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I am always on the go; even when I plan to relax, I don’t relax. The teenage son and two dogs ensure that I don’t. I kept reading and hearing all kinds of things about Himalayan salt caves, so I decided to do a bit more research and find out what all of the hype was about.

Salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy, has been around for centuries. It is a natural therapeutic treatment that is used to treat a variety of ailments. Itโ€™s said to help with respiratory conditions, acne, depression, allergies, eczema, stress, psoriasis, and anxiety. There are no side effects, and it is safe for all ages.

The benefits of salt therapy were noted in Eastern Europe back in the 12th century, and it has been used there since; it just never really caught on here in the US. It was first noticed that salt miners did not suffer from the same afflictions as the rest of the population. Once people realized this, they began going into the salt caves to reap the benefits of breathing in the salt vapors. Salt contains over 80 minerals that are essential to maintaining a healthy body. Salt is also said to help with migraines, detoxify, and help with insomnia and joint pain, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory as well as an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.

After reading all of these purported health benefits, I decided that I needed to try it out for myself. Luckily for me, there is one only about 30 minutes away from where I live, so I excitedly called and scheduled a session for myself and my best friend.

When we arrived, we were asked to remove our shoes and were told that cell phones were not allowed in the cave (DISCLAIMER: I knew I would be writing this blog, so I snuck my phone in to take a few pictures. I did it all for you!). Upon walking in, we were told to help ourselves to a blanket and in front of us were nine zero-gravity lounge chairs. The room was warm, but not too warm and there was low lighting; all in all, a very welcoming space. The floor is crushed Himalayan salt, and the walls are salt bricks. There is a glow from the salt fireplace, and there was soft music and ocean sounds playing. Very calming and relaxing.

As I lay on my lounge chair, it occurred to me how truly relaxed I was. I canโ€™t remember another time where I have felt that relaxed. I am not a massage person (I donโ€™t particularly enjoy strangers touching me), but this is what I suspect most people feel like during a massage. There was one other person in the cave with us whom I wonโ€™t dwell on too much (she was a bit strange) other than to say that she was breathing really loud and it was a bit distracting. Once I was able to tune her out, it was all good.

As for the health benefits, I don’t know how many sessions one is supposed to have before they should notice a difference, but I went in with a sore arm from shoveling, and that was gone when I left. My friend had a headache when we went in and left without it. Maybe it was all in our heads, maybe we just wanted to believe it, or maybe it really did help. Who knows. All I know is that it was the most relaxing 45 minutes of my life and well worth the $45 I spent for it. We enjoyed it so much that we scheduled another session for next month and are bringing other friends with us.

I know that I didn’t mention the name of the spa that we went to and that is strictly because I smuggled my camera in and I don’t want to get myself into trouble. There are only a few such spas in New England, so by the power of deduction, you can probably figure out which one I went to. I will say this: the staff was super nice, and I would highly recommend this spa.

Have you ever been to a salt cave or have you been thinking of going?

About Rachel

My name is Rachel and I'm the single mom of a 14 year old boy. I am a Registered Nurse nurse caring for our nation's veterans. I'm a amateur photographer and a self-proclaimed "adventurer"; I am always looking for for free and inexpensive ways to enjoy life.

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  119 Responses to “My Himalayan Salt Cave Experience”

  1. I use Pink Himalayan Salt when I’m cooking, but I’ve never been to a salt cave. Sounds like a really relaxing experience. Thanks for sneaking in your camera and getting some shots of the cave.

  2. Looks like quite the experience! I have heard about the health benefits from this but have never tried it myself. Love that you were able to get a few shots!

  3. That is so amazing! I would love to experience something like that. The walls look exactly like the Himalayan salt lamp I have at the house.

  4. Wow what a wonderful experience. Really never thought about there being salt caves. Truly are beautiful.

  5. Oh wow what an amazing experience! I was just researching salt lamps the other day as I kept hearing it was good for our health. I had no idea salt caves were a thing!

  6. I have heard about the benefits of himalayan salt lamps, but I had never heard of salt cave therapy. Maybe I need to see if there is one near me.

