I did something recently that was … simply put…AMAZING. It was an experience I could never have imagined, because, in all honesty, I had never heard of it before. Even my bucket list was envious.
I joined a few friends and ventured to Peace, Love, & Zen Holistic Wellness Center in East Liberty, where I sat, kid-free, in a Himalayan Salt Cave. It was 45 minutes of uninterrupted bliss. So besides my brain being incredibly grateful for this stress-free downtime, my body also spoke volumes of gratitude, thanks to the bounty of benefits offered through this experience.
“The Himalayan Salt Cave emits negative ions, which cleanse the air and eliminate free radicals from our environment,” said Susan Coe, owner of Peace, Love, & Zen Holistic Wellness Center, home to the only Himalayan Salt Cave in Pittsburgh and the only one within 100 miles. “During a salt cave session, a halogenerator (a special type of equipment that is used to provide safe and effective dry salt therapy) grinds up additional salt and pushes it into the air in the form of aerosol. Our clients breathe the salt into their lungs, which aids in all respiratory issues, including cold, sinus, COPD, bronchitis, and allergies. It also is a great reliever of migraines and headaches and an overall de-stressor.”
So who wouldn’t benefit from this salt cave, right?
Upon entering the cave in our white socks (we were asked to wear white so that the salt on the floor does not dilute any colorful socks), we stepped into the salt that was reminiscent of walking on a sandy beach. We chose one of 10 zero gravity chairs located in the cave and reclined with our blankets if we needed them (the cave is set at 71 degrees). These kinds of chairs, Susan explained, are lounge chairs that make you feel like you are on air without gravity.
We listened to relaxing music that played during our session. The music, I found out, contains subliminal things that help send your body into a deeper, relaxed state. During a conversation with one of my friends, I only half-jokingly asked her if she thought the center would offer overnight accommodations in the cave. It was THAT relaxing.
“Our clients can typically see benefits after just one visit,” Susan said. “We recommend coming at least once a month for health maintenance and as often as possible if you are suffering with any upper respiratory ailments or stress.”
The length of the sessions – 45 minutes – is what the experts recommend, and is the amount of time required to full reap the benefits of breathing in the salt air, Susan told us.
“The benefits (of the salt cave) are tremendous, even if you do not suffer with any upper respiratory issues,” Susan said. “We also do lots of special events in the cave, including yin yoga, meditation workshops and classes, women’s healing circle, guided meditation with Reiki share and an intuitive living workshop.”
While there is little more I can say about my experience in the salt cave other than we only just sat for 45 minutes, I think any mom with kids will understand the huge value in that alone. The fact that sitting in this kind of environment can do wonders for your health is an absolute bonus.
And though salt cave itself would be worth the trip to Peace, Love, & Zen, they also offer a variety of other services, including acupuncture, massage therapy, thermal jade massage beds, a full spectrum infrared sauna, astrology readings, psychic medium readings, spiritual path coaching, Reiki and mentorship in mediumship. They also sell healthy living products such as salt lamps and candleholders, essential oils, and Kangen water.
The hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Peace, Love, & Zen is located at 6023 Broad Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. The phone is 412.661.0777; the website is www.PeaceLoveandZen.com.