Salt Therapy Sessions- Frequently Asked Questions

Your salt cave therapy queries, answered
What is Salt Therapy?

Salt therapy (also known as Halotherapy) is a 100% natural, non-invasive treatment where dry salt particles are inhaled. Salt therapy is used to relieve respiratory problems and treat skin disorders. For those in good health it is used to improve general wellbeing and boost immunity. Find out more here- salt therapy.

How safe is Salt Therapy?

Halotherapy is 100% natural, safe and drug-free, providing effective long-term relief. It can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as a sole treatment. When Halotherapy is used as a complementary treatment, it can increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications, and decrease the amount prescribed.

How do I receive the treatment?

Our treatment rooms are electronics free relaxation zones. In the adult therapy room, you will relax in one of our zero gravity chairs while breathing in the salt air. The room has a salt feature and spa inspired music. You are welcome to meditate, focus on your breath, or even nap. The negative ion environment will help melt away your stress and you will leave the session feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

What results can I expect?

Eastern European Doctors have noted that thousands of patients have been successfully treated by this method. After taking salt room treatments, their patients are truly relaxed, their breathing becomes easier, symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath are alleviated, and patients no longer have to take large amounts of prescription medications. Patients feel that the salt rooms have turned their lives around.

What does a treatment plan consist of?

A treatment plan consists of 1-2 sessions a week for a duration of time, since everyone is different we will tailor our programs to meet your special needs. Usually you will know if it is working or not within the first 6 sessions (there is about a 90% success rate with children and a 70% success rate with adults).

We define success rate as the rate at which people re-book another series of sessions with us because they are so happy with the results that they can’t get enough of it! The results are so apparent that they speak for themselves. You are not required to commit to a full treatment plan right from the beginning. We first encourage you to complete at least 6 sessions before deciding whether to continue or not. Salt Therapy is not a cure for irreversible conditions and thus there are people who may want to go beyond the treatment plan with maintenance sessions.

Can I go into the Salt Rooms if I am pregnant?

Salt therapy is recommended for pregnant women only after the first trimester (4 months is perfectly safe) in cases of complicated pregnancies or medication needed during pregnancy, it is advised to speak with your doctor before undertaking salt therapy treatment.

Can I use my phone, laptop or Ipad in the salt cave?

We do not recommend the use of any electrical device in our salt room for the following reasons:

  • The salt can harm your device.
  • In order to capture and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the salt room and rid yourself of all the stress in your day to day life.
  • The use of electric devices changes the levels of negative ions in the room and may diminish from the salt healing properties.

We provide free lockable storage for all of your electronic devices should you wish to store them.

Do I need to wear anything special for a Salt Therapy session?

No special clothing is required for salt therapy; however we do provide plastic shoe covers to protect your shoes from the salt crystals on the ground.
Please remember that the fine salt particles can appear like dust on your clothing. On dark clothes the salt will show more. We generally recommend that you don’t wear your “Sunday Best”!

 

What is Little Himalaya's view on conventional medicine versus natural alternative therapies?

Our philosophy is to nor reject conventional medicine nor accept complementary/alternative medicine uncritically. We believe that if a condition can be treated naturally, that is the ideal. However we do recognize and believe in conventional medicine when needed. If conventional medicine is needed, it is our belief that it is ideal to complement that with natural forms of treatment in order to at least reduce medication use and dosages as well as increase daily quality of life.

Can I continue to use my medication with Salt Therapy?

Yes. Salt room therapy should be used as a complementary treatment. Patients who undergo Salt Therapy often find that they can reduce their dependence on certain medications and that their episodes are not as frequent or severe. However, you should always follow your doctor’s advice and your prescribed medication regimen.

How many people are in the treatment room?

The adult therapy room has 6 chairs (4 recliners and 2 loungers). Our new upstairs room has been designed with privacy in mind and has 2 reclining chairs. This is so a child can use the room with an accompanying adult. Private adult sessions can also be booked, please enquire about these with us directly rather than booking via the website.

Where do I store my personal belongings during the treatment?

Little Himalaya provides lockable storage for your belongings, free of charge.

Can I bring water into the room?

Food and beverages are not permitted in the treatment rooms. We do have a filtered water dispensing machine in reception, you are welcome to use this as much as you like before or after your session. Should you feel like you require a drink of water during your session, you are welcome to pop out to use the machine.

What time should I arrive for my salt therapy session?

