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WELCOME to “SALT of the EARTH”

Lehigh Valley’s First Therapeutic Salt Cave

 By Linda Printz

Approximately 8 years ago, a dream was planted in my heart. I am a licensed massage therapist and wanted to help my massage clients who suffered from allergies, asthma, and other breathing and skin issues that seemed to be ever increasing. I wanted something non-medical, something natural, holistic and without dreaded side effects that come with so many medications. My research led me to the Himalayan Salt Caves that have been popular in Europe for many years. At the time, salt caves were relatively unknown here in the United States. Fortunately, this wonderful health alternative has grown, and I have now been able to realize my dream. I am blessed, humbled, and beyond excited to be opening the doors to the Lehigh Valley’s first Himalayan salt room; Salt of the Earth Massage Therapy and Himalayan Salt Cave located at the Twin Ponds Integrated Health Center, Breinigsville, PA.

While salt therapy may seem new to the health scene here in America, Europeans have been enjoying the health benefits of halotherapy for centuries due to the naturally occurring salt mines located there.

WHAT IS HALO (SALT) THERAPY?

Dry salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is a holistic approach that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt air is dispersed into the air of the “cave” by a unique process generated by a halogenerator. When micro-particles of dry salt are inhaled into the respiratory system, it does its job by absorbing and removing allergens, toxins and foreign substances in your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract.

This type of treatment is a safe and effective way of using salt’s natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and super absorbent properties to provide relief for many conditions, such as:

Respiratory:

  • allergies
  • asthma
  • common cold
  • bronchitis
  • hay fever
  • rhinitis
  • CF
  • sinusitis
  • hay fever

Skin

  • eczema
  • acne
  • psoriasis
  • dermatitis

Therapeutic salt sessions can also help those with:

  • fibromyalgia
  • cystic fibrosis

Many have reported:

  • sounder sleep
  • decrease in anxiety, depressive symptoms & more

WHAT IS A SALT SESSION LIKE?

Salt sessions are 45 minutes in length and by appointment only. You will arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled session to be greeted and fill out an intake form. You will be provided with clean socks, as no shoes are allowed inside the cave to protect the sterile environment. Once inside, you can choose to relax in a zero-gravity lounger, or lie directly upon the warm salt for added benefits. Wear clean and comfortable clothes; (the salt may leave a fine salt dust residue that can be brushed off easily.) The salt will not harm your clothing. A luxurious soft blanket and tapestries are provided for your added comfort. Our starry nighttime sky and soothing music will help you to relax and destress as you breathe in the therapeutic salty air. To ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for all guests, please refrain from talking and no electronics are allowed inside the cave. During our special children sessions, adults and children are allowed to use indoor voices and have fun playing in the salt with provided shovels and pails!

ARE THERE OTHER SERVICES OFFERED IN THE CAVE?

Yes! Massage therapy and reflexology are available for a total body and mind wellness experience! The cave is also available for private, group, family, corporate, bridal parties, girls (and guys!) night out, couples and specialty groups upon request. We will also soon be offering yoga and other movement classes, Reiki, sound therapy, meditation, energy sessions and more in the cave! Stay tuned!

SALT of the Earth Massage Therapy & Himalayan Salt Cave is a one-of-a-kind halotherapy practice due to its location within Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center.  Over 25 practitioners of various professions using a holistic approach work out of this Center.  Each are dedicated to your wellness.

“One of the best perks of my career is meeting new friends and clients and helping them to achieve an improved sense of well-being and health! I am excitedly looking forward to meeting you! Get ready to get salty!”

 COST:  $25 per 45 minute session for guests 16 and older; $8 per child with paying adult. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call for appointment. Gift Certificates are available.

Call Linda Printz today at 484-225-0448

Email: SaltCaveMassage@gmail.com

Facebook: @SaltoftheEarthMassageSalt Cave

Instagram: saltcavemassage

                                               

You are invited to…

Salt of the Earth GRAND OPENING

January 12, 2019 – 1:00-4:00 pm

 

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

628 Twin Ponds Rd.,

Breinigsville, PA 18031

                                               

 

 

Spices: More Valuable than Gold… Then & Now

by Michelle Costantini, BA, ALC, AFNC

In the 1300s, when tariffs were at their highest, a pound of nutmeg in Europe cost seven fattened oxen and was considered a more valuable commodity than gold. By the 1400s, when navigational equipment had improved to the point that long-haul sailing became possible, the kings and queens of Europe set out to change the balance of world trade by funding spice-hunting missions of their own. The search for a cheaper way to obtain spices from the East led to the great Age of Exploration and the accidental discovery of the New World when Christopher Columbus, while searching for a quicker route to India, bumped into the Americas.

