Origins of Salt Cave Therapy

Expand your health spa services by offering halotherapy — a technique that exposes clients to inhaled salt, which, research suggests, can provide health benefits.

The benefits of a salted environment were discovered in the early 19th century by a Polish physician named Feliks Bocszkowski, who observed that salt miners had significantly fewer severe respiratory ailments, and looked much younger for their age, than coal or metal miners. He believed these health benefits were a result of breathing in the air in the salt-rich atmosphere in the salt mines. Shortly thereafter, going to salt mines and caves for healing purposes became popular form of therapy throughout Europe.

Today, technology has allowed halotherapy to become more easily accessible to clients seeking the benefits of salt — without the need to venture into underground caves. In North America, halotherapy is a growing industry for relieving a number of respiratory, skin and health conditions.

You may be familiar with the use of wet salts in baths, scrubs and neti pots. Halotherapy uses dry salt, which the body absorbs through the lungs in order to achieve its benefits. Wet salt treatments are beneficial, but wet salt crystals are already saturated with moisture and therefor can’t offer the same results as dry salt.

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How much does it cost to build a salt cave?

Costs of Building a Himalayan Salt Cave

Adding salt therapy to your practice is relatively simple. Almost any closed room can be converted to a salt room. There are some basic requirements though: the room needs a fixed ceiling, there should be adequate ventilation and proper placement of the halogenerator.

The fee you can charge per session can range from $15 to $60, based on the size of your space and the number of clients you can handle.

As a health benefit, halotherapy is easy to market to clients. It’s convenient and affordable for any budget. Clients can spend less than $50 for a quick session on their lunch break or before a night out. It can also make a great add-on for before or after a massage, or as part of a special package paired with other services.

Costs of building a salt cave

At Select Salt, we build both salt caves and salt rooms. We keep our pricing simple: all quotes are based off of your floor’s square footage (the space we will be building on).

All materials, transportation of the materials to your site, labour, fibre-optic lighting within a stalactite ceiling, and speaker(s) are included in our pricing model.

We finish most floors with a 2-3 inch layer of granulated salt crystals, but we can also make the floor, or a portion of it, out of salt bricks (allowing for wheelchair accessibility), at no extra cost.

Other features that you can add include:

  • water cascade (aka waterfall)
  • skylight
  • salt chimney
  • salt bench
  • salt reception desk
  • children’s saltbox

We only use authentic Himalayan salt. We pride ourselves on the highest standard of workmanship and take no shortcuts, like the use of foam or papier-mâché, anywhere in our salt caves or rooms.

Contact us for a free quote for your particular situation.


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