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Heavenly Halotherapy from the Salt of the Earth
By Mary Spinei - Sojourn Travel Magazine June 2015
The Salt Spa of Asheville is located one mile south of the Biltmore Estate and Village, surrounded by North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Owners Brad and Ines Clark opened the spa in 2011—the first of its kind in the area. The spa features a Himalayan Salt Cave room containing five tons of 100% pure pink salt imported from the Himalayan foothills of Pakistan. Salt-infused air is piped into the room by a halogenerator, a state-of-the-art device that provides a therapeutic amount of negatively charged salt particles into the room, making the air similar to the micro-climate of a natural salt mine.
According to Ines, in the early 1800s, a Polish physician discovered the health benefits of natural salt mines when he noticed the miners’ excellent health—especially their respiratory health and immunity to disease. Since then natural salt mines, which are 500 to 2000 feet below the earth, have been used in Europe for therapeutic purposes and wellness. This practice is called speleotherapy or cave therapy.
“In the 1980s, Russian pulmonologist Dr. Alina Chervinskaya wanted to integrate natural therapies into the Western medical approach. Together with a scientific team, she studied the air in several natural salt mines and found the same therapeutic concentration of dry salt particles (1 to 5 microns) as well as an abundance of negative air ions in all the mines,” Brad explains.
“Chervinskaya’s research suggests that the inhalation of unpolluted salt air promotes relaxation and respiratory health. This research led to the development of the halogenerator, which grinds the salt into breathable micron-sized particles—and halotherapy (halos is Greek for salt) was introduced into the medical field. The spa industry began using halotherapy in the mid-2000s,” Brad concludes.
Halotherapy, the practice of breathing salt-particle-infused air, became popular in Europe before the U.S. Ines trained as a physical therapist in Germany where halotherapy is widely used for respiratory health, relaxation, and well-being.
The Salt Spa recreates the unique micro-climate of a salt mine, but is much warmer. “The temperature in the room is 70°F, which is the perfect temperature for our lungs and relaxation,” says Brad. “A real mine would be around 50°F. Documented scientific studies show that salt has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, and our salt cave sanctuary contains all natural pink Himalayan salt—no harmful chemicals.”
“My husband, our then 7-year-old son and I designed and built the salt cave sanctuary in a labor of love,” says Ines. “Using water and the purest Himalayan salt crystals, the salt on all the walls was artfully applied with our own hands to achieve an ambiance of healing atmosphere.”
The pink salt crystals cover the walls of the spa’s Himalayan Salt Cave room, and there are soft lights reflecting the colors of the rainbow, creating a feeling of instant well-being. The floor consists of pinkish Himalayan salt tiles and pea-sized pink Himalayan salt crystals.
The spa’s website shows children playing on the salt floor in the spa’s Halotherapy and Story-Time Program. Other programs include Halo-Kundalini Yoga Gong Meditation with Bob Bauer; Halo-Yoga Nidra with Katherine Caldwell; massage and cranio-sacral therapy; Reflexology; Energy Healing;and Polarity Therapy.
Experiencing the Yoga and Gong class in this room is magical. The air feels light and refreshing, and the yoga postures and chanting expand inhalation, which brings the salty air deep into the lungs. When Yogi Bob strikes the gong, the sounds echo inside the body, producing total relaxation.
Just outside the Himalayan Salt Cave room is a sitting area with round Himalayan salt detox lamps on the floor. After a long day of walking around Asheville, placing your aching feet on these warm salt discs revitalizes the entire body. The lamps are available for purchase at the spa in addition to other products such as bath salts, salt scrubs, essential oils, and salt cooking blocks.
Participants should dress in comfortable clothing, and wear white socks to protect the salt floor. The Salt Spa of Asheville is located on 473 Hendersonville Road. For more information, go to www.saltspaasheville.com.
The Guide - The Mountaineer
Get Into Your Element at The Salt Spa of Asheville & Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary
By Fay Grant Guide contributor | Aug 24, 2014
Strengthen your immune system, cleanse your lungs, de-stress, and purify your skin during halotherapy (dry salt therapy) at The Salt Spa of Asheville’s weekly Halo-Kundalini Yoga and Gong Bath.
