Salt of the Earth

There’s a whole new slew of spa treatments using Himalayan salt

Have you swapped traditional table salt for rosy pink Himalayan salt in the kitchen? Proponents of pink salt say it has more minerals and is less processed than regular salt, making it a healthier choice. Now the pale pink stuff has made its way onto the treatment menus at spas and wellness centers.

Himalayan Salt-Stone Massage

This massage trades the gray and black basalt stones traditionally used to deliver warmth to muscles during hot-stone massages for ones made of salt from the Himalayan mountains. The blush-colored stones are warmed and used to stimulate specific areas (or meridians as they’re known in Chinese medicine) on the body during the massage, which may reduce inflammation and promote better sleep. They’re also said to lightly exfoliate skin and nourish it with their high mineral content. Plus the salt-stone warmers don’t require water or chemicals so they’re more eco-friendly than basalt ones, according to Saltability, which provides the Himalayan salt stones and warmers to spas. Salt-stone massages around Kansas City range from $85 to $125 for between 50 and 70 minutes.

Katie Brock, LMT, Indigo Massage Therapy (within Ashley Nelson Studios)

7917 Santa Fe Dr.

Salon Di Marco & Day Spa

733 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

Spa Shiki at the Lodge of Four Seasons

Lake of the Ozarks

Dry Salt Therapy

You know how your skin, hair, and psyche feel after a day at the beach? Dry-salt therapy, or halotherapy, is a way to reap those same benefits. It involves sitting in a lounge chair in a room where tiny, breathable salt particles are circulated in the air (similar to ocean air) and the floors are covered with three inches of Himalayan salt. Inhaling the salt, a natural anti-inflammatory, may help improve breathing, and a single session may also help reduce stress, enhance skin and promote more restful sleep. Depending on how often you go, halotherapy may help with issues such as asthma, sinus infections, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, and skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. A salt-room session at Kansas City Salt Mine is $30 for 45 minutes, and a salt-bed session is $30 for 20 minutes.

Kansas City Salt Mine

3680 N.E. Akin Dr.