Equine Salt Therapy for Equine Asthma

In the same way it is important to humans, nothing is more vital to a horse than its respiratory health. For horses to flourish and prosper in general, much less be healthy and succeed as athletes in sports such as horse racing, equestrian, and polo, a horse’s respiratory health must function properly by effortlessly pumping massive amounts of air in and out of their body.

At rest, a healthy horse takes between 10 to 14 breaths per minute and inhales approximately 150 liters of air. Just like humans, horses can suffer from asthma. Commonly referred to as equine asthma, this condition causes the horse to cough, wheeze, and struggle to breathe due to airway inflammation and mucus accumulation.

Historically known as inflammatory airway disease (IAD) and recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, or heaves), it has been reported that equine asthma affects an amazing 25 to 80% of stabled horses in the United States. Beyond just overall health, efficient athletic performance for a horse suffering from equine asthma is nearly impossible.

Humans and horses have very similar respiratory and lung systems and with more and more humans turning to dry salt therapy as a treatment for asthma, the equine salt therapy industry is exploding.

SALT Chamber – The Pioneer of Equine Salt Therapy

The pioneer in providing halotherapy access to horses (equine salt therapy), SALT Chamber has partnered with the top trainers and facilities from around the world to create equine salt therapy rooms to combat equine asthma in permanent stables and mobile trailers using our SALT FX® Pro halogenerator.

Our clients include:

  • Vaccarezza Racing Stables – Boynton Beach, Florida
  • JRs Equine Spa and Retreat, Pleasant Hope, Missouri
  • Hauck Racing Stable – Anderson, Indiana
  • Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center, Atascadero, California
  • Rookery Equine Spa & Therapy, Ltd., Cheshire, United Kingdom

Vaccarezza also has a mobile trailer for equine salt therapy at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, while Eclipse uses their mobile trailer at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

Why Salt Therapy for Horses with Equine Asthma

Due to their large lung capacity, horses tend to have issues with normal mucociliary clearance.

Over a series of sessions, inhalation of dry salt aerosol will work to decrease or eliminate bronchial inflammation and pathogenic microorganisms, as well as reduce bronchial hyper-responsiveness.

Undergoing regular salt therapy treatments will clean a horse’s respiratory system, which, in turn, can produce an improvement in lung function, increase in oxygen-carrying capacity, decrease in spasmodic attacks, and clearer airways. Those critical performance enhancers may lead to an increase in stamina, raised energy level, and faster running.

Benefits of Equine Salt Therapy for Equine Asthma

  • Clears Mucus from Respiratory System
  • An Effective Decongestant
  • Perfect Complementary Treatment
  • Drug-Free/Eliminates the Need for Medication
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Strengthens Immune System
  • No Discomfort

How Equine Salt Therapy Works to Combat Equine Asthma

Once inside a salt room created in a stable or mobile trailer, the horse will breathe in the dry salt aerosol created by the halogenerator. A halogenerator is a machine that grinds, crushes, and disperses the pure grade sodium chloride as an aerosol. As the horse inhales the aerosol, the dry salt goes to work inside the respiratory system by acting as an anti-bacterial agent, clearing secretions, and dissolving bacteria and pollutants lodged in the respiratory tract. Ultimately, this lessens inflammation in the lungs, thins out mucus build-up, improves lung function, and opens breathing passages.

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Fusion Therapy – A SALT Chamber Client Success Story

In 2010, Terry Schibler and his wife Gena Lewis-Schibler were on vacation in Naples, FL.  At the time, they already believed in the healing properties of salt, both physically and energetically. They saw a sign in a small strip center that said, “Salt Cave”. They looked at each other and wondered if it was a tropical fish store? Ha!

They were curious, so they stopped in. To their delight, it was a large room filled with Himalayan salt. They stayed and experienced their first 45-minute, halotherapy session. Both felt calm and relaxed and able to take nice, deep breaths.

“I remember looking at Terry and saying, I don’t care if anyone gets it, I want one. Let’s see what it would take to add this to our bodywork practice,” said Lewis-Schibler.

At the time, they had a 24-year practice doing advanced bodywork in Sarasota, Florida, and there were only four Salt Rooms in the United States that they could find online. They ended up visiting two in Chicago, Illinois.

“We started to do research and found instructions on the internet of how to build a salt room,” added Lewis-Schibler. “We then connected with a realtor and bought a 1,600 square foot building to join our bodywork practices with two salt rooms…one for children and one for adults.”

Gena ordered every known salt on the planet to compare them. Although she loved the dry salt therapy and beauty of the Himalayan Salt Cave, it seemed a little sweet, and she wanted power!

