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APR 2019

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S 18 @dayspamagazine • April 2019 © GETTY IMAGES MAKING WAVES RELAXING ON THE BEACH has long been considered the epitome of a stress-free vacation, but it's not just the sand and sun that do a body good. Tu rns out, breathing in salty air can actually benefi t one's health and well-being, especially when it comes to respiratory ailments, reports the Global Wellness Institute (GWI). So it's no surprise that salt therapy, also called halotherapy or speleotherapy, has been popping up in more and more spas as part of their holistic wellness offerings. In fact, this latest trend has the potential to deliver long-term benefi ts to spas and clients alike, says Ann Brown, founder and CEO of Saltability and co-chair of the Exploring Salt & Halotherapy Initiative. "Spas are looking for ways to be hip and boost revenue—salt therapy does both," she notes. Halotherapy fi rst took hold in Medieval Europe when monasteries were in charge of hospitals and clinics, explains Rebecca Johnston, spa director of Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "The monks would recommend salt caves for therapeutic reasons. Respiratory and skin issues were reportedly improved by that environment," she says. Similarly, Polish salt cave miners in the 1800s didn't appear to experience the lung problems that coal miners did; they even seemed resistant to respiratory illnesses, including the fl u and tuberculosis, continues Johnston. "So doctors began using the salt caves as therapy for all sorts of ailments," she says. In general, halotherapy refers to micron-sized particles of salt that are either inhaled or absorbed Halotherapy Adding wellness offerings to your treatment menu can be as simple as a dash of salt. by Stephanie Vozza

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