Modern use of salt therapy (halotherapy) started in Germany when Dr. Karl Herman Spannage noticed improvement in the health of his patients after they hid in local salt caves to escape heavy bombing during WWII. Since then, many European Spas and medical clinics have incorporated halotherapy in their practices. Himalayan salt caves are found in Poland, Pakistan, Estonia and Germany.
In 1843, Dr. Felix Boczkowski believed the air in the Wieliczka Poland salt mine had healing effects
on people with respiratory conditions. Today the Wieliczka salt mine is operating as the largest underground rehab and treatment center in the world.
Every day our body is continually exposed to positive ions from cell phones, microwaves, computers, TV's, the air we breathe, the water we drink. Salt contains negative ions that are absorbed through the skin and inhaled into our lungs during a 45 minute salt room session-thus creating a mind and body balance.
This healing, allergen and pathogen free micro-climate simulates the natural salt mines in the Himalayas of Europe. Every inch of the walls in our crystal salt cave was made with salt, love & crystal elixir water containing rose quartz, clear quartz and 2 billion year old shungite, all very healing stones. There are also many more healing and protective stones on the walls. There is pure Himalayan crystal salt both on the walls and on the floor. The halogenerator uses pharmaceutical grade 100% pure salt and grinds it into a very fine dry aerosol with the sensor keeping the salt concentration at optimal levels. Calming vistas, lights, orgonite pyramids, essential oils, soothing music and zero gravity chairs all make for a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Breathe in the dry salt air, listen to the music, gaze into the sky or the forest or meditate, nap, read or chat as you wish. Note, although our hours are Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm coming later than that is possible with prearrangement/prepayment. Wheelchair accessible.
Instead of raising prices for our customers to help offset the huge increase in minimum wage, and to try to avoid cutting hours, this small business is LOWERING our salt (halothereapy) session price to $25 including tax! It is standard in the industry to charge $45 (plus HST), and while we have been offering deals through Groupon, they take half. So our regular price is now $25 including the tax for a full length 45 minute session in our Crystal Salt Spa! Kids 3 and under are FREE with a paying adult and we'll be happy to set up the tent for them on Toddler Tuesday mornings!
Seniors/kids 4-17/students (with student card) and groups of 8 save 10% off that price!
Wheel-chair accessible for up to two wheelchairs at a time and the caregivers with them are FREE!
We are open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Thursday and Fridays until 7:00pm for your convenience. Not just for lung & sinus health, colds and flus, there are many other benefits as well!
Taking wellness to another level, halotherapy—a.k.a. salt therapy—remains a top spa trend. (Halo is Greek for salt.) Salt therapy is similar to spending time in the salty sea air, which offers many more benefits than just relaxation on the beach.
Ancient healers and philosophers recommended salt inhalation for the respiratory system and health problems. Dry salt therapy originates from speleotherapy (cave therapy) and the Wieliczka salt cave in Poland, where workers exhibited fewer respiratory illnesses. There are thousands of salt rooms in Europe and beyond.
The benefits of salt therapy are wide-ranging. Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy and blood sugar levels. A natural disinfectant, salt is antimicrobial, and antibacterial. Our halogenerator uses pharmaceutical grade salt, the same kind the hospitals use to make saline solution. Our salt spa contains 1500 kg of pure pink Himalayan salt on the walls and floor that contain 84 of the elements and trace elements found in the human body. And the beneficial crystal elixer used on the walls includes Shungite, Clear Quartz and Rose Quartz, all very healing stones. Dry salt air is far more powerful than moist air. The Crystal Salt Spa at Tip Top Health Shoppe does not use any water in the spa for this reason.
The negatively charged ions in salt improve our health and mood. Inhaling particles may reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Scientific studies show that people with asthma and other ailments breath easier after halotherapy.
The calming and detoxifying effects of halotherapy can support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. Additional benefits are reduced stress and headaches, increased energy, and better sleep patterns. Salt ions purify the air and may increase lung capacity and reduce physical ailments for adults, children and athletes. Treatments are recommended to help keep the body healthy during flu or allergy seasons.
Skin conditions can also be improved with halotherapy (psoriasis, rashes, eczema, acne). Table salt, sodium chloride, is dehydrating, but pure mineral salts have natural moisturizing properties and support the skin’s water balance and barrier function by attracting moisture to the skin. Minerals are necessary for cell function and detoxification, so mineral salts have strong rejuvenating properties.
Spa experts note that the concentration of particles in halotherapy is about 3 to 4 times the concentration found by the sea. A 45-minute session is equal to three days by the sea. Kinetically activated dry salt particles are like an army of little janitors helping to detox the respiratory system. In our facility, a halogenator processes the salt into micro-particles dispersed in controlled amounts. It is like a very fine powder rather than salt crystals when it is blown into the salt spa. The room is aerated with fresh air for 10-15 minutes between each session.
Similar to a meditation session, you breath deeply while listening to calming music and focusing on the natural beauty of the salt lamps, crystals and calming forest scene depending where you choose to sit. The pure environment is precisely balanced with 10-12 parts per million of salt and 20 to 24 degrees C temperatures. The average service costs $45 and lasts 45 minutes, but ours is $25 now.
Many of our clients have reported:
Breathing salty air is a refreshing ritual to add to your wellness routine.
Experience natural detoxification and see for yourself if you breathe easier.
If you haven't seen our Crystal Salt Cave and are on Facebook you can take a virtual tour of it here,
If your non-profit organization is having a fundraiser, contact me for a donation of a salt session for 6, a $150 value! Will just require a tax receipt.