Gena wanted the therapy to feel less like a spa treatment and more like therapy for the respiratory and nervous systems, along with it being strong enough to help with skin problems.

After working with the salt, which Gena ordered from the Israel side of the Dead Sea, she knew she wanted to use this powerful salt.

Building a salt room with such an oily, mineral-packed salt turned out to be a challenge. It kept sliding down the walls and falling off.

“We were able to connect with a handyman from Poland who flew home to see how they had (organically) constructed salt rooms there,” said Lewis-Schibler. “We finally figured it out after much trial and error and now boast the most powerfully, therapeutic rooms that we have experienced!

“As luck would have it (or divine intervention), we found Leo in Boca Raton, the Founder and CEO of SALT Chamber. We had already bought one generator, (the Iris-35) from a well-respected salt room representative and it has been great for our 90 square foot Children’s Salt Room, which we call ‘The Petite Suite’. However, the design allows the salt to run through the electronics, so we’ve had to replace the motherboards now and then.

“For our 240 square foot Adult Salt Room, which we call ‘The Grande Suite’, we purchased a SALT FX® Pro halogenerator from SALT Chamber that cost less than the Iris-35. After eight years of daily use, it is still going strong.

“The SALT Chamber SALT FX® Pro halogenerator has two parts so the salt does not go through the electronics. The SALT FX® Pro halogenerator fills our Grande Salt Suite beautifully, and the pharmaceutical grade salt that we purchase from SALT Chamber performs THE BEST of all the pharmaceutical grade salts that we have tried! We have had SALT FX® Pro halogenerator for eight years and have only replaced the teeth that grind the salt as crushing the salt can dull them after a couple of years.

“Leo and the entire SALT Chamber team have been fantastic with their support. We started when there was very little help available on how to start and run a successful salt therapy business. We spent way more money trying to figure out how to build salt rooms. We could have saved ourselves frustration and money if we had met him sooner, but so happy that we used SALT Chamber for our Grande Salt Suites halogenerator and have them as a source of support now.”

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Benefits of Adding Salt Therapy to Your Facility

Did you know that you can cost-effectively transform an underutilized or empty room into a highly utilized, revenue-producing wellness modality?

Adding Salt Therapy to your business or practice is easy. Basically, any closed room can be converted, but there are some requirements regarding ventilation and placement of the halogenerator. Salt Therapy is gaining interest as a distinct business opportunity.

A Salt Therapy Room or SALT Booth® allows you to provide a relaxing, therapeutic, self-guided spa and wellness experience for your guests. Depending on whether you have a room or booth, you can accommodate an individual, couples, and groups of people for a 10-, 20-, 30-, or 45-minute Salt Therapy session.

A Salt Therapy Room or SALT Booth® has a halogenerator (a unique piece of equipment that disperses ionized pure sodium chloride into the air). Additional room or booth features could include: Himalayan Salt Décor, ambient lighting, sound therapy and chromotherapy, comfortable
lounge/relaxation chairs, and vibroacoustic music.

  • Provides a Great Wellness Program, Ritual, and Service
  • Maximizes Space Utilization and Capacity
  • Little to No Labor is Involved
  • Increased Revenue from Underutilized Space
  • Consumables are Just Pennies a Day
  • High Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Express Service
  • Self-Guided Wellness Modality
  • Enhances Overall Value for Guests/Members
  • Perfect Adjunct to Existing Services

How you design your spa and offer treatments can significantly impact your business. Having the flexibility to offer a variety of treatments and rituals utilizing the same equipment and treatment room increases your service offerings, capacity, and revenue.

Rather than chairs, you can have a massage/treatment table in the Salt Room. This will allow you to provide an enhanced and upgraded experience for an additional service fee.

Incorporate Salt Therapy with all types of massages for a SALTED MASSAGE™ including:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Thai Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Get Salted™ Salt Stone Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Reflexology Massage
  • Other types of massages

Other services can be provided in the Salt Room such as:

  • Get Salted™ Peloid Mud Mask
  • Get Salted™ Body Bar Exfoliation
  • Reiki
  • Acupuncture
  • Crystal and Chakra Therapy
  • Guided Meditation
  • Other innovative spa and wellness concepts

In addition, a Salt Room can accommodate other types of activities and classes such as:

  • One-on-One Private or Small Group Yoga
  • Assisted Stretching
  • Tibetan Bowl Music/Sound Therapy
  • Vibroacoustic Music
  • And much, much more!
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Salt Therapy: The Respiratory Service Your Spa Needs Now!

