2012, Michael Power was a successful human resources executive with a
great job and dozens of people reporting to him. But he had a slight
problem. He couldnít breathe.
"I had seen
three different specialists and got three different diagnoses,"
Power recalls. "I was having a chronic coughing attack in one of
the doctorís offices at the same time he was telling me there was
nothing wrong with me."
At that point,
Power, who has suffered from asthma, hay fever ("Iím allergic
to anything that grows outside"), chronic sinusitis and severe
migraines was presented with the option of "risky, invasive
Power turned to
the Internet to find courses of natural relief for respiratory
conditions and found a new path from something quite old.
the inhalation of dry salt to address respiratory issues, while not
overly practiced in this country has been present in Europe in various
forms for hundreds of years. Sodium chloride is heated to maximize its
therapeutic properties and ground into microscopic particles. The
particles are released into a special room where patients breathe them
in, achieving deep penetration into the respiratory system, killing
bacteria and relaxing breathing-related muscles to reduce
hyperallergic responses while stimulating the overall breathing
In its earliest
history, patients would be lowered into salt caves for treatment.
These days, patients are led into 500-square-foot "salt
rooms" for the therapy. In December of 2013, Power discovered one
of the few treatment centers in the U.S. in suburban Chicago, found
relief after three visits, and decided to move on from his career in
the corporate world and open his own Halo Therapy facility, Breathe
Ready in Menomonee Falls, which began operations in March of this
centers place groups of people in larger salt rooms, Breathe Ready
offers smaller individual salt rooms, custom designed for each patientís
particular condition and treatment needs. Power says patients aged
"2 to 87, relatively healthy (including performance athletes) to
chronically ill," have enjoyed great relief from asthma,
allergies, COPD and cystic fibrosis.
Power says he
wanted to make the therapy "feasible for everybodyís budget to
improve the quality of his or her life." Each session costs
around $30, with anywhere from 10 to 15 sessions recommended for a
course of treatment. Breathe Ready, which also offers skin therapy,
has done little advertising, but word of mouth referrals have meant
brisk business. The clinic hosted more than 500 sessions in its first
Power wants to
partner with physicians and medical professionals to advance the use
and understanding of Halo Therapy. He still receives remedial therapy,
which he says has produced the kind of sustained relief he wants
others to enjoy. "Itís such a warm and wonderful feeling. It
gives me motivation to know Iím doing the right thing."
Dry Skin Brushing
spend a lot of time every day taking care of the skin on your face,
but what about the rest of your body? For an increasing number of
people, dry skin brushing is becoming a popular and important part of
a daily skin care routine for their arms, legs and torso.
brushing is brushing the skin in a particular pattern (toward the
heart, starting at the feet and hands and working to the chest is most
recommended) with a dry brush, usually before a bath or shower.
benefits reported from various healthcare publications include
increased flow in the lymphatic system to detoxifying the body. It
also exfoliates (removing dead skin cells and cleaning pores) as well
as increases energy and blood flow and can even reduce cellulite.
Quality dry skin
brushes are inexpensive (under $20, Google "dry skin
brushes" to see a variety of choices) and should feature bristles
made from natural material and a long handle to reach the back and
other tough to reach body locations.
but not too hard so that it hurts or your skin reddens. Brush daily,
but not right before bedtime when your skin could become too energized
to enable sleep.