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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.

 

 

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/

WELLNESS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

Why do so many spa’s say ‘No Children’?  Why can’t children experience the same wellbeing benefits as their parents?

Children today live increasingly stressful lives.   There is a pressure to do well in exams, to fit in, to make friends.   More than ever they are expected to attend after school clubs as their parents are working long hours and dealing with manic rush hour traffic.  With this and homework  they don’t have time to play creatively or even just to sit and relax and get the proper rest and nutrition they need.  They also listen in to the conversations of their parents about money troubles, work, life, divorce etc.

So we should be helping children to find a way to manage this stress and to understand the benefits of everyday wellbeing.

This can start almost from birth!   The Baby Spa franchise hold hydrotherapy sessions, a natural sensory experience that calms babies from as early as 2 days old!  Regular visits to the spa floatation pool can benefit the cardiovascular system and their movement through the water has a positive effect on the digestive and circulatory systems.   Babies also enjoy massages including gentle exercises to build flexibility and strength.

In Scandinavian countries, thermal bathing with the family is an accepted way of life.  Children bathe with their parents from as early as 5 years old, although it is important to remember that children cannot regulate their body heat as efficiently as an adult.   It is a great idea to introduce children to the heat by setting it lower than usual (for example around 45 degrees) and letting them sit in the room while it warms up, gradually acclimatising to the temperature rather than walking into a blast of heat.   The heat in a sauna isn’t as intense at lower levels so to start with let children sit on the lowest bench.

Don’t let them stay in for very long to begin with either – 5 mins is perfectly adequate.   Or bathe in a ‘soft’ sauna – this has a lower temperature due to increased humidity which provides a gentler form of sauna bathing therefore can be enjoyed for slightly longer.  Again let them sit in the room as the steam starts to circulate so their body temperature increases slowly.

It is also important for adults to remain in the sauna with children to teach them bathing etiquette and to make sure there are no accidents with them burning themselves on the heating elements.   After bathing, try to avoid rapid cooling – have tepid showers rather than cold showers, especially if they are going to jump into a cold pool.   Cool down slowly and gently.

Tylo ‘Harmony’ Sauna Room. Contact Dröm UK on 01932 355655 for details and pricing.

Another benefit of family bathing is that it gives everyone a chance to talk with each other without the distractions of phones, tv’s and outside distractions.   This is incredibly important for children’s wellbeing as it will encourage an open relationship where they will be comfortable talking about their life from a young age through to their teenage years and beyond.  It helps to build their confidence and self-esteem as others listen to what they have to say.

A great way to introduce younger children to sauna bathing is to use an infrared sauna as the heat is at a much lower temperature.   Infrared saunas can also have music systems installed so they can listen to their favourite music whilst they relax increasing the feeling of calmness.

Tylo ‘Infra’ Sauna Room. Contact Dröm UK on 01932 355655 for details and pricing.

Saunas (and steam rooms) are great for helping with respiratory ailments in young children and skin conditions which can beset the teenage years.  Research also shows that sauna use leaves you less susceptible to depression and neuroses and the soothing effect of thermal bathing can also help to get rid of aggression within the bather.  Salt rooms are also beneficial to youngsters with respiratory and skin problems and is 100% natural.  Children can play within a salt room and even watch movies on TV as they breathe in the tiny salt particles.

It is really important to ensure that bathers rehydrate after thermal bathing to replace the lost minerals and fluids lost through the sweating process.

One problem facing the wellness industry is that it is not seen as accessible to all – especially those in ‘poorer’ areas.   To combat this, schools have jumped on board with the wellness factor and have started to incorporate mindfulness and yoga into their PE lessons and after school offerings.   Mindfulness and meditation helps the younger generation to control and guide their own thoughts, handle stress better and develop skills to help handle their emotions.   The Mindfulness at School Project in the UK partner with parents and youth organisations to bring this form of wellness to a wider youth audience.

Many spa resorts are now starting to realise that wellness is a family affair and offer more tailored spa treatments for children and teenagers such as massage therapy (both for injuries and to help with sleep issues) alongside yoga and mindfulness classes.  Six Senses Laamu are actively encouraging their younger guests to appreciate the importance of good health and how to integrate wellbeing into their everyday lives through specially designed classes and interactive games.  They also teach children how to make music using singing bowls 🙂   The Schlosshotel Fiss in Austria is another example of where families can spend quality time together in the spa.

Helping children to understand wellness from an early age will hopefully promote a healthy, balanced, less stressed future generation.

So why do so many spa’s say ‘No Children’ ………

 

For more information visit:

http://yourbabyspa.com/

http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/destination

http://www.dromuk.com/tylo/sauna-infra.html

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/research/

http://www.schlosshotel-fiss.com/family-spa-wellness-holiday-with-children-austrian-5-star-hotel-in-tyrol