Story by Morgan Fliss

Salt. The Natural Spa, recently opened in the Westchase area and uses halotherapy, also known as salt therapy, to help support the immune, nervous, and lymphatic systems as well as reduce stress, increase energy and improve sleep patterns. 

Megan Gaertner, one of the owners of the spa, received her Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Hamburg in Germany. Megan moved to the United States seven years ago, where she worked in the aerospace industry.

 Ivonne Zablah, another spa owner, received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saltillo, Mexico. Ivonne, coincidentally, also moved to the United States seven years ago, where she volunteered as a life coach with Guiding Star Tampa.

Megan and Ivonne met shortly after they moved to the States, and quickly became great friends, both having children the same age. “[Our children] inspired us for the business. Having a safe and healthy place for them was our dream. [We wanted somewhere] where we could give them relief from allergies, cold and flu symptoms as well as improving their skin condition and overall wellness,” Megan said. 

Salt. The Natural Spa officially opened its doors on Aug. 18, 2019, and offers a plethora of services to both children and adults in the Westchase area. 

The facility has two separate salt therapy rooms for adults only. Each room contains a halogenerator which crushes salt into micronized particles that are dispersed into the room to help respiratory issues and certain skin conditions.  

“Every time you breathe, microparticles of salt penetrate deep into the respiratory system. It helps clean and kill the bacteria and fungus that causes colds, allergies, asthmas, psoriasis, dermatitis, ear infections, eczemas, atopic dermatitis, cystic fibrosis, and other conditions,” Ivonne said. 

Salt. The Natural Spa also proudly offers a “Kids Play Zone,” where little ones can enjoy their halotherapy session in their own salt cave. The room is covered in pink Himalayan salt and is full of both educational, and fun toys for children to enjoy. 

Currently, the spa is offering kids respiratory exercise programs to help open the lungs and increase oxygen intake. “It is designed as a therapeutic environment that will help boost the immune system of children, decrease mucous in the lungs, improve respiratory and skin conditions, all while having fun,” Megan said. 

The spa also offers an array of estheticians and skincare services for everyone to enjoy. From salt scrubs to specialty facials, the salt provides many benefits for healthy skin. 

“The salt provides pH normalization and induces reparative and regenerative process in derma and increases skin rigidity. Dry salt impacts the skin microcirculation and assists cellular membrane activity used in dermatology and cosmetology.” All facials and skin services will leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking its best!

“We have experienced the benefits from the salt, and we want to share with our community. Our spa is a natural and safe place to improve the immune system, reduce inflammation, and remove toxins from the lungs and the skin. We love to see people feel better in a natural way and see the kids having fun. This is the most gentle way to help our lungs clear up,” Megan said. 

Salt. The Natural Spa has an outstanding 4.9 rating on Google. Customers continuously compliment the fantastic results from all services. 

One customer said, “I’ve been to Salt twice, and both times the treatment cleared my sinuses and lungs. The owners and staff are knowledgeable, kind, and incredibly welcoming. The atmosphere is calming and relaxing. I highly recommend this wellness experience!” 

Another customer praised the spa by saying, “I went to Salt recently and loved it. It was such a unique experience, and I felt so much better after my session! I can’t wait to come back with my toddler-aged daughter sometime soon. The children’s room was fantastic, and she would like it so much! It was such a relaxing and therapeutic environment, and the women that work there are so sweet and helpful.” The almost perfect five-star reviews make this spa the ideal place to go and receive natural relief from a vast range of respiratory and skin conditions. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Salt. The Natural Spa is taking enhanced safety precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. 

As of now, the spa is only providing private Salt Therapy sessions. All other services have been postponed until further notice.

Anyone who presents fever symptoms will not be able to utilize Salt Therapy until released by a doctor. As always, each room is sanitized after each session, and customers are asked to wash their hands before and after every session. The therapy facility is also extending its morning hours of operation per request to accommodate customers. To begin salt therapy and schedule your first session today, call or visit their website. 

Senior citizens over the age of 60 can receive a $20 discount on halotherapy sessions on Fridays. Customers can also receive $15 off an adult halotherapy session within seven days of their birthday! 

To learn more about these specials or to make an appointment today, visit Salt the Natural Spa on their website along with visiting them on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. 

Salt. The Natural Spa is located at 8375 Gunn Highway, Tampa, Florida 33626. Phone: 813-749-6823. Visit them online at