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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the halotherapy sessions offered by Breath of Salt in Cayce, South Carolina. We feature the answers to the frequently asked questions we have encountered.

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Question: When is salt treatment not recommended?

March 15, 2018

Answer: Halotherapy is not recommended for persons with the following:

  • Any Kind of Infectious Disease
  • Infections, Accompanied by Fever
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Any Form and Stages of Tuberculosis
  • Cardiac and Coronary Diseases
  • Hyperthyroidism

In case of steroid dependency or dry state of bronchiectasis, halotherapy may be attempted but with a lower efficiency. You must consult your healthcare professional before scheduling your salt therapy.

Question: Why is the humidity important?

March 15, 2018

Answer: There is more than one reason to keep humidity around 55-60%. First, we live in a high humidity climate. For asthma and allergy sufferers, especially humid summers cause breathing problems. Studies have shown that the air is depleted of negative ions in high humidity.

Keeping the humidity between 55-60% in Himalayan salt cave or rooms ensures the best environment for negatively charged dry salt particles. It is also more beneficial for your respiratory comfort.

Dry salt particles also allow optimal room temperature and humidity parameters that are most beneficial for human bodies.

Maintaining optimal conditions of room environment results in avoiding the development of bronchi spasms. This is a frequent reaction observed in people suffering from asthma when using humid salt aerosol. In addition, the amount of salt inhaled with dry salt aerosol is less but much more therapeutic than the amount inhaled with humid salt aerosol.

Question: Are there different salt therapy methods?

March 15, 2018

Answer: Yes. However, there is only one method that can recreate the authentic microclimate of natural salt mines—halotherapy. When the air in natural salt mines was studied, scientists found a concentration of 15-23mg/m3 of dry salt in the air in all mines. There was also an abundance of negative ions present.

Dry salt that is micron-sized can only be generated by a halogenerator (a salt mill). In the process of being grouped up into 1-5 microns, the salt becomes negatively ionized. When salt therapy without a halogenerator is offered, such as with water features, therapeutic dry salt cannot be found in the air.

Question: Does halotherapy have side effects?

March 15, 2018

Answer: Some patients feel a tickling in the throat. Some people also experience an increase in coughing after several days of treatment, mostly productive in mucous discharge, due to the halotherapy-induced drainage of accumulated mucus.

Rare side effects are light eye irritation due to conjunctivitis. If your eyes are sensitive, it is suggested to keep your eyes closed during halotherapy. You may also use an eye pillow.

Question: Can I read in the salt room?

March 15, 2018

Answer: Yes, if you are in a private session. If there are others in the session please be respectful and leave your reading materials outside of the salt room. However, you will have a greater experience of relaxation if you just rest. We ask that you turn off and leave all electronics in a locker or in the waiting area. (the salt is not good for your electronic devices) Please Do Not leave your cell phones on vibrate.

Question: How much treatment do I need?

March 15, 2018

Answer: Many people feel health benefits after just one treatment session. However, lasting results often occur after a series of 10-20 treatments with at least 3-5 sessions per week 1-2 times a year.

For relaxation purposes and to strengthen the immune system, 1-2 sessions a week throughout the year is recommended. Sessions may be taken as many times as desired.

Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Question: Why did you choose Halotherapy (dry salt therapy)?

March 15, 2018

Answer: We chose this method of salt therapy because we desire to offer the most therapeutic salt therapy available that has a solid, scientific background. Another reason why we chose halotherapy is that the microclimate of dry salt feels cleaner and more comfortable for us. Thus, we have significantly better therapeutic and relaxing results ourselves.

Question: What if I am late for my halotherapy appointment?

March 15, 2018

Answer: We ask our customers to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their sessions. Once sessions have started, we do not interrupt them. You will then be asked to reschedule. If you are a first timmer please come at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to fil out some paperwork before intering the salt room.

Question: Is salt therapy safe for children

March 15, 2018

Answer: Yes! Children often respond faster to treatments than adults. Moreover, there are no potential harmful effects.  All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Question: How do I prepare to go in the Himalayan salt room? What do I wear in the Himalayan salt cave ?

March 15, 2018


  • Do not wear scented hair sprays or perfumes. The scents may cause an allergic reaction in people with asthma and/or allergies. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes and clean white socks. Darker clothes may get coated with salt. Lighter clothing is recommended if you plan to go shopping or back to work. We will brush you off as well as possible.

Question: What is special about Himalayan Salt versus other types of salt?

March 15, 2018

Answer: Himalayan salt is hand mined in the deepest and most pristine salt ranges in Pakistan, Poland and anywhere the Himalayan Mountains run . It contains 82 - 84 of the 92 minerals and trace elements that our bodies already have and need. Himalayan salt originates from the primal oceans and is thought to be more than 300 million years old. It is not refined nor cleaned and treated chemically like table salt. Moreover, it is not exposed to harmful pollutants and toxins like todays sea salt, which is harvested from the now polluted  oceans.

Other types of salt mined in different parts of the world are often not suitable to eat and are mined with heavy machinery, polluting the salt. This type of salt is called rock salt. It is inferior in quality compared to Himalayan salt. 

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