With the New Year here, we all have the resolution of self-care. What is self-care exactly? It can be something as small as taking a nice hot bubble bath or having a glass of wine while reading a book. Or something as big as spending your day at a full service spa once a month or changing your diet to include more organic foods. Whatever you decide on to take care of yourself, we PROMISE you that you should check out the Hudson Valley Healing Center in Poughkeepsie, NY and book a session in their Himalayan Salt Cave.
A salt cave?! Yes, that’s right. A cave entirely encompassed in 14 tons of pink Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt has several unique health benefits :
- Relief of seasonal allergy conditions, including Hay Fever.
- Opens the respiratory tract and provides relief of Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis and Sinusitis
- Aids in cold and flu prevention
- Reduction of stress, anxiety and depression
- Provides natural relief for COPD, Bronchitis and Emphysema
- Reduces inflammation, promotes healing of ear infections and cough
- Improvement of lung function and asthma conditions
- Soothing of skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis
- Helps build stamina and endurance
We had to test this out for ourselves. Our Marketing & Social Media Director, Kimberly, booked a salt cave session to see just how awesome it is. Here’s a recap of her visit.
“Hudson Valley Healing Center opened on February 1st, 2018 in a newly constructed building in the City of Poughkeepsie. Upon walking in, everything was so clean and welcoming. I met with the owner, Elisa, who promptly greeted us at the door. We chatted a bit about the salt cave and their other offerings; yoga, IV therapy, and workshops.
Once we were ready to go into the salt cave, we were asked to leave our belongings in a cubby (purses, waters and shoes) and make our way thru a door down a small hallway. When Eliza opened the door for us, we were greeted by a dimly lit room full of salt. I mean, FULL OF SALT. The floor was covered (think a beach made out of larger salt crystals) and the walls were larger salt rocks, including a “fireplace” made of salt with a salt lamp within it. There was several lounge chairs, each with a heavy velour blanket as the room is kept at a consistent 68-72 degrees to regulate respiratory and vascular health and could be a bit chilly as time goes on.
As we settled into our lounge chairs, we were instructed by Eliza how this works. She told us that normally in the salt cave, the etiquette is to stay quiet to respect others within the cave, as well as if we wanted to wear socks we could, but no shoes. She also mentioned that it is required to stay inside the cave for the full session as not to disturb others by leaving early. We wound up being the only two in this session so we were lucky enough to be able to chat throughout it, walk around, and Eliza was nice enough to let me bring my camera and phone inside to take notes and pictures for this blog post. Once Eliza left, a recording comes on at the start of the session and explains the purpose of the salt cave and that it will come back on at the end of the session to let us know our time is over.
We laid back on our lounge chairs (that recline all the way flat) and let the environment do its work. The ceiling has little LED bulbs that look like stars, which adds to the relaxation factor. For us, the hour long session was a little too long; we started to get antsy and thirsty (no food or water allowed inside), but it was extremely relaxing, quiet, and the perfect amount of light from the salt lamps to feel at ease. Just like a massage, you should drink a lot of water after your session as the salt can pull a lot of moisture out of your skin.
Once we left, we chatted about our time here and think it’s a wonderful, non-invasive way (where you don’t need someone to massage you, or give you a facial) to relax, and man, did our skin feel silky smooth! This is an awesome way to relax, feel good, and even spend some quality time with your thoughts. I can imagine this is great in the summer (as the room is nice and cool), fun on a rainy day (because you’re inside and dry), and something new to try if you’re just curious. I definitely wish I had one of these in my house, but I’ll be back to support a local business and give myself a nice treat once in awhile.”
Hudson Valley Healing Center is extending 10% off to any visitor who stays at our B&B. When you make your appointment, just mention that you’re staying at the Bykenhulle House and you’ll get the discount! They also offer events within the salt cave, like yoga and mediation workshops. You can even rent out the room for you and your party! Once you try it out for yourself, drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts. Do you think you’ll be trying out the salt cave on your next visit with us?