The Salt Cave on Central is located at Van Wert Massotherapy. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
The Salt Cave on Central is located at Van Wert Massotherapy. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – A new attraction on Central Avenue has many people raving and asking questions.

The Salt Cave on Central, located at Van Wert Massotherapy, is filled with 5,000 pounds of pure Himalayan salt imported from Pakistan. The cave includes 2,000 pounds of crushed salt on the floor and another 3,000 pounds of pure salt on the wall.

“Everything in this room is food grade and very healthy,” said Massotherapy owner Leslie Moser.

The cave opened Nov. 1 and took three months to build by Moser and her husband.

Moser explained that she felt Van Wert could benefit from a natural way to get treatment for several issues.

“We had seen some ads for several different caves,” said Moser. “My husband and I traveled around to different salt caves around, and there wasn’t anything close to us. We knew that Van Wert would love the Salt Cave and the benefits of it. You have to experience it.”

Moser explained that one hour in the salt cave is equivalent to three days beside the ocean. This means that the salt is so concentrated in the cave that it’s like a person is sitting by the ocean breathing in the salt.

Guests can play in the salt, put their feet in the salt, or rest their feet on salt domes that Moser says helps with neuropathy, and pain in the feet, ankles and legs.

Moser noted that some of the benefits of the salt cave include respiratory benefits such as aiding with bronchitis, sleep apnea, and snoring.

The cave also includes a HALO generator that disperses a dry salt therapy into the air to be breathed in. Moser said the benefit of this is to help with issues like lung tissue repair and smokers cough.

Moser expressed that she has received very positive feed back from those who have used the Salt Cave and explained that even just one session can help improve a person’s health.

“People are sleeping better; the pain in their feet and ankles is gone,” said Moser. “People are relaxed.”

Massotherapthy also sells salt items such as salt lamps, which can be used at home. Himalayan salt lamps have become increasingly popular, but Moser warned buyers to beware of deals that sound too good.

“Make sure you know where it comes from and that you make sure it is 100 percent pure salt,” said Moser. “Sometimes you may go to different places and see them on sale, but they may  not be real.”

A real salt lamp is fragile, said Moser, and does not light up the entire room.

As for the Salt Cave on Central, all of the Himalayan salt is 100 percent real, and Moser suggested that people come see the benefits for themselves.

The Salt Cave can be used by people of all ages. Other benefits of the Salt Cave according to Massotherapy literature includes: allergy treatment, positive effects on blood circulation, relives symptoms associated with sinus infections, whooping cough, and common colds, can give the body a nutrient boost, can aid in stress relief, and can help the body with its sleep cycle.

Guests can participate in 15 minute, 30 minute, or 50 minute sessions.

The Salt Cave on Central and Van Wert Massotherapy is located at 149 E. Central Ave.