Guelph Spa and Salt Cave

How does Salt Cave Therapy work?

Natural deposits of salt are derived from evaporated ancient lakes, seas and sourced from deep underground caverns. The unrefined rock salt, primarily sodium chloride, also contains varying concentrations of other mineral elements 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 a controlled holistic environment that simulates the microclimate of a 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 can provide relief for those with sinus and breathing ailments such as Asthma and Bronchitis. Salt therapy may also aid in strengthening the immune system, decreasing mental fatigue and reducing stress.

What is Halo-therapy?
The word halo-therapy comes from the Greek word, halo, which means salt.  This effect is achieved with the use of a special device – a Halo-generator. The halo-generator produces an active dry salt aerosol which is then dispersed into our rooms via a fan process. Dry salt aerosol concentration is controlled using optoelectronic sensors within the room to maintain ideal conditions.  At least 80% of the aerosolized salt particles dispersed measures less than 5 microns allowing for effortless absorption.

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 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.