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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Hygea Wellness Company

Jul 01, 2013 06:22PM ● By Beth Davis

Deanna Davis was no stranger to the benefits of salt therapy, the process of breathing dry, micronized salt particles in the form of salt air. Before opening Hygea Wellness Co. in Camp Hill a year-and-a-half ago, she had taken her daughter, an asthmatic, to a salt cave in Virginia so that she could experience relief from her respiratory symptoms.

So when the opportunity came to open a salt room in the Harrisburg area, Davis didn’t hesitate, and in January 2012, Hygea Wellness Co. opened its doors. Hygea uses seven tons of imported Dead Sea salt and a medically certified Halo generator that grinds it into fine particles—making it easy for individuals to breathe in and receive an effective mineral treatment.

With a salt-covered floor and ceiling, the space is furnished with comfortable chairs to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere. Up to 14 people can use the room at a time, with two types of sessions offered: one with a relaxing, dark room and quiet music and the other designed for kids that allows music, talking and playing in the salt.

Davis says that a 45-minute session can help to rebalance and restore the body. “The all-natural salt can help with inflammation, arthritis, regulation of mood and an assortment of skin and breathing ailments,” she notes. “It can even help people sleep better and feel more energetic; to simply de-stress.”

The center offers clients other services focused on overall health and wellness, such as haircuts and color, facials, waxing and massage, including Swedish, deep tissue and prenatal, as well as aroma stone massages, hot stone therapy, myofascial release, reflexology and Reiki. There’s also a salt-scrub massage and a body wrap to detox and help eliminate the appearance of cellulite.

Dedicated to providing affordable, holistic care, the center recently underwent an expansion, adding a new wing and a modern salt room. “There are so many people that are unhealthy and they aren’t sure why,” says Davis. “We want them to be comfortable and confident in an environment that doesn’t judge them. We are here to serve the community and feel grateful to have the opportunity to give clients a sense of health and well-being.”

Location: 2321 Market St. Rear, Camp Hill. For more information, call 717-412-0447 or visit

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