Exploring Salt & Halotherapy Initiative

TREND 1: Touchless

Because of COVID, there is even a faster trend for “touchless services” which include halotherapy and float therapy.

TREND  2: Recovery & Sleep

Beyond respiratory disease management, there is a strong trend towards helping with “recovery” as a major new benefit of halotherapy which includes athletic recovery and post-illness recovery. The NHL Phoenix Coyotes are using Red Light & Halotherapy combined. Floatation, which utilizes epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in an environment void of any external stimuli has been known to evoke a deeply relaxed state and improve sleep, amongst other benefits.

TREND 3: Stress & Anxiety

Following nearly 2 years of a worldwide pandemic, stress and anxiety is very prevalent. Salt therapies have been proven to help combat this with the abundance of negative ions produced by salt during halotherapy and flotation therapy.

TREND 4: Combo Modalities or Therapy Layering

A continued trend to maximize space and time in the spa industry involves combining halotherapy and infrared or halotherapy and redlight in the same unit; this is becoming a standard and preferred option. With the known benefits of salt, salt stone massage is also being used more now and traditional treatments are now being done in salt therapy rooms for maximum synergy.

TREND 5: Preventative

Because of COVID-19, people are very concerned about their respiratory health and hygiene and are therefore taking more interest in preventative options. This has led to a demand/trend for portable and at home halotherapy options—especially with devices that are small/easy to travel with.

TREND 1: Touchless

Because of COVID, fast-moving trend to “touchless services,” which includes halotherapy and float therapy.

TREND 2: Recovery

Beyond respiratory disease management, a strong trend toward helping with “recovery” is a major new benefit/positioning of halotherapy.

TREND 3: Combo modalities

Continued trend to maximize space in the spa industry, so halotherapy and infrared in the same unit is becoming a standard.

TREND 4: Consumer

Because of COVID, consumers want traditional modalities available in spas inside their homes, so the home halotherapy industry is increasing significantly.

TREND 5: Portable

Because of COVID, people are very concerned about their respiratory health and hygiene as they travel, which has created the demand/trend for halotherapy equipment on the go—thus, the growth of handheld units.

TREND 1: Day Spa to Resort Spa Migration

While there are approximately 2,000 day spas/wellness centers offering halotherapy today, the adoption within the major hotel/destination brands has been slower to adopt.  The industry, however, is now reaching a tipping point, whereby travelers to destination spas have become halotherapy customers in their hometowns and want to continue the focus on having healthy lungs as they travel.  This is especially true as they travel to destinations with different allergens and different levels of air pollution as well as combat the onslaught of airborne germs being stuck on airplanes.

TREND 2: Global growth to outpace US growth

While the US currently has approximately 90 percent of the halotherapy facilities in the world, the US population only represents about 4 percent of the world’s population.  And perhaps, more importantly, the levels of air pollution outside the US, which cause so many of the respiratory conditions, is so much worse than in the US and can be greatly alleviated with halotherapy.  Two prime examples of this are China and India—which alone represent 36 percent of the world’s population.

TREND 3: Technology innovation to drive lower equipment costs and thus broaden market adoption

Almost all of the core technology in the halotherapy industry is decades old, as the marketplace has not been big enough to justify a lot of additional product development investment.  This is about to change as the industry growth has been increasing rapidly and will continue to rise.  As with all electronic/tech products, this focus will lead to lower costs, better products, and prices that more and more businesses and even consumers can afford.

TREND 4: Synergy of Modalities

As spas are more and more constrained by physical space and more and more guests/customers are feeling more and more time-constrained, the natural evolution will be for halotherapy to be combined with other wellness modalities.  Some of these combinations will result in synergistic results, while others will be more of simple convenience.

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