WHERE IT’S AT: Salt Cave (saltcave.us), located in Naples, Florida.
DESCRIPTION: Covered with fine, pure Himalayan pink crystal salt, specially imported for the facility, Salt Cave provides a dry, sterile place for visitors to relax. The large amount of dry rock salt creates a special microclimate identical to underground salt caves popular in Europe. Patients relax on comfortable chairs during the sessions, soothed by calming music and absorbing the energy and healing benefits of a salt-infused aerosol provided by a salt generator.
BENEFITS: According to the Salt Cave’s website, the salt chambers don’t only have healing effects but its resonant vibration activates one’s self-healing and self-regulating powers. When someone’s body is lacking its natural frequency, salt can bring them back to normal—back to a balanced state. Salt treatment is also believed to help with bronchitis, COPD, asthma, nervousness, poor concentration, sleep disorders, ADHD, acne, eczema, psoriasis, snoring, ear infections, arthritis, relapsing pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, amongst other aliments.
HISTORY BEHIND THE SERVICE: Salt mines and their therapeutic properties have been noted since Hippocrates. They were once utilized by the monks who would take their sick to the salt caves and let them breath in salt particles from crushed stalactites. Halotherapy has also been embraced in numerous Eastern European countries; including the former Soviet Union and Great Britain.
WHO PERFORMS IT: Self-serving
LENGTH OF SERVICE: 45 minutes
COST FOR SERVICE: Single session ($45 for adults, $35 for children under 10), private session ($250 for groups up to 15 people), package of five sessions ($175 for adults, $125 for children), package of 10 sessions ($250 for adults, $150 for children under 10).