Yoga studio will offer Salt Yoga classes, unique Halotherapy, Infrared Therapy


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Ashlee Merchant says Ionic Day can boost the health of local residents.

VIERA VOICE Ernest Arico

Ionic Day, a unique yoga studio offering Salt Yoga classes, Halotherapy and Infrared Therapy, is opening in the Suntree/Viera area this month.

The studio will be located inside the Suntree Business Center at 3270 Suntree Blvd., Building A, Unit 112.

Studio owner Ashlee Merchant has been practicing yoga since 2010.

“I started taking yoga classes when I lived in California as a way to exercise and relieve stress,” she said. “I wanted to start a business that offers healing and stress relief services that are incorporated into yoga.”     

Merchant said the grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 12. The studio will be open Monday through Friday. Studio hours will be determined after the grand opening. Prizes, giveaways, raffles and short therapy sessions will be available to interested visitors during the grand opening.

Merchant said preliminary plans include one or two yoga classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon and evening. She also said she might offer special yoga classes on the weekends and will have a staff of five people.

“All yoga instructors will be certified,” she said.

Last year, during Hurricane Irma, Merchant said she had a horrible case of bronchitis that lasted for months. “I went to a few doctors and was told that I’ve had asthma my whole life but I was never diagnosed as a child. This explained why my case of bronchitis was so extreme.

“Additionally, during my eight years of living in California, I lived right outside of Los Angeles in a city where all the smog settles. So, my lungs have not always been in the healthiest environment. Now, I am taking extra care of my lungs. Yoga is a great way to strengthen lungs because it is all about controlling the breath,” Merchant added.

Besides Salt Yoga classes, Merchant said the studio also will offer Halotherapy and Infrared Therapy.

“Halotherapy is an amazing way to keep the lungs healthy,” Merchant said. “I am excited to be able to offer these restorative services to anyone struggling with similar respiratory issues that I have.”

Preliminary costs for some of the services include: $25 for 20 minutes of Halotherapy, and $20 for 20 minutes of Infrared Therapy. All yoga classes will be an hour long, Merchant said.

Halotherapy also is known as Dry Salt Therapy. It is basically breathing salt air. During Halotherapy at the Ionic Day, Merchant said one or two guests at a time will sit in a booth for 20 minutes. During the 20 minutes, a machine will grind salt into tiny microparticles and dispense it into the air. The benefits of breathing this air include: Reducing stress and headaches; increased energy; improved sleep patterns; enhanced immunities; and improved circulation.

Merchant also explained that the studio will be decorated in hundreds of pounds of Himalayan salt. There will be a salt wall, which will be lighted with the ambiance of the amber colored salt.

Merchant said the benefits of the Himalayan salt include: Improving mood and concentration; relieving fatigue and stress; and promoting relaxation.

Finally, the studio will have a sauna for Infrared Therapy with sessions lasting 20 minutes.

“This isn’t a regular sauna, as it does not get to the extreme temperatures of the typical sauna. Nor does it have a red light,” Merchant said. “The heat generated by the infrared panels actually heats a person from the inside. It is very beneficial and detoxifying.”

The benefits of the infrared sauna include: Detoxifying; burning calories; anti-aging properties; athletic recovery and pain relief; immune system boost; improving circulation; and de-stressing and improving mood.

Merchant also said customers can schedule appointments using the Mind/Body app. For more information about Ionic Day, go to ionicdayyoga.com