How to Undergo Salt Therapy

Two Methods:Going Through A Salt Therapy SessionUnderstanding Salt Therapy

Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is a holistic healing method. It is believed to relieve many symptoms of common health problems, such as respiratory or skin conditions. Learn more about salt therapy to decide if it is right for you.

Method 1
Going Through A Salt Therapy Session

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    Wear comfortable clothing. When you go to your salt therapy session, wear loose, comfortable clothing. You want to be relaxed, not restricted. Most places give you covers to put on your shoes or feet.[1] Some places may give you a covering for your clothes and a hair net to help protect the integrity of the salt.[2]
    • If you are going to a session for a skin condition, consider wearing clothes that expose the skin, like short sleeves or a tank top and shorts.
    • If your child is going to a session, pull long hair away from his or her face. Make sure your child is clean and in clean clothing.
    • Salt does not harm or get on your clothes.
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    Relax in the room. You start your salt therapy in the group salt room, which generally seats five to ten people at a time.[3] Most salt rooms have reclining chairs and soothing music. Some salt rooms may have magazines or books to read, and many will have testimonials for you to browse.[4] Relax in a chair, close your eyes, and enjoy your mini escape from real life.[5]
    • Some treatment centers offer private salt beds. You usually stay in these for 15 to 20 minutes.[6]
    • Many places have separate kids salt therapy room. These kid-friendly rooms have quiet activities for the children to do during their treatment. Parents can go into the room with their children.
    • Kid-friendly rooms area also good if you want to go with a friend and have a quiet conversation.
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    Breathe in the salt. After you get settled, the dry aerosol will be released. You will breathe in the salt as you relax. The salt goes deep into your lungs and through your respiratory system, including your sinuses.[7]
    • The salt helps to eliminate bacteria and pollutants. It also gets rid of mucus while opening up airways.
    • A typical sessions lasts around 45 to 60 minutes.[8][9]
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    Bring small electronics if you wish. You can bring iPods, mp3 players, iPads, and cellphones to most salt rooms. Make sure to place it somewhere it will be protected, like a case or pocket.[10]
    • Be aware that salt is corrosive to metals.
    • Salt therapy centers state they are not liable for damage to electronics.[11]
    • Most salt rooms will not allow any cell phone conversations and require cell phones to be on silent.
    • Most salt rooms do not allow any electronics that have fans, like a laptop.
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    Undergo salt therapy as often as you like. You can go to one session, a few, or buy yearly memberships for multiple visits per week. It depends on what you care to do. Depending on your condition, you might only need a few or weeks of treatment.[12][13]
    • Session costs are approximately $50.

Method 2
Understanding Salt Therapy

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    Know the healing properties of salt. Salt has multiple healing properties. It is considered antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is believed to help reduce mucus and remove pollutants.[14]
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    Understand how salt therapy works. Salt therapy mimics what happens in natural salt caves. Walls and floors are covered with layers of salt, then a dry salt aerosol is released into the room. This creates an environment that is antibacterial and which has negative ions.[15]
    • Salt rooms use both Himalayan, Red Sea, and Dead Sea salt.[16]
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    Choose salt therapy for respiratory conditions. Salt therapy is a holistic treatment for many different conditions, most commonly respiratory conditions. It is believed to help improve lung function by removing toxins from the lungs and sinuses. It also helps with asthma, COPD, and allergies.[17]
    • Salt therapy is believed to help clean your nostrils and sinuses.[18]
    • It may also help reduce your snoring.
    • Be aware that while some scientific research has supported the effectiveness of salt therapy and many doctors advocate for it, many do not. Some doctors believe there isn’t enough medical evidence or scientific proof of the effectiveness. Many believe, however, it does not do any damage.[19][20][21]
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    Try salt therapy for skin conditions. Salt therapy is believed to help and relieve symptoms of skin conditions. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne.[22]
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    Consider salt therapy for a health boost. Salt therapy may help strengthen your immune system. This can help keep you from catching a cold and the flu.[23][24]
    • Salt therapy is extremely relaxing, so it can relieve stress and help promote calm.[25]
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    Try salt therapy for better performance. Salt therapy is used to enhance performance of both athletes and vocal performers. Talk to coaches or a salt therapy center to decide if it would be right for you.[26]
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    Know when to avoid salt therapy. While salt therapy is safe for most people of any age, if you have certain conditions, you should stay away. You should never do salt therapy while intoxicated. Do not get salt therapy if you have:[27]
    • Cancer
    • Infectious diseases
    • Severe respiratory diseases, like COPD with third stage chronic lung insufficiency
    • Cardiac insufficiency or diseases, coronary disease, or chronic kidney disease
    • Bloody coughs
    • High blood pressure
    • tuberculosis
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    Be aware some centers prohibit smokers. Some salt therapy centers refuse to allow smokers into their rooms. This is mainly to protect the safety of people with respiratory issues, like asthma or COPD. Since most smokers will have smoked just before entering the building, or soon before arriving, the smoke remnants will still be on their person.[28]
    • Salt therapy can be helpful for people who have stopped smoking. The salt therapy can help clear lungs. Two to three weeks should pass since the last time you smoked a cigarette before you go to a session.

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