Every time I think I have been passed by on the road to relevance, by the shimmering moments of cool-dom that are usually only bestowed on 24-year-old goddesses from Hollywood reality TV shows, someone rescues me. Like Julie Murphy did last week. Julie is a South African dazzler, yoga teacher, woman of the world who asked me to join her and our other slightly demented pal, Kris Hamre Gaspari, to join her at Salt Suite, a new venture in Delray (The Shoppes at Latitude, 3100 S. Federal Highway) that offers salt therapy, also known as halo therapy (that we could all use.)
Dead Sea salt therapy is a natural way to treat skin and respiratory problems and involves relaxing in a chamber with a floor covered in salt drifts, walls encrusted with dead sea salt, lighting muted, and then whhoooshh--we are all breathing in an invisible dry salt aerosol that is released into the room for as long as the session lasts (ours was 45 minutes). You can’t really see the air salt, and all you do is kick back in a comfy zero-gravity chair, breathe, even meditate. (Of course, in our session, meditation was not in the cards as much as was planning where we were going to stop afterward for drinks.)
Salt therapy dates back to the mid-1800s when a Pole named Felix Bochkovsky observed that salt mine workers rarely suffered from colds or respiratory problems; the therapy has been a trend in Europe for years, and is recommended for everything from sinusitis to stress, eczema, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, COPD.
For us, it was a quiet interval is white room just dialing it down for an hour. No noise, glowy salt bricks, zoning out in a chair that goes allllllll the way back.
We loved it. We felt better, more calm, more relaxed.
In fact, I’ll go back to these salt mines any day of the week.
For more information on the Salt Suite (there is a room especially for kids, too) or to sign up for yoga in a salt suite room, call 561/316-7258.