By Nicole Heubusch

Salt Therapy has become a popular health treatment, but not many people know the benefits that can come from a restorative and therapeutic session in a salt room or salt bed. The Salt Grotto recently relocated into Plaza Bella and offers all these treatments plus many products. A session in the salt room or salt bed is called halotherapy.

“Salt Care is a 100 percent natural, drug free, integrative treatment providing long term relief for many skin and respiratory ailments. It can and should be used as a complement to your medical practitioner’s advice, and it really is so relaxing,” said Owner Susanne Murray.

When in the room, guests can relax on a zero gravity lounge chair while being surrounded by Himalayan crystal salt, which will help alleviate anxiety and stress, along with reducing inflammation, strengthening the immune system, easing sore muscles and clearing their head. Asthma, sore throats, colds and emphysema are just a few of the symptoms that can be treated with salt therapy.

While a treatment in the salt room lasts an hour, the salt bed treatment only lasts 10-15 minutes. The salt bed is constructed so guests have the option to either lie directly on the salt, or on a wooden platform above the salt. The salt bed offers a personal, customizable treatment. Healing, therapeutic massages are also available everyday of the week by appointment.

The benefits of salt therapy are not just for adults. There is a special room at The Salt Grotto for children, specially designed as a mini play room with the floor covered inches deep in the healing salts. For those interested in keeping up with treatments at home or at the office, The Salt Grotto also sells salt lamps, bath salts, oils and Himalayan salt inhalers.

Sessions for salt therapy start at $45 for one session. There is a monthly membership available for $250. First time clients can get one session for $25. For children, the sessions start at $35, and the salt bed session also starts at $35 for one session. The Salt Grotto is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit thesaltgrotto.com/home. html or call 324-8946.