Bellevue's Salt Mine Arium is a Salty Sanctuary

The relaxing power of salt therapy

The taste of rejuvenation is quite literally in the air in Bellevue. German natives Annett and Matthias Riebe moved from Bavaria to Bellevue about two years ago to introduce the healing powers of salt therapy to the Northwest. Their Salt Mine Arium (Bellevue, 1850 130th Ave. NE, Suite 4; 425.497.9666; opened in January and is the area’s first spa fully dedicated to halotherapy, a salt vapor treatment thought to help alleviate the symptoms of some respiratory ailments. The European-style spa’s two treatment rooms are constructed of 38,000 pounds of pink, mineral-rich salt bricks imported from the Himalayas. The rooms are communal, but the experience itself is quite solitary. A fine salt mist is emitted through the air as spa-goers recline in zero-gravity chairs, designed to alleviate stress on the spine. Calming music and soft lighting add to the air of tranquility. Salt Mine Arium also has a room specifically for kids, featuring an antimicrobial salt “sand” box and a color wheel that projects special visual effects. A 45-minute session is $45, and package rates are available.