You know how great you feel walking on a beach or sailing in the ocean? Now there’s a local treatment that promises to replicate that sensation. “When you go to the beach and breathe in the salt air, you immediately feel relaxed,” says Gary Patrick of Breathe Easy, a company that makes salt therapy systems. “You get that same feeling in a salt booth. Salt is a natural therapy—it is antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and an antihistamine. It is excellent for people with allergies or sinus infections—and helps everyone breathe better.” Patrick has installed a booth at Yoga Sanctuary in Mamaroneck (951 E Boston Post Rd 914-381-9642; yogasanctuary.net) and is planning additional locations in Dobbs Ferry, Briarcliff Manor, and Katonah.
The glass-walled salt booth at Yoga Sanctuary is in a private room; you sit inside the booth as clothed (or unclothed) as you like, listening to your choice of music. I don’t know if it was the salt air or my deep breathing, but I left the booth feeling a bit euphoric, and dusted with a fine residue of salt. Sessions are priced like yoga classes, with a drop-in fee for a single visit ($45), packages of six ($40 each) or 12 ($35 each), or monthly memberships.