Over the past several years, Halotherapy has become a popular treatment for a variety of purposes, from clearing out the sinuses to improving the skin. It is widely sought after by people of all ages due to its multitude of benefits. But what exactly does Halotherapy do, how does it improve health, and why does it enhance the appearance of one’s skin? Keep reading to find out the answers to all of these questions and more.
Halotherapy comes from the Greek word ‘Halo,’ meaning Salt. So what exactly is salt therapy? In 1843 a doctor in Poland, Feliks Boczowski, discovered that there were certain mine workers who rarely got sick. Unlike other miners, who often had respiratory issues from being exposed to toxic particles, these particular miners had better respiration, and even looked younger than their actual age. They worked in the Wieliczka Salt mines. By the early 1900’s, Dr. Feliks Boczowski started sending his respiratory patients down into those mines. While the miners were working, fine particles of salt were inhaled by the patients, and they saw incredible improvement in their respiratory health.
In 1958, these salt mines became a health resort, helping patients gain better immune function and protection from colds, the flu, and other contagious illnesses. In 1976, Russian doctors and scientists created a halogenerator, which would crush the salt and diffuse the particles into the air, just like in the salt mines. This was the beginning of the halotherapy rooms we see today.
The halogenerator in a salt room takes pharmaceutical grade salt and crushes it into very fine particles, and disperses it into the room. Those particles then penetrate deeply into the respiratory tract and into the layers of the skin. The salt helps the body to secrete impurities by thinning the mucus, allowing the bacteria and toxins to move more freely out of the respiratory tract, which also promotes better breathing.
The salt from the halotherapy has many benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, immunity-boosting properties, which can all help to reduce allergies. Studies show that halotherapy is a great treatment for conditions like lung infections, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, throat infections, tonsillitis, and the common cold.
Halotherapy improves the skin by penetrating its deeper layers and boosting its protective properties. This provides healing as well as aesthetic benefits. It helps to normalize the skin's PH levels, stimulate the regenerative and restorative process in the epidermis (or outer layer), and enhance skin regeneration and elasticity. Along with cell rejuvenation, halotherapy helps reduce skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, and fungal infections.
Some Halotherapy rooms, like the one at Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic, offer a Chromotherapy feature. Chromotherapy, also known as LED color therapy, is a holistic treatment that uses different colors in the visible light spectrum to adjust the body's energy for wellness, renewal, and balance. It’s an alternative therapy approach to curing illnesses, and it aids the body in tissue regeneration and healing. Each LED light color emits energy of a certain wavelength and frequency, whose vibrations correlate with a physical symptom. Different colored lights can help restore specific imbalances in the body. Below is a guide to the physical benefits of each light color.
Red activates the circulatory and nervous systems.
Strong Pink strengthens and cleanses the veins and arteries.
Light Pink eliminates impurities from the bloodstream.
Orange eliminates localized fat.
Dark Yellow strengthens the body, relieves internal issues such as bronchitis and asthma.
Light Yellow purifies the skin, it also helps with indigestion and bodily distress.
Dark Green provides anti-infectious, antiseptic, and regenerative stimulation.
Light Green acts as a nerve relaxant.
Dark Blue lubricates joints, helps address infections, stress, and nervous tension.
Light Blue stimulates muscles, skin cells , nerves, and the circulatory system.
Indigo addresses eye inflammation such as cataracts and glaucoma.
Violet relaxes the nerves and the lymphatic system.
If you are looking for a non-invasive, natural and relaxing treatment for improving your skin and respiration, we recommend you try Halotherapy. Most people see benefits such as more hydrated and glowing skin after the first 1-2 sessions.
Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic is the only MedSpa in the area that offers Halotherapy. You can learn more about our Halotherapy services here. If you’d like to schedule a session, book an appointment online or call us at 651-222-3127.