History of Salt Therapy

Halotherapy, originated more than 150 years ago, in natural salt caves and mines. In fact, this type of salt therapy can be traced back to the Grecian age, when Hippocrates recommended salt inhalation as an effective treatment for respiratory issues!

European monks also discovered a similar pattern, noticing that patients treated in salt caverns healed faster than those treated elsewhere. Its Polish roots began in 1843, when Polish physician Felix Boczkowski studied the men working in salt mines at Wielickza. Boczkowski learned that these salt mine workers had fewer respiratory problems than others, tracing the phenomenon back to the inhalation of salt dust. Because of this, a halotherapy therapeutic spa was developed in Poland.

In Germany during World War II, salt mines were a common area for bomb shelters, leading to disturbances in the mine that let salt dust out into the air. People taking cover in these mines found that their respiratory problems were greatly lessened as a result. In the 1950s, salt therapy took a new turn. Eastern European physicians figured out how to simulate the natural conditions of salt caves, with help from engineers. This lead to modern-day salt therapy, as we know it now, with countless halotherapy treatment areas opening up across Europe and Scandanavia in the 1980s and 1990s. Many salt therapy rooms are in operation in European hospitals, letting patients access the great benefits of salt therapy in a healthcare setting.

Salt therapy is growing in popularity, and people are discovering what an excellent treatment it can be for respiratory issues. If you have thought about salt therapy but wondered where this idea came from, now you know – it is something people have been using, to great effect, for centuries upon centuries.

What is Halotherapy?

Salt therapy is a natural complementary therapy. A salt generator, called a Halogenerator grinds Pharmaceutical Grade salt into minute breathable particles and disperses these particles into the salt room. The dry salt acts like a super sponge as it traverses down the respiratory tract, where it literally absorbs excess mucus and foreign elements and takes it out of the system. The dry salt is antibacterial so it will go after viruses and other bacteria in the system. Lastly, dry salt is also anti-inflammatory so it helps open up restricted airways providing relief for those with asthma and COPD and other respiratory conditions. Whilst in a session, the salt particles are inhaled deep into the lungs to help loosen congestion, increase oxygen intake and cleanse the airways of smoke, dust, pollution, pollens and other allergens. When the salt lands on the skin it can also help to improve your skin health and relieve the symptoms of certain skin and other conditions.

Salt has the following properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Mucolytic effects: loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport
  • Removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen)
  • Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)

  • While relaxing in our salt therapy room, you inhale the dry, salt-enriched air deep down into the lungs, where the healing benefits do their greatest healing. The salt loosens the mucus, which begins to clear quickly, and inflammation is reduced, which makes more room in the airways for you to breathe. Symptoms subside, sometimes for up to 12 months.


    Take a look at what our clients have to say.


    I am 55 years old. In January of this year, I started to suffer with sinuses and could not sleep because of breathing problems. After 3 courses of antibiotics and nasal sprays, nothing was working. Then I cam across Sea Breeze Salt Therapy, so I started the one hour sessions and within a couple of goes, I started to sleep at night and began to breathe again, it was such a relief.


    Every winter our son Ryan gets a bad chesty cough. We have felt helpless as even with inhalers, antibiotics and tablets, each winter his health suffers and nothing seemed to help him. This year when his coughing started, we took him to Sea Breeze Salt Therapy twice a week. Within two weeks, his cough had dried up. Now when he starts coughing, we know that we can take him to Sea Breeze and it will get rid of it. Knowing that it is natural with no side effects is even more of a relief. The feeling of helplessness and not being able to help him has gone. Seeing the colour in his cheeks again and his energy levels are back to normal means we can actually enjoy the winter!

    Eliza-Jayne (Special Needs)

    I come to Salt Therapy most Fridays. It has really helped to clear my head. I can breathe deeper and I don’t snore as much as I used to. Mum is happy at how much it helps me.