What do you do when you’re full of the cold and want to shift it quick? Visit the Salt Cave.
For what feels like the one millionth time this year both my daughter and I were full of the cold. Unfortunately for me my colds have been hitting me hard recently. Rather than just having a little sniffle my sinuses have been aching, my ears have been throbbing, I get a chest that rattles and I end up exhausted. Is it possible that us women can now catch the dreaded man flu!?
Enough was enough!
A week had passed and neither of us were showing any signs of improving. I’m fed up of visiting a Doctor to be told to continue taking paracetamol and continue with plenty of fluids & rest. This aching chest and face that felt like it had been in a fight with a baseball bat was no use. I had heard of a place called The Salt Cave, for anyone local to Aberdeen it’s based in Westhill. Through word of mouth I kept hearing that this Salt Cave place had worked miracles on colds, chest problems and improved symptoms for people who suffer from things like asthma and hay fever. I needed some of this miracle in my life. I wondered onto their website www.saltcave.co.uk and booked our appointment online.
Thankfully we could book in for the next day and even better was the fact that our first visit was for free. A quick look on their website provided lots of information. I won’t go on and on in too much detail but these are the basics.
Salt has the following properties:
Antibacterial ,Anti-inflammatory, Mucolytic effects: loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport, Removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen), Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity).
While relaxing in one of our treatment rooms, customers inhale the dry, salt-enriched air deep down into the lungs, where the healing benefits do their greatest healing. The salt loosens the mucus, which begins to clear quickly, and inflammation is reduced, which makes more room in the airways for you to breathe.
– Information from www.saltcave.co.uk
The Salt Cave experience.
The staff at our local Salt Cave were wonderful. Super welcoming and the guy that greeted us was fantastic with Sophia. He was full of information and made us feel really comfortable so 5/5 for him. There are lockers for you to pop your belongings into and they provide you with a hair net and little blue shoe covers. My tip is DON’T wear black… I don’t know why I thought black was a good idea. Our Salt Cave has two rooms, a family room and room for adults. The family room had a few toys for Sophia to play with. She could also pick a film to watch on the tv that was up on the wall. She had an absolute ball digging away in the salt and thought she was the funniest person in the world launching a bucket of salt over me.
The room has salt on the walls and the floor. Kind of like an indoor beach but rather than sand it’s the good old salt. Every now and again a little fan would kick in and this made the room kind of misty. You can relax on a sofa with some of the magazines they provided. Curl up on a chair with a blanket or like myself be bossed around by a four year old and told to dig! They dim the lights for an hour and the treatment has begun.
I personally found the experience quite relaxing. I soon began coughing and needed to blow my nose quite a lot. Even as far as the day after my cough was quite salty and my body was clearing itself out. Ok my cold wasn’t completely gone but my head felt clearer. My sinuses were no longer causing me pain and my cough was breaking and was more productive. Sophia was the same and she seemed more energetic and generally happier with herself the following day. We also both had an amazing sleep the night after visiting the Salt Cave.
Would I recommend visiting and would I go again?
I 100% would recommend visiting The Salt Cave. You can find them in Aberdeen, London, Bexleyheath, Tunbridge Wells, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh, Inverness, West Midlands and Liverpool. Anyone who suffers from respiratory problems I would say give it a try. It might work wonders for you. Also anyone with children especially babies! I lost count how many trips we had to hospital via ambulance when Sophia was younger because a cold ended up attacking her chest and she had shortness of breath.
It isn’t necessarily cheap to visit. Yep your first hours visit is free but after that you are £35 a session although they do have discounted prices if you block book. I’m sure I read somewhere that you should visit 2/3 times a week so this could end up being costly depending on your budget. But at the end of the day had I known about this when Sophia was younger and having problems I would have found the money if I didn’t have it to help make her better.
Next time I feel a cold coming on I will 100% be booking another visit to see if it perhaps helps stop it from coming to anything.
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