  7. I do believe in different salt therapies to help relive aches and pains. I have never heard of going to salt caves, I’ll have to see if there are any in my area.

  8. I have never heard of that…would like to try it if they have one around here

  9. I have been wanting to get a Himalayan salt lamp for ages. I would totally spend the $45 for this experience!

  10. This experience would be perfect if it was followed by an entire spa experience! I’d love to sit there with a full body massage and a mani and pedi ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That is so cool! I can’t believe how colorful the formations are. It’s gorgeous.

  12. I was supposed to get a Himalayan salt lamp last Christmas but I was just shocked at the cost of shipping. I would love to try Halotherapy too. I mean, I am sure the cost per session is insignificant compared to the relaxation and pain relief you’d get from staying inside a salt cave. I hope there is one near me! I will have to ask around.

  13. I have been hearing about salt caves for a while. This sounds like a really interesting experience and a great way to relax.

  14. Now that would be something I would love to experience, must be awesome! It seems like something that worth spending the money for.

  15. I’ve been super curious about the benefits of salt and always see those salt lamps for sale and wonder if its all hype. Sounds like you loved this experience (are you going to get a lamp now? haha) and that you are mellow as jello! Thanks for sneaking in your cell phone for photos! Appreciate it!

  16. Ive never but my gosh I really want to go now. I want the experience but the healing is the most appealing. I also love massages. Lol

  17. Oh my gosh I think I would want to never leave! That looks heavenly! I would love to have a massage in that room. It looks so relaxing.

  18. Iยดve heard about thie therapy and I would like to try it someday! It seems like being so good for body and soul!

  19. I have never heard of this but now I am intrigued. I wonder if there is one near me?

  20. I’ve taken salt treatments in Germany where they have spas devoted to the use of it. Its pretty cool, not sure how therapeutic it really is, but it was fun.

  21. Sounds like such a relaxing place to visit! I’ll have to search for a Himalayan Salt Cave the next time I’m in the New England area.

  22. I love this post! People should know how beneficial salt is for your skin, I used to exfoliate my skin with products, I don’t anymore, now I use salt and honey. It’s kind of messy but your skin will be grateful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Wow, I would love to check one out some time. The benefits sound amazing!

  24. Never heard before about salt therapy,seems great!
    Thanks for sharing,now I want to try!

  25. This looks so cool! It does look very relaxing. I actually have pink salt that I use for cooking as well lol.

  26. This looks so cool! It does look very relaxing. I actually have pink salt that I use for cooking as well lol.

  27. Oh wow, this looks pretty neat. I’ve never been in one before. I might have to try it out! I’m curious now.

  28. i never heard about this before…thanx for sharing

  29. I have never been to a salt cave but I have heard about the benefits of Himalayan salt. I know a few people who have salt lamps in their homes.

  30. It’s awesome that this ended up being so relaxing! It does sound really nice and calming! It’s pretty impressive that they’ve built this structure out of salt!

  31. I’ve seen these before in the Czech Republic but have never actually been to one. I’d love to experience it, it sounds amazing! x

  32. Interesting that your arm was better and your friends headache was gone. I’ve been hearing a lot about the salt caves lately. Thinking I should check it out for myself.

  33. I’ve ever been to salt cave. definitely sounds like I Need to!

  34. I’ve heard of salt caves, but I’ve never been to one. This sounds really neat to do!

  35. I’ve never been on a salt cave before, I’m sure it’s a unique experience.

  36. I have never heard of a cave like this. I have friends who swear by Himalayan salt though.

  37. The room looks strange for me because I haven’t been in this kind of place but it seems too cozy and I think I can sleep in here all day long.

  38. I have read mixed reviews on salt therapy, but would still love to give it a try. The relaxation aspect alone is beneficial for your health.

  39. I would love to be able to try a salt therapy for myself. This looks like it would be a great experience.

  40. What an experience that must have been! I have heard of the benefits of this type of therapy and it sounds like its well worth it!

  41. How interesting! This looks so cool, I will have to try it one day!

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  42. What a cool experience. I would love to go on a tour.

  43. I’ve never been to a salt cave before. It sounds interesting especially since it’s going to help improve your health a lot. It’s definitely worth checking out!

