Turning to Encino’s Salt Chalet for aiding skin, sinus and respiratory ailments the natural way

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It’s widely known that eating too much salt can be bad for you. But how about breathing it?

For Woodlands Hills resident Mike Blumenfeld, 28, who suffers from psoriasis, salt is giving him hope.

Nine tons of salt.

Nine tons of salt from the Dead Sea in Israel fill three rooms in the Salt Chalet. The private adult room is seen here. Photos: Courtesy Salt Chalet.

That is, nine tons of salt imported from the Dead Sea in Israel, that fills three rooms in Encino’s Salt Chalet.

Open since November 2009 and touted as the first salt therapy facility in the west coast, co-owner Dikla Kadosh says that salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is widely acclaimed and used in Eastern European salt mines or salt caves since the 19th century. Most recently, it has found its way to Israel, England and Canada. Russia even covers salt therapy treatments through medical insurance.

Kadosh and co-owners David Mashiah, Naftaly Kadosh, Michaela Bercu and Ron Zuckerman were inspired by a newspaper story about an Israeli family whose children suffered from serious respiratory ailments and built a salt room in their garage. Dikla’s husband, David Mashiah, flew to Israel to see it. Impressed, the group spent six months traveling to various salt facilities throughout the world, studying how salt therapy works before deciding to build the Salt Chalet.


Read, watch television, or even nap, in a salt room.

Recent medical studies in Europe have shown that salt rooms and salt mines dramatically improve ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic ear-nose-throat illnesses, eczema, psoriasis and insomnia, as well as snoring, colds, allergies, wheezing, smoker’s cough, influenza and chest tightness, however, physicians in the United States are yet to embrace the alternative therapy.

But the results from patients, combined with the fact that various types of salt therapies, such as saline sprays,  are used for nasal and respiratory conditions,  may be worthy to note. Moreover, Israel’s Dead Sea is legendary for its health benefits.

Kid's room.

The kid's room is literally a salt sandbox.

Blumenfeld says that he has had psoriasis on various parts of his body his entire life and reports that he uses such treatments as prescription creams and light therapy, as well as flax oil, but nothing has really worked.

He has been going to the Salt Chalet for a month and has had eight treatments. “I know I am getting results. I monitor myself very closely,” says Blumenfeld. “One morning I woke up and realized it was working, I felt like crying I was so happy.”

Moody Blue.

Five to six layers of salt were hand applied on the ceilings and walls.

For Burbank resident Laura Faye, the Salt Chalet has given her relief from five years of sinus headaches. Faye, 46, started getting debilitating headaches after  being diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning from her floor furnace.

“I felt tortured. I’d been on a series of antibiotics and Prednisone…nothing worked and even caused more problems,” says Faye who, after two treatments, says she felt like a new person.

Faye, who is an adjunct professor in Oceanography at Glendale Community College and has a Masters in Marine Biology says, “the therapy makes sense because salt naturally draws out moisture and reduces inflammation. I’m not going to say it’s doing anything miraculous, it just makes sense … it’s just good for inflammation and it seems to work.”

The Salt Chalet’s three rooms are entirely covered in salt — five to six layers on the ceiling and walls (applied with sodium silicate) and three inches on the floor. Co-owner Mashiah says  it took nearly two weeks by hand to apply all the salt.

Kids and salt.

Clinical studies report that breathing fine salt is found to reduce inflammation, absorb bacteria, clear mucous and distress the body. There is a glass door in the kids room so parents can watch their children.

All rooms have a flat screen television and a stereo system. There is an adult room that fits four to six people at a time, a kids room that virtually could be called a salt sandbox, and a private room guaranteed for one or two people.

The 45-minute session itself involves just sitting back and relaxing. You can read, watch television or take a nap — and wear your own clothes. They provide sterile plastic covers for feet. Ten to twelve sessions are recommended, although a full course is fifteen. Sessions are $55 each, but if you purchase individual or family packages, the cost of each session is decreased  from 30 to 60 % (also see special FREE offer below).

“The real work is done by generators that sprays and scatters tiny, dry salt particles that create a negative ion environment that the patients breathe in,” explains Kodash. “When the body is relaxing, it is not fighting pollutants.”

Yo, salt!

Salt Chalet co-owners (L-R) Nataly Kadosh, David Mashiah, Dikla Kadosh, Michaela Bercer and Ron Zuckerman at their grand opening party in November.

Kadosh says that based on clinical studies, salt is found to reduce inflammation, absorb bacteria, clear mucous and distress the body.

Elana Horwich, 34, suffers from hay fever allergies, and has made the trek from Santa Monica to Encino over the last month for two treatments a week. “It’s super relaxing. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my allergies — not on the first day, but the day after.”

Sea salt.

They also sell salt lamps, salt skin products, and saline therapy solutions.

Horwich says she’s also noted an extra plus because it’s helped her clear her occasional acne breakouts.

“We really want to help shift patterns in people’s lives and help them with an alternative to go back to nature. If we can help change that, we can give a new way of life,” says Kadosh.


The Salt Chalet 17401 Ventura Blvd., Suite B17 Encino, CA 91316  Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6p.m. www.saltchalet.com (818) 907-9512

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