Heavenly Bliss in a Himalayan Salt Cave
Lying on a comfortable reclining lounge chair and covered with a thin, warm blanket, soft Tibetan-sounding music envelops me with repetitive cadences; salt candles barely illuminate the darkness with an orange glow. I slowly drift off — I am in a Himalayan Salt Cave at Salt of the Earth.
But I don't want to fall asleep; I don't want to miss a minute experiencing the healing effects of imperceptible micron-sized Himalayan salt particles drizzling down on me. I hardly notice the half dozen people sharing this cave with me; everyone is in their world. I look at myriad tiny lights twinkling on the uneven ceiling that looks like sand dunes.
Forty-five minutes seems like a long time to do nothing at all, no phone calls, messages, news, not compiling a to-do list in my mind, not thinking about a zillion deadlines. Slowly my mind lets go of mundane concerns, and it is only me and the cave — a wave of tranquility washes over me.
According to the Salt Therapy Association, dry salt therapy (halotherapy —halos is Greek for salt) dates back to the salt mines and caves in Europe and Russia. It was discovered that salt miners rarely had any respiratory issues and had great looking skin.
The anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties of halotherapy are beneficial for respiratory ailments, such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis and more. They also provide relief for skin conditions: acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
I can attest to my positive results: just getting over a bad cold, I still had a 'stuffy nose.' At the end of the session, my nasal passages were clear and remained that way. My face felt smooth and soft — the only skin exposed to the halotherapy. Maybe next time I should wear shorts and a T-shirt and do without the blanket.
Just as impressive as the physical benefits are the emotional ones. The forty-five minutes went by fast; at the same time, it felt as if I had been far away for a long time. The soothing and tranquil surroundings had a profoundly relaxing and invigorating effect.
This Himalayan Salt Cave with its rustic stone walls, calming music, soft lights, and tons of salt — 7,000 lbs salt crystals on the floor, crunching under my sock-covered feet when I walked in, and 6,000 lbs on the ceiling —is going to be my body- and soul-rejuvenating refuge from now on.
Renate Strub is a freelance writer and photographer based in New Jersey, USA. Fluent in English, Spanish and German, Renate has spent years living in Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and the United States, and has traveled to more than 60 countries. She loves exploring new places, getting to know people and cultures.
Some of Renate's articles have appeared in Renaissance Magazine, Destinations Magazine, and Nomad Africa. She is a member of the International Travel Writers.