Now Open! Located Inside The Wellness Spa in Stevens Point, WI

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FAQs

As of the 2nd quarter of 2017, over 1900 unique guests have participated in a healing session at the Qi Garden Salt Spa.

Each “standard” salt spa session is 45 minutes long at $45 per session. Prices may vary depending on various specials or other offers.  Salt Therapy is an all natural treatment; it does require an accumulation of sessions in order to detect the benefits. There are packages available for sessions in order to reduce the cost per session.  Please see our pricing page on this website for current specials and other details.

No electronic devices are allowed in the Salt Spa or Restore Room. We understand the importance of staying connected and having access to your phone in case of emergencies, but we also believe you can step away from your positive-ion-producing, not-so-healthy-for-your-body device for 45 minutes. We want you to experience the healing properties of Negative Ions for a change and take a mental break from our electronic world and slip into a unique atmosphere almost ‘out-of-this-world’. Thank you for respecting our request.

You do not need to wear anything special. Come as you are, but please be aware of perfume or scented lotion or smoke on your clothing. Many of our guests are chemically sensitive as they have compromised respiratory systems or lower immune systems. For guests who have skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, we recommend that you expose those areas to the salt, so a T-shirt and shorts would work best in that case for maximum exposure. For respiratory ailments, there is no need to expose the skin, just remember to take a few deep breaths every so often during your session to get the most benefit to your lungs. If you are having a Salt Spa treatment before or after a Wellness Spa service, you are welcome to remain in your robe for your salt session.

Although Salt Therapy is partially covered by health insurance in Canada and some European countries, it is not currently covered by health insurance in the USA. Note that you can submit your Salt Therapy bills to your Insurance Provider to see what they will cover or see if Salt Therapy can be used for your Flex Spending account.

One of the natural properties of salt is that it absorbs bacteria. The walls and floor are covered in salt which creates the nearly sterile conditions in the room. In addition, after each session, the room is fully ventilated for 15 minutes and chairs/equipment within the room are disinfected.

Our Salt Spa can seat 10-12 people comfortably, though we can fit more if needed for a special event or a children’s session. Private sessions can be purchased at a special price or you can rent out the entire Salt Spa room for your event or unique meeting space. Please contact us directly with one of the above requests.

You will enter a room resembling a cave, but at the Qi Garden, we wanted to also capture the healing and meditative qualities of a Zen Garden, so we have a unique Salt Spa environment in comparison to others that have opened in the USA. The walls are covered in layers of Dead Sea Salt and the floor has over 5 inches of salt to walk on for an extra reflexology treatment during your visit. We have a Japanese Shinto Torii you will walk through to enter our Salt Box, a meditative Zen Garden area to be creative and contemplative in as your swirl designs into smaller-sized Dead Sea Salt, heated from the warm floor beneith the salt. The room’s temperature averages 72 degrees and the humidity stays around 40% for optimal treatment conditions. The lighting is soft and warm and relaxing music will play during your treatment. Many people choose to close their eyes, relax either by laying directly on the salt floor or reclining in one of the zero gravity chairs provided. Sessions last for 45 minutes. It is common to taste a hint of salt on your lips. You will feel relaxed and energized after your session.

Eastern European doctors have noted that thousands of patients have been successfully treated by this method. After taking salt room treatments, their breathing becomes easier, symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath are alleviated, and patients no longer have to take large amounts of prescription medications. Patients feel that the salt rooms have turned their lives around. Please note: about 40% of chronic sufferers experience a worsening of symptoms before getting better. This is common with natural therapies that promote actual healing, rather than simply masking symptoms with drugs (which can create more problems or side-effects in the long run).

Every experience is different and depends on the type and severity of your condition. Generally speaking, to maximize the healing process we strongly recommend a full course of 12-20 sessions be completed within a short amount of time (2-3 sessions per week or more for challenging chronic conditions). Consecutive sessions are a key to getting the best results. You may feel some improvement after one session, but a series of treatments is ideal for longer-term results. After a series of treatments your breathing will become easier and symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath will improve noticeably. People also come for treatments as a preventative measure.

No. Salt Therapy should be used as a complementary treatment. People who come for salt therapy often find that they can reduce their dependence on certain medications and that their episodes are not as frequent or severe. Hovever, you should always follow your doctors advice and your prescribed medication regimen.

Yes. Salt Therapy is a great choice for women who do not want to rely heavily on over-the-counter or prescribed medication for sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses. Pregnant women can experience relief from congestion and chronic respiratory problems as well as boost their immune system.

