Literally, what’s up with the salt?! I’m not talking about table salt. I’m talking about the pink stuff. The Himalayan salt that everyone seems to be raving about lately. I was curious so I recently went to experience it for myself.
I went to visit a dear friend (and true member of my tribe) this past weekend and we decided it might be fun to try out one of the salt caves nearby. We chose Salt of the Earth, located in Woodburry, Connecticut, mainly because of a Groupon, but hey, it was close and looked cool. Sadly, I do not have any pictures of the inside because they had a “no phone” policy. However, I come with me on a journey while I tell you what it was like…
Walk inside and you immediately feel a sense of peace. There is tranquil music playing, loads of Himalayan salt everywhere and a fish take at the front desk. Even the bathrooms are gorgeous! They have an ocean theme, which I love because salt water seems to heal everything for me. The waiting room has dim lighting, comfortable oversized armchairs and for your feet, an infrared pad.
Let me tell you about this infrared heating pad. It was so amazing! You take your shoes off, place your feet inside and feel warmth. The pad emits invisible waves of energy that help the inner tissues, muscles and bones of the body. I typically have very sore feet and using this bed for even a short period of time helped relax the muscles in my feet and legs. I almost wanted to use it the entire time I was waiting for my treatment. Infrared heath therapy also helps improve circulation and eases pain in joints. After that experience, I’m definitely thinking about getting one!
Since we had a Groupon, we received the salt bed treatment. It’s like a tube that you lay down in. There is a sheet that is in between you and the salt. The treatment lasts about 20 minutes and while you’re in the bed, there is a fan that blows salt all around you. You are completely surrounded and it feels so cool. While you’re lying down, you can put headphones on and listen to music that helps you get into a zone and meditate. During the time I was in the tube, I shut my eyes and completely took in everything that was happening around me. The salt was blowing, I listened to the music and let my mind wander. Let me tell you, it was the best meditation session I’ve ever had. When the session ended, I felt an inner sense of calm…and my lips tasted like I had been at the beach all day! It is definitely something you have to experience yourself.
When we got home, I started to research the benefits of Himalayan salt. I always knew that a salt lamp will put negative ions out into the air and add a sense of balance to the area you have the lamp. But what else does it do?
Himalayan salt improves respiration. I can hear all my fellow asthmatics shouting “Woo-Hoo!” now! The salt will help clear out sinus infections and can loosen mucus in the nasal cavities. I can testify that the salt really does improve your breathing. When I was done with my treatment, the congestion in my nose was almost completely gone.
The salt can also stimulate circulation. Improving circulation can help the blood flow a bit more and will relax your muscles. Dr. Oz even recommends mixing a bit with coconut oil and an essential oil and using it as a scrub in the shower. It’s so soothing!
It purifies the air. This I knew. I have one in my bedroom and it helps me sleep so well. The lamp I have attracts air pollutants and takes them out of the air. The salt absorbs those pollutants so they don’t affect my health as much as they normally would. Fantastic!
Himalayan salt affects you internally too. It has more vitamins and minerals than other salts, like table salt or sea salt. We use it in our cooking when a recipe calls for salt because we want better options.
Who knew it would lying in a salt bed would be so good? Unfortunately I won’t have a chance to go back to Salt of the Earth, but I am definitely going to find a place when I got home. Think of the possibilities! I’ll be calling my girls to go with me! Who wants to come?