The health benefits of the microclimate of natural salt caves have been documented since 1843, and with the scientist-developed halogenerator, The Salt Spa of Asheville can truly re-create the healing and therapeutic climate of underground salt mines within their Himalayan salt cave sanctuary.
Himalayan pink salt is believed to be the purest form of salt available — with a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements like calcium, iron and magnesium — and it’s widely recognized for its exquisite pink color and therapeutic properties.
Regular use of Himalayan pink salt can provide essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, eliminates toxins and increase circulation. With every breath you take inside their unique and relaxing Himalayan salt therapy cave, you’ll fill your lungs with ultra fine, breathable salt particles that can provide extensive therapeutic results.
Halo-Kundalini Yoga and Gong Bath at The Salt Spa of Asheville integrates the advantages of yoga practice with the healing benefits of the microclimate of their natural salt cave, providing a more extensive penetration of the lungs through deeper breathing techniques.
Bob Bauer, yoga instructor and owner of Long Time Sun Yoga and Wellness, describes Kundalini Yoga as a combination of postures, movement, sound current, breath work and meditation.
“It opens us to our innate wisdom, bringing an awareness that allows us to fulfill our potential,” said Bauer. “Kundalini Yoga is more than physical yogic practice; it is a lifestyle. It makes you radiant, peaceful and strong, in the face of stress and change.”
The cleansing properties of salt enhance lung function and stamina while yoga connects body and mind; reducing anxiety and depression, promoting deep relaxation and alleviating pain caused by tension and arthritis. Halo Yoga classes are perfect for all ages and levels, involving slow movements and deep breathing techniques.
Halo-Kundalini Yoga and Gong Bath with Bob Bauer
What you’ll get: One hour of salt therapy paired with Kundalini Yoga, gong meditation for deep relaxation, and a mantra for healing.
When: From 5 to 6 p.m. every Sunday
Call 828-505-1838 for reservations. Limited spaces are available.
WNC Magazine December 2013
By Ines Clark - Journey into Healing – Reflecting from the Heart
All we had was a vision, inspiration and a purpose when we started our journey into healing more than two years ago. We, that is me, my husband and our then seven-years-old son. Our vision to create The Salt Spa of Asheville, a beautiful healing center became reality in September 2011, when we found the location where our journey would truly begin.
The unfolding building process was quite an experience and challenged me more than once. I had to learn how to deal with difficulties constructively. It got easier once I surrendered into the flow until two weeks before the opening of our Himalayan Salt Spa and Salt Gift Shop when a close friend suddenly passed away of cancer, leaving two young children and her husband behind. Grieving and finishing our project at the same time was almost more than we could bear. We had to remind ourselves of our purpose to go on.
Then came December 8, 2011… After months of building and creating The Salt Spa of Asheville we turned the key for the first time to invite you in. Over time, something very precious was unfolding. We began to witness how the salt spa took others on a journey of their own healing and transformation. We understood that the healing of others and the healing of ourselves are inseparable.
On this journey we have become more appreciative of the woman who developed Halotherapy. Professor Chervinskaya, M.D., PhD. is a European pulmonary physician devoted to finding natural healing methods that support people’s health, especially the respiratory system. After all, breath is life. In the 1980’s, she gathered a team of scientists to study the microclimate of natural salt mines, which have been used for respiratory therapy since the 1800’s. Professor Chervinskaya wanted to re-create this healing microclimate, so her patients could benefit from it regularly. The mines consist of a small amount of dry salt particles saturating the air and an abundance of negative air ions. Her team worked tirelessly to re-create the salt microclimate of underground mines until they succeeded.
Since the early 1990’s this therapy has helped hundreds of thousands of people to feel better. Professor Chervinskaya named this method Halotherapy—breathing dry salt particles, cleansing the respiratory system while reducing inflammation, bacteria and mucus along with strengthening lung function and the immune system.