For the past 8 years, SALT Chamber has been the champion in the rise in popularity of the salt therapy (halotherapy) industry. With over 1,000 completed projectsspas and wellness centers around the world are enjoying the financial benefits of adding salt therapynow it’s your turn!

Respiratory health and hygiene are more important than ever. Even when COVID-19 ends, respiratory issues are going to continue to affect millions, robbing them of their health and happiness, and salt therapy will be in high demand. The fastest-growing service in the spa industry, salt therapy can aid in:

  • Cleansing the Respiratory System
  • Improving Lung Function
  • Boosting the Immune System

Most importantly, your customer base will be everyone. Salt therapy doesn’t discriminate. If you breathe, you need salt therapy!

Now is the time to prepare and invest in your future. Add a SALT Booth® to an empty space or convert an underutilized room into a Salt Room. Start-up costs and consumables are low…revenue and ROI are high!

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How to Successfully Start a Salt Therapy Business

Have you ever dreamed about starting your own business, or adding an emerging, money-making service such as salt therapy to your current facility?

Entrepreneurs are the “American Dream”, so if you have that dream and desire, SALT Chamber can give you the direction.

With thousands of salt therapy facilities in the United States, it’s clear that salt therapy is not a trend; salt therapy is an industry!

SALT Chamber is one of the world’s leading authorities for educating, consulting, marketing, training, and distributing the best salt therapy products and services.

For 8 years, we have been bringing and expanding the salt therapy industry to the marketplace. With over 1,000 worldwide projects completed, we know what it takes to become a salt therapy business success. You could be next!

But, don’t just take our word for it; ask our customers.

Benefits of Starting a Salt Therapy Business or Adding Salt Therapy to Your Existing Facility

  • Low Start-Up Costs
  • Only a 4’x 4′ Space is Needed to Add a SALT Booth®
  • A SALT Booth® can add over $6,000/month in revenue
  • Little to No Labor is Involved
  • Consumables are Just Pennies a Day
  • High Return on Investment (ROI)

The air is dirty and COVID-19 has made a lasting impact. Respiratory issues and skin conditions affect millions, robbing them of their health, happiness, and sometimes their life.

Salt therapy doesn’t discriminate. If you breathe, you need salt therapy, which means your customer base will be everyone!

There are many business opportunities that give you the chance to make lots of money.

With SALT Chamber as your business coach for guidance, training, and support, however, you’ll not only have that same opportunity to make lots of money but the added benefit of helping to improve the health and wellness of your community.

You’ll Be a Hometown Hero…What Could Be Better Than That?!?!

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SALT Chamber Adds Halogenerators to United States’ Largest Salt Room

SALT Chamber is proud to announce that Salt Cave Santa Barbara is now using two of our SALT FX® Pro halogenerators in their 800 square foot salt therapy room, which seats 15, and is believed to be the largest in North America.

Founded in 2012, SALT Chamber is a pioneer in the North American salt therapy industry and is one of the world’s leading authorities for educating, consulting, marketing, training, and distributing the best Salt Therapy products, equipment, and décor, having worked on the design, build, and install of over 1,000 worldwide projects. Salt Cave Santa Barbara, also founded in 2012, is one of the oldest salt therapy facilities in North America.

A halogenerator is a special type of equipment that is used to provide safe and effective dry salt therapy (halotherapy). SALT Chamber has two halogenerators. The Multi SALT FX® is used in our SALT Booths® and for rooms up to 150 sq. ft., while the SALT FX® Pro is used for rooms up to 450 sq. ft. Both halogenerators are listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and have CE certifications, comply with QS/ISO quality standards, and are manufactured by a medical device facility.

For more information on our Multi SALT FX® halogenerator, please click here

For more information on our SALT FX® Pro halogenerator, please click here

To watch our Webclass entitled “Everything You Need To Know About Halogenerators”, please click here

To contact us directly, please click here or call 855-588-7258.

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Salt Therapy: In Demand & Profitable

The Respiratory Service Your Spa Needs Now!

As COVID-19 continues to persist, we’re sure you’ve been asking yourself the following question:

How will I bring back existing clients, as well as attract new customers?

The answer is Salt Therapy.

Now is the time to look at the types of treatments you offer and reinvent how your business may need to adapt and change to prepare for a world more concerned with their respiratory health and hygiene than ever before.

