salt therapy for respiratory cleansing
Unwind and clear the mind while enjoying the general health benefits of this gentle respiratory therapy in the ambient surrounds of our modern Salt Room. Salt therapy provides safe and gentle respiratory hygiene intended to clean the airways and support the body’s own immune response.
how does it work?
Salt therapy involves the production of dry salt within an above ground salt room. It is the facilitation of salt aerosol inhalation within a controlled environment in our purpose built salt room. Aerosol production is generated by a medical grade salt aerosol generator which measures and disperses a controlled and safe therapeutic level of salt particles into the air. Salt therapy has been used in Europe for more than 150 years and is considered to be a safe and natural method, for the removal of mucus and the reduction of inflammation within the mucus membranes of the respiratory system.
Halo Therapy offers a natural drug free and clinically tested treatment for general respiratory hygiene and relaxation. When dry salt aerosol particles make contact with the membrane of the respiratory system it assists the body with the natural process of mucociliary clearance. This acts as a cleansing mechanism on the respiratory system removing mucus and reducing inflammation.
Salt Therapy acts as a way of cleaning the respiratory system. The dry salt solute has a cleansing effect on various parts of the body.
Research suggests that, positive health responses are a result of clean mucus membranes and the removal of built up mucus. The cleansing of the membrane provides a process where pathogens trapped in mucus are easily expelled and the removal of mucus and debris may assist in reducing inflammation within the sinuses and airways.
The actual salt particles do not alter the body or interact directly with the immune system.
However, the cleansing effects of salt and removal of debris and mucus assists that the immune system so it is not working as hard to keep the membrane clean.
Gaseous exchange across the lining of the lung is more efficient in the absence of mucus, allowing for oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide transfer across the alveoli membrane. This also supports the absorption of inhaled medications such as puffers, making each dose actively more efficient. The overall cleansing and relaxation effects of halo therapy facilitate healthy living and can be incorporated into general well-being and stress management practices.
salt room Q&A’s
Salt therapy is a natural remedy that involves inhaling pharmaceutical-grade salt in a comfortable & controlled environment.
Salt therapy provides safe and gentle respiratory hygiene. Salt Therapy is intended to clean the airways and support the body’s own immune response. It may inhibit the susceptibility of individuals experiencing the long term symptoms of respiratory disease, recurring infection, inflammation and a build-up of mucus. Salt Therapy can help with many conditions such as skin, respiratory and general lifestyle.
Microscopic salt particles are dispersed into the air through a device called a halo-generator. By inhaling these tiny salt particles deep into your airways and lungs, the body’s own process of cleansing and removing build-up of mucus is activated. Salt Therapy safely and effectively promotes mucociliary clearance of the respiratory system. It works as a “gentle brush” to clean the airways and lungs of: mucus, allergens, pollutants and other debris. When salt aerosol particles enter the respiratory system, they gently stimulate the body’s natural action of cilia movement. This promotes the expectoration of mucus from the lungs, sinuses and wax from the ear canal.
Yes. However if you have chronic respiratory conditions it is always best to first consult with a medical practitioner before using Salt Therapy.
Dry salt aerosol inhalation is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for decades in Eastern European countries. It has evolved into a modern natural therapy for the cleansing of the airways. Inhalation of dry salt aerosol may provide beneficial effects for people suffering from respiratory conditions and has been safely used for decades in Russia and Eastern Europe. In 1843 a Polish Doctor, named Felix Boczkowski made a scientific observation that people who worked in the Wieliczka salt mine rarely suffered from respiratory problems, particularly asthma, COPD, hay fever and common respiratory illnesses. Dr Boczkowski discovered that the salt mine workers had fewer respiratory problems than other people in the general population, tracing the influencing factor to the inhalation of salt dust particles.
From this finding, a HaloTherapy cave (speleotherapy) was developed in Poland as a therapeutic facility for the treatment of adults and children. In Germany during World War II, salt mines were a common area used as shelters. Local ground impacts lead to disturbances in the mine which created salt dust in the air. Dr Spannahel observed that people taking cover in these mines presented with fewer respiratory problems as a result of being exposed to the salt particles within the cave. In 1949, Dr Spannahel opened a treatment facility in the Klyutert salt cave, Germany. In the 1950s, salt therapy took a new turn. Eastern European physicians, with the help from engineers, figured out how to simulate the natural conditions of salt caves. This lead to the modern-day Halo Therapy, as we know it now. In 1958, Professor Skulimowski became the official Doctor of the Wieliczka salt mine. Regular treatment for patients became available in the salt chambers, introducing a new aspect to conventional medical practices. The subterranean Speleo Therapy, of underground salt treatment facilities began
Shortly thereafter, in 1964 the underground treatment spa was created at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland. Professor Skulimowski became the first Director of the facility and focused on helping people with respiratory conditions. He also explored other health benefits of dry salt particle exposure. His methods were considered to be successful and were implemented in salt mines and caves in Europe and Russia. In 1968, the first speleo-hospital, was opened in the Solotvyno salt mine in Ukraine. The facility was used in the research of pulmonary disease including COPD. Lung function tests were carried out and a clinical research centre which pioneered the evolution of the above ground Halo Therapy chamber was developed. This is when the more commonly referred to salt room, began
One of the earliest halo generator devices was engineered in 1976 at the Solotvyno Speleo Hospital Ukraine .In 1985 a device which replicated the grinding and crushing of salt combined with the dispersal of salt particles into the air was engineered in Odessa Russia, at the Institute of Balneology. Halo Therapy evolved into the medical practices of Russia and Ukraine.
