Why Salt Therapy is the Perfect Post-Workout Treatment
Recovery is the most important part of your workout. By giving yourself the proper time to recover, you can improve your performance and allow your body to heal itself before your next session.
Workout routines, specifically strength training, create micro-tears in your muscles. If you don’t allow these micro-tears to heal before you push your body again, they can grow in size and cause your muscles to become swollen and inflamed.
This is called Overtraining Syndrome and it can make you feel exhausted, compromise your immune system, and even cause chronic joint and muscle pain!
So you see why it’s crucial to allow yourself time to recover after exercise. If you need a workout recovery routine, Salt Therapy might be just what you’ve been looking for.
Salt Therapy Helps Sore Muscles
All of us have experienced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) at one point or another.
It’s very common, particularly when you try a new workout routine or other physical activity, or even after doing something you haven’t done in a while, like moving your things to a new house.
DOMS is muscle pain, typically occurring 12-24 hours after the activity. It’s our body warning us that those microscopic muscle tears are there–and that we should be careful not to exacerbate them.
You can’t prevent DOMS, but you can help to reduce the pain. Salt Therapy helps the pain associated with sore muscles.
That’s because those tiny tears in our muscles cause inflammation, and salt therapy can reduce this inflammation. The dry salt particles that are released during a session are anti-inflammatory.
What is inflammation, exactly? Inflammation is the body’s response to what it perceives as invaders–similar to what your body does when you’re reacting to allergens.
It’s a completely natural and usually harmless response, but it can cause swelling, soreness and pain. Salt can help to reduce these symptoms and get you ready for your next workout faster.
Salt Therapy Can Help You to Breathe Easier
Many practitioners of Salt Therapy have found it helpful in improving a range of respiratory issues, like allergies, asthma, cold and flu symptoms, sinus issues, bronchitis and more.
Salt Therapy is great for treating existing breathing issues, but it can also prevent problems and improve your overall respiratory health.
Our lungs, and the entire respiratory system, play a huge role in our workouts, athletic performance, endurance, and recovery. Regular Salt Therapy sessions can keep your lungs healthy, and ready for the next challenge!
If you’ve ever suffered from “cedar fever,” the flu, or the common cold, you know how uncomfortable respiratory issues are.
Our sinuses and nasal passages always have mucus in them, which is completely natural and actually beneficial. It lubricates and protects our respiratory systems from dust and other irritants. Our bodies know what to do!
A problem only occurs when there’s too much of this mucus–it causes us to experience nasal congestion, a runny nose, sinus pressure or perhaps even a sore throat.
Salt therapy clears out this excess mucus that clogs up your sinuses and nasal passages, making it easier to breathe. This can help you not only during your post-workout recovery, but during your workout.
When you can breathe easier, you can go longer and harder.
Rest and Relaxation
Your post-workout “R & R” isn’t a luxury–it’s a necessity. This is the time you give your muscles to recover from your routine.
A Salt Therapy session is the perfect way to relax, recover and recharge after you hit the gym.
When you enter our Salt Room at Sage Blossom, you will hear peaceful meditative music, see a gorgeous pink Himalyan salt wall, and sink into a zero-gravity chair–all of which contribute to the relaxing, rejuvenating and blissful effects of a Salt Therapy session!
Many people who’ve tried Salt Therapy have reported an instant and lingering feeling of peace, reduced worry and stress, and an all-over feeling of physical and mental relaxation–a sense of letting go.
The superfine medical-grade salt particles dispersed in the room during a Salt Therapy session also produce negative ions, which can help your body to produce serotonin and elevate mood, helping with depression and anxiety, and improving your overall wellbeing.
Salt Therapy Can Improve Sleep
Did you know that Salt Therapy can actually help you to sleep better? Regular sessions can help with sleep apnea, snoring, asthma, and other breathing issues that interfere with sleep.
Even one session can improve relaxation and sleep quality.
Many practitioners say that even their sleep the night following their first session had fewer disturbances. Salt Therapy can help you to fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and wake up feeling well-rested.
This matters because when you get a better night’s sleep, your athletic performance, stamina, energy and workout recovery time all can improve!
Research also suggests that increased quality sleep can noticeably improve workout performance and athletic performance, particularly speed and accuracy, in sports such as tennis.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting out on your fitness journey, Salt Therapy is a great tool to have. Regular sessions can help to improve lung function, anxiety and stress, sleep quality, endurance, performance, and workout recovery.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of salt, along with the anxiety-reducing atmosphere of the salt room can help you to become a better athlete, recover faster and feel a greater sense of overall well being.
We are committed to your well being and to helping you be the best you can be! If you’re in the Austin, Texas area and are ready to perform better and recover faster, try Salt Therapy today.