With the wintry weather, you probably see plenty of salt these days on roads and sidewalks, but a growing number of area businesses are also focusing on having people breathe in salt to improve their health.
Once a week Chris Hanmer tries to carve out time in his busy schedule for salt therapy.
“I started coming here about six months ago primarily because of asthma and sinus infections,” Hanmer said.
Hanmer breathes in dry salt particles. It’s a therapy that’s been popular for years in Europe, claiming to clean the airways and skin and improve overall wellbeing.
“It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. With those things combined, that’s how it can help to remove the toxins from your system,” The Sauna Haus Owner Lori Meyer said.
Meyer opened The Sauna Haus in Sioux Falls around a year ago. Over the past decade, hundreds of rooms like this have opened across the country, including other places in Sioux Falls.
“As the word is getting out, I really think it’s going to continue to grow,” Meyer said.
During the session, you sit in a comfortable chair while microscopic salt particles are dispersed throughout the room.
“The room becomes filled with a haze of salt. The particles are so small that it can get deep in your airways,” Meyer said.
Numerous studies overseas have explored the benefits of so-called halotherapy, but so far there have been none in the U.S. to support the treatment.
Still, Hanmer says he’s seen the benefits first-hand.
“The frequency of my sinus infections and my overall asthma has dramatically improved in the last six months,” Hanmer said.
Sweet results that continue to have Hanmer turning to salt.
Each session is around 45 minutes.
The cost varies depending on the number of sessions you do, ranging from a single treatment for $35 or monthly memberships that are around $10 per session.