Salt Sanctuary

Spiritquest Salt Sanctuary

The First in Brunswick County NC!

We are so beyond excited to bring the very FIRST Salt Room to Brunswick County, NC!
We are calling it our “Salt Sanctuary”!

Salt is one of the most natural healing agents on the planet and has been used since ancient times! Salt is super absorbent (especially when it is completely dry),  anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Spiritquest offers Dry Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy. It is natural, safe and there are no harmful side effects.

Halotherapy is very beneficial for overall wellness!

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Hours
   Monday – Saturday
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Sessions are $40 for $45 mins


If you wish to use the room outside the hours we have set, have 8 people in your group, or wish to book a private session please call us and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you!  If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at (910)444-2229.

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Benefits of Salt Therapy
Regular Halotherapy practice is an excellent way to aid breathing and improve your quality of life. It also helps:

Boost immune system
Reduce stress
Aid better sleep
Cleanse and detox the lungs
Reduce symptoms of allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues
Clear pollen’s, pollutants, toxins and viral causing agents from lungs and nasal tracts
Increases lung capacity and oxygen intake
Enhance sport performance / improve physical endurance
Reduce snoring
Invigorate the entire body

People who include Halotherapy in their wellness routine may find relief from a variety of respiratory conditions such as:
Asthma
Allergies
Common cold
Bronchitis
COPD
Cystic fibrosis
Sinusitis
Ear infections
Smoker’s cough

Regular and consistent dry salt therapy may help people with the following various skin conditions:
Psoriasis
Itching
Eczema
Swelling & Inflammation
Dermatitis
Dry & Flaky Skin
Acne
Rashes
Rosacea
Skin Aging


About  Our Salt Sanctuary
Our Salt Sanctuary is an active salt room which contains 3,000 lbs of Himalayan Salt on the floor, 30 salt chunk panels on the walls, and Salt Lamps throughout the room.  Zero gravity chairs provide the perfect seating for this wonderfully relaxing environment. Soft music is played in the background for added relaxation.


Salt Sanctuary Sessions
Public Sessions
Session are 45 mins. All session are public unless you request a private session (see Private/Group Session for pricing).
First Session            $30.00 Sept 2017 Only
Regular Session      $40.00

Private/Group Session
We can accommodate up to 8 people.  If you have less than 8 people and wish to book a Private Group Session the rate is still the same.
Private/Group Rate $280.00 ($35.00 a person)

Please be sure to read  “Salt Sanctuary Etiquette”  and the “Contraindications” listed below, before you book your session (we would hate for you to find out at the last minute that you are unable to use the Salt Sanctuary).   Please note that you will be required to sign a wavier before your session.

We recommend wearing light color comfortable clothing as salt particles (which can easily be brushed off) may land on your clothing.  Clean white socks are required (no bare feet or shoes).  We do have booties available as well.

The Salt Sanctuary is dimly lit but some of the salt walls do have lights behind it.  If you are sensitive to light we suggest you bring an eye pillow or you may purchase one in our shop.  For sanitary purposes we do not supply eye pillows.

The temperature in the Salt Sanctuary is cool. We do provide blankets or you may bring a sweater.  Please be aware our blankets are NOT washed after each session as this is a natural bacteria free environment and the blankets are being used over clothing.

Please be advised that you may experience the following: dry or itchy throat, nasal drip and increased coughing in the beginning. This is a natural part of the cleansing process of the respiratory system, during which the pollution, accumulated through a long time, and now loosened up by the salt , are expelled from even the deepest regions of the lungs.  Such side effects should cease with the removal of pollution and pathogens.  Skin irritation and dermal sensitivity may occur. In such case, decrease the frequency of the sessions.


Salt Sanctuary Etiquette
Please arrive 15 mins before your scheduled time, 20 mins if it is your first time (as you will need to fill out a client form and sign a wavier.  For the comfort of our guests we can not allow anyone in once the session has started. Please review contraindications before booking your session).