Even as COVID-19 eases, respiratory issues will continue to affect millions and rob them of their health and happiness. Salt therapy will be in high demand. The fastest-growing service in the spa industry, salt therapy can aid in:

  • Cleansing the Respiratory System
  • Improving Lung Function
  • Boosting the Immune System

New practices and protocols are being established to ensure consumer trust, confidence, and safety, as well as for the well-being of all staff members.

Everything from sanitizationdisinfection, and clean air therapy to establishing new ways of scheduling servicestypes of treatments and physical distancing is being implemented.

Now more than ever, the spa and wellness industry is adding dry salt therapy for several reasons:

  • An enhanced multisensory wellness experience
  • Provides a “touch-free”, labor-free, low consumable therapy service
  • Integrates with additional treatments and protocols
  • Accelerated ROI
  • Easily convert an under-utilized, low-capacity treatment room, couples’ room or Vichy room into a Salt Room
  • Simply install a SALT Booth® for an individualized, personal treatment

With the importance of respiratory health and hygiene at an all-time high, businesses just like yours are adding salt therapy…now it’s your turn!

Contact us to learn about how easy it is to add a SALT Booth® to an empty space or convert an underutilized room into a Salt Room.

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Your Respiratory Health is in Your Hands

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While the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing an abundance of concerns for all walks of life, this also a game-changer for respiratory wellness and the Salt Therapy industry. Unfortunately, it may take a global pandemic to bring attention to having people focus on their respiratory health, but far too often, people do not act to be as proactive as possible until something ‘bad’ happens such as becoming sick. Every year, millions and millions of people suffer daily from allergies, asthma, COPD, lung cancer, and so many other respiratory conditions. Respiratory conditions lead to the most sickness and death of the world’s population. This escalates year over year.

As a society, we must start looking at some of the root causes of our current environment. Every year, billions and billions of dollars go towards prescription drugs, medical treatments, and insurance payments. The costs to workplace productivity and our school system suffers as well. Our health care system in the United States desperately needs a transformation. The traditional methods of diagnosing and prescribing must change.

A recent research physician commented about why children may be at less risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus and, while there are no current studies, one of the explanations given is that older people have experienced longer exposure to pollution, poor air quality, household chemicals, smoke and ash, and other environmental conditions. It’s a fact that your immune system weakens as you get older, and your respiratory hygiene deteriorates.

According to the World Health Organization, 90% of the world’s population lives and breathes in poor air quality. Our workplaces and schools are experiencing ‘sick building syndrome’. Our HVAC systems are antiquated. Our climate is experiencing seasonal cycles changes, raging fires, and other environmental factors impacting our everyday health. This COVID-19 virus is forcing us to take notice and action. We should be learning from the past since these types of occurrences are common in our evolution. We must start taking preventative and proactive measures to self-care for our environment, our respiratory health, and our overall wellness.

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The good news is that the pendulum has been swinging towards more awareness and action for wellness responsibility. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness economy is a growing industry that just reported that in the last year the Spa Economy was at $119 billion, Traditional and Complementary Medicine at $360 billion, and Preventative and Personalized Medicine at $575 billion. Projections are projected for continued growth. The Salt Therapy Industry has grown exponentially year over year as more and more people are becoming aware, educated, and familiar with the benefits of halotherapy. The salt therapy industry has huge market potential and serves such a broad and wide population, that the same growth is projected.

While the current situation may be worrisome and concerning, this too shall pass, and soon we will all be breathing a little bit easier.

Stay healthy and get salted.

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Coronavirus and Salt Therapy – What You Need to Know

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I hope all of you are healthy and safe. We’ve been receiving many phone calls and emails regarding salt therapy and the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we’re sure your customers, clients, and guests have been asking you questions as well.

I want to take time to personally address the current situation and provide you with some perspective, responses, answers, and information that you may want to also share with your family, staff, and customers. Also, get the facts from the CDC and official health agencies as opposed to social media and unverified sources of information.

While there are many health care professionals and clinicians around the world working diligently on researching this particular virus for fighting off and containing the virus, there are no formal studies currently in place specifically testing the impact halotherapy has on this particular coronavirus. I have been in discussions with some physicians here in the United States and abroad who are potentially interested in adding this to quarantined individuals for treatment, however, there are no direct claims that can be made at this time.

I recently spoke with Dr. Daniel Layish, MD, a Board Certified Pulmonologist and a fellow Founding Director of the Salt Therapy Association, who said: “It is too early to tell what impact halotherapy may have with this strain of the coronavirus, however, this coronavirus does affect the respiratory and lung system and dry salt therapy has shown to provide symptomatic benefit such as in a clinical study we conducted that focused on patients with cystic fibrosis. While there is no need to be overly concerned at this time, being proactive and taking care of your respiratory system is becoming more important than ever before.” A strong advocate for this complementary therapy, Dr. Layish often recommends his patients to the local Salt Room in Orlando, Florida. As a matter of fact, in many countries, it is an approved therapeutic treatment covered by health providers.

