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I should begin
with the story of my journey to my business, as its concept has been a large
part of my life even prior to its founding this year. As a young girl I loved
to play school with my dear friend in the neighborhood. For a significant part
of my life I believed that the only profession in my future was to be an
elementary teacher, teaching within the four walls of a classroom. Determined,
I committed to pursuing this goal starting in high school. I taught preschool,
Kids Corner, for the first three hours of my school days my Senior year. Once I
finished high school, I began teaching at a preschool part time until I
graduated from IUPUI with an elementary education degree. My dream was in the
palm of my hand, or so I thought. Before I could secure a steady teaching job, I
married who I thought would be the love of my life, started having children, and
fell in love with being a mom. I made the decision to stay home with my two
daughters and postpone my dream of having my own classroom. Once my youngest
started kindergarten I decided it was time to get back in the classroom. While
I loved helping my daughters grow, I had missed experiencing a child read for
the first time and the magic of watching them learn. I believed that I would find
my classroom in time, but smooth sailing into a job was just not in my future. I
found that I lacked confidence during job interviews for various reasons. I was
passed up and turned down for opportunity after opportunity. Family and friends
watched me lose hope in my dream while my heart and soul began to fill with
doubt. In every classroom I found myself in, students loved me and I worked so
hard but I couldn’t land a job. A pattern began of covering other people’s
classrooms, maternity and medical leaves. I was able to be in a classroom, but
never able to really call it my own. The driving force in my persistence was my
love for teaching, and my heart told me I needed to share my passion with
students who needed to be educated and cared for. It took a lot of reflection
and painful rejections to come to the day I realized that I need to follow my
heart in a different direction. By that time my two little girls had reached
college and high school age. With both my daughters beginning to grow up and
become independent, it was time for me to
do the same and jump head first into a new path. My first leap was going back
to college at Butler University, joining my less than enthusiastic freshman
daughter. The experience allowed me to take a step forward while simultaneously
supporting my daughter through her transition into college. My final goal was
to receive an Applied Neuroscience For Educators degree from Butler University.
This degree fundamentally changed the way I approached my classroom; it made me
look at trauma, stress, and how it affects everyone’s learning. I never doubted
that I was on the wrong path. My hands were tied in the classroom and it was
time for me to take a new path. I had tried to merge my natural approach with
the stressful environment of the classroom to help students focus and calm
themselves. I sadly discovered that Tapping or emotional release wasn’t
permitted in the classroom. As teachers we were encouraged to take a one size
fits all approach and ignore the possibility of individual healing and support.
I tried to take a step back and look at what methods and solutions would
benefit the individual kids of my classroom, because I knew each student as an
individual with their own needs and trauma they carried with them. I found that
the best method for me was to leave behind the restricting nature of a
classroom. Beyond the walls of a school and the generalized solutions of
teaching I found that I was inspired and able to help people in the way I knew
how. That same understanding and care is present as soon as you walk through
the doors of Salt For Your Soul.
Fast forwarding to the present, I successfully
opened a salt business with my husband and cannot wait to share our place of
healing with others. From the moment we began designing our space, there were
signs that this was where I’m meant to be. After an exciting week of launching
our business my family decided to go out to get a bite to eat. When we walked
out of the restaurant, we found the rainy sky shining with the bright colors of
a rainbow. But there wasn’t just a single rainbow, there was a double rainbow
arcing above my brand new shop. As usual, I started looking at the meaning for
something that was clearly a sign for us. A double rainbow: “serendipitous
magic is on it’s way and your path of personal magic is opening up for you.
Know that the universe is conspiring on your behalf and be true to your dreams
and beliefs. It is a sure sign to trust
your own vibes and your intuition is keener than you might think.” Reading the
definition gave me confidence that I built a place that will allow me to
fulfill my dream of healing and educating others.
I was overwhelmed by emotion because
the salt room has been a dream of mine for years now, and that dream has truly
become reality. If there is just one lesson in my entire journey it is to trust
yourself, take risks, and be the version of yourself that makes you happy.
