Himalayan salt cave
The Himalayan salt cave opens Monday June 10!
What is a salt cave?
A Salt Cave is a room crafted floor-to-ceiling of Himalayan salt boulders. The floor is covered with crushed salt, like sand on a beach. The salt cave at Flow Motion will feature a deep salt, infrared-heated floor. You can choose to relax in a zero-gravity recliner or bury yourself in the salt for therapeutic relief. Salt caves feature soft ambient light that illuminates all the beautiful shades of pink salt.
Unlike spas that might offer a salt room, a true salt cave offers salt therapy (halotherapy). A super-fine particulate of pharmaceutical grade salt fills the air from a machine called a HaloGenerator. No halogenerator, no halotherapy. HaloTherapy is therapeutic for respiratory and immune system support. Many people visit salt therapy centers for relief from asthma, allergies, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, and even relief from colds.
What is the experience like?
Beautiful pink salt boulders and bricks of various color and texture, all mined from the western region of the Himalayan mountains cover the walls. It’s quiet, reflective, and cozy. You feel the tension in your body start to ease. The soft music works in harmony with your brain wave patterns to encourage a deep state of meditative relaxation, while the salt eases your respiratory system & provides much needed immune support. Stepping into a salt cave is a personal experience. Some people have excitement at the wonder and awe in their surroundings and some feel instant relaxation.
Salt cave owner, Alyssa Springs, has been a fan of salt caves for several years and a research trip around the country through 21 states, where she visited 15 salt caves, inspired several ideas that came home to Flow Motion. Infrared heated floors, a deep salt floor you can bury yourself into, warmed salt stones to hold in your hands, design elements, and many more fine details are present. Most salt caves had a few things in common: they were welcoming, relaxing, cocooning, and protecting. Being surrounded by the earth is healing!
If you’re visiting the salt cave for more than relaxation, Halotherapy (salt therapy) provides a pharmaceutical grade salt particulate in the air (via a machine called a halogenerator) that is so small you can hardly see it. While the human hair measures 50-70 microns across, the salt particulate in the air is crushed down to 1-5 microns for effective inhalation and respiratory support. While you may be familiar with the benefits of saline nasal rinses and the effectiveness of the thinning of mucous, halotherapy can be even more effective because of its dry nature. It reaches deep into the lower respiratory system and since it never enters the digestive system, does not raise blood pressure. It’s not uncommon to cough during your sessions as you breath deeply. By expelling mucous, bacteria do not have a friendly environment to grow in and breathing becomes easier. With the anti-microbial nature of salt, it’s one of the most sterile environments you’ll find yourself in.
Where did this idea come from? What’s the history of Salt Caves in the west?
Salt therapy can be traced back to the Grecian age as a wellness recommendation for those struggling with respiratory issues. The word “halo” means salt in Greek. In the 19th century, a Polish physician discovered that salt mine workers had healthier respiratory systems due to the constant inhalation of fine salt particulate. This unexpected discovery of speleotherapy (cave therapy) spurred the establishment of one of Europe’s first-ever therapeutic salt spas.
Salt caves embraced by eastern Europe
Fast-forward to the 1950s, European physicians created a clinical salt cave by mimicking natural salt cave conditions. The results were fantastic and in the 80’s and 90’s, salt caves began opening all over Europe – even integrating with hospitals and medical clinics for a more holistic approach to health. Today, you can find dozens of salt spas and salt caves in Eastern Europe. In some countries, the treatment is recommended by doctors and is even covered by health insurance.
The US finally catches on
Today in the US, salt therapy is slowly becoming respected as an important modality in a holistic approach to wellness and health.
Only a few years ago there were just a few dozen salt caves. Today there are just over 600 in the country. There are many more salt therapy centers the further east you go in the US, but Flow Motion is now home to Whatcom county’s first salt cave, the second salt cave in the state of Washington with salt therapy.
This art rendering depicts our design concept for the future salt cave at Flow Motion.
What is offered in the Cave?
- Halotherapy sessions
- Yoga workshops
- Sound baths
- Meditation sessions
- Therapeutic relaxation access
- Massage & energy healing sessions
- Private bookings
Community halotherapy sessions will be offered at 1-3 scheduled times per day in the salt cave. Appointments are highly recommended. Sit back & relax in zero-gravity recliners inside of the salt cave for whole-body relaxation as you breathe in a super-fine, medical-grade salt particulate in the air that has been finely crushed & ground by a halogenerator.
Salt Cave Yoga Workshops
Experiencing yoga in our salt cave will bring a sweetness to your practice. Both Yin and Restorative practices will be offered in the cave setting. You’ll feel even more refreshed, centered, and energized after your practice. There is something to be said about being surrounded by nature and what it brings to the relaxation response in our bodies. The warmth of the infrared heated Himalayan salt floor makes it even more enjoyable.
Sound baths are group sessions where our goal is to help get your brainwave patterns into a deeper state where your body, mind, and spirit will all be deeply nourished by the melodic reverberation of therapeutic sound. A sound bath inside a salt cave is more than amazing! With a variety of instruments like crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, harmonium, chimes, and chakra drums, your brain will drift into the space between asleep and awake, which is where the magic of healing happens in our bodies. Zero-gravity reclining chairs will be available, but you may choose to lie directly in the infrared heated salt covering the floor of the cave for a deeper experience.
Meditation sessions in the salt cave will be offered on a regular basis. While you can meditate anywhere, we have taken great care to create a safe, healing space in our salt cave to foster just the right environment for meditation. Beginners to meditation are always welcome.
Therapeutic Relaxation Access
Salt therapy centers usually schedule sessions strictly for salt therapy or another form of group-centered activity like yoga. Unique to Flow Motion, we offer cave access to Healing Spa members to use as a lounge for therapeutic relaxation when salt therapy sessions are not in progress. While salt therapy sessions are not included in the Healing Spa membership, salt cave access for therapeutic relaxation becomes affordable to do on a regular basis! Relax, meditate, or read a book in the cave.
Exclusive Massage Bookings
A massage surrounded by several tons of pink Himalayan salt makes for a deeply relaxing massage experience. A couple’s massage in our Himalayan Salt Cave is certainly a connected, therapeutic experience. Reservations must be made in advance as we shut the cave down special just for your massage. You can add-on this service at the private salt cave reservation price.
Private Salt Cave Session
You can reserve the salt cave just for yourself, add it on to a massage service, or bring a group of friends for a private halotherapy experience (up to 8 people).
Host your workshop or class
Are you a healing practitioner? If so, the Salt Cave is a beautiful place to host your next workshop, training, or Reiki share. Please inquire for pricing.
What are the benefits of Salt Therapy?
Salt is antimicrobial and antibacterial, making it a natural disinfectant. Himalayan Salt can contain up to 84 elements and trace elements. Dry pharmaceutical-grade salt air is more powerful than moist air for respiratory support. Salt particles purify the air and may help reduce physical ailments.
Himalayan Salt naturally improve our mood. It can reduce stress, headaches, and aids in better sleep patterns. It acts as a gentle detoxifying experience, helping you release tension.
Inhaling super-fine medical grade salt particulate may help the body manage inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improving symptoms associated with respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion, and mild Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Studies have shown that people with asthma and other ailments breath easier after halotherapy. Many skin conditions are also improved because pure mineral salts have natural moisturizing properties and support the skin’s water balance and barrier function. Salt is naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial. Dr. R. Richard Leinhardt, an ENT facial plastic surgeon in New York City who was a 9/11 first responder, says, “Saline in the lungs is key to eliminating toxins that we either inhale or otherwise come into contact with and salt allows the body to excrete impurities through ion exchange.”