Portrait of young couple in salt inhalation steam room, relaxingby 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.

 

Le Reve Spa

255 S 17th Street, Rittenhouse

Halcyon Floats

1314 N. Front Street

 

If you’re open to venturing outside the city, we’ve rounded up a few more:

Salt MedSpa of Glenn Mills

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

Halo Wellness Center

968 Route 73 South, Marlton

The Salt Suite

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.

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