The normally impeccably-dressed Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor David Hopkins, dressed down for a relaxing visit to The Salt Cave Milton Keynes.
Opened in 2011, it is the first clinic in Milton Keynes to offer salt therapy to treat respiratory and skin conditions.
The Mayor of Milton Keynes was invited to experience a salt therapy session, relaxing in a room covered in salt whilst breathing in fine salt particles pumped into the air.
The Mayor said of his visit: “For centuries, people have made claims about the benefits of salt therapy to relieve respiratory illnesses, improve skin conditions and strengthen their immune systems.
“Today, people of all ages can judge for themselves about the natural healing properties found in certain salts through halotherapy and relax and reflect in the city’s very own man-made salt cave in Old Stratford.”
Others who have tried the treatment include regular visitor Betsy Betts, 87, who said her quality of life had deteriorated after developing COPD.
Betsy started salt therapy early December 2016 and has been surprised by the results.
She said: “My breathlessness has improved dramatically and holding a conversation is no longer a problem.
“I know there is no cure for COPD but my quality of life is really so much better, life is worth living again.”
Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, was invented in 1982 in Russia and works by clearing the airways of mucus and reducing inflammation triggered by allergies to dust, pollen or pollution.
Owners Chris Parish and Linh Vi said: “Since opening in 2011, salt therapy has increased in popularity amongst families with young children from 6 months old and expectant mums who prefer a drug-free treatment.
“It has been a great honour to have the Mayor visit us at The Salt Cave Milton Keynes.”
For more information call 01908 888480 or visit www.saltcave.co.uk