Weekly Feature



2017-12-06 / Business

Aura Salt Cave provides alternative for health, wellness

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter


Carrie Rizek, left, with Dawn Ricek and owner Tadgi DeBerg relax in the Aura Salt Cave on Friday. The holistic wellness center is located at 6429 Transit Road. 
Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Carrie Rizek, left, with Dawn Ricek and owner Tadgi DeBerg relax in the Aura Salt Cave on Friday. The holistic wellness center is located at 6429 Transit Road. Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The Aura Salt Cave, which opened in July at 6429 Transit Road in East Amherst, is just one of three in Western New York, with the other two in Orchard Park and Ellicottville.

According to co-owner Tadgi DeBerg, it took roughly three weeks to build the 330-square-foot cave, which is made from 20,000 pounds of imported salt from Poland.

“We really tried to re-create the salt mines in Poland, and our cave builder is actually from Poland,” said DeBerg. “Salt caves have really been a way of life in Europe for over 50 years, and so many people can benefit from this. It helps with sinus issues, asthma, sleep disorders, cystic fibrosis and so much more. There have been plenty of great success stories with salt caves.”

DeBerg believes that the Aura Salt Cave is one of roughly 400 across the entire country. The room holds eight to 10 people and is kept between 62 and 64 degrees, with a range of 50 to 70 percent humidity. DeBerg said those are optimal conditions and the best atmosphere for a salt cave.

A typical session in the salt cave will last 45 minutes and cost $40, although there is a $30 special for the month of December. The business provides chairs and blankets.

“Some people who come in will notice a difference immediately, but on average it will take most people a little longer to notice a real change,” DeBerg said. “If you go regularly about once per week for a couple months, then you should notice a difference.” DeBerg said that along with the salt cave, there is a hand-foot detox room and two far infrared saunas.

The Aura Salt Cave is open six days a week, with Tuesday being the only closed business day. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“I think it’s important for people to understand the benefits that come with salt caves,” DeBerg said. “Even for people who know of their health issues, these sessions are great to just relax. It’s time away from your phone in a nice, peaceful place with relaxing music.”

To learn more about the Aura Salt Cave or to check out any monthly specials, visit www.aurasaltcave.com or call 276-9120.

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