Who doesn’t love salt. It’s the best sidekick to some of our favorite foods. It helps the tequila go down nice and easy. And it’s also an incredibly effective form of alternative medicine. You may have noticed several salt caves popping up around the Western New York area but what are they exactly and is it something you should try out? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is a salt cave exactly?
It’s an Alternative Form of Healing. A salt cave is a man-made structure that mimics a natural salt mine and is used for relaxation, meditation and healing. The cave is typically covered from floor to ceiling with Himalayan salt and is kept at a comfortable temperature, between 62 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit, as salt-infused air is blown throughout the room.
A salt cave, or halotherapy spa, has an incredible amount of benefits. This relaxing and alternative form of therapy has been known to help cure respiratory issues, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and allergies, as well as skin conditions, like acne, eczema and psoriasis, snoring, and depression and anxiety.
Lucky for us Western New Yorkers, there are three salt caves in and around the area for us to revitalize ourselves at.
Salt Cave Etiquette
Before we step into one of these amazing salt caves to rid us of all the world’s troubles, it’s important to be aware of cave etiquette and other important information. Here are six pro tips to keep in mind for an enjoyable experience:
- Barefoot in the Salt – Typically, you’ll be asked to remove your shoes before entering the cave and given something to cover your feet.
- It ain’t a fashion show – Dress comfortably – workout clothes are a great option
- Time to unplug – we’re trying to relax! No cell phones or devices are allowed inside the caves
- Hydrate Before – You may experience a slight tickle or dry throat due to the salt. The best way to prevent or ease this is to drink lots of water before and after.
- Grab a tissue – Because of the effects of salt on the sinuses, you may experience a runny nose – don’t freak out. That’s perfectly normal. We’ll all be sniffing in.
- Relax, Reflect and Revitalize Yourself – The caves are a place of relaxation and reflection. Use this time to find clarity, stillness, and tranquility – be respectful of others doing the same thing.
Aura Salt Cave & Wellness in East Amherst
6429 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051
Pricing: Healing Salt Cave® 45 minute session: $30, Himalayan Salt Hand and Foot Detox 45 minute session: $30, FAR Infrared Sauna 45 minute session: $30
Packages: Pick Two (Salt Cave, Hand and Foot Detox, or Infrared Sauna): $55, All Three (Salt Cave, Hand and Foot Detox, Infrared Sauna ): $80
Aura’s salt cave is 350 sq. ft. and filled with eight tons of salt from Klodawa, Poland. Kick back in a zero-gravity chair, grab a blanket if you get chilly and get ready to cleanse your body and mind.For more information, visit the website or call to book an appointment at (716) 276-9120.
Southtown Salt Cave & Spa
5020 Armor Duells Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Pricing: Salt Cave 45 minute session: $40, Full Spectrum Sauna (Near, Mid and Far Infrared): $35, Hand and Foot Detox 45 minute Session: $30
Packages: Reclaim Your Health Package: $85, includes a salt cave session, sauna session and hand and foot detox
Registered nurses Pam and Mike Toole are bringing a little bit of Europe to Western New York with Southtown Salt and Cave Spa. The pair are encouraging all to try this alternative form of relaxation and to #reclaimyourhealth.For more information on the spa or to view membership packages, visit the website. When you’re ready, you can book an appointment here.
Ellicottville Salt Cave Halotherapy Spa
32 West Washington Street, Ellicottville, NY 14731
Pricing: Salt Cave 45 minute Session: $30, Infrared Sauna 30 minute Session: $30, Salt Room: 30 minute inhalation session: $30, 45 minute Halotherapy massage: $80, 45 minute Reiki session – $80
Packages: Earth and Fire: $55 – 30-minute Infrared Sauna or 45 minute Salt Cave Session, Fire and Water: $55 – 30-minute Infrared Sauna or Lemongrass Foot Scrub, Earth and Water: $60 – Lemongrass Foot Scrub or 45 minute Salt Cave Session
As if we needed another reason to Ellicottville. This Salt Cave Halotherapy Spa is the perfect addition to our day in ski country. Step inside the salt cave and get ready to relax as the 65-70 degree room rids you of any toxins while calming music and mood lighting sets the mood.
Ellicottville Salt Cave Halotherapy Spa also has a variety of massage options, including a warm salt stone massage, Swedish massage or a halotherapy massage, as well as additional packages to try. Visit the website for more information or call (716) 699-2068 to make an appointment.