Shâbath Mineral Wellness at 427 Limekiln Drive opened on September 26, 2013 by Frank and Amy Clamate. Battling chronic medical conditions including Lyme disease, Celiac disease, asthma, and thyroid disease, the Clamate family struggled for years with conventional medicine before finding relief through alternative wellness treatments like halotherapy, the clinical use of salt.
"Holistic alternatives help to get a body back to a healthier state, not mask a symptom and make new problems. This approach to health has benefited our family. We believe that it is now time for us to take what we have had to go through and learn, and share that with others," says Amy Clamate. With Amy's respiratory therapy education and Frank's business and people skills, "we can really be of help to people. If we help just one person to feel better, than what we went through was worth it." The Clamates decided to open their center offering many different and unique types of holistic treatments, including full spectrum infrared sauna therapy and infrared massage therapy. When they decided to feature a Himalayan salt cave in their facility, they contracted with Dr. Smiechowski to create their cave.
"While I appreciate the special qualities of each cave I create, I am especially proud of the beautiful new Chambersburg cave," says Smiechowski. "We took a great deal of care to design the heating and cooling aspects of this cave, and found creative ways to decorate so guests experience minimal disturbance from the mechanical aspects of the cave. The walls are lined with Himalayan salt boulders, and lighting includes salt lamp and French quarter-style wall lanterns. The floor is covered with literally tons of Himalayan salt."
Visitors to the Chambersburg facility can sit in the comfort of zero-gravity chairs, which are not only comfortable, but open up the lungs for maximum salt absorption. A 50-minute session in the cave costs just $20 ($17 for seniors, $10 for chidren 6-12, and free for children 5 and under with an adult), and up to 9 people can experience the cave at once. The facility is open from Monday to Saturday, and children are allowed to visit during special designated sessions.
Research on the benefits of Himalayan salt is conducted regularly in Russia, China, and Poland, and has supported the belief that halotherapy is highly beneficial for the respiratory system. In other parts of the world, Himalayan salt therapy is used for a wide variety of medical purposes, but salt caves like these in the United States are hailed for their relaxation benefits.
"It's the high mineral content that makes the caves so beneficial,"
Smiechowski built her first salt cave in 2007 at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, Vermont, and has built many additional caves around the country. She is known for innovative designs that combine the most recent technology with the healing benefits and beauty of the pink salt.
"Every cave that Dr. Margaret designs is a work of art on its own, in addition to the amazing wellness benefits it provides," says Dr. William Kelley, owner of the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center that houses Smiechowski's original creation and her Halotherapy Room design.
For more information, please contact Dr. Margaret Smiechowski at 802-770-3138 (tel:802-770-
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