With September being Self-Improvement Month, I made it a goal to put more of a focus on my self-care. This meant, more attention to positive hobbies, like reading and journaling, and less time on my phone; more attention to the food and drink I was consuming; and more attention to how I treated my body.
This has been done through face masks, massages, yoga, etc. However, I wanted to try something I’d never experienced before but had been curious about. This is when I decided to finally visit Royal Salt Cave & Spa in Frankfort – pretty much a stone’s throw from my house. It had been on my radar for some time, but since I hadn’t been prioritizing my self-care, it took me a while to get there.
I can certainly say it was worth the wait, as the spa was even nicer than I’d imagined. The waiting area was calm and quiet, with soothing music playing from the speakers. The gal at the front desk showed me around the space, which was bigger than it appears from the outside. In addition to the salt cave, there was a children’s salt cave, an infrared sauna, a massage therapy room, and a graduation tower room – all designed for different methods of relaxation and natural treatments of different ailments.
The salt caves are based on halotherapy (also known as Dry Salt Therapy), which is a natural way of aiding in respiratory issues, skin problems, and allergies. The salt is 100% natural and drug-free, and is safe for use in both adults and children. It is also said to help improve sleep patterns, reduce stress, and reduce pain.
Before my session in the salt cave, I was given a blanket and headphones, either for soft music or guided meditation. Being that it was my first time, I thought music would be a better bet so I could focus more on the experience. I went into the cave which was laid with pink Himalayan salt and adorned with twinkling lights and a faux fire place. It truly gives you the feeling of being in a cave, while also feeling like you’re outside under the stars. I laid back in my chair and waited for the session to start. A voice came over the headphones that the session would soon begin, and the salt shortly began pumping through the cave.
I had expected it to be an overwhelming feeling of salt blasting through the air, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was more of a cool mist that was not overpowering by any means. It was suggested beforehand to take deep breaths periodically to really get the full benefits of the salt. About ten minutes in, I could feel my sinuses begin to clear and could breathe a bit easier through my nose. While I didn’t find any pain relief, I’m thinking that, since I have chronic pain/inflammation, it may take a few sessions for someone like myself to feel relief. Overall, the session was incredibly relaxing and, while I didn’t fall asleep, I can see how people could as it was such a tranquil environment.
I would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to de-stress or looking for a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. For those who live in the area, keep in mind that on October 4, Royal Salt Cave & Spa will have a Guided Meditation session at 8pm; on October 10 at 7pm they have a Yoga Nidra session; on October 18 at 7:30pm they have Crystal Singing Bowls; and on October 25 at 7:30pm they have Gong Therapy. All of these sessions take place each month and are held in the Main Salt Cave.