I once visited a salt mine in Wieliczka, Poland., but never dreamed I would find that same salt in Asheville, North Carolina where they have constructed a “salt cave” — a relaxation/natural healing room using 20 tons of salts imported from Poland, the Himalayas, the Dead Sea, and Thailand.
“We could not survive without water and salt,” the staff reminded us as we entered the salt cave in socked feet and found comfortable spots on the gravity chairs and pillows scattered on the ground. Soon, the staff person would dim the lights and leave the ten of us there for a group salt session to relax and let the salt crystals do their work.
Natural crystal salt contains all the minerals and trace elements found in our body. By recreating the microclimate of the salt cave, complete with two trickling fountains of sole (pronounced so-lay) salt water and the temperature of the Polish salt cave, Asheville’s Salt Cave hopes to provide the same resonant vibrations that one would experience there.
As we sat there, breathing softly with our eyes closed and the sound of water and soft music playing, our bodies took in the microclimate through our respiration and skin. It is believed that not only does the purity of air in the salt cave have a healing effect, but its resonant vibrations also activate our self-healing and self-regulating powers. By absorbing the trace elements in the salt, our pH levels become balanced.
So, did it heal me? I can’t say. I was not there for any specific reason. I did not recall feeling any sort of health benefits when I hiked down into the Wieliczka mine in Poland, either. But I can’t say I didn’t benefit from it. Our bodies are complex machines.
My daughter exuberantly expressed that she felt better as soon as we finished our 50-minute session. If she could veg for a while in a salt cave every day, I think she would. I’d probably go for some of the massages and stuff instead. It was nice to relax in a calming room, though. I think we could all use a reprieve from the outside world to get a little salt fix each day.
What natural therapeutic channels have you explored?