Our Sanctuary is not just a room but a sacred space.  We have worked very hard to create an environment that is warm, comforting and extremely relaxing.   We purposefully created this space to allow you to get away from all the stress, burdens and responsibilities of everyday life.  In order to maintain the energy of this space we politely request you do not talk during your session and instead allow yourself a full 45 mins of silent bliss! Your body, mind and soul will thank you!

No shoes or bare feet in the Salt Sanctuary.   You may wear clean white socks or we can supply you with a pair of booties to wear.

For the comfort of all guests please do not use or wear any perfumes, lotions, oils, fragrances.

NO electronics are allowed in the Salt Sanctuary as salt may damage electronics.

NO food or drinks are allowed in the Salt Sanctuary.

Please leave valuables at home as Spiritquest is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Be sure to use the restroom before the session starts.

Do not leave the Salt Sanctuary once the session has started, unless it is an emergency.

Please be respectful of others in the Sanctuary and refrain from talking. You are more than welcome to book the room for a private group event. However, when you are participating in a regular group session please be respectful of others.

Our Salt Sanctuary is smoke free.  Due to the sensitivities  of our clients with respiratory issues you must be smoke free for at least 3 weeks in order to be allowed in the Sanctuary.

Please be advised that you may experience the following: dry or itchy throat, nasal drip and increased coughing in the beginning. This is a natural part of the cleansing process of the respiratory system, during which the pollution, accumulated through a long time, and now loosened up by the salt , are expelled from even the deepest regions of the lungs.  Such side effects should cease with the removal of pollution and pathogens.  Skin irritation and dermal sensitivity may occur. In such case, decrease the frequency of the sessions.

Please review the list of Contraindications (below).  We are very sorry but  you will not be allowed in the Salt Sanctuary if you have any of the conditions or symptoms listed there.


Contraindications
Halotherapy is not recommended for people with:

  •    Any  kind  of  infectious  disease  
  •   Acute  respiratory  disease  
  •   COPD  with  3rd  stage  of  chronic  lung  insufficiency     Coughing  of  blood/bleeding  
  •   Infections  accompanied  by  fever  
  •   High  blood  pressure/hypertension  in  IIB  stage  
  •   Any  form  or  stage  of  tuberculosis  
  •   Chronic  kidney  disease     
  •   Open Wounds
  •   Cancer or suspicion of cancer

Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy.

Anyone with serious health concerns need to seek proper medical advice and care.

Halotherapy is recognized as safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer cure!


Types of Salt Therapy
Salt therapy can be distinguished in several ways, such as, wet salt therapy and dry salt therapy. Many people are familiar with wet salt therapy, although it may not be defined this way.

Wet salt therapy includes saline solutions, nebulizers, salt baths and salt scrubs. Wet salt therapy is often used in neti pots, gargling solutions, sole drinking water, exfoliations and flotation tanks and with other modalities.

Dry salt therapy (which is what we offer at Spiritquest) is based on using dry salt in an environment that is completely void of moisture and humidity. Traditionally, dry salt therapy is provided in a controlled space that is often referred to as salt rooms, salt caves, salt grottos, salt chambers or in our case…the Salt Sanctuary!

The Salt Therapy Association refers to any man-made environment that offers salt therapy as ‘salt rooms’. Salt caves, salt grottos, salt chambers and other references are types of décor and architectural themes that create particular ambiances and aesthetics of the ‘room.’ There are some terms being used to describe dry salt therapy such as Speleotherapy and Halotherapy.

The Salt Therapy Association defines these as follows:

Speleotherapy is a therapy that is provided below the Earth’s surface utilizing the climate conditions and salt air found in natural occurring caves and is not exclusive to salt mines and caves.

Halotherapy (which is what we offer at Spiritquest) is a dry salt therapy that is provided in man-made environments, utilizing special equipment called a halogenerator that disperses a precise dry salt aerosol into the salt room or chamber.