Yes. Salt Therapy is completely drug-free. Children as young as 6 months have benefited greatly and respond quickly and effectively to HaloTherapy. Children are more prone to respiratory problems because they pick up more viruses and their lungs are not fully developed until around age 9. In addition, the environment is filled with pollutants which children have a harder time keeping at bay, sometimes simply due to how close they are to the ground most of the time. In countries where Salt Therapy is practiced in mainstream medicine, doctors recommend parents try this natural remedy before putting children on medication, or at least use it alongside medication to avoid high dosage. The efficacy rate is estimated at 90% and keeps children safe from the side effects of intensive drug treatment. The Qi Garden Salt Spa offers this therapy to children as young as 6 months old. We even designed our treatment room to accommodate children with a large salt box to play in during their treatment.

Rarely. If you have a lot of mucus, it is not uncommon to experience increased coughing after a treatment. This is the body’s way of responding to the salt treatment by draining the accumulated mucus. Sometimes during the first few sessions, you may feel that your throat or eyes feel dry, but that is a temporary state.

Eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However with Salt Therapy, the salt enters your respiratory system, not your stomach, heart and kidneys. In addition, the concentration of salt is .5-10 mg/m3 (milligrams per cubic meter). To put that into perspecitve, the daily recommedned salt intake for the average adult is 6g (grams). Therefore the amount of salt entering your respiratory system is extremely low. Even if you eat that amount instead of breathing it, the amount of salt is insignificant. Salt entering the lungs kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, and loosens mucus.

As the growth of Salt Rooms increase in the USA, many of the contraindications that were suggested almost two decades ago in Russia and the other European countries, were carried through into the American versions of Salt Rooms. However, the past 20 years of experience and research in those European Salt Rooms has proven that there are very few concerns for those choosing Salt Therapy and they could not justify any warning once proposed. We agree. That being said we suggest the following:

o Please do not attend the Salt Spa if you have an infection accompanied by fever

o Please do not attend the Salt Spa if you have any kind of infectious disease

o Be aware that you will be in an enclosed space for 45 minutes, people with claustrophobia may find this uncomfortable, though our salt spa is 300 sq. ft. and feels spacious to most people

o Do not attend if you are intoxicated

o Be aware that if you have open wounds or bleeding, the salt may make those areas sensitive

o Asthma

o Allergies

o Chronic ENT Illnesses (ear-nose-throat)

o Bronchitis

o Frequent Ear Infections

o Colds and Flu

o Allergies to Industrial and Household Pollutants

o Hay Fever

o Smoker’s Cough

o COPD

o Cystic Fibrosis

o Pharyngitis

o Sinusitis

o Rhinitis

o Tonsillitis

o Snoring

o Sleep Apnea

o Eczema

o Psoriasis

o Dermatitis

o Acne

o Stress

o Anxiety

o Sports Performance for Athletes

o Electromagnetic Smog Overdose

Salt Therapy, also known as HaloTherapy and Speleotherapy, is a 100% natural, drug-free, non-invasive treatment that alleviates health problems associated with asthma, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, and many other respiratory illnesses and skin issues. It is a modern-day therapeutic method based on the principle of the natural salt mine microclimate (Speleotherapy), where frequent exposure to the salt produced healing results for miners and others experiencing respiratory illnesses. As you relax in a comfortable, climate controlled room where the walls and floor are covered in healing salt, micro-fine particles of pharmaceutical grade salt are emitted into the room through a special machine called a Halogenerator that allows these tiny salt particles to gently enter into your lungs to initiate the healing process. Salt Therapy can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as an individual alternative treatment. When Salt Therapy is used as a complementary treatment, it can increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications, and decrease the amount prescribed.

A special machine called a Halogenerator produces dry saline aerosol by mechanically crushing rock salt grains to the size of 1 to 5 micrometers. The dry salt aerosol is blown into the room via a small opening in the wall which is then pulled across the entire room through a ventilation system. In addition to the Halogenerator, the walls and floor are covered in several inches of salt which provides a “Speleotherapy” cave-like environment that is saturated in negative ions. Negative ions can be found by the ocean, waterfalls and lightening storms and are the kind of ions that produce well being and promote stress reduction. The Qi Garden Salt Spa organically has large doses of negative ions with the 20,000 pounds of Dead Sea Salt, Rock Salt and Himalayan Salt that fill the room, as well as the micro-fine particles of salt floating in the air during a session. This produces a very high kinetic energy that can easily travel to the deepest and smallest parts of the lungs. Negative ionization of salt aerosol increases the efficiency of healing. Inhaling the micro-fine salt particles assists you in expelling mucus and helps open constricted airways. It also can boost your immune system.