Worthington residents will have a new way to detox and unwind with the opening of the Salt House of Worthington this month.

The Salt House, 891 High St., is a health-and-wellness spa that focuses on halotherapy, or dry-salt therapy, which is a form of detoxification that occurs through breathing in pharmaceutical-grade salt, co-owner Stephanie Gillespie said.

Gillespie, who grew up in Worthington with the maiden name Merrick, and Natalie White-Scott bought the house after the longtime friends said they wanted a change of pace.

Gillespie had been a graphic designer and taught abstinence- and relationship-education classes, and White-Scott is a hairstylist.

"We both were just kind of looking for something new to do," Gillespie said.

Gillespie said they came up with the idea of opening a salt spa after they started going to other salt spas and found salt therapy to help with White-Scott's eczema and Gillespie's asthma and allergies.

Salt therapy will be divided into several spaces: a quiet room and a social room that will offer 45-minute sessions and a more concentrated booth that will offer 15-minute sessions. The social room will have a sandbox filled with Himalayan salt and toys for children.

The Salt House also will have a far-infrared sauna that will heat up a person's core body temperature and penetrate about two inches into the joints and muscles, Gillespie said.

"You can burn up to 600 calories in a session, so it's good for weight loss," she said.

In addition, the Salt House will offer toxin-free skin care, beauty products and classes on essential oils. Upstairs, the building will hold Scott-White's hair salon, Salon 891, as a separate business, Gillespie said.

"We're just super excited to be a part of the Worthington community," she said.

Gillespie said no date has been set for the opening of the Salt House, but it should be later this month.

More information about the Salt House is available on its Facebook page at facebook.com/thesalthouseofworthington.

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