When she was six-years-old, Sabrina Keener made a promise to her ailing mother, Andrea Cote.
"I still remember telling her, 'When I grow up, I will help you get better.' I wanted her to be well. That placed in my heart for people to be well," Keener said.
Cote suffered from emphysema and asthma as well as other illnesses. She passed away 17 years ago.
Eight years ago, Keener was introduced to salt therapy – a natural way to alleviate some respiratory and skin conditions and promote allover good health.
“One of my good friends has three children with cystic fibrosis. They did salt therapy and it was helping them so much. They knew I was into natural wellness, so they told me about it,” she recalled. “I tried it and I loved it.”
She loved it so much that she decided to open her own business, Be Still & Breathe Salt Wellness Center, in Lebanon in October 2016.
“When we were building this out I realized – this was the promise to my mom. Salt therapy really helps with respiratory problems like she had. I couldn’t help her, but I could help moms like her,” Keener said.
It helped her stepmother, Cheryl Cote, who suffered from lung cancer, on a couple of occasions before she passed away.
“She wanted so badly to go to the beach but couldn’t go,” Keener explained. “This was the closest thing. We had the beach sounds and the salty air. It gave her more energy.”
Be Still & Breathe Salt Wellness Center offers several therapies to aid a host of health issues.
One room at the front of the office contains an infrared sauna. Keener said the infrared sauna is different than a steam sauna.
“It is a dry heat. Infrared heat is healing,” she said. “It simulates a fever, so that is good for detox and weight loss. It is a warm heat, like the sun. It is not an ultraviolet light.”
She continued that people who normally cannot handle heat, do enjoy the infrared sauna. They leave feeling relaxed.
On the wall there are dozens of salt lamps which add to the ambiance of the room and are available to purchase.
“A lot of people have a misconception that these lamps put salt into the air. That is false. What they do is put off negative ions. The most negative ions on earth is from a waterfall, followed by an ocean,” she said. “You notice when you go to the ocean you’ll feel calmer. We are bombarded with positive ions from electricity and the constant use of our cell phones. The negative ions help to balance our bodies.”
They also cleanse the air to help with breathing issues, such as asthma, for a relatively low cost. Lamps start at $25.
“Most people who have bought them love them. They sleep better,” Keener said. “But does it replace salt therapy? Absolutely not.”
Keener has three very different rooms at her business for salt therapy treatments. One is a large group room which can hold up to 10 people at a time. She also has a private salt room that can comfortably seat two and a kid’s room featuring sea creatures on the wall and buckets and shovels to recreate a sandy trip to the beach.
The group salt relaxation room is a 45-minute room. Guests sit in zero gravity reclining chairs, which takes pressure off of the body. While they relax, a generator pushes salt through the air. It works the same way in the other two rooms.
“The salt is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory,” she said. “It helps with the immune system, anxiety, skin conditions like eczema, respiratory system and all over wellness.”
Many people seek salt therapy for relief of sinus and allergy issues.
“The salt acts kind of like a toothbrush. It gently cleanses the sinuses and breaks up mucus,” Keener added. “Being proactive his time of year is key. Come in before you have the symptoms.”
The last, but not least, room is for floatation therapy – also known as sensory deprivation.
The room contains what looks like a large hot tub. It contains 200 gallons of water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt.
The salt and water solution create density like the Dead Sea. Keener said it is actually twice as dense as the famous salty lake.
“You can float with no effort. There is no gravity to the body, which relieves the joints. It is also good for people who suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), depression and anxiety,” she said.
While a client floats, their heart rate slows as well as their breathing. Although float therapy lasts an hour, several clients go into such a peaceful rest they feel the time is much shorter, such as 15 minutes.
“The body is in the calmest state it could be on earth and it produces endorphins,” Keener said. “This is excellent for chronic pain management.”
For more information, call (615) 470-8500.