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For example, the selenium contained in salt has a huge impact on halting skin ageing processes. This is why treatments involving selenium-saturated salt solutions are included in the offering of Polish health resorts and health and beauty centres. Many guidebooks on Poland feature detailed descriptions of the tourist and therapeutic value of the natural salt caves in Wieliczka and Bochnia. The greatest range of treatments can be found at the Wieliczka salt mine's subterranean rehabilitation and therapy centre. This centre offers comprehensive treatment of asthma, allergies, respiratory diseases, skin diseases and blemishes as well as obesity. The part of this health spa located 135 metres under the surface, in a chamber called Lake Wessel, offers unique therapeutic benefits, but also great aesthetic value. Seven-hour stays in absolutely pure air saturated with therapeutic sodium chloride, ions of magnesium and calcium, in the expert care of doctors and physiotherapists, are not cheap – but this type of treatment for the body and soul cannot be compared with anything available at a conventional sanatorium.

The salt mine in Wieliczka is unique on a global scale, but the therapeutic properties of salt are successfully used by other centres, in artificial salt caves built exclusively from timber without any metal parts, filled with salt from subterranean deposits and sea salt from the Baltic, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Such caves can be found at many Polish health resorts: Ciechocinek, Konstancin-Jeziorna, Busko Zdrój, Iwonicz as well as large cities, including Katowice, Wrocław, Warsaw, and Poznań. The special atmosphere of these artificial caves is due to the great care taken to re-create the landscape forms of natural caves, appropriate lighting that brings out the structures of lumps of salt crystals, soft music, and a pleasantly higher temperature and humidity compared to natural caves. Saturation with bioelements precious to human health is many times higher than during a heavy storm on the seashore, though these caves' climate is conducive to absolute relaxation, as obviously they are free of the unpleasant wind and noise of a raging storm. The list of therapeutic effects of staying in artificial salt caves includes positive results in treatment of neuroses and neurotic states, in rehabilitation after injuries sustained in sports or accidents, and in alleviating the effects of physical and emotional exhaustion resulting from working in jobs that involve, for example, a high level of responsibility for the lives of other people or financial accountability.

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