Salt Studio Opens in Pasadena with salt therapy rooms for adults and children

Joint venture of a couple; husband is a respiratory therapy, wife is a massage and skin care specialist



Halomed North America is delighted to announce its newest installation of two HaloSmart-01 dry salt aerosol generators at the Salt Studio Spa of Pasadena. And Halomed is equally happy to share with you the story of how Diana and Michael Leone became salt spa owners.
An Unexpected Path to Becoming Salt Spa Owners

Diana, a massage therapist, and Michael, a respiratory therapist, had been looking for a way to combine their passion for improving people’s wellbeing for some time. Though they did not know halotherapy existed, they were soon to learn about it from an unexpected source.

One day a security technician arrived to install a security system in the couple’s home. When he that Michael is a respiratory therapist at a major hospital, he asked him whether he ever recommended salt therapy – in which micronized salt particles are diffused into the air and inhaled by people in a special salt room. The dry salt aerosol helps open airways. The technician was from Russia, where halotherapy is commonly used to treat asthma, bronchitis and other breathing problems.

Their Research Begins

Michael and Diana quickly began researching halotherapy. As a clinician by profession, Michael’s standards are high in regard to expectations from equipment and services that are delivered to people seeking improvements in health and wellness. “During my research I looked at two or three different generators, and what impressed me about Halomed was the fact that the halogenerator has a DSA (dry salt aerosol) sensor to control the dosage. I feel that it is important to be able to set the dosage for treatments and have it confirmed by the sensor,” Michael said. “It seems that the other generators, without an external way to measure DSA concentrations, could give too much or too little aerosol and I would not know, just that our clients could feel like the treatment didn't do anything for them as a result of too little salt aerosol, or that it was irritating to breathe, from too much, and I didn't want to take that risk,” he added.

Another matter that affected the Leones choice of halotherapy equipment was the HaloSmart-01’s compact design, which quietly delivers power and precision without taking up a lot of room.

Halomed’s equipment, manufactured by the international company Aeromed-Halomed, can be found in 3,200 salt rooms in Australia, Canada, China and other Asian countries, Eastern and Western Europe, including the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Russia. Aeromed-Halomed’s development of halotherapy devices and consulting services is a result of more than 20 years of research and testing on the best ways to deliver dry salt aerosol therapy, the optimal environments for providing it, and the particular ailments for which there is clinical data to support its use.

A Venture is Launched, a Mission Fulfilled

With their grand opening in April, the Leones have become owners of the first salt spa in Pasadena, just a few minutes from the city’s center, and about 25 minutes north of Los Angeles. The the salt spa combines both of the Leone’s interests, providing halotherapy, a mode of care that for hundreds of years has helped people breathe better, and for others, experience improvements in certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis.

The Leone’s spa offers two salt rooms, one for adults to take in salt therapy in a relaxing environment, and one for children in a fun space that includes what anywhere else would be a sandbox, but instead is filled with salt, in a room that looks a little like Dr. Seuss’s Whoville.

The Leone’s entered the dry salt aerosol therapy field with the goal of helping people feel better. Michael has spent many years seeing patients struggle for their next breath, for relief from coughing and suffering with blocked sinuses. Diana’s skilled hands as a massage therapist and her conviction in complementary therapies have helped people overcome pain as they strive for a greater sense of wellbeing. In addition to halotherapy, Salt Studio visitors can enjoy massage and Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The Salt Studio also offers an array of natural skin care services.

Michael and Diana look forward to working with their community, educating them about halotherapy’s history and respected place among effective natural therapies. The one question they have repeatedly answered concerns halotherapy for people who have to limit their salt intake. “The salt you inhale does not cross the blood barrier. It is not the same as getting too much salt from food,” said Michael.

The Leones welcome the interest in their spa, and invite people to visit and learn more at The Salt Studio, 1380 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, Ca.; (626) 765-6180. Hours are Tues. – Fri., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Mondays, by appointment only. To read more about The Salt Studio, visit 10, 2013