ST. CLOUD — You place it in your mashed potatoes and unfold it in your driveways. However at a brand new enterprise in downtown St. Cloud, there’s one other place salt is inspired to go: into your lungs.
Bella Vita Salt Caves opened this month at 707 St. Germain St. to supply halotherapy — or dry salt remedy — to Central Minnesotans. Bella Vita makes use of pharmaceutical-grade dry salt circulated into the air utilizing a machine, proprietor Christian Piecek mentioned. Prospects breathe within the salty air, which advocates say might help enhance lung circumstances.
Halotherapy has been the topic of scientific research, however claims about the advantages of salt remedy haven’t been accredited by the FDA.
Therapeutic salt publicity is nothing new. In response to the American Lung Affiliation, a Polish doctor within the mid-1800s seen that individuals working in salt mines did not expertise the identical respiratory points or lung illness as different miners. There are a number of theories about how dry salt remedy works, however no definitive scientific reply.
At Bella Vita, the dry salt remedy is one half of a bigger sensory expertise. The within of the just about 300-square-foot salt cave glows with fiber optic lights, a few of which have been formed into constellations like an evening sky. The pink partitions and ceiling have been textured to appear to be the within of a cave, and a small group of chairs faces a mural of a seashore scene. Piecek mentioned she selected that ornament as a result of the sensation of salt underfoot reminds her of a seashore.
It was a problem to construct — significantly to get it to look how she wished it to look — and took about 9 to 10 weeks only for the cave work.
“Folks do not simply go round constructing caves,” Piecek mentioned.
Her companion, Travis Swedziak, helped her construct the cave, and he or she labored intently with the Small Enterprise Improvement Middle at St. Cloud State College whereas she ready to open.
Piecek mentioned she has struggled with alcoholism and sought remedy a number of years in the past after her father died.
“Ever since then — this was seven years in the past — I made a decision that I used to be going to go and search for alternative ways to heal our our bodies as an alternative of taking tablets,” she mentioned.
She discovered a salt cave within the Twin Cities by way of a Groupon.
“I simply saved coming again, and I liked it,” she mentioned.
Her personal salt cave is the end result of a years-long dream.
Anybody can join a 40-minute session within the salt cave. It is a time meant for leisure and deep respiration. Prospects can come individually or can e book group periods.
Bella Vita additionally affords yoga lessons and reiki (an vitality therapeutic method), Piecek mentioned, and he or she hopes within the new yr so as to add meditation and artwork choices to Bella Vita’s common companies.
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