Salt has such a bad rep these days but not only is salt good for you to eat, it’s also good for you to breathe. Halotherapy or as some of you know as salt therapy is a practice that involves inhaling salt particles. Halotherapy has been around since the 11th century, but it is still very much a health trend today.
This holistic and natural therapy uses micro-particles of pure salt to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sound sleep and enhances your physical fitness and overall wellness. Oh and did I also forget to mention that it also helps skin and respiratory conditions?
Inhaling this salt aids in reducing respiratory inflammation, drying mucus and eliminates toxins and allergens. Bye-bye cold, asthma, allergies and bronchitis!
The salt helps to balance your skins pH, reduce inflammation and exfoliate.
Salthy yoga class, Meditation, Reiki
So when I heard all of these benefits I started researching the topic and found the closest salt cave close to me. There are only a few salt caves scattered around Greece – I found and picked the Salt Cave of Glyfada and quickly booked my session. I spend the afternoon lounging in a room made of salt to give my immune system a much needed boost.
Walking into the actual salt room I sensed a wave of calm pass through me. You remove your shoes before you get in and wear socks so that the salt sand stays preserves its purity. The walls are made out of natural salt blocks, the lights are a dim orange coming out of salt crystals and the ceiling is a mixture of salt and tiny light bulbs that glow in different colours, giving the impression of being in a totally different world. These lights are used for chromotherapy/color therapy which is also offered at Glyfada salt cave. The ambiance is complete with a steady stream of relaxing music playing in the background.
You’re encouraged to read, meditate, listen to music or to simple relax for the 45 minute salt cave therapy session. This can be repeated regularly depending on the condition you are trying to fight.
I of course couldn’t resist and when I heard there was salt cave yoga I just had to try it. Such a wonderful place to practice yoga and deep breathing. Also just had to get some Instagram worthy shots.
Marathon runners and other athletes are known to using this therapy to naturally enhance their lung capacity. This was a huge plus for me since you know I love working out. I’m not athlete but anything that will help me to train even harder I want to know about! Halotherapy gives you more stamina, improves your performance and prevents underlying respiratory weaknesses.