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Halotherapy Questions

What is Halotherapy?

The term “Halotherapy” comes from “halo”, the Greek word for salt. Simply put, Halotherapy is the use of salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations, and combat mental lethargy.

How does Halotherapy work?

A Halotherapy room typically uses a generator (Halo Generator) to pump dry aerosol salt vapor into the air, so you can breathe it deep into your lungs. Another method of Halotherapy also known as Spelotherapy uses a “wet” saline/brine solution to disperse the saline into the air, similar to being near the ocean.

Can Salt and Halotherapy help my skin?

Salt is extremely beneficial to your skin in treating:
• Acne • Psoriasis • Neurodermatitis • Eczema

Can Halotherapy help my respiratory system?

Studies show that people with chronic upper respiratory conditions, airborne allergies, sinusitis, and cystic fibrosis derive significant benefits from Halotherapy.

What illnesses can Halotherapy help treat?

Halotherapy can help relieve some symptoms such as:
Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Sinusitis, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Cystic Fibrosis, Allergic Rhinopathy or Hay Fever, Ear Infections, Chronic respiratory diseases or various acute, Smoker’s cough, Viral infections, Coughs and colds, Chronic ear nose and throat illnesses

What are some other helpful qualities of Salt?

Salt is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and mucolytic, meaning it loosens mucus and phlegm.

Should I consult my physician first?

Although salt therapy is a 100% natural and drug free, please consult with your healthcare provider prior to making an appointment at Salty.

Facility Questions

What do I wear in the Salt Cave and Salt Booth?

Most people stay in the clothes they arrived in. Any comfortable clothes are just fine. No shoes are allowed in the cave. We provide fabric foot covers to go over your socks.

What do I wear in the Infrared Sauna?

We suggest you bring change of clothes to wear in the sauna: a tank top and shorts or a swim suit are the best apparel.

What kind of salt is in the Salt Cave?

Our Salt Cave is comprised of approximately 23,000 pounds of Himalayan salt, in the form of tiles, chunks and granular pieces.

What is a Graduation Tower? How does it work?

Our Graduation Tower is inspired by the World Famous one at the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland which started the world-wide salt cave craze. The secret of the tower is in the construction of the wooden, wall-like frame that is filled with bundles of birch branches. A brine solution thickens as it flows down the branches, breaking apart as it hits each branch. This process partially evaporates the brine, forming a curative aerosol which saturates the air, creating the cave’s unique microclimate.

How can a Graduation Tower help me?

The Graduation Tower creates a unique microclimate in the cave that can help you relax and boost your immunity and vitality.

Inhalations at the graduation tower are called “Brine Inhalation Therapy.” For centuries this has been used by those in Europe and Eastern Europe with chronic or reoccurring respiratory system ailments. Those with rhinitis, sinusitis, laryngitis and during the period of post-therapy of acute infections of the respiratory system often feel relief. The brine aerosol also helps with mucus for those with pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and bronchial asthma.

Are there any other Graduation Towers in Ohio?

We are the only professionally built Salt Cave that features a Graduation Tower. Our tower and cave were built by Beata Hatley, who grew up very close to the Weiliczka Salt Mine. Her father even worked as an engineer at the salt mine.

Are there any side effects or disclaimers?

Salt Therapy is a non-medical, complementary treatment which has no side effects when used with your medication. Salt Therapy is not a cure; it is a complementary treatment that can relieve symptoms. Salty does not warranty individual salt treatment results.

Respiratory • Halotherapy

Salt Therapy Can Treat 7+ Major Respiratory Illnesses

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Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell to produce extra mucus. This can make breathing more difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled.

How Salt Therapy helps Asthma:

Dry Salt Therapy consistently demonstrates a dramatic positive effect on asthma symptoms. Over series of sessions, inhalation of dry salt aerosol will bring abut the improvement of mucociliary clearance and the decrease of bronchial inflammation, the decrease or elimination of pathogenic microorganisms, and a reduction of bronchial hyper-responsiveness.

This translates into better lung function, fewer spasmodic attacks, and clearer air passages. Naturally, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory sodium chloride particles are carried into the deepest recesses if the bronchial system due to the unique aerosol dispersal system and the microscopic size of the particles.

In controlled studies, the majority of subjects showed reduce bronchial obstruction, better drain function of the airways, and improved viscosity of bronchial secretions. The number and intensity of asthma attacks were reduced, and respiratory discomfort decreased or disappeared, which allowed most to reduce or even eliminate prescribed medications.

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance – such as pollen, airborne particles or pet dander – or to a food that doesn’t cause a reaction and most people. You’re immune system produces substance is known as antibodies. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular Allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t. When you come into contact with an allergen, your immune system’s reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system.

How Salt Therapy helps Allergies:

Inflammation is reduced due to natural properties of the inhaled salt particulates, which also thin bronchial and nasal secretions. Improved drainage allows for a reduction in contaminants That may trigger or pro long allergic episodes. Additionally, Salt’s ability to absorb edema from swollen mucosa lining is in the sinuses and respiratory tract opens always to bring about the quick relief of symptoms. Long-term studies with allergy patients in Russia who reported remarkable improvement over a period of 10 years have led to dry salt therapy being recognized as a certified allergy treatment by the Russian Ministry of health and other associations in Europe.

