A recent study has confirmed the benefits of halotherapy, offering new support for dry salt as a wellness treatment. Results of the pilot clinical study run by Dr. Cindy Hollenbeck, a biochemist, showed improvement in lung function across all study participants. Her work, “Effect of Halotherapy on Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF) and Forced Expiratory Volume in 1-second (FEV1) in recreational athletes above the age of 40 - Pilot Study,” adds to the body of research about halotherapy’s effect on respiratory health, skin health, athletic performance and general relaxation.
There have been many clinical studies in Europe and Russia, where halotherapy is not only supported but accepted as more than a wellness treatment. Continued studies in the United States will help bring this same level of understanding to our market.
The study, conducted between February and July 2019 at a spa and wellness facility in East Lansing, Michigan, measured changes in the amount of air exhaled in a forced breath. Dr. Hollenbeck focused on recreational athletes age 40 and older, nonsmokers who exercise at least three days a week and were not current halotherapy users. Participants received a dozen 25-minute sessions of dry-aerosol halotherapy twice a week over a six-week period.
Results showed increased lung function, improvement in sleep, increased energy during athletic activity and decreased feelings of stress. Key takeaways include:
Dr. Hollenbeck, a biochemist who founded the World Halotherapy Association and serves as WHA president, shares two images from European studies showing the lung bronchi before and after salt therapy. These images should be posted in every halotherapy treatment room!
Halotherapy is taking on steam in the United States and is fast becoming an accepted alternative to help provide symptomatic relief of breathing and skin conditions. Halotherapy is a safe modality, backed up by more than 50 years of research in Europe and a revolutionary delivery process (the halogenerator) that makes it easy, affordable and effective for consumers to improve breathing and overall health in a drug-free, natural way.
Himalayan Source Responds to COVID-19 with Launch of Private Halotherapy Experience with Minimal Human Contact for Spa Guests
Helping spas and wellness centers envision new ways of doing business in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Himalayan Source announces a new, private halotherapy experience for clients that minimizes human contact while delivering multiple therapy modalities — turning treatment rooms into salt therapy rooms that maximize client wellness and business revenues. Himalayan Source’s new concept will be piloted by Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Delray Beach and is expected to launch June 1, 2020.
Designed for use by one person at a time, Himalayan Source’s private halotherapy experience combines far infrared heat therapy with the benefits of Himalayan salt to create a luxury healing experience with a particular focus on supporting respiratory health with minimal human contact. Designed to be added to any treatment room, the private halotherapy experience may be offered as a standalone treatment with no therapist commission needed or as an add-on/upgrade in conjunction with a facial or massage.
“We designed this private halotherapy experience to help clients feel comfortable returning to spas,” said Ann Brown, co-founder of Himalayan Source. “During this time of high anxiety because of COVID-19, it is crucial that we support guest health and wellness in our community. This grounding, healing salt therapy experience allows spas to offer wellness in an environment that minimizes risk for clients.”
During the private halotherapy experience, a client or member benefits from true halotherapy while enjoying the soothing view of an aesthetically pleasing, glowing Himalayan salt wall. Breathing in pharmaceutical grade particles of salt from a halogenerator, he or she relaxes on a massage table that provides far infrared heat therapy combined with gemstones, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) and LED light therapy. Guided meditation to restore body, mind and spirit rounds out the experience to provide total rejuvenation and recentering.
“Safety has always been a top priority at Hand & Stone. As we prepare to reopen and our guests return for some much needed relaxation, we are thrilled to offer them extra peace of mind with this new halotherapy service offered by Himalayan Source,” said Katherine Chenier, owner of the Delray Beach Hand & Stone franchise that is piloting the new concept.
Combining expertise in Himalayan salt therapy and understanding of ergonomics, human engineering and kinesiology, Himalayan Source offers a full line of Himalayan salt concepts to complement any spa or wellness space. Clients include the Langham New York, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica, the Biltmore Miami-Coral Gables, Gaylord National on the Potomac and more.
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