Types of Salt Rooms

Active Salt Rooms – The Spiritquest Salt Sanctuary is an Active Salt Room.
Active salt rooms include a halogenerator and are primarily based on providing a controlled way of providing micro-particles of salt in the air to be inhaled and exposed to the skin. This can be achieved only by a special piece of equipment known as a halogenerator. Pure sodium chloride is placed into the halogenerator, which then crushes and grinds the salt into micro-sized particles and disperses the salt aerosol into the air. This type of dry salt therapy is known as Halotherapy.

Passive Salt Rooms
Passive salt rooms are man-made environments that are filled with large amounts of varying types of salt such as Dead Sea, Himalayan, Rock Salt, Mediterranean, Caribbean, etc. but without a halogenerator. Often, these passive salt rooms are designed to control the climate by regulating the airflow, humidity and temperature to allow for an allergen and pollutant free environment. These passive salt rooms are attempting to provide what is known as Speleotherapy, based on the natural salt caves found throughout Europe, however it is in a man-made environment. Speleotherapy occurs in natural environments that are underground with specific conditions that include atmospheric pressure, air temperature, wind speed, air composition, humidity and other factors that cannot be reproduced in a man-made environment. Without any halotherapy equipment, it is not recognized as halotherapy. It is a passive salt room that provides a great space for relaxation, meditation and increases psycho-emotional well-being.

While there is much research and clinical studies on both Speleotherapy and Halotherapy, the primary effectiveness of dry salt therapy is based on the inhalation of certain sized salt particles into the respiratory system and having the skin being exposed to these micro-size particles of salt. This is only possible in man-made environments using a device such as a halogenerator. This is the difference between passive and active dry salt therapy rooms.


About the Salt
What do the top halogenerator manufacturers say about what type of salt to use for effective Halotherapy (dry salt therapy)? The Salt Therapy Association or STA has researched and surveyed some of the top halogenerator manufacturers and distributors and there is unanimous consensus that 99.99% Sodium Chloride Pure grade sodium chloride (also known as medical grade or pharmaceutical salt) is the only salt that these manufacturers state to use for several reasons:

1. What makes dry salt therapy effective is the property of the sodium chloride (NaCl). The purer the salt, the more percentage of sodium chloride, the more effective the salt will be in providing the characteristics of being super absorbent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Pure sodium chloride is natural mined salt that eliminates all the trace elements, minerals, dirt and debris so you are left with 99.99% pure sodium chloride.

2. While Dead Sea, Himalayan, Caribbean, Rock and other salts contain a variety of minerals, metals and elements, these salts are not consistent in their characteristics, depending on the region where the salt is cultivated. Only NaCl dissolves 100% in water and does not stay in the lungs, so anything else besides pure NaCL could negatively impact the lungs because other minerals and dirt won’t dissolve in water and will remain in the respiratory system. While these salts are great for cooking and digesting, inhalation is a very different system. Minerals and vitamins are for the digestive system, not for the lungs. And these other minerals and elements are not what impacts the positive affects of Halotherapy.

3. Some of the elements could be harmful, especially when the very small micron-sized particles get deep into the respiratory system. All the clinical, medical and scientific studies that have been published are based on utilizing only pure sodium chloride. The same salt that hospitals use in saline solutions that enter the body due to its purity, is the same salt to be used for dry salt therapy.

4. Some of the other salts may contain dirt, clay and/or debris in their crystals and when the precise mechanisms of the halogenerators crush and grind the salt, any foreign particles could damage the system.


How & Why It Works
Active dry salt therapy is simple to understand. There are three primary characteristics of pure sodium chloride, NaCl, known as salt:

  • 1. Salt is super absorbent (especially when it is completely dry)
  • 2. Salt is anti-bacterial
  • 3. Salt is anti-inflammatory

This type of dry salt is placed into a halogenerator that then precisely grinds the salt into specific micro-sized particles and then disperses the salt aerosol into the air in a closed environment such as a room. As the salt travels in the salt room, these salt particles of dry sodium chloride are inhaled into the respiratory system. The dry salt naturally starts absorbing allergens, toxins and foreign substances into your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract.