The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It’s usually harmless, although it might not feel that way. Many types of viruses an cause a common cold. Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system – your nose, throat, and lungs.

How Salt Therapy helps Coughs, Colds & Flu:

Dry Salt Therapy has an immediate remedial effect on the symptoms of colds and flu. Breathing becomes easier as inhaled salt aerosol naturally absorbs edema from swollen air passages and thins mucus secretions so that drainage is easier. The dispersal system of microscopic salt particles used in this therapy allows the salt aerosol to be taken deep into these cavities, bringing the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action to the root of the problem. Relief from the irritation of sticky mucus secretions and debris, as well as the antispasmodic effect, produced by calming negative ions, calms and quiets coughs.

Equally important is the sterile, isolated treatment environment, free from exposure to any external challenges, which gives the immune system the chance to reassert itself in this supportive atmosphere and initiate a healing process. Additionally, the deep cleaning of the sinus cavities and respiratory tract inherent in this type of treatment reduces the toxic load on the immune system, regardless of external exposure. A series of Dry Salt Therapy treatments not only help to relieve and heal a current cold or flu episode but increases resistance to new infections for months in the future.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system, and other organs in the body. Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But, in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretion to become sticky and thick. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts, and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.

How Salt Therapy helps Cystic Fibrosis:

Dry Salt Therapy has proven to be an invaluable resource for sufferers of cystic fibrosis. The hydrophilic and mucokinetic action of inhaled salt particles thins unnaturally thick and sticky mucus, clearing accumulated secretions and unclogging passages in the bronchi and bronchiole. Other benefits are the absorption of edema from the mucosa lining of the airways and reduction of inflammation in the respiratory tract and sinuses.

The extremely viscous nature of mucus secretions in patients with this disease often cause a build up of bacteria. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the effects of salt therapy on cystic fibrosis patients, “The results of our trail were revolutionary. We saw a sustained improvement in lung function, a major reduction in the number of lung flare-ups, a reduced need for antibiotics to treat flare-ups, and fewer days off school or work due to illness.”

Acute sinusitis causes the cavities around your nasal passages (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen. This interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up. With acute sinusitis, it might be difficult to breath through your nose. The area around your eyes and face might feel swollen, and you might have throbbing facial pain or a headache.

How Salt Therapy helps Sinus Infections & Sinusitis:

Relief of edema from swollen tissues widen passages, improving drainage and increasing aeration behind the tympanic membrane, reducing infection in the pockets where bacteria often builds due to the collected fluid.

Relief from sinus infections is also achieved through deep penetrating dry salt particles. The negative charge of halo-aerosol particles causes them to be literally drawn into essentially possibly charged environment of inflamed and infected sinus cavities. Relief is achieved quickly as mucus secretions become thinner and are able to drain properly, removing trapped pockets of debris and bacteria.

The ionic particles also stimulate the immune system, increasing the body’s innate ability to resist further infection as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce the current episode. This can significantly reduce the use of antibiotics in chronic sufferers of ear and sinus infections.

Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when your breathing is partially obstructed in someway while you’re sleeping. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, which creates those irritating sounds

How Salt Therapy helps snoring:

The multiple effects of dry salt therapy on the body enable it to address sleeping issues with a variety of causes. Most basically, snoring and sleep apnea caused by obstructed air passages is relieved due to the antiemetic and anti-inflammatory properties of salt particles.
Air passages are opened and widened, and spasm of inflamed irritated tissue and smooth muscles are modulated, so restful breathing can be achieved. Many subjects have found relief of from sleep apnea previously treated by drugs or sleep machines in a single session, with results improving daily as the series progressed

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. Its characterized by a daily cough and mucus production.

Emphysema is a condition in which the alveoli at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) of the lungs are destroyed as a result of damaging exposure to cigarette smoke and other irritating gases and particulate matter.

How Salt Therapy helps COPD, Emphysema & Bronchitis:

The multiple effects of Dry Salt Therapy work to cleanse the respiratory system and speed up the elimination of toxins in the body. Inflammation is reduced due to natural properties of the inhaled salt particles, which also thin bronchial and nasal secretions. The smallest Microparticles of salt reach the lower respiratory system and work as a “bronchial toothpaste” for the airways.

Benefits • Halotherapy

Salt Therapy goes beyond physical cleansing benefits


Studies show that people with chronic upper respiratory conditions, airborne allergies, sinusitis, and cystic fibrosis derive significant benefits from Halotherapy.

Skin Cleansing

Salt is known to be anti-bacterial and is extremely beneficial to your skin in treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and neurodermatitis.

Reduced Stress

Soaking your feet in warm salt water charged with ions draws out unwanted toxins. Often times an ionic detox foot-bath will clear your mind and reduce anxiety.

Increased Energy

The Infrared Sauna heats your core to expel toxic metals, chemicals, and chronic infection at a cellular level. This will leave you refreshed and energized.





102 E. Park St.
Chardon, OH 44024

On the southeast corner of Chardon Square
Private parking lot between Salty and the library