ELLE (Canada) - - Body -

The restora­tive feel­ing you get af­ter loung­ing near the ocean isn’t be­cause of all those straw­berry mar­gar­i­tas you downed; it’s from breath­ing in the salty sea air. This is the con­cept be­hind salt ther­apy, a cen­turies-old tra­di­tion pur­ported to have health ben­e­fits such as re­duc­ing the oc­cur­rence and symp­toms of in­fec­tions, al­ler­gies and asthma. (Salt is a nat­u­ral an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and an­ti­sep­tic that can help break down bac­te­ria and mi­cro-or­gan­isms, which exit the body through ex­hal­ing or cough­ing.) Com­bin­ing the ther­apy with yoga is a nat­u­ral fit given that the prac­tice also fo­cuses on deep breath­ing. Classes are typ­i­cally held in man-made salt caves where an at­om­izer pumps in in­vis­i­ble salt par­ti­cles. Pre­fer to spa? Try the sooth­ing and cir­cu­la­tion-boost­ing Eu­ca­lyp­tus Salt Scrub at the Wil­low Stream Spa at the Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim Ho­tel in Van­cou­ver.

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