Taking full advantage of the health and beauty benefits of The Dead Sea, usually involves a 14- hour flight to Israel, but at Natural Beauty Spa Boutique located in Perimeter Mall and Phipps Plaza they make it convenient for Atlantans to indulge in the luxury of the Dead Sea. Known for its exfoliating and skin softening elements, Dead Sea salt is a staple in many Jewish women’s beauty regiment. All the products Natural Beauty Spa Boutique, including the facial scrubs and lotions, are made with Dead Sea salt. Recently, the company opened its first salt room, a therapy trend that has taken off in other parts of the world and recently caught on stateside. Tal Minke, co-owner, of Natural Beauty Spa Boutique, says the salt room provides customers with a unique breathing experience.
“It’s a new trend. There are a few in Israel and in California, but mostly in Europe,” Minke explains. “It’s called salt therapy or a salt cave. It detoxifies all the breathing canals.”
The salt room sits at the back of the Perimeter Mall location and is true to the name. The floor, walls and ceiling are covered in the household staple. There are two lounge chairs to the right where clients sit and relax while inhaling the Dead Sea salt dry aerosal microparticles. Minke says the salt cave is already gaining popularity with one session starting at $35, five sessions for $120 and 10 sessions at $200.
“There has been a lot of interest in it from our customers. Many of them want to experience it,” Minke says. “It’s great for kids with allergies and people with bronchitis. Some people have already had five to 10 treatments.”
According to www.saltchalet.com, a website dedicated to to providing consumers with the benefits of Halotherapy, the microparticles of salt measuring less than five microns in diameter penetrate the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli. The result is a widening of the air passages, elimination of allergens and an improved immune system among other effects. Salt Therapy can also treat common health problems such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, eczema, ear infections, emphysema, pneumonia, snoring, sinus infections, wheezing, stress and much more.
Liz Hayden suffers from a chronic cough and scarred lungs as a result of having a rare form of pneumonia. She goes to the salt cave once a week and says the results prompted her to schedule more visits, increasing her sessions to two or three times a week.
“I enjoy it,” Hayden says. “My lungs feel a little more open and I’m not coughing as much when I go to the salt room,”
Hayden says she didn’t know what to expect when she went in for her first session, but since receiving the therapy there has been a difference in her breathing. As a repeat customer she says she tends to lose herself in the chair while breathing in the vapors.
“I have some lung issues and the idea is that it won’t heal me, but it makes me feel better,” Hayden explains. “You feel like you’re breathing in an oasis”