In the 1840s, a Polish doctor named Feliks Boczkowski noticed something interesting while treating workers in the Wieleczka Salt Mines. Unlike other miners who routinely experienced lung problems from breathing in the pollutants in the mines, he found that patients rarely had respiratory issues. Boczkowski attributed this to the high salt content in the cave’s microclimate and he published a treatise detailing his theories in 1843. Several years later one of his pupils opened the first salt inhalation clinic in Poland. Today, Boczkowski is considered the father of modern Halotherapy.
This wasn’t the first time people had drawn the connection between salt content in the air and improved respiratory health. Catholic monks in times in Europe regularly brought people with respiratory issues into salt caves and then crushed the salt with their feet to release it into the air. Salt therapy was also used in the days of ancient Greece and Rome.
While poorly studied in the US, halotherapy has been widely studied in Russia and Europe.
One of the biggest proponents of Halotherapy (salt therapy) is Dr. Alina Chervinskaya, M.D. PhD, Head of the Scientific and Clinical Center of Preventive and Rehabilitation Pulmonology of the Sokolov Clinical Hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Chervinskaya, who received her doctorate from the Leningrad Institute of Medicine, has been exploring this important field of work for the past twenty years. Her specialty is pulmonary and respiratory therapy.
Salt therapy is useful for relieving symptoms of skin, respiratory and lifestyle conditions, such as:
During the session you will breathe a saline solution of fine microcrystals which are misted by the Halotherapy machine. Sessions last 20 minutes and there are no special clothes to be worn or procedures to perform. Come as you are and just breathe!