What is salt therapy ?
Salt therapy, also called halotherapy, is a holistic method that has been enjoyed by Europeans for centures and is becoming more widely recognized in the U.S. as a natural and drug-free complementary treatment. To get the true benefits from salt therapy it's neccessary that the cave environment be built to the highest possible standards. And that's exactly what you get with Salt and Soles!
Can I book a private session?
Yes you can! The cave is available to rent for private therapy sessions, yoga classes, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, business meetings, children's gatherings and other uses. Drop us a line for further details and available times. There is 50% non refundable deposit to reserve our salt cave.
Are salt cave and reflexology treatments covered under my HSA or FSA account?
Great news! Salt and Soles is now able to take HSA or FSA cards! To use this benefit, tell your physician or health care provider that you would like to use your HSA or FSA towards salt therapy or reflexology treatments. They wiil give you a prescription for salt therapy or reflexology when those treatments help relieve or prevent your condition. Most HSAs will allow members to pay for salt therapy or reflexology using HSA of FSA funds as long as the treatment is accompanied by a referral from a physician.
Are children allowed in the salt cave?
Yes, we have a children's session at 10 am every Saturday morning that we encourage children ages 0-12 to attend. A guardian/parent is free. For an additional child, it is only $15. A guardian can bring up to 2 children.
Are food or beverages allowed in the salt cave?
No, food or beverages (including water) are not permitted in the cave in order to keep a clean and safe environment. If you have food or beverages with you, we ask that you leave them in the cubby area during your session.
Can I bring electronic devises into the salt cave?
Sorry, electronic devices are not allowed during sessions. Salt caves are full of negative ions, which have a 'clarity effect', reduce stress, headaches, lethargy, depression and increase energy. Electronics are positively charged which would defeat the purpose of the negative ions.
What is your cancelation policy?
Because your reservation is made just for you and demand for spots is high, we ask that you notify us at least 24 hrs ahead for weekdays and 48 hours for weekends ( Fri to Sun)to avoid a 100% cancelation or no-show fee. The deposits for private parties are non refundable.
Do you take walk-ins?
No we do not take walk-ins at this time. Please book ahead of time either online or over the phone
How many sessions do I need?
It can vary depending on your individual health condition and how well your own body responds to salt therapies. Some clients notice a difference after just a few sessions. For general well-being, respiratory and skin hygiene, it is recommended to visit 1~2 times a week. For chronic respiratory and skin conditions, it is recommended to visit frequently and consistently 3 to 4 times a week for the first 4 to 6 weeks. We have packages and membership to accommodate your needs. For more specific guidelines, please check our Salt Cave page.
What is the temperature inside the cave?
It is between 70 to 72 degrees. For clients who find it cool, light blankets are available on each chair.
How does salt therapy work?
You sit in the salt cave for 45 minutes and breathe in the fine salt particles. Halotherapy emulates the conditions inside a natural salt cave by infusing the air with tiny particles of pharmaceutical-grade salt. These particles are not only safe to breathe but also have been shown to alleviate symptoms of various ailments. The addition of pure Himalayan salt cyrstals on the walls and floor of the cave further enhances the experience and helps to create a calm and relaxing environment.
What does it treat?
Halotherapy is beneficial for: Bronchitis, Asthma, Allergies, Stress, Anxiety, Ear Infection, Cold/Flu, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Acne, Psoriasis, Dematitis, Eczema, Fatigue, Emphysema, Hay Fever, Fatigue, Insomnia, Migranes, Osteoporosis, COPD, Smoker's Cough, Snoring, Wheezing and more.
Is there any risk of catching germs or an infection?
There is risk in any evironment. However, salt is a natural anti-bacterial, and it kills almost all bacteria and viruses on contact, Our salt cave walls and floors are covered with Himalayan crystal salt which creates an almost sterile environment. In addition, our ventilation system works to filter used air out and clean fresh air in.
Halotherapy is beneficial to adults and children, even animals. Most clients who use halotherapy on a regular basis feel relief from an array of respiratory and skin conditions. However, one does not need to have a specific condition to use halotherapy. It enhances your general overall wellbeing and it is an excellent way to cleanse and detox the respiratory system as well as rejuvenating the whole body by increasing lung capacity and oxygen intake.
Is salt therapy safe for children?
Absolutely! It is 100% drug free and non-invasive treatment with no side effects or potential health hazards. The therapy is suitable for children of any age (as young as 1 month old). Children, in fact, respond to the therapy faster than adults do.
