by Erica Brooke
What is Salt Therapy?
Salt therapy, or halotherapy, has become a hot wellness craze. Dubbed “salt caves,” these salty spaces have popped up everywhere the past few years and are reminiscent of ancient Eastern European salt mines first recognized for their therapeutic health benefits by Polish physician Dr. Felikz Boczowski in 1843. These modern salty spaces are designed with features like crystal salt rock and rock lamps to make you feel as if you’re sitting in an actual Himalayan salt cave. Recliners and soothing music add to the serene atmosphere, while a halogenerator grinds up the salt and releases salt particles into the air, set at a comfortable 70 degrees with low humidity.
Health Benefits of Salt Caves
Salt caves are most commonly known for:
- Respiratory Relief: If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or sinus infections, you might want to give them a try. It makes a lot of sense when you think that sinus rinses use saline (a mixture of salt and water) to cleanse the sinuses.
- Improves sleep
- Benefits the skin: treating conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
What to Expect:
While inside, you’re free to relax and do as you wish. Meditate and enjoy the silence, or read a book while breathing in the dry salty air.
Feeling intrigued? If you’re curious where to find a salt cave near you, we’ve got you covered.
255 S 17th Street, Rittenhouse
1314 N. Front Street
If you’re open to venturing outside the city, we’ve rounded up a few more:
16 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford
Himalayan Salt and Wellness Cave
4671 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
1494 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown
Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon
400 W Sproul Road, Springfield
968 Route 73 South, Marlton
910 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd, Unit #10, Voorhees
Exhale Spa & Bathhouse at Ocean Casino & Resort
500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
Erica Brooke is a freelance writer and editor who serves as Feature Editor for women’s news and lifestyle website The List, provides editorial services to organizations, and contributes to various publications. She has been published in the Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia Magazine, Bucks/Mont Physician Magazine, and more. A graduate of Arcadia and Temple Universities, she also taught at Temple’s Fox School of Business and at Manor College in Jenkintown. A Bucks County native, Erica lives in Chalfont with her engineer/gamer husband. She loves all things lifestyle, from wellness to fashion to real estate. You can usually find her watching HGTV in her comfiest loungewear and blogging about her personal health journey at hotmessonahealthquest.com.