Here at the Austin Salt Cave our goal is to mimic the environment inside a salt mine. In the 19th century, Polish academics noticed that salt miners were not having the same severe respiratory ailments that other types of miners were, most notably coal miners, this prompted a closer look at salt miners. As it turned out not only were the salt miners healthier than their colleagues, they were actually healthier than the general public. This was observed again during World War II. Many of the Eastern European salt mines were used as bomb shelters, sometimes housing people for days on end. When they came out of the salt caves, many experienced easier breathing, especially those with asthma. In the 1960's Halotherapy started gaining traction in Europe and has since started spreading around the globe, just now making its way to Central Texas in the form of the Austin Salt Cave.
The Austin Salt Cave can most definitely help you! Check to see if you have one of the more common illnesses which salt can help relieve on our Symptoms page. If your condition is not listed, that's OK. This is just a list of some of the more common conditions known to do well with Halotherapy and does not mean we cannot help you too.
No special clothing is required. You can come in wearing shorts and a tank top or long sleeves and pants. If you are trying to see benefits from respiratory conditions, clothing choice does not matter. With skin conditions we recommend having more skin exposed, especially if you can expose the affected area. However, clothing is required as it is a group room. The temperature is a steady 72 ⁰ F, so you won't get hot or sweaty. We do provide blankets, just in case you get cool.
People with temporary respiratory discomforts (colds, flu symptoms, ear infections, etc.) 1-8 sessions will likely show a marked improvement. With chronic skin and respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, allergies, psoriasis, etc.) 12-20 sessions are recommended in as short a time span as possible. Salt therapy is most effective when sessions are taken 2 or more times per week. In order to maintain positive results these therapy blocks should be repeated several times per year.
No, and yes. You will be covered head to toe in a thin coating of salt that is almost imperceptible (that's why it works for skin diseases). The Halogenerator that we use at Austin Salt Cave grinds the salt to the finest of powders and projects the salt into the salt rave. You can taste a little bit of salt on the back of your tongue or lips, but no you won't be brushing off piles of salt from your shoulders.
A single session is about 45 minutes. We ask patrons to arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork and get situated in the Salt Cave.
We prefer that patrons leave all electronic devices outside the room in the provided lockers. But if you simply can't let that phone out of your site, we request that it be turned off before entering the Salt Cave. The salt air can potentially be damaging to sensitive electronics.
Yes, of course you can. However, be advised that the lights are dimmed during the session and there is a very high likelihood that the soothing environment of the Salt Cave will lull you into a pleasant slumber.
Absolutely. Salt therapy is a drug-free way to help little ones with their issues. Children even tend to respond to sessions faster than adults do. 1-12 month olds are free and 1-12 years have reduced pricing. We do have specific times for children's sessions, all others are adults only. Kid's Sessions Times
Yes, we do take walk-ins. We love to know you're coming before hand, but if you forget or can't give us a call we'll take you as long as the session is not full. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your desired session time. Sessions start every hour, on the hour. If you are ready to walk into a session later than 5 minutes after its start time, you will not be permitted entry.
Yes! We love having parties and other large groups in. Our salt room hold 12 comfortably and 14 if you're willing to get cozy. Call and ask us about group rates.