What should I wear in the salt cave?
Please note that shoes are not permitted in the salt cave; we ask that you wear or bring clean socks/stockings. NO BOOTIES will be provided. Additionally, we ask visitors to refrain from wearing excessive perfume or fragrances as a courtesy to other visitors who may have an allergy or sensitivity. Wearing comfortable clothing is recommended. ALL CUSTOMERS MUST WEAR A FACIAL MASK BEFORE ENTERING OUR STORE. NO exceptions.
What about the concern that salt is bad for you?
Consuming too much table salt is linked to high blood pressure. However, during salt therapy, you are breathing a dry salt aerosol, which only enters your respiratory system, not your digestive tract. The salt particles are so fine that even if you were to eat that amount, it would not pose a health risk.
How long is a session?
A standard session lasts 45 minutes. A children's session is 40 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged by special appointment. We suggest arriving 10 minutes before the session begins to fill out our intake form and get settled.
How many people are allowed in the salt cave?
In light of the current health situation brought on by the Coronavirus, our seating capacity for regular, public sessions is 6 people. If you are interested in booking a private event with more than 6 people session, we can certainly accommodate it. Please give us a call or email us to reserve the cave ahead of time.
How was the cave constructed?
With the perfect blend of art and science! The cave was designed by owners John and Connie in consulation with experts in the field to deliver the best possible results. The building was done by an amazing team of local artisans and craftspeople. The space was substantially renovated to accommodate the 15,000 lbs of pure Himalayan crystal salt used on the walls and floor. It took three labor intensive months to complete the cave the RIGHT WAY, but that's how we do it!
When should salt therapy be avoided?
Halotherapy is recognized as safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure. Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, chronic kidney diseases, cardiac insufficiency and coronary diseases, cancer, uncontrolled hypertension, intoxication and active tuberculosis. Salt therapy is not recommended during chemotherapy as the detoxification process of dry salt therapy may react with the chemo. Anyone with serious health concerns need to seek proper medical advice and care.
Are there any side effects?
Typically there are none. Few individuals might experience a mild tickle in the throat or an increase in cough due to an excess mucus buildup. This is an indication the therapy is working. Other effects might be a slight skin irritation or red patches for those with hypersensitive skin; however, they go away after a few sessions.
I am a smoker. Is the dry salt therapy suitable for me?
Sure. However, we respectfully ask you to refrain from smoking up to two hours before you experience the session to receive the full benefit.
Why is it so relaxing in the salt cave?
Salt has the natural ability to balance out the positive charge in our bodies by binding excessive positive ions with the salt's negative ions. The neutralizing forces of salt can cancel out positive charged and harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment as well as in our body. Hence, dry salt therapy has de-stressing and relaxing effects; it is beneficial for calming the nervous system.
What time should I arrive for my salt therapy session?
Salt therapy sessions begin on the hour. You should arrive 15 minutes ahead of your beginning session time. With social distancing in mind, please remain seated in your car. One of our staff will let you know when to come in. You will be asked to fill out a health condition form, and a terms & conditions form.
Do I need to wear a face mask before entering salt and soles?
Yes, everyone who enters our establishment must be wearing a facemask while in common areas. During Salt Therapy, the mask can be removed. Social distancing(more than six feet) is kept while in the salt cave.
Do you still provide booties or blankets?
No, sorry we no longer provide booties and blankets. Due to the health situation brought on by the Coronavirus, we do not provide booties or blankets. Please bring white socks instead of booties. You may bring your own blanket to the cave.
Has Salt and Soles implemented new health procedures because of COVID-19?
Yes we have! Our seating capacity is reduced to 4 people instead of 10 for regular salt cave sessions. All patrons must wear a mask before entering the store. ( We have locally handmade cotton reusable masks available for sale at store) The mask is to be kept on while in common areas but is to be removed during salt therapy. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment and remain in your car. We will let you know when you can enter. We temporarily stopped providing reusable BOOTIES and BLANKETS. Please bring white socks with you to wear when in the cave. You may also bring your own blanket if you wish.
How is the Salt and Soles environment cleaned?
During and throughout the day, we continaully wipe down surface areas with disinfecting wipes where people might touch. This includes all common areas, the bathroom and the salt cave itself. Because of the virus and bacteria killing properties of salt, the salt cave is an exceptionally safe environment to be in.