With a shop name like “The Salted Pixie,” how can you not be curious to know more about owner Tiffany Cianci? She has focused on health and wellness at her shop on Highlands Boulevard in Archbald for more than three years. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: The Salted Pixie is a really interesting name. How did you come up with it and what does your shop offer?

A: Well, I am a druidic priestess, so faeries are no strangers to me. Pixies, in particular, are very helpful beings and love spreading joy. So when I was thinking of names for my new salt cave, I wanted it to be a memorable name but also whimsical. And that’s when “The Salted Pixie” came to me. I think we’ve accomplished that, don’t you? We have been open in Archbald since October 2017.

Q: One big feature of your business is the famous salt cave! What is a salt cave and what kind of health benefits does it offer?

A: Our salt cave is made of pink himalayan salt on the walls and 6,400 pounds of it on our floor, making our salt cave a sterile environment. We have a halogenerator that crushes up pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride and disperses it into the atmosphere in our salt cave. Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is an excellent therapy for many upper respiratory conditions, reducing effects of stress and anxiety, boosting the immune system, and also reducing symptoms of skin conditions, ear infections, the list goes on!

Q: With non-essential businesses shut down these days, are you able to be open? If not, what have you been doing to help customers?

A: We applied for the waiver to remain open and received a generic denial letter a week later along with many other small businesses. (Starting in late May) we will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for private salt therapy sessions by online appointment only.

Q: So much of your business is focused on mindfulness and mental wellness. What advice do you have for people who are having trouble coping with the stress?

A: Now, more than ever, having a personal self-care practice is essential. Finding time to meditate, clear your energy and re-center is the only way to survive the stresses that we are all currently experiencing. Shutting off the news, getting out in nature, doing things that make you feel alive and creative are also very effective ways in clearing your energy. Not all meditations need to be still with our eyes closed chanting “ohm.” Dancing, singing, painting, gardening — these can all be incredible outlets for clearing and balancing your energy. We are of no use to ourselves or others when we are too wrapped up in the world around us. Make yourself a priority and see how quickly your energy shifts.

Q: And finally, what are you doing to relax these days?

A: I have been playing with watercolors while I have been at home, and I am really enjoying them. I also drum, chant, sing, dance, meditate, spend time with my daughter and husband, and just lounge around and let my body rest when it needs it.

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