Salty History

Salty History: Where Did Salt Therapy Begin

The power of Salt is rich in history. At Salthaus we are taking something old and making it feel new again. Halotherapy originated as Speleotherapy over 100 years ago in Eastern Europe for the therapeutic benefit of respiratory disease.

Inhaling dry salt as a treatment dates back to 1839 when the first health resort facility at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland was created.  

In 1949, German physician, Dr. K.H. Spannahel, who had observed during WWII that the people who were hiding in salt mines and caves from the bombs had respiratory health benefits. He proposed the creation of the Klyutert cave as an inpatient department to conduct a systematic approach to observe the climatological conditions and confirm the medical effectiveness of underground environments. The results of these studies, along with the teamwork of the Hungarian geologist, Dr. H. Kessler, laid the foundation of Speleotherapy which is modern day Halotherapy.

Later in 1958, Professor Mieczyslaw Skulimowski became the official physician of the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine and started regular treatment of patients in the salt chambers, initiating a new field of medicine – Subterraneotherapy, also called the Skulimowski method, which refers to underground "salted" environments exclusively.

And in 1985, Halotherapy as we know it was pioneered by Russians, they replicated the conditions of a salt cave and mines in medical facilities throughout Russia. Halotherapy soon emerged outside the USSR in more commercial settings in the 1990s when salt therapy could be found throughout Europe.

Recognized in Europe for over 50 years for the treatment of breathing and skin problems. This alternative therapy compliments conventional medical treatments as an integrative approach to produce sustainable results. By now most of us have figured out our food and fitness routines but are you still not feeling your best? Take a moment for some salty self care and disconnect from the chaos to find your inner quiet. Everyone needs a moment to unplug in the overly connected world we live in today. We view Salthaus as an essential part of your weekly wellness routine by making it approachable and accessible in your neighborhood.

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Stefanie Ruch