Dry salt may help to reduce inflammation and open airway passages. The micro-sized crystal structure of pure NaCl particles breaks loose and clears out all of the ‘bad stuff’. This is the basis for how dry salt therapy can impact people suffering from respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, COPD and others. The properties of dry salt also absorb impurities and provide anti-bacterial properties that benefit the skin such as acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as regulates the skin’s micro-circulation.

The smaller particles can reach beneath the skin’s surface and absorb moisture towards the skin.

The larger salt particles land on the skin and absorb any bacterial and foreign substances.

The dry salt accelerates cell rejuvenation and improves skin rigidity. The climate conditions in a dry salt room therefore must maintain certain temperature and humidity levels and proper ventilation to ensure the efficiency of the salt therapy and provide a ‘clean-air’ environment for the consumer.


History & Background
Salt therapy has its origins from the salt mines and caves of Eastern Europe. Modern dry salt therapy has its origins from the salt mines and caves in Europe and Russia. As the workers were mining the salt (through chiseling, grinding and hammering at the salt), micro-sized salt particles were being disbursed into the air. Additionally there were ideal conditions below the Earth’s surface where air pressure and circulation, and humidity and temperature affected the quality of the environment. In this environment, miners were receiving many natural health benefits by breathing in the salt particles. Considering that mining jobs were usually recognized as dangerous to life and health, salt miners seemed to thrive on good health. They rarely had any respiratory issues and also looked younger due to great skin appearance.

Upon studying the effects of this phenomena, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, who was not only a great doctor but also a very smart business man, founded and opened the first health resort facility at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland in 1839. He offered salt baths by utilizing natural brine from underground and mentioned in his book, that staying underground can be even more effective in asthma treatment than inhalations.

In 1949, German physician, Dr. K.H. Spannahel, who had observed during WWII that the people who were hiding in salt mines and caves from the bombs had respiratory health benefits. He proposed the creation of the Klyutert cave as an inpatient department to conduct a systematic approach to observe the climatological conditions and confirm the medical effectiveness of underground environments. The results of these studies, along with the teamwork of the Hungarian geologist, Dr. H. Kessler, laid the foundation of modern Speleotherapy, which is a modality utilizing the environmental benefits occurring underground.

In 1958, Professor Mieczyslaw Skulimowski became the official physician of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine and started regular treatment of patients in the salt chambers, initiating a new field of medicine – Subterraneotherapy, also called the Skulimowski method, which refers to underground “salted” environments exclusively.

Shortly thereafter, in 1964 the world’s first facility of its kind, the underground “Kinga” Allergy Treatment Spa was created in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine in Poland, then renamed to the “Kinga” Health Resort Hospital, where Professor Skulimowski became its first Director and focused on helping people with mostly respiratory conditions as well as explored other overall health benefits. His methods proved to be successful and spread to neighboring salt mines and caves in Europe as well as to former Soviet Union states.

In 1968, the first speleo-hospital was opened in the Solotvyno salt mine in Ukraine. Having the attention from the medical community, the need for more convenient access became a necessity, in order to conduct specific studies and do more specific research.

In 1985 in Odessa, Russia, the Institute of Balneology, in collaboration with the salt cavers from Uzhgorod, developed the first Halotherapy device. This was a device that was replicating the grinding and crushing of salt that would disperse the particles into the air. One could say that Halotherapy was “born” in the medical environment, in former Soviet Union.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the knowledge of the halotechnology and established Halotherapy protocols became accessible to the rest of the world. Soon Halotherapy claimed its place in more commercial and wellness settings outside of the USSR in Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, Australia and finally the United States.