I wanted to try an alternative therapy for my allergies and
annoying cough that I developed a week and a half ago. A colleague
recommended that I try salt cave therapy. I had never heard of it
but was willing try it out.
Salt cave therapy is touted as an all-natural way to help
relieve symptoms from allergies, asthma, even bronchitis and common
cold. Salt therapy started in early Europe during Roman and
The Salt Cave Therapy is literally a cave-like setting in which
you are completely surrounded by salts (surface, room, floor) and
natural minerals. The therapeutic level of treatment is 45-50
minutes where you sit and relax as air enriched with sea iodine is
introduced in the room.
How does it work? Well, when you breathe the salt particles into
your body, it supposedly allows anti-infectious property power to
help stimulate your immune system to help bring overall balance to
your body and also help you recover quicker from symptoms you are
I experienced the Salt Caves last Thursday afternoon at a spa in
Naperville called Timeless Spa and Salt Cave. I really enjoyed the
experience. The cost was $25 dollars for 48 minutes. I had a
private adult session, which was very relaxing. The spa also has
adult and children sessions. The best way to describe my experience
at the salt cave would be, "It was like being at an ocean beach
breathing in salt water air." The staff was very friendly. I wore
my regular clothes into the salt cave but had to wear white socks.
The spa provided mediation music, lighting, zero gravity chairs,
and blankets. You are allowed to walk around the room and enjoy
some reflexology for your feet but are asked to remain in the zero
gravity chairs when the treatment starts. I did not fall asleep but
I did focus on deep breathing exercises.
After the treatment, I felt more relaxed. My coughing and
sneezing stopped. I was able to breath easier. This lasted for
three days. They recommend 5-10 sessions. I would definitely go
back next week and bring my three-year-old son who has been
recently diagnosed with asthma. There are a few other salt caves in
Chicago and Glen Ellyn if you are interested in salt therapy for
allergies, asthma and upper respiratory issues.
Recommendations: If you are interested in the salt caves you
should check with your physician, especially if you are currently
under doctor's care for serious conditions. It is also not
recommended if you have thyroid issues or are pregnant.
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