Here’s how Holistic Halo Salt Spa is changing the way we think about wellness

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At her new Holistic Halo Salt Spa, owner Lisa Bargmann is promoting the benefits of Himalayan salt therapy for body, mind and soul. Find out how her recipe for wellness can work for you. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio)

By Beth Newcomb

Inhale. Breathe. Relax. Heal.

That’s the recipe for wellness at Holistic Halo Salt Spa, the brainchild of Lisa Bargmann, owner of the North Royalton oasis.

If you base your opinion of Holistic Halo strictly on the number of visitors walking through the door, the recent August 1 launch seems improbable.

This place is hot.

“There isn’t anything else like it available in the area,” Lisa offers as explanation for the near-constant traffic flow.

“Many people are already familiar with the healing and health benefits of Himalayan salt. Those who aren’t come in and try us for the first time and are immediately hooked. We’ve been busy since day one.”

“Halo” is synonymous with the word salt. At Holistic Halo, Lisa offers several different therapies and treatments with Himalayan salt as the foundational ingredient.

Halotherapy, for example, is offered in a darkened room that’s dominated by an entire wall of salt blocks lit from behind. A halo generator crushes medical-grade salt into the tiniest particles and pumps them into the air of the room. You are invited to sit in a zero-gravity chair with a comfy blanket and cup of tea or participate in one of the yoga or other wellness classes offered. All that’s required of guests during the therapy sessions, Lisa says, is that they relax and breathe. The salt takes care of the rest.

And by the rest she means it addresses health concerns like asthma, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, bronchitis, COPD, stress, insomnia, sinusitis, snoring and the signs of aging, among other things. She likens it to being at the beach at sunset.

“Halotherapy is an exposure to kinetically activated dry salt, where micro-sized particles are being inhaled and land on the skin,” she says.

“Since dry salt is antibacterial and super absorbent, it actively kills bacteria and reduces inflammation everywhere it touches. Specifically, in the respiratory system it opens the lungs for better breathing and endurance.”

Therapy sessions last 45 minutes and are suitable for people of all ages. In fact, Holistic Halo’s youngest client is about eight months old.

“Our Family Salt Box is perfect for parents and kids to find relief together,” she suggests.

With lights dimmed and soothing music playing, the room feels like a relaxing day at the beach. There is almost 2,000 pounds of ground Himalayan salt covering the floor. You can lay in it, roll around in it and play in it without worrying about germs, dust or contaminants. The salt is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, Lisa says.

First-time clients for the Adult Relaxation Halotherapy room pay just $25 for a 45-minute session. Family Salt Box sessions are just $25 for one parent and all children from the same family for the 30-minute session.

Spa services play an important a role at Holistic Halo, too.

Relaxing, unwinding and benefiting from the natural healing power of Himalayan salt, Lisa says, has been incorporated into the Signature Halo Massage, which includes a full 60 minutes with a licensed massage therapist, the warm glow of heated salt features, a heated table with salt mat that conforms to your body like a warm, sandy beach, hot salt stones to exfoliate and the essential oil of your choice, all for $75. Add a Himalayan salt foot scrub that includes hot towels and body butter, for just $15.

Lisa says she’s beyond excited about the addition of the Age Defying Facial Massage to the spa offerings. Anti-aging frankincense facial oil is massaged over the face with a Kansa Wand. The Kansa Wand targets the facial marma points to release tension, promote blood flow and aid in keeping the wrinkles at bay.

“It’s very relaxing,” she adds.

Complete your Holistic Halo visit with a languid trip inside the infrared sauna, where you can burn up to 600 calories in just 45 minutes as well as detox the organs, rid the body of heavy metals and enjoy the positive benefits of the sun without the harmful UV rays.

“It’s dry heat that warms the body from the inside out,” Lisa notes. “Clients start at 30 minutes in the sauna and can work their way up to 45 minutes. Because sessions boost the metabolism, you can expect to burn calories just by sitting. It’s also anti-aging.”

Lisa says Holistic Halo is as popular for group visits as it is for individual sessions, and the spa plays host to yoga classes several times a month along with other wellness offerings.

To make visits to Holistic Halo as affordable as they are relaxing and fun, Lisa has created a number of different packages. The most popular, she says, is the Halotherapy Membership, which, for $125 per month, includes $5 yoga, unlimited Halotherapy sessions, one infrared sauna session, one guest halo therapy visit and a free Himalayan salt lamp.

“It’s a remarkable value,” Lisa states. “You can add a spouse or partner on for just $99 more.”

Also a money-saving option is the opportunity to add a Halotherapy or infrared sauna session on to any massage for just $25.

The spa’s retail area boasts Himalayan salt lamps, bath and body products, essential oils and even edible salts. Gift certificates come packaged with a free gift.

Holistic Halo Salt Spa is located at 12901 State Road in North Royalton. Regular hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The phone number is 440-409-7258. Visit the website at to learn more, and find them on Facebook at HolisticHaloSaltSpa.

Disclaimer: While there are many clinical and scientific studies on conducted on dry salt therapy (halotherapy) and infrared sauna throughout the world, the FDA has not evaluated the statements made through this website. Dry salt therapy and infrared sauna is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.