  44. I am like you in that I am not a big fan of massage. I hadn’t heard of these before but it sounds amazing. I want to see if there is one in St. Louis.

  45. How cool is that?! I have never heard of a Himalayan Salt Cave. I would love to experience this!

  46. I would love to experience this. I have heard a lot about it. The cave looks amazing.

  47. This would be such an amazing experience. I love my salt lamp and leave it on all the time. These pictures look fantastic.

  48. This is exactly what I need. I would love to relax in the beautiful glow of all the lamps.

  49. I just got a salt lamp for Christmas and I love it. I would love to go relax and recharge at the Himalayan Salt Cave.

  50. OMG this Himalayan Salt Cave looks amazing. I need to go see this in person. Himalayan Salt lamps have so many fantastic health benefits.

  51. It sounds like a relaxing experience and I sure would love to try it if I were in the area. I don’t think we have anything like this in California! Or maybe I’m just not looking hard enough.

  52. I was given a Himalayan salt lamp for christmas this year. It’s not a huge one, but I see the difference in our allergies already!

  53. I have honestly never even heard of this before, but I have got to try this! It sounds so fascinating!

  54. This seems like it would be such an awesome experience, and if it also gets rid of headaches, I’m all in!

  55. I’ve never heard of this before but it looks so relaxing. I’d love to give it a try and see if it helps my health issues.

  56. Oh wow, what a wonderful experience! I didn’t know such existed. I mean I’ve heard lot’s of wonderful things about the salt lamps, but a whole room. So great!

  57. That is interesting! It sounds like you had a great and relaxing time! I would love to try that too!

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  58. I have heard of the benefits of salt therapy but haven’t paid much attention to the whole thing. Your experience in the salt cave has peaked my interest.

  59. This is awesome! I have actually never heard of this before but am very intrigued. Thank you for sneaking in your phone for some pics! ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. This is the first I’ve ever heard of salt caves, but if there was one nearby, I’d be visiting as often as possible. I am a massage person, and wow, if there were spa packages, that would be awesome!

  61. We’ve never been to a salt cave. Sounds like a really nice place to visit with the fam.

  62. This looks like an incredible experience! I am definitely going to look into visiting a salt cave!

  63. Wow! This sounds incredible! Definitely putting this on my list!

  64. How awesome that you live so close to such a fantastic place! I’d love to try that out one day – I too never relax, lol!

  65. Love, love, LOVE! And here I just thought finally getting just a lamp was cool. Would love to find something like this closer to my home. But when my adventures bring me close to New England…I know what I’ll be looking for!

  66. What a fun afternoon! I pretty much would just go for the 45 minutes of silence!

  67. Interesting timing…I was reading about the benefits of salt today. We’ve been taught in America that it’s evil and we have too much of it. I have too little and it causes problems so I’ve been trying to figure it out. I’d love this for relieving joint pain.

  68. This sounds like such a relaxing experience! I’m just not sure if I could handle the silence lol

  69. I admit that I’d never heard of a Salt cave or that kind of a therapy. I’m curious about it now though. My daughters mom did massage therapy when I met her and it’s always curious to see what new therapy methods they develop and whether they work.

  70. that will be an awesome experience! i would love to try it there too!

  71. i think my mom will be interested to visit this place, lets see whenwe can book a trip!

  72. i think my mom will be interested to visit this place, lets see whenwe can book a trip!

  73. very curious about this himalayan salt for a month now, i keep hearing about this from friends!

  74. I’ve heard about the health benefits of these salt caves and now that I’m reading your post I KNOW that I need to book a trip. Thanks for the inspiration.

  75. we’re currently talking about the health benfits of himalayan salt, i never knew that there was a cave! its very interesting!

  76. Sounds like you had an amazing experience! It is well worth $45 to leave feeling so relaxed.

  77. I did not know this was a thing, but I would absolutely love to try it. I hope there’s one near me.

  78. I have never been to a cave like this!! This is beautiful what an amazing place to visit and to explore!

  79. This looks like it was a great experience for you.

    Despite what you said, I think you need time to relax as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. i keep hearing good things about this cave! some of my friends have already visited the place!

