When Steven C. Lint moved his chiropractic practice to a former bank in Bruceton Mills, he had to figure out what to do with its drive-through area.
The space is now filled with 30,000 pounds of pink Himalayan salt imported from Pakistan.
“We saw a couple of Himalayan salt caves, one particularly in Virginia, and we really liked the atmosphere,” Lint said. “We really liked how we felt. It was really relaxing, and with our whole wellness center philosophy, we thought it was a great fit.”
In addition to the chiropractic services, Lint and his colleague Jason T. Coe offer acupuncture, nutritional counseling and supplements, facials, and massages. Time in the salt cave or salt saunas are also available to the clients of Bruceton Wellness Center.
And Margaret Glenn takes advantage of the business’ many treatments.
“I’m 58,” said the Morgantown resident. “Dealing with being an older woman, there are quite a few things that go along with that. I had a stressful few years at work and broke my foot last year. … I realized I needed to find some solutions to help rejuvenate myself.”
And whether she’s there for an adjustment or a facial, she said the employees are friendly and the results are tangible.
“I like the people working there,” Glenn said. “They’re just honestly good people. I never feel like I’m being sold something I don’t need. And since I’ve been taking the supplements and doing the acupuncture, I can tell a huge amount of difference in my energy level and focus.”
She also meditates in the salt cave, which she said is a unique offering for the region.
“When I tell people it’s in Bruceton Mills, they’re surprised,” she said. “It’s worth a drive out there for the quality of services they have, and the salt cave put it over.”
Lint stresses that the space — its walls and floor covered in the mineral — is not a treatment for any specific condition.
“Many people claim that it’s helped with their allergies, their asthma and COPD — different respiratory conditions … and overall, they find that it’s a relaxing experience.
“The reason that people find the salt as relaxing as they do is that it emits negative ions. And in our everyday lives we’re exposed to positive ions from computer screens, from car exhausts, from electricity, light bulbs, electric lines. The negative ions counterbalance that. So, it’s a nice natural way to help promote our bodies natural source of well being.”
Forty-five minute sessions in the cave cost $30. Anti-gravity chairs line the room, and up to
10 people can share the space at a time. Those who want to be in the cave alone can rent the entire room for $175 an hour.
“We play nice relaxing music,” Lint said. “If you want, you can bring some headphones, as long as they don’t disturb other people. But we dim the lights down and the salt has lighting behind it that changes a little bit. We want you to be as relaxed as possible.”
Clients can also have services, such as massage, acupuncture and facials, given in salt rooms.
“With the acupuncture, I did feel like afterward there was more of an effect and it lasted longer,” Glenn said of having it done in a salt room. “It makes my day to go up there. They have such a combination of treatments. There’s always something new to learn with them.”
ADDRESS: 15630 North Preston Highway, Bruceton Mills.
HOURS: 1-8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
ONLINE: brucetonwellness.com or face book.com/StevenCLintDC/.