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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 2 Early Adulthood

Life priorities tend to start changing as we reach our early 20’s.  The time has come to make some fairly large life decisions.   It’s time to forge a career and consider future progression while thinking of leaving the security of home which brings its own anxieties regarding finances and mortgages.  As we progress into our 30’s, many of us have families which involves added responsibilities as we find ourselves being depended upon.   Weddings and children take centre stage and as well as being a fulfilling and busy period in our lives, it can also come with financial worries and problems!

But in recent times, we have become more aware of the importance of the work/life balance and of taking time out to concentrate on ourselves to escape from everyday stresses. It’s an age where we can often afford some sort of gym or spa membership and we can also aspire to adventure further and visit destination spas to experience more holisitic and spiritual rituals in relaxed surroundings.    Yoga and meditation are well known to help rest the mind and centre the body, bringing focus back onto mental and physical wellbeing.

Thermal wellbeing plays an important part in helping to alleviate everyday stress, with sauna bathing known to help reduce blood pressure. Medical evidence has found that people who take regular saunas have lower rates of cardiovascular disease and fewer problems with everything from lung disease to mental health issues.

Thermal bathing can also improve circulation as the blood cells dilate, increasing the oxygen levels around the body. High temperatures in saunas release endorphins in the body which are the body’s natural painkillers, sometimes referred to as happy hormones!  As well as making you feel good in general, they can also help ease aches and pains and relieve muscle soreness after intense exercise.    Adding fragrances to the sauna or steam can also help change your mood, helping to relax or reinvigorate, calm or refresh.   Some fragrances can also help to relieve coughs and colds as well as headaches and migraines.

Taking a sauna or a steam bath with a friend, a partner or with family offers quality time together with a chance to put your phones and tech away and have a digital detox.   Putting down your phone in this age when we are constantly available by text, whatsapp and email, means that we can switch off.

Kelo Sauna Room by Dröm UK

So whilst we are living a more stressful life these days, making use of warmth and water, like our ancestors have done for years, can help us to relax and concentrate on what is truly important. It helps to ease stress and allows us to live our lives to our best ability.

image courtesy of Pennyhill Park Spa, Bagshot, Surrey

 

What is the right Spa for me?

Spa.   The Oxford English Dictionary defines this in two ways:

  1. A place or resort with a mineral spring
  2. A commercial establishment offering health & beauty treatments through such means as steam baths, exercise equipment and massage.

This can be further broken down into different commercial spas:

  1. Destination spas
  2. Spa Resorts
  3. Days Spas

So far, so confusing.   Let’s take a closer look at each spa to understand what each one offers  🙂

 

DESTINATION SPAS:

Destination Spas are residential facilities that concentrate on improving health and fitness through exercise, nutrition, spa treatments and thermal wellbeing. They are all about relaxation and rejuvenation and learning how to live a healthy life.    The spa is the destination, you are there for a reason and that is to spa and nothing else!  You can stay for as long as you want, from days to months if budget allows!  The aim is to restore your health and vitality.

Six Senses Yao-noi Spa, Thailand

The cost usually includes all meals, exercise classes and some spa treatments, but obviously check before you book.

They are staffed by experts in various disciplines e.g yoga or nutrition or herbal medicine, and promote a healthy and active lifestyle during your stay.   Some personalise therapies to their guests so that they gain optimum benefit from their time there.

Children aren’t normally welcome in a destination spa.  It is however suitable for people travelling alone but who want to spend time with like-minded people and for couples.

 

SPA RESORTS:

A spa resort caters more for families in a hotel situation and is less focused on an all-encompassing health and wellness experience.   The spa treatments are usually only one part of the stay which can include outdoor pools, tennis, cycling and golf.   They are likely to have a suite of saunas and steam rooms with maybe an ice room or plunge pool alongside a gym for guests to use during their stay.

Treetop Sauna, Centre Parcs, Sherwood Forest

At a spa resort the focus is on enjoying yourself, eat and drink healthy if you like, but if you don’t there are other options available on the menu!

Some spa resorts can also act as a day spa, whereby access is allowed to day guests who aren’t residents of the hotel.

 

DAY SPAS:

As the name suggests, these aren’t residential – you literally visit a day spa for a day without any overnight accommodation.

They usually have a variety of pampering facilities for the guest to experience such as massages, beauty therapies and holistic treatments and have thermal rooms and swimming pools. Gym facilities are very common now too.   Packages generally include a treatment and lunch or afternoon tea.

 

Pennyhill Park Spa

Day spas vary in price depending on what treatments they can offer.   Some may just offer manicures and massage alongside a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, whilst others offer a full range of treatments, some even including more ‘medical’ ones such as Botox and laser facials, with a selection of thermal wellbeing rooms and pools.

A lot of day spas are attached to hotels or country clubs and allow guests to stay at the hotel if they wish and then revisit again the next day.

http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/yao-noi/spa

http://www.centerparcs.co.uk/thingstodo/aqua_sana.jsp

https://www.exclusive.co.uk/the-spa/