  81. This salt spa sounds truly amazing. I’ve been reading more about the healing abilities of Himalayan salt and am so intrigued by its healing properties. I don’t know if there is a spa near me, but if there is I will have to give it a try.

  82. I received my first Himalayan Salt lamp a few months ago and I’m obsessed with it! I have got to go see this cave! Love it!

  83. This is an amazing experience – you are so lucky to have had it! I have had an opportunity to go to salt therapy in Russia for a few sessions, and it was supposed to destress, and help with my immunity, I think. It was a great place to relax!

  84. This is so beautiful. I have seen so many products featuring the Himilayan salt crystals. Would be so cool to visit a place like this.

  85. Look at you sneaking pictures for the blog. Well at least you are being authentic about your experience. I have heard of Himalayan Salt lamps but not caves to go to. If you think this works you should invest into a lamp for the home.

  86. I have heard so many good things about Himalayan Salt! I need to find an experience like this near where I live!

  87. Oh I’d definitely try this if there was one local! I tried a similar thing in UK last trip and it was a warm cave spa. So good!

  88. I have heard that there are a lot of benefits! I would love to experience this for myself some time!

  89. I have never heard of this before! It definitely does sound relaxing – well after you got past the odd person in there with you ๐Ÿ™‚ I will have to look for one around here.

  90. Would love to do the same and visit one of these amazing salt caves.

  91. Wow! That place looks amazing. What a cool and different thing to do with a family.

  92. My salt lamp is one of my favorite things to turn on for relaxation. The warm light helps me sleep.

  93. Visiting a himalayan salt cave is very high on my “to do” list. I also want a space in our home for a salt wall with a salt bench. That would be so awesome.

  94. Sounds like a fascinating experience although I don’t think I’d go out of my way to do it. More likely I’d try if I happened to stumble on it while traveling.

  95. That sounds really neat. I’m for any experience that helps me unwind and relax.

  96. I have only just started hearing about the salt rocks and health benefits. I bet a whole cave does wonders

  97. This looks like such a neat place! I would love to visit one.

  98. This sounds like such an amazing place. I haven’t heard of it before, but I would love to check it out when I am in the area.

  99. Ooh, I have wanted to go to one already for some years but never go the chance. I will look up if there is one close to me. Must be such a cool experience! X

  100. This is such a beautiful place and it sounds like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience. Makes me, wish to go there one day!

  101. I saw a report about this and have been thinking to do one of these ever since. This just adds to my interest.

  102. This looks so freaking dope! I definitely need to check this one out. I’m almost certain they may have one in Atlanta ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for the info!

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  103. This looks so awesome!! I love all the benefits and I totally want to try this out

  104. What an awesome way to spend a kid free hour. This is so interesting to me and something I probably would really enjoy.

  105. Wow I didn’t even know this was out there! I am always up for new experiences and I would love to try something like this! It looks so relaxing!

  106. With so many health benefits, maybe I need to try the salt cave for myself. I have some issues that I could really work out in this place.

  107. I keep hearing the amazing benefits of himalyan salts and been wanting to give it a go. I’m so fascinated about the cave experience and seeing it first hand

  108. It sounds like a great experience. I have yet to give this a try.

  109. I’ve never heard of a salt cave spa, I’ll have to do some digging on them. I need more ways to relax!

  110. Oh wow, for cool! My daughter would be in heaven with that experience. What an awesome memory.

  111. I have a Himalayan salt board for photos, but didn’t know about health benefits from it. I may have to cook on it more! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  112. That’s amazing I have also heard a lot of great things about salt therapy but have never tried it.

  113. so jealous!!! I want to try this. How lucky you got to experience something so natural, amazing, and relaxing.

  114. I can’t believe I never knew this was “a thing”! I am trying really hard not to roll over and wake my husband up right now because I know he’s going to want to find one of these places!

  115. I’ve never been in a salt cave but would love to go to one someday. I own a Himalayan Salt Lamp and think they’re very pretty when lit.

  116. What an awesome experience! I would love to visit one.

  117. My sister has a himalayan salt lamp. She loves it. I could really do this right now. My head is pounding. It’s from the steriods I’m on, and I can’t take ibprofen.