Sitting in a cave isn't a place people think of when planning to relax, but a new business in Bismarck is trying to change that.
It looks like normal rock salt, but the owners of Salt Cave Wellness Relaxation Center say they are introducing North Dakotans to the benefits of the purifying mineral.
"When I was back in Poland I use to use salt caves very often just when I wanted to go and relax after a very hectic day," says Agata Zidon.
The narrow, dimly lit "cave" was built using more than three and a half tons of Himalayan salt, which Zidon says is the purest in the world. At a balmy 72 degrees, the cave has room for eight people to sit breathing in the detoxifying salt particles. Zidon says one 45-minute session in the cave is a remedy for some health conditions.
"It helps with respiratory problems, it helps them breathe better, sinus problems, allergies and asthma," says Zidon.
Zidon says psoriasis, eczema and arthritis have also been healed by this therapy too. Her husband Pat says the hard part is spreading the word about salt therapy.
"I guess if I'd say issue, it would be that everyone comes in and asks 'What is it?' We get that all the time," says Pat.
The relaxation center also sells Himalayan salt products, from bath salts to figurines that release purifying particles into the air. And although being open for less than a month, Zidon says customers have responded well to the foreign therapeutic treatment.
"People come in not knowing what to expect, and they come out and there was one lady that said she had never thought that she could be as relaxed as she was after she went through the session," says Pat.
One 45-minute session costs $25, and Zidon says is equivalent to spending three days by the sea.
The Salt Cave Wellness Relaxation Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and only open by appointment on weekends. Visit the center at 1001 West Interstate Ave.