An hour down the salt mine is like a day at the seaside

On first impressions, Britain's first therapeutic "salt cave" – designed to alleviate a range of respiratory and skin conditions, including asthma and psoriasis, and to reduce the effects of stress – seems rather incongruous.It isn't just the location, on the ground floor of a square 1970s building in a modern part of Bath, far from any natural geological feature.

Nor is it just the touch of Disney in the appearance – it is lined with pink, white and grey translucent salt rocks lit from behind and patterned like Palaeolithic paintings, with plaster stalactites on the ceiling and a water feature to one side.

No, for me, the oddest thing was the deckchairs. They looked out of place in the sombrely lit room, so far from any sunshine. "But they were really comfortable," one customer told me later: a frazzled mother from York who booked a 45-minute session with a friend for a bit of pampering.

The chairs were nearly my nemesis. A CD of repetitively calming music came on, the lights behind the salt rock panels became more intense, and gentle snoring filled the room as my companions-in-salt dozed off, tucked up in large blankets in case we got cold in the salt-air micro-climate that would swirl around us for the next 45 minutes.

Source - Telegraph

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