How does Salt Cave therapy work? Natural deposits of salt are derived from evaporated ancient lakes and seas, and sourced from deep underground caverns. The unrefined rock salt, primarily sodium chloride, also includes varying concentrations of other mineral salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese which all have additional therapeutic properties. Modern use of salt therapy started in Germany, when Dr.Karl Hermann Spannage noticed improvement in the health of his patients after they hid in local caves to escape heavy bombing during WWII. The salt cave itself is controlled holistic environment that simulates the microclimate of naturally occurring salt cave. This microclimate environment is ionized and saturated with a low vapor concentration and highly dispersed Himalayan salt. As the salt air is inhaled, it travels through your respiratory system where the active minerals may provide relief for those with sinus and breathing ailments like Asthma and Bronchitis. Salt therapy may also aid in strengthening the immune system, decreasing mental fatigue and reducing stress.
What role does the water cascade play? The salt room’s water cascade is built of softwood and special equipment designed to pump brine at a slow steady pace. As the brine gently trickles down the branches, it evaporates producing a saline vapor effect within the cave. The room air is enhanced with natural mineral elements derived from salt like iodine, bromine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, chloride, selenium, and many more (up to 84 different elements). These naturally occurring elements are very beneficial to our health and well-being. The water cascade creates a higher concentration of negative ions which is naturally found around flowing water or ocean environments. The water cascade replicates this environment and allows for the absorption of negative ions by our bodies to strengthen our immune system and help balance our body PH levels.
Benefits of elements on the body: IODINE – Aligns iodine deficiencies in the body and ensures proper function of the thyroid gland which controls the metabolism and body weight regulation. CALCIUM – Natural anti-allergenic that also strengthens the immune system, reduces irritation and regulates blood pressure/blood clotting. MAGNESIUM – Relieves symptoms of chronic fatigue, prevents heart disease, increases cardiovascular health and controls inflammation. BROMINE – Increases strength of the nervous system and helps to lower blood pressure. IRON – Essential element used in the production of hemoglobin that can also be used to enhance muscle strength, concentration, and reduce susceptibility to infection. COPPER – Acts as an anti-fungal, eliminates free radicals, and helps produce melanin. SELENIUM – Excellent to help combat viral infections, block free radicals, support the thyroid gland, and to help relieve stress. POTASSIUM, SODIUM and CHLORIDE – Lower blood pressure, prevents heart disease, improve circulation, and help remove toxins from within the body.