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Want a Unique Valentine Gift? How About Salt Therapy?

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Here's the most unique Valentine gift ever imagined: salt therapy.

What is salt therapy? A most unusual way of reducing stress, headaches and lethargy, among other qualities. It is a well known treatment in Europe and Asia, where salt caves are known for their healing powers.

We have our own salt caves right here in Connecticut: the Salt Cave at Saltana Cave Spa at the juncture of Routes 7 and 35 on 590 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. Saltana Cave offers "speleotherapy," better known as salt cave therapy. It also offers "halotherapy," a special treatment that uses a salt vapor and is reputed to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations and mental lethargy.

Entering the salt cave at Saltana Cave Spa, you are surrounded by tons of pink and tan hued Himalayan salt crystals. The salt is underfoot and the crystals are literally and beautifully embedded in the walls. The room glows with a warm pink light that immediately induces immediate relaxation.

As you get settled in zero gravity chairs, the first thing you will notice is that you are entirely surrounded by salt. The cave even has a glimmering salt fireplace. Imperceptibly dry salt vapor is pumped into the air and is accompanied by a tape that details the health benefits of the salt minerals that surround you. Soft New Age music follows the introduction to salt cave therapy and helps to unwind. The naturally produced negative ions in salt caves are the ones that are reputed to reduce stress, headaches and lethargy.

Cave sessions last about 45 minutes and run on the hour from noon to 7 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday the cave is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions from children aged one to eight take place Tuesday through Friday at noon and 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 203-969-4327 for reservations. For more information, http://saltanacave.com.

A session in Saltana Cave Spa is $40, and if purchased between February 7 and February 20, you will pay only $20 more for the second person to have a Saltana Cave treatment.

Several area hotels have packages with Saltana including Danbury Crowne Place which offers a package with a salt treatment to one through December 31, 2014, starting t $144 inclusive of overnight stay and salt cave treatment for one. Additional passes for the salt cave experience can be purchased. Call the Crowne Plaze at 203-794-0600 for reservations.

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