By Janee Law
A little piece of Montauk has come west to Huntington.
Montauk Salt Cave West promises to take the salt therapy business that first opened on the North Fork in August 2015 and bring its healing powers to Huntington.
The business is set to host a grand opening ceremony, and its first session in Huntington, at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The 179 New York Ave. location sports two salt caves, one spanning 400 square feet for adults and another at 175 square feet for children, owner Shannon Coppola said. Both caves are made out of 20 tons of pink Himalayan salt. Scattered throughout them are 84 trace minerals that are typically found in the human body.
Coppola, 39, who resides in Montauk, said the combination of the salt and minerals serves as Halotherapy that helps relieve respiratory conditions, skin conditions, migraines, stress, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, arthritis, and symptoms from lymes disease, she added.
“By coming in and inhaling the salt, it just alleviates all of the pain that you’re feeling,” Coppola said.
A session ineithersalt caves runs $40 and lasts 45 minutes. During that time, patrons are directed to a zero-gravity chair to sit back, relax and breathe in the healing agents. Parents joining their child in a children’s session enter for free.
It’s "equivalent to being at the beach for a week,” Coppola said of the sessions. “If you know what your skin feels like after being by the ocean or just how rejuvenated you feel by being by the ocean, you’re getting that in a concentrated, 45-minute form.”
Coppola first learned about salt room therapy when her son, Oliver, had severe respiratory issues, struggling with allergy-induced asthma. She and her husband, Peter, brought their son to a salt room in New Jersey.
“That night he slept for the first time at 4.5 years old,” she said. “The cough just went away.”
She went back for other family issues to test the method again, and the results were the same.
Now, she’s hoping to help others in similar ways. And she hopes to expand her reach with the soon-to-be-opened Huntington location.
“I know the trek out to Montauk is a long drive so we want to be able to offer more people the salt therapy and just spread the love,” she added. “To have this as a way to help people, it’s just the most amazing feeling.”