I decided to take the morning off so I could run some errands. I find it so much easier to take 2 hours off and get a whole bunch done than waiting until after work and lugging the littles with me. It takes a fraction of the time and frustration (and no bribery is necessary!)
My neighbor and friend is 5 months pregnant and her birthday is today, so I wanted to find something unique to give her. She always gives us such thoughtful gifts and I wanted to do the same. After dropping off some clothes to the consignment store (Once Upon a Child – great place! They buy the items directly from you, no waiting around to see if something sells…) I stopped by a place that has piqued my interest for months… SaltEFX.
Having no idea what I would find, I walked in to see a very nice woman behind a counter in what turned out to be a waiting room. SaltEFX is a Himalayan Salt Room where you can go to relax and undergo what the owner called “salt therapy.”
I quickly learned that salt has beneficial properties to remove toxins and help with allergies and it can have anti-inflammatory properties. There are other benefits, but when she said it can help with allergies, I stopped there. I did a quick google search on my phone and learned that salt rooms are safe for preggos like my friend, so I decided to do a salt themed gift. The owner sells these delicious salt scrubs that smell just heavenly, and I purchased a 45 minute session for E. I had the time, so decided to try out their 15 minute intensive salt bed option.
You lay in the bed, which is filled on the bottom with heated Himalayan salt crystals, topped by a head pillow, towel to lay on, and a pillow for your knees. The owner turned on the bed and salt was ionized (or whatever term is proper) into the air for me to breathe in. She gave me a few tissues and said to not be surprised if my sinuses started draining.
While I had hoped for some immediate sinus relief, it didn’t happen that quickly. I noticed that during the 15 minute session I was very relaxed – soft music, warm crystals, and noticed a bit of sinus pressure, like that which happens right before your sinuses are about to drain. I have since had that feeling for the past 3 hours, with some drainage. It definitely feels like something is going on in there, and I’m hoping that maybe a few more sessions will loosen things up.
The price of the session was incredibly reasonable. My 15 minute salt bed session was $15, and I ended up purchasing a 45 minute session (less intense and therefore better for a preggo) for E for $20. E has been having a tough time with allergies this summer, and can’t take allergy meds due to the pregnancy. I’m hoping this could give her some relief. I think they have an unlimited monthly option for around $55. Considering the cost of allergy meds, and the potential relief from a natural remedy, this sounds reasonable to me!
The other rooms look relaxing as well. This one is the “quiet” room, where no one is supposed to talk. There is a starry sky on the ceiling and lounge chairs around the room. There is also the “trouble makers” room, which is for people who just can’t help themselves from talking, which you can reserve with a pal or by yourself if you want some privacy. The cost is the same, regardless of whether you choose the quiet room or the trouble makers room, which is a cool benefit.
I’ll definitely be back!! I’d love to ditch the steroid nasal spray!