Salt therapy: ‘grandma’s’ spa secret gaining wellness converts

Salt therapy comes in two basic forms. One is halotherapy, the breathing of pulverized salt in a small space, sometimes called a salt cave. Another is flotation therapy, an updated take on what was once referred to as sensory deprivation therapy.

Another salt-based option is flotation therapy. An updated take on what was once referred to as sensory deprivation therapy, it typically involves floating in a tank or pod filled with warm water and Epsom salt. (Courtesy of Williamsburg Salt Spa)

It’s in virtually every kitchen. Nutritionists say to avoid it. Yet from the Eastern Seaboard to California, it’s being touted for health benefits, from spa customers to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What is it? Salt. And chances are, in one form or another, it’s in a spa near you. “It is a natural […]


Thousands of gallons of wastewater released near a tributary to Prince George’s Creek

WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) announced Wednesday that roughly 3,000 gallons of wastewater was released into a ditch in Castle Hayne. The “sanitary sewer overflow (SSO)” happened near the intersection of Blossom and Hickory streets on Tuesday, starting at around 2 p.m. and ending at 3 p.m.,  according to a press release issued […]


Demographics means a higher level of sleep disorders in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — Failing to get a good night’s rest can have more of a lasting impact than simply leaving you red-eyed and groggy the next morning. Sleep disorders can harm an individual’s long term health — and even deflate the national economy in the process. According to a study from the RAND Corporation, 1.2 million […]


Carolina Beach Police ask for help identifying male who may have jumped from Snow’s Cut Bridge

Carolina Beach are asking anyone who can identify the person in this photo to call them. The person in the photo matches the description given by several witnesses who said they saw a male jump from Snow's Cut Bridge on Sunday.

CAROLINA BEACH — Carolina Beach Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man whom witnesses have identified as having possibly jumped off Snow’s Cut Bridge on Sunday. Just after noontime on Sunday, multiple citizens reported a male, wearing shorts, but no shoes nor shirt, jump off the bridge.  “Patrol Officers with the Carolina […]


Wilmington police chief says he’s ‘committed’ to protecting First Amendment rights, as well as community, during Revolutionary Black Panther March

The site of Sunday's Revolutionary Black Panther March in the Creekwood Community of Wilmington. Photo by Christina Haley.

WILMINGTON — A second law enforcement official has issued a promise of enforcing the law when it comes to Sunday’s announced Revolutionary Black Panther march in Wilmington. The Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Wilmington first advertised an armed march via its Facebook page on Jan. 22. Since the announcement, District Attorney Ben David on Thursday and Wilmington […]


19-year-old New Hanover County man to serve jail time for taking part in prostitution of 17-year-old girl

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A 19-year-old New Hanover County man will serve between 10 and 21 months in jail after admitting to prostituting a 17-year-old girl. Philip Scott Pleasants on Thursday pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution.  Prosecutors said Pleasants drove a 17-year-old girl to places in response to calls for prostitution services, after which he kept […]


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