Month: January 2019

Breathe it in ….

HALOTHERAPY – WHAT IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

 

WHAT IS HALOTHERAPY?

Halotherapy (or salt therapy) is a 100% natural therapy that has grown steadily in popularity in recent years. It is believed to aid in relieving respiratory ailments and has a positive effect on many skin conditions. The treatment is passive with the client relaxing on a lounger whilst breathing in the salt particles.

When the salt is inhaled, the tiny particles penetrate deep into the lungs. As the particles dissolve they attract positively charged impurities, which can then be coughed up or leave the body during metabolic processes via the bloodstream.

Medical studies have proved that salt inhalation can help to alleviate asthma symptoms, as well as helping with a variety of skin issues including decreasing itchiness, drying small fissures/scratches and helping to reduce dermatitis symptoms. When combined with a complementary thermal treatment such as heated loungers, Halotherapy can also help reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety too.

 

WHY OFFER HALOTHERAPY?

Halotherapy can offer a significant return on investment for spas and wellness centres, requiring little if any labour costs while adding value to customer wellness experience.

  • Relatively inexpensive option to offer an effective wellness offering
  • Not a niche market.   The target audience equates to around 95% of the population.
  • Minimal labour, start up and ongoing costs
  • A shift towards more ‘natural’ remedies versus pharmaceuticals
  • One of the fastest growing wellness therapies
  • Appropriate for all areas of health and fitness, wellness and sports facilities
  • Safe for children

Children in salt room. Image: mydailyfind.com

 

WHAT AREAS BENEFIT FROM HALOTHERAPY?

Respiratory Conditions / Immunity improvement (with regular use): Salt therapy also strengthens the respiratory functions and breaks up and clears moisture and mucus.

Asthma, Allergies, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Cold & Flu Symptoms, Sinusitus, Bronchitis

Respiratory conditions are improved by the salt drawing out the impurities in the upper and lower airways.   It stimulates the body’s internal processes for cleansing      and removing build-up of foreign particles.   Halotherapy is also anti-inflammatory, opening bronchial tubes in the lungs and reducing inflammation in the sinuses.

Salt therapy also strengthens the respiratory functions and breaks up and clears moisture and mucus.

Skin Health / Beauty:  

Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Dermatitis, Rosacea, Dry Itchy Skin, Ageing Skin

Halotherapy naturally triggers the skin microcirculation and membrane activity and enhances protective and reparative properties.   It is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, therefore kills any germs on the skin and helps with any inflammation of the skin.

Sporting Performance:

Increased Strength, Lung Function, Oxygen Saturation

Sporting performance can be enhanced through Halotherapy.   Airways are expanded for increased lung function, oxygen saturation and exchange is increased and abdominal wall muscleas are strengthened which helps increase lung capacity and oxygenation.  Halotherapy can also help with muscle endurance and recovery.

Mental Health:

Stress Reduction

Improved breathing technique induces calm and relaxation.

Halotherapy paired with other Wellness Therapies

Yoga, Massage, Reiki, Meditation, Infrared therapy, Heated Loungers

Halotherapy is the perfect partner across many wellness therapies and disciplines to enhance the experience and increase revenue without adding any labour costs.

 

WHY IS HALOTHERAPY BECOMING SO POPULAR?

Allergies and respiratory illnesses are chronic and growing epidemics as the world becomes more and more toxic every day. 1 in 4 people have some form of skin disease/condition.  Salt therapy is an easy, accessible therapy to help with this.   It is also an all-natural therapy which appeals to people looking to limit/minimise use of pharmaceuticals.

It also appeals to athletes who are looking for that additional edge.

 

WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?

According to industry experts, Halotherapy continues to be one of the top 5 growing trends in wellness although it is still in the early stages of its growth. It is a safe and effective alternative wellness modality, backed by approx. 50 years of science.

The prestigious Global Wellness Institute has recently created an initiative with leading experts from across the world, including our own Managing Director, to ensure there is one digital location to collect and share the vast amount of research and media coverage of Halotherapy.