Halotherapy techniques and established Halo Therapy protocols became available to the rest of the world. Eventually, Halo Therapy claimed its place in more commercial wellness settings with countless Halo Therapy treatment clinics opening up across Europe, Russia and Scandinavia during the 1980s and 1990s. Many salt therapy rooms are in operation in East European hospitals, allowing patients access to the benefits of salt therapy within a healthcare setting. As a result of this, a combination of therapeutic and commercial opportunities have arisen, and there is a wide variety of salt therapy applications based on dry salt aerosol inhalation. As a complimentary drug free treatment method, the therapy is offered in various facilities such as overseas respiratory clinics, rehabilitation centres, day spas and wellness centres. The therapy provides safe and gentle respiratory hygiene and supports general well-being and relaxation.
First introduced in Australia in 2010, Halo Therapy is gaining more popularity, among people looking for the cleansing benefits of this natural drugfree therapy. In Western medical practices, Halo Therapy is unknown and very little research into the effects of dry salt aerosol and the implications this has on respiratory hygiene, maintenance and the prevention of recurring infection has been conducted.
The action of Halo Therapy acts as a way of cleaning the respiratory system. The dry salt solute has a cleansing effect on various parts of the body. Research suggests that, positive health responses are a result of clean mucus membranes and the removal of built up mucus. The cleansing of the membrane provides a process where pathogens trapped in mucus are easily expelled and the removal of mucus and debris may assist in reducing inflammation within the sinuses and airways. The actual salt particles do not alter the body or interact directly with the immune system. However, the cleansing effects of salt and removal of debris and mucus assists that the immune system so it is not working as hard to keep the membrane clean. Gaseous exchange across the lining of the lung is more efficient in the absence of mucus, allowing for oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide transfer across the alveoli membrane. This also supports the absorption of inhaled medications such as puffers, making each dose actively more efficient. The overall cleansing and relaxation effects of halo therapy facilitate healthy living and can be incorporated into general well-being and stress management practices
“We use Pharmaceutical Salt (PB Salt)- sourced from Australia and New Zealand. It is a premium grade salt that has a fine particle size.”
Salt is found in a variety of forms. The chemical break down of salt is sodium chloride NaCl, which comprises of an equal 1:1 ratio of sodium : chloride. Salt is a solute which can be in the form of a solid, liquid or gas(aerosol). A solute is a substance which can be dissolved within another substance, usually water, forming a solution(solute). Solutes are commonly liquids, but they can also be in the form of a gas (aerosol) or solid. Salt aerosol is the mixing of salt particles with air to form a suspended fog. A salt aerosol can be wet or dry. For the purpose of HaloTherapy the aerosol is dry. Salt contains minerals and trace elements such as: Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphate, Iron & Manganese.
Some salts can be metabolised through the gastrointestinal tract and contain a high mineral content which is not suitable for the respiratory system. The lungs are not designed to process trace elements and minerals. Such substances are considered a pollutant to the membranes of the respiratory system. Himalayan salt contains high levels of non-soluble elements which should not be inhaled. Some of these trace elements and minerals are essential for good health and optimal bodily function but not for inhalation. They can only be processed by the body via the gastrointestinal tract and have no place in Halo Therapy treatment facilities. The purity of salt is determined by a high sodium chloride content and low mineral content
We use Pharmaceutical Salt (PB Salt)- sourced from Australia and New Zealand. It is a premium grade salt that has a fine particle size. Only high purity sodium chloride 99.7% or higher, free of iodine and anticaking agents, with a low mineral content, of pharmaceutical quality is SUITABLE FOR HALO THERAPY
The cells of the human body require a constant stream of oxygen to stay alive. The respiratory system provides oxygen to the body’s cells while removing carbon dioxide, a waste product that can be lethal if allowed to accumulate. There are 3 major parts of the respiratory system: the airway, the lungs, and the muscles of respiration. The airway, which includes the nose, mouth, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles, carries air between the lungs and the body’s exterior. The lungs act as the functional units of the respiratory system by passing oxygen into the body and carbon dioxide out of the body. Finally, the muscles of respiration, including the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, work together to act as a pump, pushing air into and out of the lungs during breathing. The human respiratory system is a series of structures responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. The primary organs of the respiratory system are the lungs, which carry out this exchange of gases as we breathe.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes that allow you to relax into our recliner chairs and enjoy the ambience of the space. A hair net and booties will be supplied and must be worn during the session as this allows us to keep the salt clean and hygienic.
The session lasts 45min.
Yes. However, we do require ALL mobile phones to be set on silent so as not disrupt other guests. If using headphones to listen to music, please ensure the volume is at an appropriate level.
No. The Salt Room is a controlled dry environment therefore liquids and food are not suitable.
A 45min session in the Salt Room is $25 pp
Yes, we can issue a full refund if a minimum of 24 hours notice is given.
Once the session has commenced, late arrivals will not be permitted as this causes disruption to other guests and the density of salt in the room. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time before your booked session.
Pre-booking is essential. Please check in at the hot springs reception at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Please understand that if you arrive late, you will not be allowed to enter the Salt Room as this would be disruptive to other guests.
A 24 hour cancellation policy applies. If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled session is due to commence.
The Salt Room is a completely sterile environment and no liquids are allowed to be taken into the room.