I arrived at Saks early in the morning to avoid a wait. The floor was relatively empty, and I was the first and only person in the Breathe Salt Room section. I asked the woman working the pop-up what I needed to do to sign up for a session, and she explained that for $25, I could sit in a salt booth for 10 minutes. During that time, salt-infused air would fill it up through a vent above my head; I could even take my phone in with me to help pass the time. The only thing I had to do was breathe normally.
I pulled off my shoes and took a seat on the bench inside. As the attendant closed the door, calming classical music began to play loudly, and I felt air coming in through the vent. It didn't make the booth colder; temperature-wise, it was fine. I ended up people-watching rather than scrolling through my Instagram feed. (A lot of people stopped by to ask questions about the salt booths, and I can only assume it was because they saw me inside one—there was a lot of pointing in my direction.)
I felt surprisingly comfortable as people stared, something I attribute to the air that was filling the booth. My breathing felt a lot lighter, and I didn't feel as anxious or stressed out as I normally do. The time passed so quickly, I was a little sad that it was over.
As I stepped out, I realized whatever congestion I felt earlier was pretty much gone. But best of all, my headache had subsided, and I haven't had another one since. I left that day with a new appreciation for the healing power of salt.
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