If you haven’t visited us before, it is highly recommended that you arrive fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This will give you time to fill out any paperwork as well as visit the restroom, in order to ensure an uninterrupted session in the Salt room. For subsequent sessions, please make sure you arrive in good time for the start of the appointment to avoid disruption to a session. Payments for sessions can be made either before or after your session.

What do I do during the Salt therapy session?

Our salt rooms are designed to help you leave your worries behind with the aid of soft golden lighting from the Himalayan Salt, peaceful music, and comfortable Zero Gravity lounge chairs with fresh blankets provided. We encourage this quiet time to be used for relaxation or meditation. This will ensure a quality experience for all in attendance.

What can I expect during the Salt therapy session?

A dry throat is sometimes experienced; this is a normal effect of the dry aerosol created by the salt generator. This aerosol consists of micron sized salt particles which serve to break up mucus and have anti-inflammatory properties.

What will happen if I arrive late to my scheduled Salt therapy session?

Arriving promptly for your session is imperative, as once the session has begun, out of respect for those already enjoying the effects, we do not interrupt the session that has started. If you cannot arrive on time, we will need to reschedule for the next available opening.

 

Are there side effects?

Rarely. There are some sensitive individuals for whom salt therapy may produce a few side effects like slight skin irritation or red patches that disappear after a few sessions. Some patients report a mild throat tickle, which can be easily treated by gargling with hot water. If you have a lot of mucus, it is not uncommon to experience increased coughing after a treatment. This is the body’s way of responding to the salt treatment by eliminating the accumulated mucus.

Is Salt Therapy safe for children?

 

Salt therapy is not only safe for children, it is highly recommended. It is a 100% drug free, non-invasive and comfortable treatment with no side effects or potential health hazards. Children as young as 6 months have benefited greatly and respond to the therapy even more quickly than do adults. Children are more prone to respiratory problems because they pick up more viruses and their lungs are not fully developed until about the age of 9. In addition, children also take more breaths per minute than adults do and due to their height at a younger age, are also breathing in air lower to the ground. This means they are breathing in more polluted air, more often and without a fully developed respiratory filtering system.

 

If too much table salt is not good for your health, why is inhaling salt beneficial?

Over consumption of salt in our diet is linked to high blood pressure which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Most table salt has been over refined and has anti-caking agents (E535 and E536) which are often problem causing.  Salt Therapy allows you to breathe in 100% drug free and chemical free dry saline aerosol solution ground from pharmaceutical grade salt. It has no additives or impurities and especially no anti-caking agents. The amount of salt entering your lungs in our salt rooms (1-10mg/m3), is very low when compared to the average adult daily recommended intake of salt consumption of 6g. Therefore, the amount of salt entering your respiratory system is so low there would be no detrimental effects. Salt entering the lungs kills bacteria and reduces inflammation and loosens mucus.

What is the difference between a salt pipe and treatment in our salt cave?

The dry salt aerosol microclimate inside our Salt Therapy rooms, is continuously monitored and generated by Breeze Tronic Pro technology. The concentration, size of the particles, temperature, humidity and level of negative ionised charging is constantly controlled during the session.

Salt Pipes are recommended for use between Salt Therapy treatments but they cannot provide the same quality aerosol, which plays a key role in the healing of the respiratory system.

Is there a risk of cross infection from other clients in the salt cave?

 

A stable hypoallergenic, hypo-bacterial environment is maintained in the treatment room. The microclimate in our Salt Rooms is 3 times more sterile than a hospital surgery room as measured by the number of microorganisms present in the air, therefore the risk of cross infection is virtually eliminated during the therapy.

According to the WHO standards on air sterility, 1m3 should contain less than 300 microbial bodies. The assessment of the microbial bodies present during a session of Halotherapy identified that 1m3 contains from 90 – 200 saprophytic microorganisms; far below the standard set by the WHO.

If any bacteria managed to enter the room and it somehow survived in the sterile environment maintained by up to 2 tons of salt in the room, at the end of each session the air is completely vented for 15 minutes and replaced with fresh air for the next therapy session. Surfaces such as handrests are wiped down on a frequent basis.

 

Why is it so relaxing in our salt cave?

 

As the medical device grinds the pharmaceutical salt, it imparts a negative charge to the salt particles creating negative ions. Negative ions are exceedingly beneficial and are associated with improvements in mood and physical health.

Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow discovered that negative ions are able to help protect the body from induced physical stress.

British researchers at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences found negative ions significantly improved all physiological states, particularly during rest.

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