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The Salt Cave

If you’re driving on 41 in Naples you might have noticed a store-front saying Salt Cave or seen offers on Groupon. But what is a Salt Cave? We went to check it out.

Natural, underground salt caves are popular in Europe for their healing properties, but the first ever salt cave in America was actually built in Naples, Florida over nine years ago by Andrea Geresdi, founder of Salt Cave Inc.

“Salt Therapy” is touted to relive stress and treat respiratory problems and skin conditions.

Dry salt air is supposedly more powerful than moist air. The negatively charged ions in salt improve our health and mood. Inhaling particles may reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). However, these statements though have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and Hello SWFL makes no claims regarding this information.

The size of the “cave” is 450 sq. feet allowing for a dozen people or more to be comfortably seated during the 45 minute halotherapy sessions. Inside, the floor, the walls, and the ceiling are covered with Himalayan pink crystal salt. Salt particles can be seen in the air with a flash light, literally surrounding visitors relaxing on lounge chairs and benches in the room.

No distracting phones or screens are allowed. It’s a time to be unplugged.  Calming music is added to further relaxation.

If you’re planning on visiting for a session, wear comfortable and warm clothing. To mimic a real mine, the Salt Cave maintains a temperature of 70F and 40-50% humidity.

During our visit, we spotted both male and female guests of all different ages there to experience The Salt Cave. The practice also offers other holistic services like light therapy, health consultations and biofeedback.

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