I cannot wait for Salt For Your
Soul to help heal and change as many souls as we can. My path has changed but I
will always be a teacher, but simply a teacher in a different capacity. We all
deserve to heal, and I believe I’m making at least a small effort in that. I’m
on a mission to help change the world and get people on the right track to
healing, so look out world here I come……
We will have specific dates for these events soon. Check our event calendar often.
- Wave therapy with Koi Roi. The art of moving your body like water. Wave therapy can be used to calm your mind and get a better sense of your body.
- Create & Connect: Children’s art and play sessions with Emily Land and Shauna Hale. We will create art and playfully connect through engaging materials, children’s picture books and sensory-driven layouts. For ages 3-6
- TRE (tension and trauma releasing exercises) with Chad Brown. Benefits include less worry and anxiety, better sleep, and greater emotional resiliency.
Years of research has shown that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy, by walking barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or rock can diminish chronic pain, fatigue and other ailments that plague so many people today. This connection is referred to as Earthing or Grounding.
Our connection to nature, the planet and the universe is vital, however, with rapid advances in technology and our modern fast-paced lifestyles, many of us have become separated from our basic bond with mother Earth.
When your bare feet make contact with the Earth’s surface your body uptakes a natural and subtle energy which could be referred to as vitamin G – G for ground. This could be the difference between feeling good and not so good, of having little or a lot of energy, sleeping well or not so well, looking vibrant or looking tired and old, suffering from an auto-immune disease or having a strong immune system.
So, why bother earthing? Some of the science-backed benefits of grounding include:
- Regulates cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone (better regulation means you recover from stress quickly, instead of having feeling anxious long after the stressful event)
- Neutralizes free radicals, which are highly reactive molecules that damage cells
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces stress
- Improves sleep
- Reduces some risk factors of cardiovascular disease
- Reduces pain
- Shifts the body from the stressed fight-or-flight mode to the restorative rest-and-digest mode
The next time you feel stressed, go barefoot outside for at least half-hour and see what a difference it makes on your pain or stress level. Sit, stand, lay or walk on grass, sand, dirt, or plain concrete. These are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s energy.
- Swim in the ocean or lakes
- Garden with bare hands
- Lay on the Earth
- Hug a living tree
- Lean up against a living tree
- Sleep on the earth while camping
- Wear natural leather-soled shoes instead of synthetic rubber/plastic shoes
HOW IT WORKS
Imagine where your mind could go, how healing would come if you could completely quiet your body and mind.
In a Salt For Your Soul float pod, you’re treated to an amazing weightless experience unencumbered by the normal aches and pains of your daily state.
In water temperatures that match your body’s own internal temperature, you become detached from its presence, suspended in a float bath of Epsom salt
or magnesium sulfate—a mineral of which nearly every person on the planet is deficient. As you float you absorb and increase magnesium and sulfate
levels as you learn how to relax in the deepest sense of the word—weightless, silent, peaceful.
The magnesium sulfate calms your nervous system, enhancing your body’s natural ability to heal. Floatation pods are designed to create a space
that is ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation of your mind and body.
Research shows that the effects of a two hour float session is equivalent to eight hours of deep sleep, making it one of the most
efficient and comprehensive relaxation techniques available; floating is even more relaxing, enhanced by complete sensory deprivation.
Benefits Of Floatation Therapy
PAIN MANAGEMENT: Our bodies have natural pain killers which are just as effective, in fact often much more effective than drugs.
They are called endorphins, a class of hormones. Relaxation causes the brain to release endorphins, which control pain. The deep relaxation state achieved allows the body to recover from stress and pain is relieved. Blood flow is stimulated
It just feels good!!
STRESS & ANXIETY: Floatation therapy is very effective at lowering the stress hormone cortisol, which causes anxiety and contributes to weight gain.
