Salt is not just for seasoning food. It can also be used in a relaxing, beneficial spa treatment. Christina Stone had been working as a massage therapist for more than 20 years in Lincolnton and then started to explore the benefits of salt.

“I first started doing massage because my mother had rheumatoid arthritis,” she said. “I was in high school, didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I went into massage therapy. It’s been great for me. I got to a point in my life where I can only do so many massages in a day. Salt rooms started to become popular several years ago and through the years I started to get more interested in it.”

When the building located at 202 Lithia Inn Road in Lincolnton became available, Stone decided to expand her business to add a salt room. Also included in her business, Halo Salt Spa, is a nail salon and a gift section with salt lamps, salt for seasoning and locally made pottery. In time, Stone plans to expand the business to add more rooms for massage therapy.

Stone and her husband Jay built the salt room from scratch. More than a third of one of the walls is lined with salt bricks which add a soothing vibe to the room. The entire floor is covered in crushed Himalayan salt crystals which contribute to the overall effect of the experience. It’s quite like spending a day at the ocean but, according to Stone, 30 minutes in the salt room is like spending a week at the beach.

“I had a vision and it all came together,” she said. “My overall wellbeing has changed since coming here. I’m proud of it. It makes me happy to come here.”

When the room is being used for a dry salt treatment, a Halo Generator sends a fine mist of pharmaceutical grade salt into the room. Those in the room breath in the salt which is where the benefits of the spa therapy are felt, namely, relief from asthma, chronic bronchitis coughs, colds and flu, emphysema, sinus infections/sinusitis, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, allergies/hay fever, ear infections, snoring and sleeping problems can be realized. Dry salt therapy is also good for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

“When I was looking into what salt therapy could do, I was amazed,” Stone said. “I suffer from eczema. Last week alone, I had a little spot coming out. I got in here for just two treatments and it started going away without having to use steroid cream. The salt is super absorbent, it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Those three things alone are going to help take care of any kind of respiratory ailments.”

In addition, Stone said she hasn’t had to take any allergy medicine since she’s been working at the salt spa. Dry salt therapy has also been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.

“I had a client who stays congested,” Stone said. “I opened the door 10 minutes after the spa started to check on her. She told me, ‘I’m open. I’ve not been open in years.’ It makes a difference in people’s lives. This is a learning curve and it’s new for Lincolnton. I wasn’t sure how it was going to come across to people, but it’s been taken really well.”

There are different options for using the spa. Treatments are usually 30 or 45 minutes long. The room can be booked for a group of people, there’s four comfortable recliners in the room. Normal rates per person are $25 for 30 minutes or $30 for 45 minutes.

“I know there’s other salt places that charge more, but if the price is affordable, people are going to come,” Stone said. 

Halo Salt Spa is located at 202 Lithia Inn Road in Lincolnton. For more information or to book a therapy session, call (980)-429-2197, visit the web site at halosaltspanc.business.com or email halosaltspa2020@gmail.com.

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