MINNEAPOLIS - A new business is a first for Minnesota and it is promising relief for those with respiratory illnesses.
Inside The Salt Cave at 4811 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis is a dimly lit room lined with pink Himalayan salt. After taking off your shoes, you step onto the floor, which is completely covered in a thick layer of salt pebbles. Natural cave sounds play from speakers overhead.
Scott Wertkin and his family decided to open the Salt Cave after visiting a salt cave in Florida while on vacation. He hopes the facility will reduce the amount of drugs that his son is taking.
"For my son, when he was growing up with asthma, instead of taking an inhaler and instead of taking steroids, if this could have reduced that, I would have loved that," he said.
All you have to do is relax and breathe deeply. What you're breathing is air containing finely ground pharmaceutical salt pumped in through a vent.
Although not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Wertkin says the inhaled salt loosens mucus in the lungs and sinuses, much like a saline nasal spray or a Neti Pot.
People are free to sleep, read a book or just relax during the session. The shop does have special times for yoga and kid's reading time in the cave.
A 45-minute session costs $30 and packages are available, which lower the cost per session. More information can be found at the Salt Cave's website at saltcaveminnesota.com.
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