RUTLAND - The Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center and Salt Cave offers a wide array of holistic healing services. Venture to Rutland and experience rejuvenation and instant health benefits!
What is holistic? It all depends on you.
"Holistic takes into consideration the medical, physical, and spiritual aspects-it's taking us back to nature," said Dr. Margaret Smiechowski, Rutland's new salt cave designer and practitioner.
"We believe that everyone should have access to wellness offerings at an affordable price for less than the price of an hour at a more expensive spa or clinic," said Dr. William Kelley, Pyramid's owner and practitioner. "With over 30 incredibly educated and experienced practitioners and instructors, we have created a one-stop facility."
The Pyramid's three floors are multifaceted and designed to hit all your senses. Upon entering, color, texture, shape, sight, sound, and smell put you in a place for relaxation.
On the first floor is the marketplace for specialty items, salt cave, treatment rooms, and a lounge area; the second floor has a lending library, offices, other treatment rooms, and the Cairo club; and the third floor is the studio where classes are held, i.e., yoga, dance, thai chi, and more-all for only $6.
The menu of services include massage therapy, reflexology, homeopathic doctor on site, Reiki and other energy work, acupuncture, personal fitness training, mental health counseling, hypnotherapy, classes, workshops, and performances, healthy snacks, coffees, teas, and animal wellness services.
Smeichowski, originally from Poland and a trained medical doctor, has been practicing Western medicine for 20 years and researching salt caves for the past seven years. Although such caves are not as well-known in the U.S. as in Europe, Smeichowski has been requisitioned to build "caves" in Cape Cod, Georgia, and Illinois.
"Himalayan salt is known to be the purest salt containing all of the essential minerals," said Smiechowski, "The hand-mined Pakistan salt is antibacterial, anti-viral anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory to cleanse and purify the air around us. The salt combats the signs of aging cellulite, hearing issues, blood pressure, respiratory problems, and much more.
"The body is like the core engine; and if you put something not good into, it will struggle to run properly," Smiechowski added. "It is not my responsibility to keep you healthy. I'm here to educate and have you take action. Symptoms are covered up by quick fix medications, which mask and do not eliminate the root of the problem."
Entering the cave is an adventure not to be missed. You must first remove your shoes. It's like walking on a sandy beach except a bit more gravelly-there are over 8,000 pounds of salt in the cave.
Subdued lighting, stars on the ceiling, and miscellaneous decorations set the atmosphere. When you recline in the anti-gravity chair, your breathing automatically regulates in tune with the soothing copyright narrative and composed electronic New Age music by Kelley. This is an excerpt: "You are about to embark on a journey of relaxation and wellness-a journey that began millions of years ago near present-day Nepal and Pakistan. Far below the Himalayan mountain range, the world's purest salts were formed as the energy of the Sun dried up the primal sea, uncontaminated by any environmental toxins or pollutants.
"Individual salt products are extremely beneficial and spending time in a salt mine multiplies the benefits of salt for the human body, creating a power-burst of wellness. Himalayan salt naturally contains 84 minerals, and the air in a salt cave is saturated with salt and minerals.
"Despite the benefits for all humans in spending time in salt mines, salt cave treatments have mostly only been available in Europe until now. Because of modern technology, we have brought the salt cave experience here to Vermont.
"Our cave is climate-controlled to maintain the perfect temperature and humidity to maximize the release of the minerals into the air."
A session in the cave is a minimum of an hour for only $10, a worthwhile investment to instantly relieve stress and other ailments.
The Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center and The Salt Cave celebrated its second anniversary in August 2009. The original cave downtown had been flooded, and the current one had been rebuilt from November 2008 with completion in time for Valentine's Day 2009.
The Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center and Salt Cave hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For further information call 775-8080, visit the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center and Salt Cave, 120 Merchants Row in downtown Rutland or check out the website at www.pyramidvt.com.