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Himalayan Salt Crystals on our walls at The Salt Spa of Asheville.
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Natural Salt Mines
Natural Salt Caves
Natural salt caves are very rare. Some have been found in Iran by the Persian Gulf. Most all other known underground salt spaces are salt mines, created by harvesting salt deposits from the earth since the Middle Ages. Salt Mines have long been known to be beneficial for the respiratory system. Hundreds of millions of years ago, ancient Oceans left massive salt deposits deep underground around the world. When some of the salt resources were harvested, subterranean chambers with a special micro-climate were created.
In 1843 a Polish doctor was the first to document the health benefits of the micro-climate of natural salt mines for people with respiratory complaints. After realizing that salt mine workers had very healthy lungs and hardly ever became sick with respiratory illnesses, he began to send his patients in salt mines for a prolonged stay to breathe this beneficial micro-climate. Eventually, curative centers were built in some of Europe's salt mines and are still being utilized today. This subterranean treatment is called Speleotherapy.
There are no natural salt mines here in the United States that are being used for therapeutic purposes. However, the benefits of dry salt air is made available to the people here in North America and around the world with salt spas offering Halotherapy, like our man- made Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary at The Salt Spa of Asheville.
In the early 1980's, Scientists and Physicians began to study the micro-climate of natural salt mines. We now know that the air in salt mines is saturated with a therapeutic concentration of fine dry salt particles, mostly 1 - 5 microns in size in a concentration of 15 - 25 mg/m3. This combination has profound therapeutic and relaxing effects.
When Halotherapy ( dry salt therapy) was developed over 25 years ago, this therapeutic micro-climate became available to more people. There are thousands of Halotherapy Centers and Spas in Europe which have been spreading around the world, including the United States. Asheville's Salt Spa and Himalayan Salt Cave is the first Halotherapy Spa in North Carolina where people can enjoy the therapeutic micro-climate of salt.