Whether this is the first time you’ve heard the word “halotherapy” or you’re already familiar with the concept, today we’re going to explain exactly what it is and how you can enjoy the benefits when you visit Caldea. Do you want to know what’s behind this term? Keep reading…
References to the benefits of salt for the human body can be found as far back as ancient Chinese texts. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, also used it to treat his patient’s respiratory conditions. But the origins of true halotherapy can be traced to 19th century Poland, specifically the city of Wieliczka (just 14 kilometres from Krakow in the south of the country) which was famous for its salt mines and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. During that period, it was noted that the salt miners did not suffer from respiratory conditions, in contrast to the rest of the population who did experience problems in this regard.
Based on this observation, and the popularity of the destination and its salt mines, scientific research was conducted in the ‘90s to confirm the existence of these benefits for the human body. As a result, halotherapy, or salt therapy, was born.
Halotherapy recreates the climate that exists inside salt mines using a halogenerator, a device that disperses microparticles of salt into the atmosphere. These microparticles mix with the air and are inhaled by spa-goers as they enjoy the sauna. In strictly therapeutic centres providing complementary therapy for respiratory conditions, halotherapy sessions can last for between 40 and 60 minutes—an inconceivable amount of time to spend in a sauna!
Based on the fundamentals of salt therapy, at Caldea you can also enjoy the benefits of halotherapy in our salt sauna. This sauna can be found in the Inúu space (which is only accessible to persons aged 16 and upwards) and features a wall of rock salt, behind which lies a halogenerator that fills the air with salt particles. As this is a sauna, we recommend that you bathe in our neutral thermal waters and finish with a refreshing aromatic shower.
An intriguing proposal that, aside from being therapeutic and combined with the properties of our thermal waters, will help to alleviate the symptoms of colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, or even dermatological conditions like atopic eczema and psoriasis.
We recommend that you make the most of this experience by taking the opportunity to practise mindfulness. The peaceful atmosphere of the sauna, the heat, and the pale neutral colours of the salt wall will help you to relax and connect your body and mind. You will feel physical tension slip away as your mind is freed from stress.
If you’re yet to experience the benefits of halotherapy, don’t pass up the opportunity during your next visit to Caldea. All you need to do is purchase admission to Inúu and, after a thermal bath, you can allow your body and mind to drift away with this new wellness trend.