Why Salt Caves? Santa Barbara Himalayan Salt Yoga and Spa

740 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Why Salt Caves?

Meet the Owner

Pam McCaskey Salt Caves Santa Barbara

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, I 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 Inn tea room and meditation shop that had a salt room.

Why salt?

I was inspired by stories told to me about Eastern Europeans that visited natural salt caves for healing. I 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.

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When contemplating how to honor a friend’s birthday, I craved a departure from the fun, but somewhat predictable dinner and drinks evening. I wanted to bring balance to our time together by doing something decidedly different - something meaningful, active, and perhaps a little decadent. So, I booked a private salt cave yoga session, which included a lovely post-workout soiree, replete with Champagne, cupcakes, and other tasty treats. The restorative experience began upon entering the Crystal Cave. The massaging effect of several inches of course salt crystals underfoot, combined with the warm, rosy glow of the surrounding Himalayan salt blocks elicited a collective ahhh. Salt manager and yoga instructor extraordinaire, Chava, lead us through an invigorating and ultimately relaxing session, and, as a bonus, Salt owner, Pam McCaskey popped in and gave us a quick tutorial on the many healing benefits of Himalayan salt. From there, the group transitioned to a well-appointed, private lounge where we relaxed, noshed on a delectable spread, and of course, raised a glass to the birthday girl. As the evening wrapped, and everyone shopped the dozens of locally-made Himalayan salt products in the boutique, we came to a consensus: to book the cave again. Of the many options available - other yoga and healing classes, cave meditation sessions, and salt-infused massage and facial treatments - one of these will definitely be on our calendars.

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