Because of how these micron size dry salt particles are being produced, Halotherapy has a much more profound therapeutic effect than salt water mist and is also safer. Halotherapy is a brilliant combination of healing and relaxation and is a safe, drug-free, natural and effective way to find relief from respiratory ailments like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis and more, including skin conditions.
Our purpose is to help people to feel at their best and we always wanted to integrate other natural therapies into our spa. We are immensely excited to expand our services at the beginning of December/January. We will include compelling healing therapies and are blessed to work with talented healers bringing their gifts to you. Our stunning, totally unique salt healing room surrounded by millions of Himalayan salt crystals on walls and floor will significantly deepen your healing experience. Something to look forward to!
Lastly but most importantly, we would like to express our deepest thanks to those people we have formed wonderful relationships with and for giving us support and trust over the past two years. This is something to celebrate. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
WNC Woman Magazine December 2012
The Salt Spa of Asheville celebrates the First Year of Service!
On December 8 it will be one year since The Salt Spa of Asheville opened its doors to offer deeply relaxing and health-promoting Halotherapy (salt therapy) to our community. “Looking back, it has been an incredible experience,” says Ines Clark, who owns and operates The Salt Spa together with her husband Brad and son Ely. “Every day we are blessed to meet wonderful people and we have developed great friendships over the year.
Thanks to the therapeutic dry salt microclimate in the salt therapy room, most customers feel great respiratory improvement and increased overall wellbeing after their sessions. Witnessing the health benefits of Halotherapy is a great joy for us.” The Salt Spa of Asheville regularly integrates other holistic healing modalities that compliment salt therapy, including Halo-Yoga, Vibrational Sound Healing, Meditation and conscious breathing classes.
Their monthly specials are very attractive and popular. One of the highlights of the year was the Free Natural Healing Afternoon at The Salt Spa in October, where local natural health practitioners offered their services at no cost while everyone who attended also received a free salt therapy session. “We definitely will organize an event like this again. It is a great way to experience different natural health methods and bring the community together.”
To celebrate their first year The Salt Spa of Asheville is planning several special events in December: On the 8th, The Asheville Sound Collective will hold a magical toning and sound bath in The Salt Spa where you will be enchanted by the beautiful ambience of the salt therapy room and the sound of crystal bowls and voices. Other events include Halo-Kundalini Yoga on December 2, 2-3 p.m., Conscious Breathing Class, Meditation evening, Halo-Sound meditation with Crystal singing bowls December 1, 6-8 p.m., Open House on Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m. and Special Offers throughout the month. For the Holiday season, make The Salt Spa of Asheville a destination for health promoting gifts. Gift Certificates are also available.
Reservations are required for all events. Check their website for updates at www. SaltasiaWellbeing.com or call (828) 505-1838. 473 Hendersonville Rd. Suite B, Asheville NC 28803
The Biltmore Beacon News Thursday, October 25, 2012
Salt Spa of Asheville offers salt therapy
In ancient times,salt was known as“white gold”. Today we know that life without salt is impossible. Our cell metabolism depends upon salt for proper function. Salt also has many therapeutic benefits. When inhaled, salt provides anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help alleviate many symptoms associated with various respiratory complaints. This is called salt therapy, otherwise known as halotherapy. Historically, salt therapy has been practiced for centuries. In 1843, natural salt mines were discovered to have therapeutic benefits on the respiratory system. Physicians began treating patients with related diseases in these natural salt mines with great success. Eventually, underground hospitals were built and still exist today in countries like Austria, Poland, Russia and the Ukraine. But the inconvenience of travel and waiting time for treatments inspired physicians to study and re-create the therapeutic microclimate of natural salt mines. The resulting research shows that the air in salt mines is saturated with a certain concentration of dry salt aerosol 1-5 microns in size, which has been proven to be the main therapeutic factor of this microclimate. In the early 1990s, a special device was developed to reproduce the dry salt air environment and this was the beginning of modern halotherapy. The Salt Spa of
Asheville is the first Halotherapy Center in North Carolina, offering the therapeutic essence of salt in a beautiful, unique and rejuvenating space where
natural healing can take place. When you visit, be prepared for an exquisite and deeply relaxing experience as you are surrounded by tons of Himalayan salt, soothing music and the ambience of golden glowing salt crystals throughout. Halotherapy is magnified by the presence of an abundance of negative ions in the salt therapy room through the correct therapeutic amount of negatively charged dry salt particles. Halotherapy is a
natural, non-medical and safe complimentary treatment that is beneficial for complaints related to the respiratory tract including asthma, allergies, sinus issues and lung diseases. Halotherapy positively influences the immune system, cardio-vascular system, and skin, supports better sleep and releases stress due to the deep relaxation. The Salt Spa of Asheville is located at 473 Hendersonville Rd Suite B, Asheville, NC 28803. Reservations can be made by phone at 505-1838 or online at www.SaltasiaWellbeing.com.
