Throughout May each year, the Lung Foundation Australia raises awareness about the importance of lung health, as well as the signs and symptoms of lung disease. The Wellness Empowerment Collective is jumping on board with this important cause by raising awareness about the healing powers of salt.
Yes… salt. At first, it does sound a little like a health fad…. but rest assured, the therapeutic effects of salt are not new. For many centuries, across several cultures, the discovery that salt has incredible healing powers has been documented and embedded in many traditions. However, the first modern-day research study was conducted by Polish physician Felix Bochkovsky. He discovered that the men who worked in the Solotvino salt mines were in excellent health and good spirits, despite their poor nutrition and terrible working conditions. While metal and coal miners battled relentless, deadly respiratory illness, salt mine workers rarely, if ever, suffered from colds, lung disease or any of the many respiratory problems that plagued the general population at the time. This became known as the Solotvino Phenomenon, and Bochkovsky identified that the salt aerosol the workers inhaled every day was the source of their wellbeing.
In 1843, Dr. Bochkowsky published a book about the health benefits of salt dust. His successor, Mstislav Poljakowski, followed by establishing the first salt clinic near Krakow, Poland, which is still in operation today. During World War II, German salt mines were used as bomb shelters, which upon leaving, asthmatics were astounded to found they were able to breathe much easier.
By the 1950s, scientific studies were proving that salt is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antihistamine, which can be used to effectively treat a range of illnesses, providing a significant and lasting relief of symptoms. However, the difficulty and danger associated with accessing salt mines eventually called for the development of a more controlled environment.
The first above-ground salt rooms were funded by the Socialised Medical Systems in Eastern Europe during the 1960s, and became the go-to wellness destinations and respiratory hospitals. Salt rooms grew in popularity throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with health and beauty resorts throughout Europe and Scandinavia offering what became known as Halotherapy (from ‘halo’, Greek for salt), as one of their most sought-after holistic wellness treatments.
Today, Halotherapy is a powerful, natural treatment that simulates the microclimate of a natural salt cave. In addition to effectively treating a variety of upper and lower respiratory tract disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis, Halotherapy also improves skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
This truly holistic treatment involves the client sitting in a salt room with several inches of salt covering the floor, ceiling and walls, while a halogenerator grinds up pharmaceutical grade salt into tiny particles to create salt vapour. The salt vapour is dispersed throughout the room and inhaled by the client to reduce inflammation, loosen any congestion and open up the airways. The increase in oxygen intake cleanses the airways of smoke, dust, pollutants and other allergens.
In addition to treating respiratory and skin conditions, Halotherapy is great for athletes looking to increase their stamina and improve their athletic performance. In fact – national sports teams in Eastern Europe regularly integrate Halotherapy into their training regime. For those who don’t suffer from any skin or respiratory conditions, this treatment is an excellent immune system booster, and is a safe, natural and very affordable way for people of all ages to improve their general wellbeing.
Book your Halotherapy session at The Collective today, and discover the amazing healing powers of salt.