Salt Room Therapy Comes to Rochester Hills

Joseph and Ella Meluta are the owners of the Salinair Salt Therapy Room in Michigan - photo by Michael Dwyer

Joseph and Ella Meluta are the owners of the Salinair Salt Therapy Room in Michigan

Salt Room Therapy Comes to Rochester Hills

By Michael Dwyer


Eastern European countries used natural salt mines as a medicine-free therapy called Speleotherapy (cave therapy). To replicate and enhance the salt mine experience, Halotherapy (salt therapy) started spreading across Europe and has now come to America.

In Rochester Hills the Salinair Salt Room provides this experience. The walls and floors of the rooms are covered in salt to offer the feel of being in a salt mine. However, the true treatment comes from a salt generator. This device uses 100% pure salt. It breaks down the salt into micro-particles. It is then pumped into the salt room for a 45-minute session. The anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties of the salt are the major factors providing the benefits of Halotherapy.

Family Salt Room for Children - photo by Michael Dwyer

Family Salt Room for Children

Treatment Benefits

The all-natural, drug-free therapy is suggested to complement traditional medical treatment of asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, common colds, congestion and cystic fibrosis. It is safe for children and adults. Anyone with limits of salt consumption should check with their doctor first. Although, the salt is inhaled and not digested, so an individual receives about 1% of the recommended daily allowance.

People with certain ailments, such as cancer and contagious diseases should avoid salt therapy. This type of therapy has not been researched much in the U.S. and is not intended to replace any other medical therapy or treatment. It is suggested that 10-20 sessions are required a couple times per year to benefit those with chronic conditions.

Healthier people may benefit from salt therapy as a way to combat sleep disorders, snoring, poor concentration and stress. Often, fewer sessions are needed to treat these conditions.

Michelle Puffpaff of Mt. Clemens and Leela Baylis of Clinton Twp. enjoy a session in the Salinair Salt Room of Rochester Hills - photo by Michael Dwyer

Michelle Puffpaff of Mt. Clemens and Leela Baylis of Clinton Twp. enjoy a session in the Salinair Salt Room of Rochester Hills

Finding Relief

Rochester Media spoke with Michelle Puffpaff from Mt. Clemens. She has been coming for treatments twice per week for the last three years. Suffering from nasal congestion due to broken nose accident, Michelle noticed a difference after her fifth visit. She said her sense of smell and taste are better and she has fewer issues with the congestion since she began salt therapy.

First U.S. Green Salt Room

Many businesses, such as spas, have added salt rooms to offer their clients. The owners of Salinair Salt Therapy, Ella and Joseph Meluta, offer only the salt room therapy experience. This is a purer way to go since many of the other businesses have cosmetic odors and impurities from manicures, hair care or spray tanning in the same space. Salinair is considered “green” because they only offer salt therapy and because of the adhesive-free way the salt rooms were built.

Salinair has two salt rooms, one is family-friendly and the other is adults only. Clothing and electronics are safe. Shoes are removed and plastic foot covers must be worn to keep the rooms sterile.

Salinair is running special prices throughout July. Normally, a 45-minute session is $45. Right now, $15 is all it will cost for a first visit. 15-session packages bring the cost down to $12 per session.

All sessions are by appointment, please call 586-764-4306. Closed on Thursdays and Sundays, they are located at 131 W. Auburn Road (just west of Rochester Road) in Rochester Hills (formally located in Sterling Heights). Visit their website at

About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at


  1. What do they use to place the salt on the walls?

    • Lynette,

      This is from their website: “Using proprietary, unique green technology, we build natural salt coatings for walls, comprised of organic materials, which are non-toxic, free of harmful, volatile compounds, fireproof and non-combustible resistant to mold, fungi and bacteria.” This statement describes how they build salt rooms in private dwellings and it is the same “Green” design used to build their public-use location mentioned in the article.

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