why is it good for our Lungs and skin?

High blood pressure is often attributed to too much salt in our diet but the reality is too much of the wrong type of salt is the problem. Most table salt has been over refined and has anti caking agents (E535 and E536) which are often the cause of this problem.

With Salt Therapy you will breathe a dry saline aerosol solution ground from pharmaceutical grade salt. It has no additives and especially no anti-caking agents. The amount of salt entering your lungs is incredibly low when compared to the average recommended daily intake of salt for eating. In Salt Sanctuary’s Salt Rooms the concentration is 1-10 mg/m3 whereas the normal adults daily recommended salt consumption is 6g.

Even if you ate this amount it would be well below the recommended daily intake and would have no detrimental effect to your system, however in the lungs, it kills the bacteria, reduces mucus and relieves inflammation of the respiratory system.

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