June 26, 2019 - Stress relief - the Salt Cave and its benefits
Hi! I'm Arianne, the owner of the Salt Cave of Darien. I'm also a wife, mom of a tween and teen (help me, ha, ha!), design consultant (a.k.a. cleaner), chief bottle washer... well, you get the idea. I opened the salt cave in 2017 as a direct response to stress from my original career as an attorney and from this whole balancing act. The luxurious salt cave has been my best, healthy mid-life crisis! This salt cave is the first of its kind in Darien, Connecticut. And I am so happy that I got into this business of bringing healthy and natural benefits to people like you.
We've all heard about the problems of inflammation, especially as we get older, and one of the key benefits of salt is its strong anti-inflammatory properties. People who have respiratory issues can get relief when an inflamed area is reduced and the dry salt binds to mucous in the chest which you then expel out of your body. Arthritis can be helped by time in the salt cave because it reduces joint inflammation, allowing people to move around more easily and with less pain. Skin conditions, such as eczema and rosacea, are soothed as the salt stimulates the cell regeneration process and exfoliates the skin.
I have eczema and rosacea and I've seen an improvement in my skin after spending time in the cave. But one of the biggest benefits I find is in easing stress. My stressful career had been causing me many nail-biter nights! I didn't want to keep living with stress and being frazzled with my kids who are at impressionable ages. Besides not being able to spend quality time with them, I was teaching them the wrong way to approach a job and letting stress to overwhelm me.
I had a chance to visit a salt cave and then I went to visit the inspirational Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland to learn more about all the conditions that it can help. I will talk more about what I learned from the mine in the future but my research was all it took to convince me to open my own salt cave in 2017. The salt cave's beautiful, calming environment immediately makes me pause and appreciate the beauty. The colors are soothing and the light and sounds are peaceful. Once the salt works through my body and decreases my clenched system, I feel so much more relaxed. Harvard researchers, in their Woman's Healthy Study in 2010, found that women who have high stress levels in their jobs have a 40% higher risk of heart disease (www.health.harved.edu). A scary number! It is my wellness intention to manage that stress and create a more peaceful environment for myself and those around me. I am excited for this new journey and so grateful to be able to share it with you.
Stay salty, Arianne