Last week, I had the chance to stop by the world-renowned Windsor Arms hotel in Toronto after work for a little spa therapy. I was there to experience one of their newest offerings, Speleotheraphy in their salt cave. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a room that looks and feels like a cave (think dark and cool), literally covered in salt from floor to ceiling. The walls are made up of massive salt rocks, with a salt waterfall on one side of the room.
I arrived just before 6pm, feeling a bit tired from my day of work and really looking forward to a relaxing experience. Specifically, I was there to do the Halotherapy which uses the benefits of the cave’s microclimate to improve things like respiratory ailments, skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, sinus issues and allergies, and more. The receptionist showed me to the salt cave, gave me a quick primer on what to expect (cold temps, comfy zero-gravity chairs, cozy Hudson’s Bay blankets to curl up with) and had me get in the room, grab a seat and get comfortable. She closed the door and turned the system on, which essentially puts small salt particles into the air while you sit for 45 minutes in the cool air.
I wound up dozing off for the majority of the session, and really appreciated the complete silence (with the exception of the waterfall) and the fact that I truly unplugged, even if it was only for a short period of time. I didn’t go in with any sort of specific ailment I was hoping to treat, but the experience was super relaxing and this complete sense of calmness and energy washed over me by the end of it.
I can’t say it was a complete night-and-day change in feeling, but the idea with this therapy is you go for multiple sessions and are likely trying to treat something specific. The receptionist shared that some clients who were cancer patients or had skin issues had been going for regular sessions and seeing major changes in how they felt. There’s lots of interesting research out there on the positive effects of salt and salt therapy, and it’s pretty fascinating!
If you find yourself in Toronto and want to indulge in a quiet, relatively inexpensive spa session that’s not too invasive, I highly recommend checking out the salt cave at the Windsor Arms. For $50, you can enjoy a 45-minute session that doesn’t require you to get into a robe or go makeup-free, and if you find it beneficial, packages available include five sessions for $200, and $350 for ten sessions (best deal!). If you have skin or respiratory issues, it’s definitely something to consider. My recommendation? Go on a Sunday and enjoy the Windsor Arms’ brunch or high tea before or after to make a perfect day!