The weather is gorgeous, which can mean only one thing: My seasonal allergies are terrible. Combine that with the everyday stress of living in a big city, and I was in need of some assistance, stat. Which is how I found myself lying on a salt beach in the middle of New York City. Confused? Let me explain.
Too much salt with your dinner may be a big no-no, but when it comes to breathing it in, it seems the more, the better. Halotheraphy (aka salt therapy) is a treatment in which you breathe in tiny salt particles to help relieve respiratory and skin conditions like asthma and allergies.
But before you go ahead and take a big whiff of your French fries in the pursuit of health, we should mention that a halotherapy session involves sitting in a special room filled with grains of a specific type of rock salt (usually pink Himalayan) while even more salt crystals are pumped into the air by a special machine. (So it's not exactly something you can do at home, although pink salt lamps are a new decor trend.)
The idea comes from the many natural salt caves found all over Eastern Europe, where people have been using them to treat various ailments for centuries. But there’s no need to go overseas to reap the benefits, as cities across the country are re-creating these natural caves in serene, spa-like treatment rooms. Which is why I headed to Breathe Salt Rooms in NYC to check it out.