Halo is a Greek word for salt. Halotherapy is known as salt therapy, and salt has been known to be an ancient healer for centuries.
Pure sea salt, both Dead Sea, and Himalayan contain 84 trace elements that are found in the human body. Negative charged ions in salt improve both our health and our mood. Other health benefits include reduced stress, reduction in headaches, increased energy, and improved sleep.
I recently spent seven consecutive days in Qi Gardens Salt Spa at the Wellness Spa in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. As I entered the spa, an amber glow warmed my soul as I noticed that the walls, windows, ceiling, and floor were all covered in salt, creating a beautiful cocoon that shut out daily life.
As I began the week’s seven sessions, I decided to set seven different intentions for each day. These include:
Day 1: Resistance
I had to fight the urge to resist becoming still both physically and mentally. Being on the move constantly, I struggled to let go.
Day 2: Surrender
I had to fight the ongoing thoughts in my mind and come to a place of surrender. By focusing on my breathing, I was able to let go of my thoughts. I began to focus on being fully present instead of thinking about work or family. I recognized that if I didn’t change my thoughts, I may as well be somewhere else. I had to surrender to be in the here and now, and in that space, I was in a beautiful place of healing.
Day 3: Releasing Negativity
On day three, I allowed the salt to dissolve all of my stress, as it purified my body, mind, and soul.
Day 4: Play
I decided to have fun and play in the salt. The room included a large saltbox, similar to a sandbox, in which I was able to play, bury myself and explore like a child again.
Day 5: Mindful Breathing
My intention was to breathe fully and deeply. Shallow breathing and unconscious breathing is natural. I focused on being mindful of my breath and realized how important this is to create more energy in my body, releasing stress and tension from every cell.
Day 6: Connection
Today I decided that I would connect with other people who were also sharing the experience with me. I was able to meet others, listening to why they were also exploring the salt spa and made connections, which enriched the experience for me, as several other sessions had been a solo experience.
Day 7: Recharge
My last day was filled with apprehension as my seven days in the salt spa had come to an end. I had learned how to reconnect with my body and breath again. I left the salt spa feeling recharged with new energy, having been recharged mentally, emotionally and physically.
If you are looking for a new experience, check out your local salt spa, and emerge yourself in a salty experience that cleanses your body, mind, and soul.