According to the Salt Therapy Association, dry salt therapy is antimicrobial which kills many microorganisms or stops their growth. Over a month ago, there was a published article referencing a study underway with researchers at the University of Alberta that have developed a virus-killing salt coating that’s designed to improve the effectiveness of the common surgical masks often used to prevent the spread of pathogens like influenza or the new coronavirus.

The salt used in our SALT FX® halogenerators is 99.99% pure medical-grade sodium chloride and, therefore, there are no concerns regarding any foreign substances or contaminants when inhaling the dry salt aerosol. Salt is antimicrobial which means it is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth. Due to its antibacterial properties, salt has long been used as a preservative. Keep in mind that properly designed salt rooms also have exhaust systems to purge the salt room in between sessions for a fresh air exchange prior to the start of the next session.

SALT Chamber, along with Salt Therapy Association Facility Members around the world, encourages people to be proactive and preventative with practicing respiratory hygiene and believes it is imperative to one’s overall health and wellness.

Recommendations and Suggestions:

  • Educate your staff, customers, and people in your network and community about the facts and about halotherapy.
  • Follow CDC guidelines and protocols such as washing hands (but do not over sanitize).
  • Be careful around people who may display symptoms of a cold such as sneezing and coughing.
  • As many CF’ers (Cystic Fibrosis) know, keep six feet apart to reduce the risk of infection since germs spread to about five feet through droplets released in the air when people cough or sneeze.
  • Do not be embarrassed to move away, not shake hands or do whatever makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Be aware of what your fingers and hands touch and be aware of your breath
    Wipe down and clean surfaces that people may touch in between salt sessions such as on your reception counter, armrests, cushions, etc.
  • Have hand sanitizers available…make your own as well with rubbing alcohol, Aloe Vera gel, essential oils and a pinch of salt.
  • Have tissues in the salt rooms and/or in the Salt Booth®.
  • Practice clean air therapy such as cleaning and/or replacing your air filters and provide clean air exchanges.
  • Refrain from sharing blankets, if used in a salt room.
  • Post and share responsible social media about halotherapy to educate and build awareness and reference the Salt Therapy Association information, research and studies.

The Salt Therapy Association sent out information last week to its Facility Members via a SALT-Ed blog article, and a press release was distributed as well:

Stay healthy and be safe!

Leo Tonkin
SALT Chamber

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Salt Therapy can lead to a Happier, Healthier You

Salt therapy is a completely natural, non-invasive way to treat various conditions and is also a great way to take the reins on a better sense of well-being. This drug-free treatment allows dry salt particles to be inhaled, which assists with the treatment of respiratory conditions. Additionally, the salt particles that are not inhaled take residence on the skin, which moisturize and rejuvenate!

During a salt therapy session in a salt cabin, the client breathes in microscopic salt particles that have a positive effect on the body as a whole. The dry salt in the salt cabin gets rid of airborne particles that have made their way into the airways and also helps to rid the body of toxins. It is a safe addition to any current treatment regimen, and will not pose any negative side effects to those that take part in a salt therapy session. You will not find any microbes or allergens in the salt cabin, allowing the immune system to rest during the session. This, along with the negative ions being emitted, help to strengthen the immune system.

Salt therapy benefits both adults and children, as it is a very safe form of treatment for those with respiratory or skin conditions. Even those that don’t have a specific ailment to treat can benefit from the calming effects of salt therapy. Those that have restricted mobility can benefit from salt therapy, as mucus tends to build up quicker in their lungs. Treatment does not include movement, and will help to clear their airways and improve their quality of life.

Those that take part in salt cabin sessions leave feeling refreshed. They feel better physically, as well as emotionally. Salt therapy is truly a one-stop-shop for those looking to improve themselves! Salt therapy sessions in the salt cabin are  peaceful, rejuvenating, and relaxing. It is an escape from the world and all of the daily stresses that you encounter. By incorporating salt therapy into your weekly routine, you will be on track to a happier, healthier you.

Session times and frequency vary from person to person depending on their desired results and the severity of the condition being treated. Typically, even if another session is not needed after the first, clients make another appointment simply because of the positive way that the session made them feel! Even if you feel better, it is best to take part in another session in order to lengthen the effects of treatment.

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