Halotherapy is booming because of its efficacy and speed of results for consumers. It is also a financially viable business add-on service for Spas, Wellness Centres and Health Clubs.  Halotherapy can be an automated Spa service so facilities can earn extra revenue without adding extra staffing costs.  With some of the new booth style equipment, space required is also minimal.  The salt generator takes up minimum space and can also be installed into an infra red sauna cabin, or an existing room, for additional wellness benefits.

 

To find out how Halotherapy can work for you and your clients, call Dröm UK on 01932 355655.

 

 

Thermal Wellbeing through the Ages – Part 4 ‘The Golden Age’

This is a time in your life when the body tends to get a bit slower, if it’s not looked after.   With our health care services and a general increase in the awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the population is living longer.   But what is the point of living longer if we have to experience pain and discomfort?  Heat therapy can help to relieve the physical ailments of ageing and is an enjoyable, sociable and relaxing way to help make everyday tasks a lot easier to undertake.

Heat is a great way of alleviating aches, pains and joint stiffness and infrared saunas are excellent for assisting with the symptoms of arthritis by boosting blood flow and reducing inflammation in the joints. The radiant heat can also help with muscle spasms, neuralgia and other muscular skeletal ailments.

A recent study compiled by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and The University of Jyvaskyla have found that frequent sauna bathing can lower the risk of death from heart disease in middle aged and elderly people.   The heat lowers blood pressure and increases the heart rate, increasing circulation as the blood cells dilate, increasing the oxygen levels around the body.   They found that people who used a sauna around 5 times a week were 73% less likely to experience cardiovascular problems.

As seen on Huffingtonpost.com

Halotherapy is increasing in popularity as people start to understand the benefits of salt inhalation on wellbeing in general.   It is easy to use and is very beneficial for the older generation.   As we age, we experience a less aggressive immune response which leaves us more susceptible to viruses, but regular use of halotherapy can help assist the immune system to fend off colds and flu and can also help alleviate bronchial problems.   The great thing about halotherapy is that it can be combined with heat therapies such as infrared saunas or heated loungers.   What could be better than relaxing in soothing heat experiencing the health benefits of salt, whilst reading or socialising with friends?!

Thermal bathing is a great way to catch up and spend quality time with friends and family, and as we reach retirement age we hopefully have more time on our hands to spend on doing things we enjoy.   Let’s not let aches and pains get in the way of an active social life!

 

 

Thermal Wellbeing through the Ages – Part 3 ‘Middle’ Age!

When we reach our 50’s and 60’s we tend to become more aware of little niggly aches and pains that come from a life well lived!  Thermal wellbeing really can come into it’s own here and sauna bathing and use of a steam room can help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, back pain and general muscle soreness for example.  Combine this with Halotherapy and bronchial problems can be greatly eased too.

Salt wall and heated loungers

 

One of the major life issues that effects women when they reach their early 50’s is the menopause and sauna bathing can really help with some of the main symptoms of perimenopause and actual menopause.

During menopause the levels of oestrogen in the body changes.     These changes can lead to several physiological changes including hot flushes, mood swings and an imbalance in the nervous and immune systems.   Sweat bathing in a sauna, or steam room, stimulates the autonomic nervous system, which can temporarily reduce the effects of the hormonal changes.   Increased hormone levels also effect vascular function which constricts the blood vessels.  Bathing in the heat of a sauna can lower blood pressure temporarily and improves circulation as blood vessels dilate.  This increases the oxygen levels around the body which helps you feel better.

Sauna bathing can greatly help alleviate symptoms of the menopause

Once you stop menstruating (which is an elimination cycle for the whole body), the body needs to find another way of removing toxins.   The heat from sauna and steam bathing opens the skin’s pores and helps reduce levels of toxins and impurities, eliminating waste and reducing the load put on the kidney’s. This toxin removal can lead to less hot flushes.

Using an Infrared sauna is just as effective at helping to relax and reduce tension and stress associated with mood swings.   Excessive sweating can also move the body through the hormonal fluctuations quicker leading to a better night’s sleep with less hot flushes.  There are also some reports out that claim infrared heat can help relieve the pain from conditions such as osteoporosis, which is another symptom connected to menopause.

It sounds like a nightmare to use heat to combat the dreaded hot flushes, but it does work! And once you’ve finished in the sauna, pop into the ice room or plunge pool to cool down and really combat those flushes!

Head to the ice room to cool down and combat hot flushes!