The Salt Spa of Asheville | NC Weekend | UNC TV


>>>TODAY, NATURAL METHODS FOR
IMPROVING OUR HEALTH ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE
ACCESSIBLE. BUT ASHEVILLE, WITH ITS HOT
SPRINGS AND UNIQUE CLIMATE, HAS LONG BEEN VISITED AS A
DESTINATION FOR HEALING. SO IT’S ONLY NATURAL THAT INES
CLARK, A PHYSICAL THERAPIST FROM GERMANY, CHOSE ASHEVILLE TO
CREATE A HIMALAYAN SALT CAVE SANCTUARY FEATURING HALOTHERAPY. LET’S SEE WHY SOME SAY THIS
TREATMENT IS JUST HEAVENLY AT THE SALT SPA OF ASHEVILLE. TUCKED AWAY IN AN UNASSUMING
SHOPPING CENTER NEAR HISTORIC BILTMORE VILLAGE IS A PLACE
WHERE VISITORS STOP FOR A BREATH OF SALT AIR. INES CLARK WAS A LICENSED
PHYSICAL THERAPIST IN GERMANY AND BOARD CERTIFIED MASSAGE
THERAPIST IN FLORIDA BEFORE SHE FOUND HER TRUE CALLING IN
ASHEVILLE, USING THE HEALING POWER OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PINK
MINERAL.>>I BECAME AWARE OF THE SALT,
UM, THERAPY THAT — THE MOVEMENT THAT IS GOING ON IN EUROPE. AND SO I STARTED STUDYING IT AND
GETTING INFORMED ABOUT IT. AND THEN IT’S LIKE, YES,
THAT’S — THAT’S WHAT I’M GOING TO DO HERE. I WAS SO EXCITED TO BUILD
SOMETHING THAT IS BEAUTIFUL WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME IN. AND WHEN THEY WALK IN THE SALT
CAVE, THEY FEEL LIKE A BIG HUG AND WELCOMED AND SAFE AND AT THE
SAME TIME A HEALING PLACE WHERE THE AIR, THE MICROCLIMATE, IS
TAKING CARE OF THEIR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.>>BRENDA STREETT LIVES IN SOUTH
CAROLINA, BUT HAS TRAVELED TO ASHEVILLE EVERY WEEK FOR A YEAR
TO MANAGE HER CHRONIC ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS AND ALLERGIES.>>THE FIRST TIME I CAME IN, UH,
I WAS ON MY MAST ANTIBIOTIC THAT DAY. AND I WAS SO SICK, I COULD
HARDLY WALK. I MEAN, I — MY LEGS WERE WEAK. MY MUSCLES WERE WEAK. AND JUST GOING IN THERE AND
LAYING IN THAT SALT, I COULD TAKE A DEEP BREATH FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN EIGHT YEARS.>>THIS IS THE HIMALAYAN SALT
SANCTUARY. IT’S FILLED WITH FIVE TONS OF
HIMALAYAN SALT. IT’S ALL ON THE WALLS. IT’S ON THE FLOOR. IT’S ABOUT 70 DEGREES IN HERE. IT’S VERY COMFORTABLE. IT FEELS DRY. AND THE HUMIDITY LEVEL IS
BETWEEN 30% AND 50%. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DISROBE OR
ANYTHING. JUST COME IN, TAKE A SEAT, AND
FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES BREATHE THE DRY SALT MICROCLIMATE AND
RELAX. THE THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT
OFFERED INSIDE THE HIMALAYAN SALT SANCTUARY IS HALOTHERAPY,
AND ITS EFFECTIVENESS, INES SAYS, IS DEPENDENT ON THE WORK
OF THIS DEVICE CALLED A HALOGENERATOR.>>A HALOGENERATOR IS A DEVICE
THAT HELPS TO RE-CREATE THE MICROCLIMATE OF NATURAL SALT
MINES. WITHOUT THIS DEVICE, WHICH IS
REALLY THE HEART OF HALOTHERAPY, UH, WE CANNOT RE-CREATE THE TRUE
MICROCLIMATE OF NATURAL SALT MINES. WHAT IT DOES IS, IT’S LIKE A
MILL, AND IT GRINDS SALT IN 1 TO 5 MICRON SIZE PARTICLES. SO BECAUSE IT IS SO SMALL, WE
CAN BREATHE IT INTO OUR LOWER RESPIRATORY SYSTEM IN THE
ALVEOLI, AND THE DRY SALT CAN GO DEEP IN THERE. AND SALT IS NATURALLY
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-BACTERIAL, AND IT HELPS. AND IT’S A NATURAL CLEANSER. IT HELPS TO CLEANSE AND CLEAN
OUR RESPIRATORY SYSTEM.>>INES ALSO HAS A WELL-BEING
ROOM WITH 100% HIMALAYAN SALT-LAYERED WALLS AND SLAB
FLOORING THAT ENHANCE RELAXATION. IN HERE, OTHER MIND/BODY
THERAPIES THAT RELY ON RELAXATION ARE OFFERED, LIKE
WHEN I TRIED WITH NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED AND GIFTED
REFLEXOLOGIST PHYLLIS WEIMAR.>>REFLEXOLOGY IS A BODYWORK
THERAPY THAT HELPS DEEPEN OUR STATE OF RELAXATION. REFLEXOLOGY IS NOT A FOOT
MASSAGE. I AM STIMULATING THE NERVE
ENDINGS AND ACTIVATING THE CIRCULATION TO EVERY PART OF
YOUR BODY.>>THE SALT CLIMATE ENHANCES THE
BENEFITS OF YOGA IN A DIFFERENT WAY.>>WHEN YOU’RE IN THE SALT SPA
ENVIRONMENT AND YOU’RE BREATHING THIS ANTI-MICROBIAL,
ANTIOXIDANT, MINERAL-RICH AIR, YOU’RE GETTING THAT DEEP INTO
YOUR LUNGS, BECAUSE YOGA HELPS BRING THE AIR DEEP INTO YOUR
LUNGS.>>THE SALT SPA ENVIRONMENT IS
ALSO SAFE FOR CHILDREN, SO ONCE A MONTH INES HAS LITTLE ONES IN. THEY GET A STORY, RELAXING FLUTE
MUSIC, AND –>>WE PLAY IN THE SALT, BECAUSE
IT’S GRAVEL SALT. IT’S LIKE IN A SANDBOX. AND CHILDREN LOVE IT. AND THAT WAY THEY GET A NICE
EXPOSURE TO THE SALT, AND WE MAKE THEM DO SOME MOVEMENTS SO,
UH, THEY NATURALLY BREATHE DEEPER. AND, UH, THE SALT BENEFITS FOR
THE CHILDREN IS EVEN MORE PROFOUND. BECAUSE THEIR LUNGS ARE SO
YOUNG, THEY RECEIVE THE BENEFITS MUCH FASTER THAN ADULTS.>>IMAGINE, SALT THAT’S THIS FUN
AND THIS RELAXING. IT IS AT THE SALT SPA OF
ASHEVILLE. FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND,”
I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL.

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