THE HISTORICAL USE OF SPICES:

The very first and only true medicines ever used were those derived from the vegetable kingdom. Before spices became money, they were medicines: turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and black peppercorns. Their healing properties and use date back to the world’s first civilizations.

Sanskrit writings of 3,000 years ago describe the therapeutic uses of spices and ancient medical texts from China are filled with remedies using spices for hundreds of ailments.

Throughout the Middle Ages they were used as both medicines and condiments. Most spices were hot and dry and so they were appropriate in sauces to counteract the moist meat and fish. Inventories and account books of pharmacies show that spices like pepper, cinnamon and ginger were sold in many varieties and in different medical prescriptions. Today spices are not only used in medicine, but religious rituals, cosmetics and perfume production. 

WHAT IS A SPICE?

A spice is the edible, aromatic, colorful and dried part of a plant such as the seed, the fruit, the root, or the bark. They are distinguished from herbs, which are the leaves, flowers, or stems from plants. For example, fresh cilantro is an herb whereas coriander, its seed, is a spice.

Sometimes, spices may be ground into a powder for convenience. Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why they are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases, and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling.

HEALING POWERS

Spices get their healing powers from their volatile oils. These compounds supply the spices with their pungent aromas, they also contain many unique phytonutrients that aren’t found in fruits and vegetables.

Examples:

Curcumin: contains potent anti-cancer properties found only in turmeric. Studies show it can fight dozens of other diseases

Piperine, the compound that makes you sneeze when you eat black pepper, protects brain cells and has a dozen other healing actions

Eugenol gives clove its distinctive aroma and is a natural pain killer

Rosemarinic acid makes rosemary one of the most powerful antioxidants on earth

Gingerol, a compound in ginger, tames nausea

 

The US has 3 times the rate of colon cancer as India, which is well known for its        spicy cuisine.

India has one of the world’s lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease.

Greece (uses a lot of garlic, onion, rosemary, and marjoram) has low rate of heart disease.

Spain (consumes the most saffron) has low levels of the bad LDL cholesterol that clogs arteries and increases the risk of heart disease.

Exploration continues in the 21st Century as scientific research proves only what has been known for centuries: spices not only enhance flavor but most of all improve health.  If you consider your health “a higher commodity than gold,” then you want spices in your diet. 

Ancient Knowledge for Today’s FOOD l  NUTRITION l  LIFESTYLE

Call for a Private Consultation, Workshops & Lectures

Michelle Costantini at michelle_costantini@yahoo.com, or 720-745-3453

Freedom, Chains and Baby Elephants

by Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Perhaps you have heard about the baby elephants of India which are trained to stay in one place by chaining a foot to a post on a short chain.  Because of this training, as adults, when placed by a post they just stay there without any chains.

Lots of life coaches and therapists have correctly recognized that people can also have similar internalized chains or blocks to their behavior.  It helps to make positive mental changes, like making “to do” lists.  However, the root of the problem functions in our psychosomatic system, i.e. a system which is both deeply physical as well as mental.

Notice the baby elephant was given physical as well as mental triggers.  He not only learned to restrict his movement a certain way.  He learned that frustration and a bad feeling (physical feelings and reactions) could happen if he moved the “wrong” way.  He patterned his “movement” and linked the safe, good-feeling, way to his specific movement way, by limiting his movement.  He patterned himself (physically and mentally) into his blocking behavior.

For people, our way of knowing/being/doing and even habituated stress responses are. embedded in our movement-mind-body’s Coordinating Patterns .  The good news is these Coordination Patterns and their Dynamics are easily utilized for releasing internally patterned chains and blocks.   Simply stated, Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics’ Training** was designed by movement researcher and Twin Ponds own, Betsy Wetzig to utilize this movement-mind-body link and its mechanisms of our style and behavior for health and well-being.

In fact,  this training can help people do all sorts of marvelous things better, like… walk younger, do Pilates or yoga, golf, write a play, prevent pain and injury, forgive, communicate,  handle stress, and create a well-functioning team or family.  Betsy gives workshops, classes and private sessions at Twin Ponds, and even internationally. She recently added work with the Multimaster Pilates Toning Table for power assisted exercise, re-patterning, and rehabilitation. 

*¹Based on the work of researchers and kinesiologists, Valerie Hunt and Josephine Rathbone.