Too chilly to clear your head at the beach or soothe your overtrained legs in the ocean? You could instead sit in a salt room as pharmaceuticalgrade dry salt is pumped through the atmosphere by a machine called a halogenerator. And you don’t even need to get your feet wet.
“Salt therapy helps relieve the symptoms of many respiratory, sinus and skin conditions,” says Angelina Vukobrat, owner of Salts of the Earth Geelong. “It also works wonderfully to help relieve any hay fever symptoms, snoring and helps in sports recovery.” So how exactly does it work? “Once the salt particles are deep within the respiratory system and sinuses, they start to draw the mucus and congestion out through osmosis,” she says. “Congestion starts to loosen and can be expelled from within the respiratory system a lot easier.” As for skin, Vukobrat says the salt helps reduce inflammation and settles any itch. Each session goes for 45 minutes, and that time is yours to read, listen to music or mediate in the lounge-room setting as the salt does its thing. Vukobrat says you’ll get the best results by going in three times a week.
There have been a few studies on salt therapy as an effective treatment for asthma, and lots of anecdotal stories, but Lung Foundation Australia warns that any
“claims are not based on any reliable scientific research or current medical guidelines.”
If you have a respiratory condition, chat to your doctor before you enter the salt den.