My lungs have had a bit of a workout in recent years with pneumonia and bronchiectasis.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, when I caught pneumonia for the third time, the GP threatened to admit me to hospital. I decided that I didn’t want to go to hospital. It reminded me of all the visits to my mum in hospital. It was about time that I took charge of my life.  I promised the GP that I would stay in bed and recuperate from pneumonia at home.

It was during this two-week period of strict bed rest that I read somewhere about salt rooms or halo therapy.  Like my mother, I too was more into natural remedies than medication. When I felt strong enough to leave bed, I made an appointment to visit a salt room and experience for myself what that was all about. I was definitely intrigued after having read the article.


At the time of my first visit to the salt room, there wasn’t a local salt room.  We travelled for about 1.5 hours to visit the nearest salt room.

When we registered at the salt room, we were given disposable socks to pop on our feet so as not to soil the salt on the floor. I recall that the salt room was very comfortable and softly lit. There were several reclining chairs; all were separated by small alcoves. There was salt on the floor and the walls were made from salt blocks. During the 45-minute stay in the salt room, microscopic small salt particles were blown into the room.  Soft, relaxing instrumental music was piped in.

I selected a chair, put a blanket over my body and relaxed for the first time in a long, long time. I reclined in the chair and before I knew it the 45 minutes were up.

To my amazement, I found immediate relief and I was breathing much better and easier – that was after the first visit.  My voice was a lot stronger, I felt that my lungs were “clean” and I could breathe without bursting into a coughing fit. My husband, my family, my friends – everybody was amazed by my dramatic improvement.


From then on I visited the salt room every week for the first three months.  My overall physical health improved dramatically.  I had more energy and I was more upbeat. 

These days I still visit a local salt room whenever I feel a cold or flu coming on so that it doesn’t progress into full blown pneumonia. Apart from immediate relief, I have also found that I can really, really relax in the salt rooms.

Emily Upthgrove x

P.S. If you would like to learn more I found the following resources very helpful 🙂