NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> With the stressful holiday season knocking at the door, there is comfort in knowing the Newtown Salt Cave is nearby.

One of the newest relaxation and holistic trends in the nation has arrived in Newtown with the opening of the Salt Cave at 10 South State Street.

The town’s newest business is offering health and wellness spelunkers a retreat from the crazy, stressful world outside and relief from such ailments as arthritis and respiratory issues.

Co-owners Andrea Agostinetti of Furlong and Nina Olive of Warrington have brought their Salt Cave to Newtown and expanded it after realizing phenomenal success with their first cave in Doylestown, which opened last February.

“We did so well in Doylestown that we decided to open in a sister borough and to bring the Cave to Newtown,” said Agostinetti.

The Salt Cave itself is a low-light room covered in pink Himalayan Salt where clients can spend up to 45 minutes chilling to meditative music, breathing in Pharmaceutical grade Therapeutic Salt, relaxing and letting the stresses of the day melt away.

The Newtown location offers two caves - a manmade cave covered in 6,000 pounds of salt that can seat up to 18 and a private room with two massage chairs and salt therapy. The cave floors are a bed of pink salt.

“It’s all about relaxation and holistic healing,” said Agostinetti. “Anybody who’s suffering from seasonal allergies, asthma, cysticfibrosis, COPD and arthritis should definitely come in and give it a try. “We sell packages to everyone who walks out because they feel some relief on their first session.”

In fact Agostinetti, a native of Warminster, got involved in the Salt Cave because her daughter had respiratory issues when she was young and her partner had asthma. “After we heard that this is what they do in Europe for a breathing treatment, we traveled around and tried it and discovered it was working. But nothing was opening near us, so we decided to open one.”

Salt Caves are a relatively new concept with just 500 in the United States, including the Newtown and Doylestown caves, the only two in the county. Most are operated independently.

“Ours is pretty cool because the Cave changes daily due to the salt that’s being pumped into the air,” said Agostinetti. “We also have a trendy feel. In fact some people just like to come and sit in our lobby, hang out and feel the vibe.”

Newtown Business Association President Beverly Dimler said when she heard they were building a salt cave in Newtown, she went to the Doylestown location to see what it was all about.

“My daughter and I are now regulars,” said Dimler. “It’s so relaxing. You sit in a room that’s closed. You have aromatherapy piped into the room with no phones. It’s just so relaxing,” said Dimler. “Your sinuses clear up, your skin pores open up. I would definitely recommend it.”

For centuries, monks used naturally-occurring salt caverns to treat respiratory ailments. Today, manmade Saltrooms like the Newtown and Doylestown caves recreate salt caverns, with one huge improvement over nature: in a Halotherapy room, a salt vapor machine pumps pharmaceutical grade dry aerosol salt vapor into the air, so clients can breathe it deep into the lungs.

Salt is know to be anti-bacterial, mucolytic (loosens mucus and phlegm) and anti-inflammatory. Breathing salt vapor takes the healing properties of salt deep into the respiratory system, which explains why salt miners have always been so healthy.

Studies show that people with chronic upper respiratory conditions, airborne allergies, sinusitis, and cystic fibrosis derive significant benefits from Halotherapy.

The Salt Cave of Newtown is located at 10 South State Street, Newtown 18940. INFO: Call 215-516-SALT.

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