Halomed UAB celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
Now ranks among top producers of halotherapy equipment and services
VILNIUS, LITHUANIA -- Ten years ago the company Halomed UAB was established in Vilnius, Lithuania to manufacture halotherapy equipment. Start-up was slow during that inaugural year. In 2005, when great amounts of time and resources were spent on earning certifications and developing an infrastructure for solid manufacturing processes, the new company produced only four halogenerators. Also known as salt aerosol generators, halogenerators are classified as medical equipment in some countries. They are the key component in providing halotherapy, an effective and natural approach to improve breathing.
The company has since experienced significant growth. Its regional distributors now cover the globe, and Halomed UAB equipment can be found in salt rooms in North America, Europe, Australia and India, and elsewhere.
Halogenerators – the technological keystone in the growing field of halotherapy – micronize pharmaceutical-grade salt, turning it into miniscule, nearly invisible particles that are mixed with air and dispersed into a salt room, where visitors relax and inhale salt-supplemented air to alleviate asthma, allergies, COPD and other breathing ailments. Halotherapy also brings relief to people who live in cities with high levels of air pollution. Modern halotherapy is the result of research aimed at replicating the benefits of salt-enriched air found in subterranean salt caves in aboveground facilities, usually existing buildings, and can be found in small towns as well as large metropolitan areas.
Halotherapy, also known as salt therapy, has also proved to be helpful in improving certain skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema. Salt rooms can be found in spas, wellness centers, and in the offices of standard health care providers, chiropractors and naturopaths. Salt rooms also operate as stand-alone businesses.
Halogenerators have been produced since the early 1990s in Russia by Aeromed-Halomed, but the company needed a European manufacturer to supply the growing demand in Central and Western Europe – and far beyond. Thus, Aeromed-Halomed exported a valuable asset to Vilnius, Stasys Gumauskas, an engineer-entrepreneur and solid manager with several years’ experience at the company. As Halomed UAB’s CEO and co-founder, Gumauskas, sought to leverage the knowledge he had gained working for several years under Aeromed-Halomed’s co-CEOs, Alina Chervinskaya, MD, Ph.D., and Nikolay Penskikh, to create the successful facility in Lithuania.
Gumauskas proudly recalled that at the time of Halomed UAB’s start, many factories were closing their doors in Lithuania, paving the way for international companies to take jobs and revenue elsewhere. “Ten years ago, we set this company up with the idea that it will produce innovative products - halogenerators for respiratory hygiene, based on the scientific research and manufacturing expertise of Professor Chervinskaya,” whose work in St. Petersburg, Russia had already established her as the leading authority in halotherapy. “At that time there were no companies that produced analogues of the type of ‘controlled’ halogenerators, such as the ones made by Aeromed-Halomed, for the European market.”
The ‘control’ that Gumauskas speaks of relates to the measurement and adjustment of a halogenerator’s output of micronized dry salt. While other companies’ devices do have settings for the desired level of salt to be dispersed into salt room air, Aeromed-Halomed’s devices were the only ones equipped with sensors to continuously measure the level of salt in the air and adjust output during the typical 45-minute halotherapy session. This has proved to be essential in the delivery of effective halotherapy. The level of salt in salt-room air can easily surge and dip due to a number of factors. Too little salt is not therapeutic. Too much salt can be irritating and cause its own set of problems, such as coughing and skin irritation.
Looking back, Gumauskas says, “The beginning was not easy. It was especially difficult to expand production and develop new models at the same time. In those years, we could not even dream that product development and production would rise to current levels and to have such a great geographic reach with product distribution.” Yet, even with his eyes on distant markets, Gumauskas proudly adds, “Just this year we outfitted 10 private and 10 public health care facilities here in Lithuania.”
April 1, 2015
Halomed UAB is a member of Aeromed-Halomed’s growing group of affiliate companies, dedicated to developing the most technologically advanced halotherapy equipment and consulting services to advance the quality and delivery of halotherapy services worldwide, and is the manufacturer of halogenerators sold by Halomed NA, Inc.