WESTBOROUGH – A Framingham resident is opening a salt room in Westborough.
Missy Cohen, owner of Just Breathe, will hold a grand opening of a salt room in Westborough on Saturday, March 11.
“This beautiful space encourages people to come and relax while inhaling micro-particles of salt which enter into the lungs and help release mucus making it easier for people with allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions to breathe,” said Cohen.
Deb DiCarlo and Hugh Brewer, owners of Elemeants in Texas, came to Massachusetts to create the inviting space.
A health and fitness specialist, DiCarlo transitioned into the world of sales to be able to have normal working hours to care for her family. Brewer is an engineer turned artist ,who uses his previous knowledge of electronics combined with his love of wood to accent her salt wall creations.
DiCarlo and Brewer were exploring in Maine when they came across a store that sold, as she describes it, “all things salt.”
They realized that Himalayan salt was the next big thing in holistic healing and created a company, Elemeants, to create works of art that allow salt therapists to offer healing centers that are welcoming and enjoyable so that people would want to not just get the benefits of salt therapy but would want to return again and again to seal in the emotional and physical benefits of the experience.
Halotherapy, or salt therapy, is meant to replicate the salt mines of Eastern Europe.
In 1843, a physician at the Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland, Feliks Boczowski, first observed that the miners in the salt mines did not suffer from lung disease like their counterparts in coal and mineral mines did. His successor went on to create a spa at these mines that is still in operation today for both those with breathing problems as well as general tourists.
Cohen, a certified functional medicine health coach is, is also a Certified Halotherapist.
She first discovered the health benefits of halotherapy while visiting a salt cave in Vermont and, after just one visit, was so impressed with finding relief from her severe allergies that she tried to search out other centers in her home state of Massachusetts.
She quickly realized that this was a therapy that was lacking in her area, and brought it to MetroWest.
The grand opening is Saturday, March 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 45 East Main Street in Westborough.