Breathing in the ocean air can be relaxing and healing, but if you can't swing a trip out of the Midwest, take a drive to Skokie instead. There you'll find Solay Wellness, which offers many Himalayan salt products, as well as a salt room that allows you to soak in the purifying benefits without having to leave the Chicagoland area.
Himalayan salt crystals, containing 84 essential minerals, are unrefined, uncontaminated and eliminate toxins. They are believed to have a positive impact on a person's allergies, respiratory system, skin and overall well being.
Solay Welllness's salt room, which replicates the benefits of the ocean air's cell nourishing ions, is handcrafted with Himalayan salt and natural wood. Your private, hour-long session is yours to do with what you want. Sit on one of the padded benches with your feet resting on salt crystals, close your eyes and meditate. Relax on the lounge chair atop a bed of salt crystals and read a book. Hang out with your friends or kids, who can play in the salt as if they were in sand at the beach, and enjoy your time free of outside distractions. Whatever you decide to do, you just might find yourself leaving more relaxed and breathing easier.
First time visits to Solay Wellness's salt room are free. After that, pre-booked sessions are $15. Shoes must be removed, but socks are required. It's also a bit cool in the room, so bring a sweater or jacket.
After rejuvenating, take a look around the store which offers a variety of fair trade, handmade, organic Himalayan items. Purchase a salt lamp, skin care products, cooking salts or pet products so you can continue your salt therapy at home.
Solay Wellness store and salt room is located at 4819 Main St in Skokie. A second storefront-only location can be found at 1613 Sherman Ave in Evanston.
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