You can feel like you're dozens of feet underground in a Polish salt mine...in East Amherst.
Salt mines have been used in Europe for decades as a form of holistic healing. Some say the salty environment helps relieve respiratory issues like COPD or asthma. It's been said to help with skin issues as well, like psoraisis or eczema.
Owner of Aura Salt Cave and Wellness, Kelly Deburg, says she was skeptical of the effects salt could have until she tried it for herself in Canada. Now she and her wife Tadgi run the wellness center, providing hand and foot detoxes and infrared sauna sessions, aromatherapy and a gift shop.
Pink food-grade salt is four to six inches deep on the floor of the salt cave, the walls are lined with blocks imported from Poland and soft amber light from salt lamps fill the room. It's temperature and humidity controlled. Clients can grab a microfiber blanket and recline in a zero-gravity chair as a halogenerator pumps salt particles into the air.
Deburg says regardless of any health ailments you may have, the wellness center is still a way to relax and disconnect,"You really have nothing to lose. Just come and try it, you never know unless you try! If for some reason it doesn't work for you, you still had a 45 minute session without distractions, stress and your electronics."
This salt cave is unique to Westen New York because of the different treatments it offers, as well as the large cave with air circulated through the halogenerator. It took about four months for the salt order to come in from Poland an another two to fully construct the natural healing center.