Business Spotlight: Hygea Wellness Center: Dead Sea Salt Rooms Provide Numerous Health Benefits
Jul 23, 2014 12:41PM
● By Nancy Somera
Seven tons of Dead Sea salt were imported from Israel to fill the therapeutic salt rooms at Hygea Wellness Center, in Camp Hill. Owner Deanna Davis says when inhaled, the mineral content in the salt, which includes magnesium and calcium, is helpful in the treatment of allergies, sinus issues, migraines, fibromyalgia and lung ailments such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. It also reduces inflammation and eases arthritic aches and pains, and sessions promote relaxation, clear thinking and sounder sleep.
Hygea Wellness Center offers two salt rooms: the dark, quiet, main salt cave and a well-lit concentrated salt room, where clients can relax in heated massage chairs and read, use technology or visit with a friend. The main salt room session lasts 45 minutes, while clients can receive the same benefits in the concentrated salt room in just 20 minutes, making it a suitable option for quick, drop-by therapy sessions during the day or after work. Clients can also pair a salt room session with a massage for a full detoxification experience, accommodating two to four people in the same room, if desired.
The entire center is handicapped-accessible and caters to clients of all ages. Even children can enjoy the benefits during special kids’ sessions three times per week, when buckets and shovels are brought out for them to play in the salt. According to Davis, salt treatments help regulate serotonin levels in the brain, helping with symptoms associated with ADD, ADHD and other stress disorders. Colicky babies have been known to sleep through the night after spending time in the salt rooms.
In addition, Hygea Wellness carries a large selection of salt lamps, which when placed in the bedroom, act as air ionizers, cleaning the air of bacteria, mold and pet dander, all of which are known to aggravate allergy symptoms. “Giving the body support by providing allergen-free air to breathe during sleep helps the body clean out the toxins and control allergies,” Davis explains.
A salt room session is priced reasonably so that Davis can introduce its wellness benefits to as many people as possible. A one-time session costs $25, but four-session punch cards can be purchased for $40, and the $60 salt room pass grants unlimited access to both salt rooms and the infrared sauna throughout the month. Other monthly membership plans that include salt room and bodywork combinations are also available.