“Infrared saunas are a powerful tool for health and longevity. From improved heart health to lowered inflammation, calorie burn and stress reduction, everyone could benefit from sauna use!"
By Roz Weis,
Salú Sauna + Wellness Spa is now open at 110 Washington Street in downtown Decorah.
The health spa, operated by Cody and Katie Schweinefus of Decorah, provides the Driftless community with holistic health and healing options previously not available locally. Services include infrared sauna, red light therapy, cold plunge therapy and halotherapy, otherwise known as dry salt therapy.
“We are so excited to bring these services to Decorah,” said Katie Schweinefus, co-owner and manager. “Infrared saunas are a powerful tool for health and longevity. From improved heart health to lowered inflammation, calorie burn and stress reduction, everyone could benefit from sauna use! In each of our sauna rooms is an ‘add-on’ so our guests can experience red light therapy, halotherapy, or a cold plunge, during their sauna session for optimal health benefits.”
Schweinefus said Salú’s mission is making holistic health and healing services available and accessible to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Salú is committed to compassion and understanding that each person has individualized health needs and goals.
Open house July 13
Salú is hosting an open house on Thursday, July 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to take a look at the newly-renovated space in the back of the 110 Washington Street building and learn more about the services. Those attending will be able to enter to win an “Experience Salù” package which includes everything Salù has to offer.
Schweinefus said Salú’s Clearlight® saunas are the safest and most effective in the industry. They utilize near-, mid- and far-infrared wavelengths, offering maximum sauna therapy benefits. Infrared saunas are cooler than traditional saunas because infrared lamps warm the body directly and penetrate deeper without the use of steam. Because they aren’t as hot as traditional saunas, users can withstand longer sessions and reap the benefits which include improved heart health, reduced stress, better sleep, calorie burn, reduced blood pressure, healthy skin appearance, detoxification, muscle recovery, improved mood, chronic pain relief, boosted immunity and lowered inflammation
“What’s happening mimics exercise when you think of the physiology,” explained Dr. Melissa Young, MD. “There’s a benefit to that.”
Red Light Therapy
According to the spa owners, red light therapy is one of the safest, non-invasive, treatments that offers a wide variety of wellness and healing benefits. The red light tower delivers high-powered red light and near-infrared wavelengths to energize the trillions of cells in the body. With more energy, cells can do their work more efficiently to stimulate collagen production, increase blood circulation, accelerate healing and reduce inflammation.
“This treatment is great for people dealing with chronic pain, joint aches, an injury, skin issues, or low energy,” Schweinefus noted.
Red light therapy benefits include reduced inflammation, improvement and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles, hair growth, improved circulation, better sleep, relief from skin issues (including rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, sun damage, acne, stretch marks and scaring), accelerated healing and recovery, improved bone repair and growth, increased energy and collagen production
Salú has acquired a state-of-the-art HaloIR unit combining sauna with halotherapy. Halotherapy, or dry salt therapy, involves breathing in micro-sized salt particles which are immediately transported to the respiratory tract. Schweinefus said the salt is extremely absorbent and attracts pollutants like smog and smoke.
“We have been experiencing poor air quality in Northeast Iowa and those who suffer from asthma, COPD, or allergies might be having a tough time breathing well. The halotherapy booth is a great tool to clear out those pollutants, reduce any airflow obstructions and enhance lung capacity and function. The salt reaches the sinuses, lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli, the deepest part of the lungs,” said Schweinefus.
Dry salt therapy destroys bacteria and restores health and immunity. It can also improve skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. The service is considered safe for young children. Halotherapy benefits include cleared mucus from airways, boosted immune system, treatment of copd, asthma, bronchitis and allergy symptoms, treatment of child ear issues, cleared congestion, improved skin conditions, increased lung function and capacity, improved athletic performance and recovery and reduced inflammation.
Cold Plunge – Coming Soon!
Inside the Nordic Cycle Room at Salú patrons will soon find a cold plunge tub and an infrared sauna. Hot and cold therapy (contrast therapy) has been around for centuries in Nordic culture. According to researchers, transitioning from one extreme temperature to another can have a profound impact on overall physical and mental health. Cold plunge benefits include reduced muscle soreness, cardiovascular health, lowered inflammation, disease prevention, improved mood and mental ability, pain relief, fat burning potential, increased blood flow, improved circulation and self-discipline.
“The positive physical and mental health effects of the cold plunge cannot be overstated. Immersing in uncomfortably cold water improves resiliency, improves mood for long periods of time, improves motivation and combats anxiety and depression. It increases metabolism for many hours, even days and it combats inflammation in a big way,” explains Schweinefus.
Katie and 2-year-old son Tripp sit in the halotherapy unit. Tripp frequents the halotherapy booth to treat his frequent ear infections and prevent future ones. Salt is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. When salt particles get into the ear canal, it reduces swelling and allows fluid to drain. (Driftless Multimedia photo by Roz Weis)