Meet the Owner
In 2010, Pam McCaskey had a vision to create a welcoming and nurturing place in Santa Barbara, CA that emphasized holistic health. With a lifelong passion for health and fitness, Pam studied the benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt and convinced her geologist husband, Mike McCaskey, to import over 60 tons of pink crystalline salt from the famous Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan. Together they created the largest Salt Caves in North America and opened the doors in 2012. In addition to their cave sessions, the business has evolved to provide specialized health classes and spa treatments. Pam also created a full line of exclusive body products that are made in Santa Barbara and enjoyed by people all around the world.
What inspired you to create Salt Cave Santa Barbara?
After a trip to Vermont, Pam had a vision to bring a health and holistic business to Santa Barbara that emphasized wellness in a place with a nurturing environment. That vision was inspired by visiting a country in-like tea room and meditation shop that had a salt room.
Pam was inspired by stories told to her about Eastern Europeans that visited natural salt caves for healing. She picked Himalayan pink salt as one of the purest forms of ancient salt on the planet and for its beauty. We are made of salt and it is essential in our bodies for health.
What can visitors gain from a Salt Cave session?
We want customers to experience wonder in the natural beauty of crystalline rock in our Salt Caves and to experience a sense of calmness and wellness. From athletes to entertainers, several notable personalities and celebrities from our town and from Southern California have been to our caves or had a treatment here.
Are there any “secret” services that visitors can request?
Our salt scrub massages are signature to us and no one else in Santa Barbara performs the service. Other services include catered events, specialized salt scrub treatments, aromatherapy, reiki healing, sound classes, yoga and dance. We have had a wedding ceremony held in our large cave room—that was pretty unique.
Walk in Stressed: Walk Out Relaxed
Nestled below the quaint steps of historic State Street, the Salt Cave in Santa Barbara are forged from 200 million-year-old Himalayan pink salt that seem to rise from the surrounding salt beds like some mythical village.
Chava, the manager of Salt, meets me with a warm greeting, and we head to the entrance of the largest Himalayan salt cave in North America. “The largest? In all of North America?” I repeat back to her as if I’ve misheard.
Wednesday morning, and the bottom dropped out. Heartbreaking news came over the wire and the only way to emote is out if my eyeballs. Through silent tears, a reminder on my phone brought hope. Tonight, I would partake in "Sound Healing" with instructor Shane Chunephisal.
Did you know Salt on State Street is North America's largest Himalayan Salt Cave? Pretty cool! Salt has a variety of handmade Himalayan salt products for bath, body, cooking and home.
Santa Barbara resident Pam McCaskey is clear on one thing: salt changed
her life. During a particularly hard time, McCaskey was introduced to her
first salt cave while visiting her mother on the East Coast.