Not too long ago, we decided to try out a Himalayan salt room after a great deal showed up for it on Groupon. Who am I to pass up killer savings? Besides, I’d heard it had some health benefits, including helping alleviate headaches. Sign me up!
I had no idea what to expect other than the salt would look like similar to our salt lamps from home. Cool lamp, right? A gift from one of my kids.
When we walked in, we were greeted by a friendly young lady who offered us either an iced water or tea. Since it was about a billion degrees outside, we chose a cold water, and than took in our surroundings and noticed the tea. Lots of tea. Everything from Earl grey to German Chocolate to Blueberry Rooibos. I had no idea that there were so many teas to chose from and was even more surprised by the healing properties of each tea. More on that in a minute.
After we finished our water, we were led to the salt room. We were encouraged to “play” in the sand and do deep breathing. If I had to pick one word to describe the room, it would be “serenity”. The lighting was warm and inviting. There were benches along the wall with soft cushions to sit on or if you wanted to sit directly on the sand, you could grab a fluffy towel and lay it on the salt covered ground. The walls were covered with a thick layer of salt and there was a mister that sprayed salt into the room every few minutes. A soft melody played gently in the background.
The session lasted for fifty minutes. For the majority of it, I did deep breathing exercises and some light stretches, but towards the end I found myself wondering how much time we had left. My Zen just isn’t that good yet. I alternated between sitting on the towel playing in the salt and sitting on the bench. It would be a great place to do some yoga so I may return once I’m “yoga ready” again.
After the session was over it was time to pick out a tea. This took us as long to do as it did for the session. Who knew there were so many flavors out there? Not me. I smelled more teas and read more descriptions on their health benefits than I spend checking out labels in a grocery store. I ended up trying (and buying) German Chocolate, Indian Spice, and Peppermint. So good and healthy!
We decided to go again in the fall when the weather is a bit cooler and we’re a bit more Zen.
Have you been to a salt cave? Do you have a favorite tea?
(side note: I’m trying to post this without Disqus today. We’ll see how it goes)