Himalayan salt cave
Halo Therapy Session Times
Mondays & Wednesdays
Tuesdays & Thursdays
- When Salt Therapy is not in session, caves are open to all Healing Spa members and Day Pass holders.
- Salt Therapy times are for Salt Therapy members and Therapeutic Care Card holders.
- Each cave closes to Healing Spa members and Day Pass holders 15 minutes prior to Salt Therapy sessions.
- Time frames are subject to change.
- You can also find this chart at the studio displayed next to both caves.
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 pebble-size salt. The salt cave at Flow Motion features an infrared-heated salt 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 or salt wall decor, 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. If there is no halogenerator, there is no halotherapy. HaloTherapy is therapeutic for respiratory, skin, and immune system support. Many people visit salt therapy centers for relief from asthma, allergies, sinusitis, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, psoriasis, eczema, and relief from colds. While halotherapy does not cure conditions, it can be very helpful.
What is the experience like?
Five tons of pink salt boulders and bricks of various colors 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 432 Hz music works in harmony with your brain wave patterns to encourage a deep state of meditative relaxation, while the salt goes to work providing immune support.
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. Salt is anti-microbial in nature and bacteria don’t like it. By creating a healthier environment in your passageways and expelling the thinned mucous, breathing may become easier.
Where is salt therapy from?
Salt therapy can be traced back to the Grecian age as a wellness recommendation for those struggling with respiratory issues. In fact, 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.
What is offered in the Cave?
- Halotherapy sessions
- Yoga workshops
- Sound baths
- Meditation sessions
- Therapeutic relaxation access
- Massage & energy healing sessions
- Private bookings
Group halotherapy sessions are offered at 1-3 times per day in the salt cave. There may be up to eight people in the salt cave for a session. 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! While there is no water involved in this bath, you’re “washed” over with sound. A variety of instruments like crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, harmonium, chimes, and chakra drums help your brain drift into the space between asleep and awake, which is where the magic of healing happens in our bodies. You’ll be laying directly on the salt floor and the vibration felt through the salt from our giant grounding bowl brings on instant relaxation. Each person is invited to step into the grounding bowl at the end of the session to feel the vibrational “massage” through the body.
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 halotherapy or another form of group-centered activity like yoga. Unique to Flow Motion, we offer cave access to Healing Spa members or Day Pass holders to use as a space for relaxation when halotherapy sessions are not in progress. While halotherapy sessions are not included in the Healing Spa membership, salt cave access for relaxation becomes affordable to do on a regular basis! You can relax, meditate, nap, or read a book in the cave.
Exclusive Massage Bookings
A massage surrounded by five 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 to any massage at the additional private salt cave reservation price. Your session includes halotherapy during the massage.
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. It’s also a productive place to host a unique board meeting! Please inquire for pricing.
What are the benefits of Halotherapy?
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 powerful 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.”