It’s been almost a year since the grand opening of the Louisville Salt Cave. If the existence of a salt cave in Louisville is news to you or if you’re wondering what exactly a “salt cave” is, then you won’t want to miss this podcast hosted by Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty. Nicole Bartlett and Kim Rash are here to shed some light on this local curiosity.
Kim Rash said she first came up with the idea after visiting a salt cave in Asheville, North Carolina. There are naturally occurring salt caves in Europe, but the local version is man-made by carting in five tons of pink Himalayan salt and a cutting-edge halo generator that mists pharmaceutical-grade salt into the air.
“If you suffer from issues like allergies, chronic sinusitis, excess mucus, cough, or skin issues, you’re going to benefit from time spent in a salt cave. Halo therapy gives you a slight detoxification,” Nicole Bartlett explains. “Our micro-climate is saturated in negative ions that trigger serotonin release in the body, so you’ll be feeling pretty good after a 45-minute session, not to mention breathing easier. You’ll come out feeling really well-rested and amazing.”
The salt mist in the air is very similar to a gentle ocean spray or saline solution. You can still wear your normal clothes in, but you’ll get an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory mist on your skin you’ll want to leave on at least a few hours to get the maximum effect. If you suffer from serious allergies, daily treatments are ideal. Some clients come in every two weeks to keep allergies at bay.
Rash and Bartlett are careful not to make any miracle claims. “It’s not going to change you physiologically,” Bartlett says. The salt can break up congestion, pull moisture away from areas of inflammation, and boost mood – but it’s not going to “cure” people of any serious ailment.
A typical visit includes kicking back in one of six reclining “zero-gravity” lounge chairs, listening to calming music and gazing at the beautiful scenery, which includes pink salt crystals and fiber optic lighting twinkling on the ceiling like stars.
“Caves literally put off good vibes,” Barlett adds. “Oxygen atoms with additional electrons attached are found around waterfalls, by the ocean, in the rainy air, in the country. These negative ions are so small but make such a big difference in terms of air quality.” During the 45-minute session, visitors go into a deep state of rest and rejuvenation. It’s a great place to take a break and relieve stress. The cost is $35 per session, $100 for four sessions, or $250 for 12 sessions.