If you follow along on my Instagram or if you’ve had the chance to read our crazy encounters with the Lyft drivers, you’ll know that a few weekends ago I went away on a girls trip to Nashville for a friend’s 30th birthday. We had the best time doing a whole lot of nothing. Hardly anything was planned other than experiencing Broadway, eating at the famous Loveless café, sleeping in and eating lots of good food. Aren’t those the best kinds of vacations? Nothing on the agenda, wandering around and doing whatever feels right at the moment. Having nothing planned is so not like me (think type-a with a day job of planning people’s lives) but it truly was refreshing.
Anyways, we tried all weekend to get massages. Who knew this was something that actually needed to be put on the agenda? We called multiple places, but for whatever reason, it was impossible to get 3 massages at the same time without any notice. *sarcasm*
After striking out multiple times trying to secure massage appointments, we stumbled upon a magical little place – the Foot & Salt Spa. At Foot & Salt Spa we were able to experience reflexology while reclined in zero gravity chairs, in a fully encompassed Himalayan salt room. I’m talking the floors, walls, and the ceiling was covered in this stuff. Not only was the entire place covered in the pretty pink salt, but they pumped it into the room through the air ducts. I had never had reflexology done before, nor had I experienced a Himalayan salt room aka Halotherapy, but alternative medicine has become so popular in recent years that I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try.
Upon walking into the treatment room, the air smelled clean and pure. It immediately gave me the feeling of being able to breathe easier and deeper. Supposedly both reflexology and Himalayan salt are believed to have amazing health benefits. After doing a quick search on the web – I’ve rounded up the top benefits of the two.
Himalayan Salt Benefits
- Reduction of bronchial inflammation
- Removal of airborne pollen particles from airways
- Strengthening of the immune system that decreases allergic reaction to pollens
- Cleansing of the airways
- Prevention and treatment of the common cold and flu
- Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help dermatological disorders such as acne, dermatitis and psoriasis
- Reduction of snoring
- Promotes better sleep
- The application of pressure to the reflexology points stimulates the body’s ability to rejuvenate and heal itself
- Treatments open the subtle electrical channels (think 7,000 nerves in our feet waiting to be stimulated) that become blocked due to emotional and physical imbalances, which helps with stress, pain and anxiety
- Improved circulation
- Reduces intensity and frequency of migraines
- Promote better sleep
I left the treatment feeling totally refreshed (and wishing my husband rubbed my feet more). Can I get an amen? The only downside was that due to the salt being pumped through the air for 45 minutes, we left with a fine layer of dust on our clothes and glasses. Each one of us girls had a different spot that was more tender than all the others. While receiving the reflexology, I felt the most amount of pressure and tenderness on my inner right arch – so maybe that means channels to my duodenum and kidney were blocked – but maybe not too.
I know a lot of people have Himalayan salt lamps but before now I totally thought they were a gimmick. I definitely believe they help with purifying the air and being able to breathe better. Have you experienced reflexology or Halotherapy before? I’m curious to know what other forms of alternative medicine you’ve used that I might be interested in.