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Therapeutic Salt Cave Opens in Minneapolis

The Salt Cave, in Minneapolis opened its doors in early July. It is the first therapeutic salt cave in Minnesota.

Owners Scott Wertkin and Jenni Dorfsman decided to start their business after visiting one of the many salt caves in Florida. The couple, who have a son with asthma, had heard about the health benefits of salt therapy, or halotherapy, especially for some people who suffer from asthma. Halotherapy promotes wellness to those who breathe in the fresh salt air, and is said to also help those with other respiratory problems, allergies, anxiety, inflammation and other ailments. According to Wertkin, the salt air is produced by a halogenerator, which infuses the atmosphere with a dry aerosol containing tiny particles of pharmaceutical-grade salt.

Salt bricks line the walls and the large salt crystals that cover the floor of the cave create a soothing, inviting atmosphere. The cave, a large room, has comfortable, zero-gravity recliners in which visitors can read or listen to music with headphones. Although the room capacity is eight, Wertkin says they prefer to limit groups to six at a time.

A session costs $30 for 45 minutes. Other special sessions, such as storytelling for children and yoga and meditation classes for adults, also are available.

Location: The Salt Cave, 4811 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-567-2587 or visit

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