Salt therapy cave open in Roanoke

Caitlin Francis, WDBJ7
Caitlin Francis, WDBJ7(WDBJ)
Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 8:50 AM EDT
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Soothing colors, relaxing music, and a salt cave right in our backyard. All at Crystal’s Healing Hands in Roanoke.

“The walls are made of Himalayan salt brick we put them all up ourselves. There’s lighting behind the brick, and this is mostly décor,” said Crystal Stoots, owner of Crystal’s Healing Hands.

There’s also Himalayan salt floor and a salt tower. But that’s not what makes this room unique.

“The main thing for this cave is our HaloGenerator and here the salt comes into the room. We have a generator on the other side of the wall that crushes and grinds the salt,” she said.

This kind of salt therapy is heavily used in Russia and the Ukraine

“They found that the miners of the salt were heathier, and they had less respiratory problems, and looked younger than the villagers,” she said.

It only came to the U.S. about 20 years ago, and people with chronic conditions can benefit the way those salt miners do.

“It’s been really good. It’s a sustained improvement, as long as I remember to come at least once a week. I try to come two, three times a week. But it is a sustained improvement, I notice, I just finished a treatment, and I feel a lot better, I’m breathing better,” said Raeford Barnes, salt therapy client.

Barnes was diagnosed a few years ago with COPD. He takes medication and uses a bronchodilator daily, but says his doctor’s noticed the difference since using salt therapy.

“I had a diagnostic test not too long ago, and it’s actually improved,” Barnes said. “He said I seem to be doing better, so I told him about this, and he’s whole-heartedly behind it.”

Stoots says it’s beneficial for people with other conditions, like psoriasis, or sinus issues, even anxiety.

“Salt that goes in the generator is pharmaceutical grade salt so it’s 99.99% sodium chloride, so it doesn’t have any of the mixers in there. It’s pure sodium chloride,” Stoots said.

She says you basically let the salt clouds absorb in your skin, and breathe it all in.

“The salt cave experience is something that I’ll continue for a long, long time,” Barnes said.

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