A severe case of asthma compelled Debbie Greenhouse to give salt therapy a try while seeking relief from the illness’s troublesome symptoms.
Her positive experience with a treatment in Youngstown in January 2017 convinced her to bring the therapy home and share its benefits with others.
“It really worked, it was wonderful,” Greenhouse said.
The Himalayan Cave, a salt therapy business owned by Debbie and Bill Greenhouse of Leroy Township, is set to have its grand opening at 9130 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor in August.
Inside the 1,950-square-foot space, a cave-like structure has been built to hold salt tiles or blocks attached to the walls and 3 to 4 inches of loose salt lining the floor. A halogenerator infuses a powdery mist of salt into the air.
“You sit in there and relax and meditate, and you breathe in the salt … and it goes into your lungs and helps pull out mucous and you can breathe better,” Debbie said.
But why a cave?
Debbie claims that the setting provides a calming and unique experience while receiving the benefits that salt therapy has to offer. High ceilings prevent a claustrophobic effect.
She noted that the therapy’s value has been known throughout the world for centuries. However, it has gained more significant notice in the U.S. over the past decade.
There are about 300 salt chambers in the U.S., with the majority having been built since 2012, according to a June 2017 article published at nytimes.com.
In Ohio, salt therapy also can be found at locations in Canton, Centerville, Columbus, Westerville and Plain City.
In addition to the Greenhouses’ salt cave, a smaller sauna room for treatments will be available. The cave is wheelchair accessible via a specially designed, lit path.
However, before entering the cave, Debbie said patrons may obtain therapeutic advantages from a salt-infused cascading waterfall in the business’s lobby.
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