Relaxing Mind, Body And Soul With Halotherapy And Heat Spa
In order to counteract the stress of the busy lives that we lead, spas have quickly become a haven of sorts for those who are looking for a quick “retreat” from their daily routine. With so many treatments and services offered by these spas, it can be confusing to pick one that would not only allow you to completely relax but also improve your overall health.
Keeping that in mind, there are two therapies that spas around the country offer that have seen an increase in popularity, mainly due to their benefits.
Halotherapy, also known as Salt Therapy has become quite popular in the last few years. Practiced since the 18th century, salt therapy is a natural and non-invasive therapy mimicking the climate of a salt cave and involves inhaling dry salt to relieve an extensive range of skin and respiratory conditions.
Since salt is a natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine, it helps people to improve a number of health conditions. Heating salt allows it to become not only extremely dry but also kinetically more active which is then crushed and dispersed in to the air in a closed environment. By inhaling that, it not only removes allergens but also foreign substances and toxins from your lungs and respiratory tract making it easier for us to breathe.
Recommended 3-4 days a week, Halotherapy is completely safe for both adults and children since there are no harmful effects being completely natural.
The process is very simple and relaxing – a halogenerator grinds up the pharmaceutical grade salt in to tiny particles that are then airborne so that it can easily be breathed in by the client. These particles are inhaled deeply by the client that helps to loosen congestion allowing for improved and easier breathing.
But there are more benefits to salt therapy including:
- Provides deep relaxation
- Balancing of blood pressure
- Hormone synthesis improvement
- Increased happiness and cognitive function
- Helps in knocking out the common cold or bronchitis
- Improved overall quality of sleep
- Airborne minerals help in balancing the nervous system
- Reduces allergies
- Faster recuperation after workouts
- Stronger immune system
- Reduction in asthma
- Improves skin tone
- Reduces coughing and phlegm
- Eases Hay fever & sinus infections
- Reduces bronchial inflammation
- Sanitizes the respiratory system
- Reduces snoring which may help sufferers of sleep apnea
- Soothe cystic fibrosis
- Helps acne, dermatitis and dandruff (dermatitis)
- Relieve stress
- Weight loss
- COPD benefits
- Enhanced endurance
Although Halotherapy is completely natural and safe to use, there are still some individuals for whom this is not recommended. Halotherapy is not recommended for the people with the conditions stated below:
- Contagious disease
- Chronic obstructive lung disease
- Acute respiratory disease
- Infections that are associated with fever
- Severe hypertension
- Cardiac disease patients
NATIVE AMERICAN HEAT/SWEAT SPA
Today, using intense heat for the relaxation of muscles and the body as well as for the removal of toxins is widely recognized. However, using heat – intense heat – specifically for that purpose has been around for much longer than you might have thought to be. One such treatment that has resulted from the use of intense heat is in the form of a ‘Sweat Spa’.
A rather interesting take on a spa service, this particular treatment finds its roots in the Native American culture and history. Sweat lodges are considered to a considered to be a sacred ceremony that aims for both physical and spiritual cleansing and have been a part of both the Native American as well as the European cultures for a long time now.
A sweat lodge as it’s more commonly known is mostly a purifying ritual which uses intense heat for the stimulation of insight and vision as well as to detoxify the body through blood circulation stimulation causing the body to sweat out impurities.
When you step inside a sweat lodge, you will find that a typical lodge tends to be dome shaped and circular, built low towards the ground. Outside the lodge, rocks are heated up in to a fire and brought towards the center of the lodge and placed in to a dug pit, after which water is added to produce steam. The steam produced from the water hitting the rocks makes the lodge feel even hotter, after which sage or sweatgrass is scattered all over the rocks as part of the Native American ritual.
However, in most spas, this form of traditional Native American sweat lounges can’t be found – instead spa directors have taken inspiration from this tradition and given it their own unique twist. Here when you ask them for a Native America Heat Spa, you will find yourself taken to a room that is surrounded by the scent of burning sage and will find yourself made to lie down on a bed, wrapped in a blanket to produce the heat effect of the traditional sweat lounge.