The Salt Spa of Bellevue

What is Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)?

Salt Therapy is breathing in salty air for therapeutic benefits. It is a common, natural treatment in eastern and central Europe but almost unknown elsewhere.

Research is demonstrating that exposure to the microclimate inside a natural salt mine/cave can play an important role in the relief of many health problems, particularly respiratory and skin conditions.

Do I need to make an appointment and how many people are able to enjoy the room at once?

Yes. Salt sessions are set for 5 people. Should we become busier, another person slot will be added to sessions.

How many salt therapy sessions do I need?

This varies widely among individuals, and the condition being treated is a big factor. You may have some relief after one session; however, for the best results we recommend a series of treatments. Those who come for stress relief and relaxation simply come as often as they like. For many conditions, after a series of sessions, symptoms subside and relief can last for several months before another session is needed. It can also be used as a preventive measure to strengthen the immune system against colds, allergies, and sinusitis.

What type of salt(s) is used?

Pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride is what we use in the halogenerator.

Is salt therapy safe for children and can they come into the Salt Spa?

YES! A lot of children suffer from respiratory problems, so it’s a huge natural savior for the parents. We have a space in the salt room specifically for children to play as if they were in a sand box or at the beach. Often, adults prefer to sit in the salt as well.

Is salt therapy painful?

No. You simply sit back, breathe slowly and deeply, and enjoy the light show and meditative music.

Other people are coughing in the salt therapy room. Is this okay?

In the session and afterwards, clients often experience an increase in coughing as the salt begins to assist the mobilization of secretions in the respiratory tract. You may experience an itch or ‘tickle’ in the throat as the body clears the lungs and sinuses. It is normal to have coughing or mucus discharge for a few days after the salt session.

Is too much salt bad for you? Does it increase my sodium levels?

Most table salt available in the grocery store has additives to prevent clumping, iodine necessary in our diet, and sometimes sugar! When you are in a salt session you are breathing in microfine particles of pharmaceutical grade NaCl. It is pure salt. This is the type of salt used in aerosol medications and intravenous fluids. Our bodies cannot properly function without salt. In the salt room you are breathing in a minimal amount salt which is then used by the body for fluid removal and antimicrobial properties. This has negligible effects on the sodium levels in the body.

Are there any clients who are not recommended/ contraindications to treatment?

  1. Active TB
  2. Alcohol or drug intoxication
  3. Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  4. Acute respiratory disease or illness with fever.
  5. Coronary heart disease or any heart related problems.
  6. Pregnancy is not a contraindication, however we request that you discuss this with your doctor and that they have provided you with permission.

What does Salt Therapy treat?

While there are many clinical and scientific studies conducted on dry salt therapy (halotherapy) throughout the world, the FDA has not evaluated the statements made throughout this web site. Dry salt therapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Although the FDA has no official position on Salt Therapy, many of our patients and new research reports that salt therapy alleviates their symptoms of COPD, Allergies, Bronchitis, Sinusitus, Ear Infections as well as skin disorders such as excema, psoriasis, and allergic dermatitis. Furthermore, salt therapy improves lung function and is beneficial for vocal performers and athletes, as well.

Our 50 minute salt session provides a tranquil meditative environment in which you can rest and relax physically and mentally, reducing stress and its effects on the body.

What makes your salt room different?

There are 2 types of salt therapy. One is passive and the other is active. Passive therapy is simply being in a room where salt is used in décor. It has no physical benefits outside of being beautiful and relaxing to look at. Active therapy is the use of a halogenerator to grind up the salt into microfine particles emitted into the air of a closed room, which are then breathed in and to which the skin is exposed. The benefits are derived from active salt therapy. The salt rooms here employ both types of salt therapy, passive and active. The walls and floors are back lit with lights that increase and decrease in brightness while soft meditative music plays. It is a beautiful experience.

What happens during the session and how is salt therapy controlled?

Our rooms are very beautiful, all our walls and floor are covered with Himalayan salt bricks; there is also beautiful lighting and music.

During sessions, dry sodium chloride particles of 1-10 micrometers (very small and not seen by the naked eye) are produced by grinding salt in a halogenerator, then diffused into the room. After each session, the room is ventilated in preparation for the next session.

Why have I never heard of a salt room or salt therapy?

Salt therapy is relatively new to the United States. In 2019, salt therapy would be about 14 years old here in the States. It is still not well known in the Pacific Northwest..

How does Salt Therapy work?

1) Salt is antibacterial. It is a staple of food preservation from before the advent of refrigeration.

2) Salt is anti-inflammatory. Salt helps reduce inflammation by absorbing fluids.

3) Salt is absorbent. In chemical terms, salt is hydrophilic which means it loves water and will absorb it easily. This is why salt clumps. When salt is completely dry, it is ready and willing to absorb excess fluids.

When dry, salted air is breathed into the respiratory system, it immediately goes to work to absorb fluids and help move them out. Because of the anti-inflammatory effect that occurs naturally with salt, it pulls excess fluids out of the respiratory tract to decrease inflammation and improve air flow. Finally, because salt is antibacterial, it supports your immune system by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in your lungs.

Breathing deeply and slowly, in through your nose and out through your mouth while you are in the salt room helps to distribute the salted air throughout the respiratory system, providing you with maximum effect. You will be escorted to one of our salt rooms for a 50 min session, where you breathe in really tiny particles of salt, which is distributed through the air by our halo-generator.

What is Speleotherapy and how is it different from Halotherapy?

Speleotherapy is the therapy that you receive when you are down in a salt mine. Halotherapy is just breathing in salted air. Both can be done at the same time, but they are not the same thing. In our spa we employ halotherapy and with the structures inside the spa replicate the experience of being down in the mine.

I’m not sick, how is salt therapy good for me?

Salt therapy has de-stressing, relaxing effects. So if you get overly-tired and stressed out from work, come kick your feet up in our salt rooms for a bit! For the 50 minute session, you’re sitting in a room where your body’s not fighting the all the toxins in the air that we are exposed to and you will feel deeply relaxed and rejuvenated. Like exercise and proper diet, regular salt therapy sessions are an important lifestyle activity for everyone interested in maintaining or improving their health.

What do I wear or bring to the salt session?

Since the salt room is chilly and is intended to replicate being in a mine, please wear warm clothing. You’ll be provided with a blanket and socks to increase your comfort. Be aware that the temperature in the salt room will be pretty chilly, about 50 degrees, so come prepared for that.

Can we bring water into the salt room?

We advise clients to leave their water bottles, etc., out of the salt room as any spills could damage the salt floor.