By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Zama Massage, 2149 N.E. Broadway, has added salt cave therapy rooms to services that already include acupuncture, ashiatsu and a variety of massage styles.
Salt therapy dates back to ancient Egypt and is currently used in Europe and Canada, said Genevra Cardoso, Zama’s owner. Salt has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit the whole body, including the immune and respiratory systems, Cardoso said.
Salt or halotherapy is regarded as beneficial to those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis and certain skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema and acne, she said. Healthy people who breathe in pollutants, dust and bacteria in the air may benefit from salt therapy, also, she said.
Halotherapy, Cardoso explained, is a higher level than breathing in the ocean’s salt air. The vaporized, dry salt ventilated through the therapy rooms, she said, allows negative ion charged particles to move through the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Halotherapy may keep Portlanders healthy during long, damp winters, she said.
Information is available at www.zamamassage.com or (503) 281-0278.