How does salt therapy work?
Enjoyed by Europeans for centuries, salt therapy (also known as halotherapy) is becoming more widely recognized in the U.S. as a natural, drug-free supplement or alternative to common medical treatments. Simply put, halotherapy emulates the conditions inside a natural salt cave by infusing the air with tiny particles of pharmaceutical-grade salt. These particles are not only safe to breathe but also have been shown to alleviate symptoms of various ailments. The addition of Himalayan crystal salts on the walls and floor of the cave further enhances the experience and helps to create a calm, relaxing environment.
What should I wear in the salt cave?
Comfortable, casual clothing is fine. Please note that shoes are not permitted in the salt cave; we ask that you wear clean white socks. Additionally, we ask visitors to refrain from wearing perfumes or fragrances as a courtesy to others who may have an allergy or sensitivity.
Are beverages and food allowed in the salt cave?
No. If you have food or beverages with you, we ask that you leave them in the reception area during your session.
What is the temperature inside the cave?
The cave is kept at a comfortable temperature of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. For visitors who find it cool, light blankets are available upon request.
Is it dark inside the cave?
Using Himalayan salt lamps and adjustable overhead lighting, we maintain a somewhat dim level of light inside the cave to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere. Generally speaking, you can see just fine, but those who may wish to read during their session may want to bring a small reading light.
Is there sound / music inside the cave?
For the comfort of all our visitors, we strive to maintain a calm, quiet environment inside the cave. Soft music or ambient sound plays throughout most sessions. Unless you’re in a private session or special arrangements have been made, we ask that you keep any/all noise to a minimum as a courtesy to others. Mobile phones should be turned off and/or stowed in the reception area.
How long is a session?
A standard session lasts 45 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged by special appointment.
Can I book a private session?
Yes. The cave is available to rent for private therapy sessions, yoga classes, reading / discussion groups, children’s gatherings and other uses. Drop us a line for further details.
Are salt cave treatments covered by health insurance?
Check with your physician or health insurance provider to find out whether salt therapy may be covered under your plan.
Should I be concerned about spending time in the cave with other people who might be sick?
No more than you would be concerned about sharing an elevator, a meeting room or other everyday spaces. People who are known to have a severely contagious condition are asked to wait until their condition improves before attending a group session. In any case, the natural antibacterial and antiviral properties of Himalayan crystal salt may actually help to minimize the everyday risk of catching a cold, etc.
How often do I need to visit the salt cave to experience its benefits?
It can vary depending on your individual health condition and how well your own body responds to salt therapies. Some may find it beneficial to visit more often during times when problems such as allergy symptoms tend to be more severe (i.e., changing seasons), or during periods of increased physical or emotional stress.
How was the cave constructed?
The Salt Cave was designed by Margaret Smiechowski, a nationally recognized authority on salt caves, and hand-built by Susan Coe and a dedicated team. The original space was substantially renovated to accommodate the six tons (12,000 pounds) of Himalayan crystal salts used on the walls and floor, as well as the highly specialized halogenerator.
Can I buy salt at the Salt Cave?
We carry a unique selection of salts and salt-based retail items for purchase, including salt lamps, salt blocks for cooking, natural bath salts and more. You can view a sampling of our inventory here.