The History of Halotherapy and Saltrooms
Centuries ago, European monks noticed something interesting:
when they treated respiratory ailments in natural salt caverns,
their patients got better faster. The monks produced salt dust
by grinding salt rocks against each other, which the patients
Dr. Felix Bochkowsky, the state authority for occupational
health in Polish industry in the 1840s, saw the same thing was
true with miners: while metal and coal miners battled
relentless, deadly respiratory ailments, workers in salt mines
were healthier than average people, let alone other miners.
In 1843, Dr. Bochkowsky published a book about the health
benefits of salt dust. His successor, Mstislav Poljakowski,
followed by establishing the first salt clinic near Krakow,
Poland, which is still in operation today.
During World War II, salt mines in Germany were used as bomb
shelters. During bombings, people often had to remain in the
mines for extended periods of time, breathing in the salt dust.
Upon leaving, many asthmatics were able to breathe much easier.
By the 1950s, scientific studies (primarily in the USSR) were
proving how effective salt therapy is in treating respiratory
ailments. Manmade, above-ground Saltrooms provided a controlled
environment, and Halotherapy (from “halo”, Greek for salt)
became a new option for respiratory treatment.
The first Halotherapy salt chambers opened in the 1960s in
Eastern Europe. They were destination health sanatoriums and
respiratory hospitals, paid for by the socialized medical system
of those countries. As Halotherapy grew more popular in the
1980s and 1990s, health and beauty resorts throughout Europe and
Scandinavia began to install Saltrooms and offer Halotherapy as
one of their restorative treatments.
Halotherapy is finally coming to North America.
Be the first in YOUR area to add a Saltroom to your spa, hotel,
alternative medicine center, or build a stand-alone Halotherapy
to get started!