February 2012 - Pass the Salt
Pass the Salt
Can salt therapy shake things up? A look inside Asheville’s first salt spa.
by Jess McCuan . photos by Matt Rose
You should take Ines Clark’s new treatment with a grain of salt—or, perhaps, a few hundred million of them. The German immigrant just opened Asheville’s first salt spa, Saltasia Wellbeing, in December in a South Asheville building decked out in five tons of fancy salt. The idea is this: you sit in a peaceful, warm room breathing salty air while surrounded by glowing red hunks of ancient salt from the
Himalayas. It will sound unusual to Americans, but apparently, salt rooms and salt caves (both manmade and naturally occurring) are common treatments in Eastern Europe for people with immune dysfunctions, respiratory ailments and other disorders. The salt spa is an increasingly trendy American phenomenon, too, with salty retreats popping up in the last few years in cities with large
populations of Eastern Europeans (Chicago) or crowds of New Agers (Boulder). What’s the lowdown on sucking in salt? Well, halotherapy, as inhaled salt treatments are known, is a complementary therapy, not the main treatment for any disease or condition—something Clark herself makes clear. “It helps, but it’s not curing,” she says. (The spa’s promotional pamphlet includes a lengthy disclaimer.) To be sure, salt has well-documented antibacterial qualities, and in a 2006 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors found that cystic
fibrosis sufferers did have better lung function after inhaling a hypertonic saline solution. Russian medical journals have documented the beneficial effects of halotherapy among patients with chronic bronchitis and sinusitis, and modern salt spa operators cite those and similar studies to show the treatments help with everything from psoriasis to hayfever. Clark, who was trained in Germany as a physical therapist, believes her salt is the purest stuff in the world. She sourced it from the Himalayan foothills in Pakistan via a New Jersey importer. Hers is the first salt spa in North Carolina, she says, and one of only a handful in the Southeast. Growing up near Leipzig, Clark intended to be a teacher but took a job as district manager for a grocery chain. It wasn’t the life she had envisioned, so after a quick career pivot and physical therapy training, she started working with handicapped children and studying Zen Buddhism.
This study landed her in South Florida in 2002, where she met her husband Brad. When the couple decided they couldn’t stand the Florida heat, they moved with their son to Asheville, home of Brad’s parents. The inside of the 320-square-foot Saltasia salt room looks and feels like a Martian cave, with a floor of reddish salt tiles and pea gravel-sized pellets, white salt walls and décor of electrified faux rocks. Clark uses a small ventilator to pipe in the salty air, which she says contains negative ions and some 84 minerals, including bromine, iron, magnesium and copper. Guests wear only socks, so as not to dirty the salt floor, and for treatments, you can lean back in
ergonomic lawnchairs. A 45-minute session costs $25 for adults. In the coming months, Clark plans to start holding yoga classes in the salt room, along with gong therapy, storytelling, meditation and harp concerts. “Daily, I see people coming out of the room smiling,” Clark says. Presumably, the serene environment and negative ions leave them uplifted—or, at least, lightly salted.
For more, see www.saltasiawellbeing.com.
The Salt Spa of Asheville in the Media
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