SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Visitors to the Spartanburg Salt Cave – CryoSkin Cool Sculpting & Wellness Spa are given alternative methods to help heal and relax their bodies.
Owner Sherian Wells says her spa offers several alternative therapy options.
“We offer salt cave mediation. We offer cool body sculpting with Cryo-therapy, of course. We also offer Reiki,” Wells said,”In addition to that, we offer mediation classes, sound therapy, chakra therapy, and just in general relaxation.”
“There are a lot of people that need to relax and there are a lot of people that just want an alternative way to heal whatever they’re experiencing.” Wells said.
Taylor McKeowen a nurse practitioner at Bon Secours Express Care said medical professionals aren’t completely against alternative medicines, like the salt cave, they just don’t know enough about them.
“When we want to try to use an intervention on patients there are two things we have to look for: what’s going to be the risk of what that intervention is going to do to you, and the benefit of what it’s going to do for you,” McKeowen explained.
Alternative therapies don’t have much medical research, which is what medical professionals rely on to have more accurate diagnoses, using proven medical results.
“We understand that salt has some effects of being an anti-infective agent. It can help with inflammation, and reduce inflammation,” said McKeowen. “But, using it in that particular setting, again we don’t have good, firm, supportive research that it’s going to be best and it’s gonna be safe for you to use.”
The salt cave is a cool, dark room with the walls, floors, and even the lights covered in Himalayan salts.
Wells opened Spartanburg Salt Cave in late October and both the business and Wells have received positive reviews.
“We’ve had people who are a little bit skeptical that came in and they were like ‘You know what? I actually feel better.’ That’s what its about. Whether you get a huge burst of energy or whether you just get in and you actually do feel relaxed,” Wells said.
She said those with stress, asthma, and arthritis – among other ailments – have seen benefits from her therapies. But she agreed, since each person is different, that she would never suggest ignoring medial advice and relying solely on the spa.
“No, not at all. Please consult your primary care physician. But, we are a great way to add a supplement to what you’re doing. So if you’re on medicine, this is a great way to add another alternative for relaxation. [It’s] another alternative to basically just sit down and just basically find a way to relax,” Wells said.
McKeowen agreed, in the proper circumstances, alternative medicines can be used.
“There’s also something called integrative medicine. To where we use evidence based practices, that we use traditionally, and then hey let’s try some alternative methods as well. Blending them together and seeing if it meets your needs and we can tailor things to make it more individualized to you,” McKeowen said.
So you can have your salt cave and medicine too, because it’s all about self care.