What is halotherapy?

In halo by Estelle Carr

What is Halotherapy?

Halotherapy is a salt therapy utilized in holistic medicine to recreate the natural microclimate of a salt cave. Micronized salt crystals are released in aerosol form into a room in high concentration causing it to hang in the air and coat everything in the room. This therapy is utilized for chronic and acute respiratory and skin conditions. The micronized form of the salt allows it to reach every part of the airways, from the nasal passages to the deepest brachii (the smallest passages in your lungs). The salt works as an antibacterial agent as it attaches to the bacteria in the airways and settling over your affected dermal areas; dissolving and breaking up the mucus and foreign material, reducing inflammation, and improving function

How it Works

In order to utilize halotherapy, a person will sit in a beautifully decorated, with Pink Himalayan Salt lighting, room for 45 minutes, breathing deeply and quietly through the nose. Relaxing and enjoying oneself with some television, restful music, meditation or yoga can be incorporated as well. The salt hanging in the air does all the work to break up your mucus and dissolve bacteria and other foreign bodies. The body then either expels this through coughing or toxin expulsion via the bloodstream. As the salt settles over the skin it works its antibacterial and anti inflammatory magic as well; healing you from the inside and the outside.

The Method:
1. Sit down
2. Expose the affected dermal areas
3. Relax
4. Breath deep and slow through the nose
5. Heal

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The History

Salt therapy has been around for quite some time, but is currently a new trend. In 1843, a physician, Feliks Boczkowski, observed polish salt miners did not experience respiratory issues or lung disease compared to other sorts of miners. Then nearly a hundred years later, a german physician, Karl Hermann Spannagel, noticed his patients’ health improve after hiding in salt caves while avoiding the WWII bombings. The awareness of salt cave therapy spread across Eastern Europe, where many giant salt rooms exist today. This therapy and the enthusiasm for it has been revived in the states and has even spread to Korean bath houses.

What does the American Lung Association think about Halotherapy?

Dr. Norman Edelman, Senior Scientific Advisor to the American Lung Association, suggests that potentially it could be beneficial. The actions of breaking up mucus and opening airways offers potential relief to obstructive lung conditions such as asthma and COPD. People with these conditions frequently cough sputum (a mixture of saliva and mucus) and/or have restricted airways. Dr. Edelman also describes that “when fine salt particles are inhaled, they will fall on the airway linings and draw water into the airway, thinning the mucous and making it easier to raise” when coughing. He also notes that “these environments are allergen-free and thus good for people with allergies affecting their lungs.”


Visit your local Halotherapy room at First Float for your acute or chronic respiratory or dermal concerns. The anti inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial effects of the aerosolized salt will aid your treatment and management of your relevant illness.

Give our staff at First Float a call or drop in to discuss how halotherapy can help your specific condition.

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Works cited:

Promising or Placebo? Halo Salt Therapy: Resurgence of a Salt Cave Spa Treatment