Photography by Alan Wycheck
It appears that the Salt Age has come to Camp Hill. But before you pack your bags and head for the hills, there’s a lot to be said about salt. It’s not a bad thing. Just ask Deanna Davis, owner/operator of Hygea Wellness Co. Salt Room, who swears by the benefits that salt can offer those with skin and breathing issues.
“Customers love it,” Davis says. “We have had a lot of support and a lot of people wanting to know more about the benefits, such as relief from breathing disorders, allergies, inflammation within the body – even ADHA and anxiety.”
Hygea uses seven tons of imported Dead Sea salt, which is inhaled while you relax in a room during a 45-minute session. So why not go to one of America’s shores and gather salt from the Atlantic or Pacific? Because salt is not always “salt.”
Native ocean water is made up of mostly sodium chloride or what we call table salt.
Dead Sea salt is 8 percent sodium chloride, 53 percent magnesium chloride, 37 percent potassium chloride and trace elements such as boron, cobalt, manganese, nickel, strontium, zinc and others. It is the trace elements that make all the difference in how our human body reacts once inside a salt room.
Boron, for example, is needed for healthy bones and teeth, cobalt for red blood cell function and zinc, which is a known antioxidant, promotes a healthy immune system.
“Customers tell us that it’s a break from reality, offering a much-needed stress reliever,” Davis explains. “They feel it really helps with sinus headaches, and that the salt room is a great place to come to meditate and clear your head.”
One customer told Davis that she drove an hour to lie in the salt room and that it was worth the drive.
Hygea’s salt room, with salt-covered ceilings and floors, is furnished with comfortable chairs and has the appearance of a cozy family room. Up to 13 people can use the salt room at a time. Six to eight sessions prove to be effective for people with colds, flu symptoms, ear infections or respiratory discomforts of a temporary nature.
Similar chronic conditions may require 12 to 30 sessions of 45 minutes each that should be taken within a short period of time to get maximum benefit. Davis recommends repeating the therapy one to three times per year to maintain any positive results.
There’s no limit to the number of sessions if you are using the salt room for stress relief or other recreational uses.
But salt is not the only “seasoning” being dished out at Hygea Wellness.
The center offers clients other services that improve health, beauty and spirit such as hair cuts, color, up-dos, facials and waxing. Hygea also offers massages – Swedish, deep tissue, chair – as well as aroma-stone massages, hot-stone therapy, myofascial release, reflexology and Reiki. There’s also a salt-scrub massage that will polish and smooth skin as well as a body wrap to detox and help cellulite.
“Our hair salon/barber shop offers face and/or neck shaves for men,” Davis says. “We also have a meeting room and space to do catering for up to 30 people.”
If you can’t decide between a 30-minute massage or 45 minutes in the salt room, have no fear. You can combine the two for one low price. And, after all that spiffing up and deep inhales, you can then stop by Hygea’s retail shop for gift baskets, hand soaps and hand-crafted jewelry.
This is one place that is definitely the salt of the earth.