Newcastle 'salt cave' offers alternative treatment for asthma
The North Eastâ€™s first â€˜SaltÂ Caveâ€™ offers saltÂ therapy (also known as halotherapy) to sufferers of respiratory and skin issues as well as for general relaxation and wellbeing.
SerenitiÂ SaltÂ Retreat in Newcastle has been designed to recreate conditions found in aÂ saltÂ mines except the â€˜caveâ€™ is warm and has calming music, soothing lighting and comfortable chairs.
TheÂ caveÂ - which has a thick layer of natural seaÂ saltÂ from the Red Sea on its floor, walls and ceiling - can help alleviate many conditions, according to the owners, including: asthma, hay fever, bronchitis, sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, eczema, copd, psoriasis.Â
SaltÂ Therapy is based on the principle of prolonged exposure to the micro climate found in naturalÂ saltmines.Â SerenitiÂ SaltÂ Retreat uses patented state of the art technology to reproduce the atmosphere of a saltÂ caveÂ with a monitored therapeutic micro climate. Air in theÂ SaltÂ Room is ionised and saturated with a low concentration of dry aerosol saline.
The micro climate in the saltÂ rooms is formed naturally, through diffusion from theÂ saltÂ walls combined with controlled temperature and humidity using a sensor. This creates a hypo-bacterial and allergen-free air environment.
Particles of dry rockÂ saltÂ are ground using a specialised machine and then circulated around the room. These particles, invisible to the naked eye, are inhaled helping to clear airways.Â
SaltÂ Therapy was a widely used natural remedy dating back to medieval times. The monks acknowledged the healing atmosphere ofÂ saltÂ caves where they took the sick down intoÂ saltÂ caves to allow them to breathe air saturated withÂ saltÂ particles.
In 1843 the benefits ofÂ SaltÂ Therapy were published by a Polish doctor Felix Boczkowski who was a physician at the WieliczkaÂ saltÂ mine. He noticed thatÂ saltÂ miners did not suffer from respiratory conditions that were common at that time. He found that the presence of dryÂ saltÂ particles in theÂ saltmine had a healing effect on those with respiratory issues.
The Retreat has been sent up by Michelle Grogan from Newcastle who is employing a group of therapists from the North East to provide a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
The standard cost for an adult session is Â£30.