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FAQs

What conditions may be improved by salt therapy?

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Chronic ENT illnesses (ear-nose-throat)
  • Bronchitis
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Frequent colds
  • Allergies to industrial and household pollutants
  • Hay fever
  • Smoker’s cough
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Snoring

How many sessions will I need?

Every experience is different and it depends on the type and severity of your condition. You may feel some improvement after one session, but a series is best for longer-term results. People also receive halotherapy as a preventative measure and schedule appointments as they wish.

Are there side effects?

Though rare, you may experience a slightly dry throat after your first session. This is a temporary response and will diminish with hydration and gargling with water. If you have a lot of mucous, it is not uncommon to experience increased sinus draining and coughing after a treatment. This is the body’s way of responding to the salt treatment by releasing the accumulated mucus.

Should I stop using my medication during salt therapy?

No. Salt room therapy should be used as a complementary treatment. People who receive salt room therapy may find that they can reduce their dependence on certain medications as their episodes are not as frequent or severe, but you should always follow your doctor’s advice and your prescribed medication regimen.

What will I experience when I sit in the salt room?

You will enjoy a state of perfect relaxation as you enter the salt room, walking across a beach-like bed of warm, pure sea salt to settle into a comfortable zero-gravity lounge chair. Low lights softly reflect on the glittering walls made of mineral-rich and antimicrobial Dead Sea and Himalayan salt. Soothing alpha wave music quietly plays in the provided headset as you breathe deeply, feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated with each breath. The salt room provides a restorative refuge from the allergens, pollutants, microbes, irritants, pressures, and stresses of daily life. The specialized environment is designed to calm the nervous system and optimize respiratory and immune system functioning to support the body’s natural ability to balance and heal. You may close your eyes and meditate or simply rest peacefully. It is common to experience a light taste of salt on your lips. All sessions last for 45 minutes.

What clothing do I wear in the salt room?

You do not need to wear anything special – comfortable clothing suitable for a public place is all you need. For respiratory ailments, there is no need to expose the skin. For clients who have skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, we recommend that you expose those areas so a T-shirt and shorts would work for maximum exposure. The room is always approximately 74 degrees and low humidity.  No shoes or bare feet are allowed in the salt room. We provide shoe/foot covers for each session.

Can I bring something to drink?

No food or drinks are allowed in the Salt Room.  We provide water in the waiting room and you are more than welcome to have a drink before and after the session.

What do I do during the session?

During your 45 minute therapeutic session you will improve your health and mood by breathing air that is saturated with beneficial minerals, while relaxing in a comfortable zero-gravity recliner and listening to soothing alpha wave music via provided headsets. Please refrain from conversation during the session. This is a quiet meditation or restorative resting time for all guests.

Why do I have to arrive 15 minutes before the session?

We must begin each session exactly on the hour so it is very important that all new guests arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of their session time to read and sign the waiver, use the restroom, and get oriented in the room.  The salt room doors close at top of each hour and must remain closed for the duration of the session to maintain the therapeutic concentration of dry salt aerosol in the air.  We cannot open the doors for late arrivals but will reschedule to the following session if space is available.  Thank you for understanding this necessary protocol.

Is salt therapy safe for pregnant women?

Yes. Many pregnant women experiencing rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, and allergies would prefer to avoid heavy usage of over-the-counter medications during pregnancy. Salt therapy is a great option for women who would prefer a calming and all natural approach to address these conditions.

Isn't too much salt bad for you?

Eating and/or drinking too much sodium has been linked to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Salt room therapy does not have this effect because the salt does not enter the stomach and metabolize in the system to impact the heart and kidneys. Instead, it enters the body through the respiratory system, and does not contribute to hypertension in any way.The concentration of salt during a therapy session is 1-5 mg/m3 (milligrams per cubic meter) so the amount of salt entering the respiratory system is extremely low. If you ate this amount it would be well below (by thousands of milligrams) the daily recommended amount of 6 grams for the average adult and would have no detrimental effect to your system.

Will the salt harm my cell phone or any of my belongings?

The salt will not damage any of your belongings but since this is a quiet mind/body experience, we ask that you secure them outside of the salt room. Also, please refrain from  conversation during the session. This is a meditation or restorative resting time for all guests.  In addition, the alpha wave music provided on the headsets is part of the overall therapy to relax and enjoy your time in the salt room.

How many guests can participate in each session?

We can accommodate up to 8 people in each session.

Do I need to make a reservation for a Salt Therapy session?

Yes, we ask that you schedule an appointment due to limited seating. Please specify how many people are coming with you if you are scheduling for others.  To schedule an appointment please call us at 410 799-7699.

Is credit card information required to hold any appointments?

Credit card information is not required to reserve space in a salt therapy session.  However,  if you need to reschedule or cancel a session you are enrolled in please let us know as soon as possible so that other customers may use the available appointment time.

Is salt therapy covered by insurance?

Salt therapy is not covered by health insurance in the U.S. at this time but may be considered a valid healthcare expense within some healthcare flexible spending and health savings accounts programs.

When should salt therapy be avoided?*

When you are experiencing:

  • Infections accompanied by fever
  • Acute stage of respiratory disease (flu, cold, acute bronchitis)
  • Chronic obstructive lung diseases with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Intoxication

*Please consult with your physician to address any concerns.

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ATTENTION: The Salt Sanctuary will be CLOSED Saturday, 9/2/17 through Saturday 9/9/17. Our regular business hours resume Monday, 9/11/17. All Groupons with an expiration date during that week will be honored as they are scheduled at a later date. All clients with monthly plans will receive a 2 week plan extension.