The pod offers such a soothing experience that many floaters fall asleep…this is completely normal. Floating has also been shown to produce
spontaneous reduction in, or the elimination of habits such as smoking. Stress is replaced with an over all sense of well-being.
An ALPHA state of mind kicks in, which is the mental state of deep relaxation & meditation.
HEALING: Perhaps one of the greatest qualities of the pod is that it helps to stimulate the body’s own power of healing and regeneration and maintains homeostasis within the body, strengthening the body’s resistance to the effects of stress, illness and injury. The effects of floating are cumulative- every time you float you strengthen your body’s resistance.
CREATIVITY & CLARITY: Floating offers an individual experience, one that is different for everyone. The most common reports are those of profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration, creativity & clarity. Not only will the experience be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time. It activates the THETA brain waves. THETA is the state of mind where it is believed you can create everything and change reality instantly. A THETA state is a state of very deep relaxation, used in hypnosis….absolute perfect calm. The quality of creative work is improved by floating. Students are able to remember facts and to concentrate better after floating.
- Chronic joint pain is often relieved for prolonged periods after floating.
- A very positive impact on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Controlled tests have shown that athletic performance is improved by floating before an event. Additionally, because of the high concentration of magnesium sulfate from the salt, it mineralizes the body and dissolves lactic acid. This reduces or eliminates muscle soreness and tension.
- People with jet-lag express feelings of relief and improvement.
- Epsom salt has been shown to not only strengthen your mind/ body connection, but skin and nails as well.
- It generally takes perhaps fifteen minutes to enter the first deep stage of relaxation, and the remaining 45 minutes of a typical hour-long session pass quickly and effortlessly. The benefits begin during this stage but continue for the rest of the day, and into the next day…your body and mind feel refreshed.
- Improves respiratory function
- Improves skin ailments
- Strengthens the immune system
- Provides congestion relief
- Kills harmful bacteria
- Reduces tissue inflammation
Try pet halotherapy; Isn’t your pet worth it?
Donating is part of the “soul” of Salt For Your Soul. For every salt session, we donate to Prevail, Inc. Prevail provides crisis intervention and restorative support services for adult, adolescent and child survivors of crime and abuse. For every salt session for pets, we will donate to a local animal rescue organization.
Doesn’t it feel good to help others while helping yourself?!?
Crisis intervention and restorative support services for adult, adolescent and child survivors of crime and abuse.
There are three primary characteristics of pure sodium chloride (salt):
- Salt is super absorbent (especially when it is completely dry)
- Salt is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
- Salt is anti-inflammatory
We are exposed to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, allergens, and other irritating factors on a daily basis. Halotherapy—a.k.a. salt therapy—is a drug-free, holistic way to cleanse and detox the lungs as well as invigorate the entire body. Halotherapy is even better than spending time in the salty sea air, because dry salt air is more powerful and effective than moist air. Our salt cabin has about 10 to 15 times the concentration of salt found by the sea, so a 25-minute session is equal to a day by the ocean.
Similar to a meditation session, you breathe deeply while listening to calming music and let the salt rejuvenate you inside and out.
The benefits of halotherapy are wide-ranging.
As the dry salt is inhaled into your respiratory system, it acts like a sponge naturally absorbing allergens, toxins, and foreign substances in your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract. Dry salt may help to reduce inflammation and open airway passages. This is how halotherapy can help respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, COPD, and others. Scientific studies show that people with asthma and other ailments breath easier, with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake after halotherapy.
Skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, eczema, and acne can also be improved with halotherapy. The smaller salt particles reach beneath the skin’s surface, attracting moisture to the skin, while the large salt particles land on the skin and absorb bacteria and other foreign substances. Your skin feels softer and revitalized.
Additional benefits are reduced stress and headaches, an improved mood, increased energy, and better sleep patterns.
Regular halotherapy sessions are recommended to help keep the body healthy during flu or allergy seasons. Halotherapy is a refreshing ritual to add to your wellness routine. Experience natural detoxification and see for yourself!