CLEO salt room

Don’t know WTF a salt room is? It is as it sounds—a room coated with salt crystals—and provides salt therapy, which is said to help improve respiratory symptoms and skin issues such as acne, eczema and Psoriasis.

In fact, Dr Kenneth Chan, a respiratory physician at Gleneagles Hospital, told The Straits Times that small studies done in Eastern Europe have shown that salt therapy may help to improve symptoms and lung function in patients with asthma, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He however warned that most of these studies have significant methodologic flaws, and that salt therapy (otherwise known as halotherapy) may actually work the same way as nasal sprays or salt-water irrigation.

Those methods involve using water with high salt content to loosen and bring up a mixture saliva and mucus from the lungs, making it easier to be coughed out.

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Want to give it a go anyway? You can check out Breathya, a salt room located at Parkway Centre. A single trial session is priced at $60 and lasts an hour.

According to them, salt therapy works by releasing into the air high concentrations of negative ions, which they say do positive things for the body. They also say that the other benefits include increased energy, stress relief and better sleep.

There’s only one way to find out if it should be taken with a pinch of salt. Never try, never know, right?

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