Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: Exploring The Healing Power Of Salt

Mike Sugerman
December 06, 2019 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A studio in New York is promoting a new way of health with a pinch of salt.

Shannon Coppola, Founder & CEO of the Montauk Salt Cave located in the East Village and parts of Long Island, opened this place of healing four years ago after seeing a miracle work on her young son Oliver, who had severe respiratory problems.

"Because of the anti-inflammatory agent in the salt it has a way of finding any inflammation in your body through your nasal passageway," Coppola said.

Fourteen tons of Himalayan salt pump through the comfortable cave, where even the ground and walls are made of salt.

Customers are told to breathe deeply, relax and let the salt do the work.

"I had been here a couple of times, I had gone for a physical and my doctor was like, 'What have you been doing? You've never breathed so deeply in your life,'" said customer Sally Doerfler, who says she's had lung problems from smoking and breathing in fumes after 9/11.

While there's no medical study in the U.S. that shows such healing power, many swear by it. Eastern Europeans have been using salt caves for centuries.

"Even if you don't have a medical issue a lot of people come for meditation," said Coppola.

One can also take a "sound bath" in the salt cave.

"When there's a sound played rhythmically and with intention the brain waves start harmonizing with this rhythm and in turn promotes a sense of relaxation," said sound healer Julius Batila. 

That sounds good to a lot of people.

"I love to come to Julius because of the healing power and the meditative quality of the sound," said customer Liza Mendeas.

"I was brought into an otherworldly state, I didn't expect it," said customer Carol Kolenik.

But to others not so much.

"I don't think it's for me. At one point I stuck my fingers in my ears because it felt really aggressive and after being at work all day, I'm a classroom teacher, it gets very loud so I was really hoping for something a little more relaxing and this wasn't it," said customer Maria Lopez.

To learn more about the Montauk Salt Cave, click here.