Salt Chalet

Shear Miracles Studio owner Lynette Trundle held a grand opening March 15 for the studio expansion and introduction of a new salt chalet. The room is in memory of a close friend Dale Darby, who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis.

Shear Miracles Studio has changed locations and added a new signature feature to the salon — a salt chalet.

Owners Dan and Lynette Trundle have operated the studio for more than 19 years in Catoosa County. The studio has moved right

next door to its former location to 1796 Mack Smith Road. A grand opening was held March 15. Customers were introduced to the new layout and salt chalet.

Individual rooms for massage, hair design and facials make up the new layout. The salt chalet is a separate room, but it resembles a cave-like oasis. Reclining chairs sit atop mounds of salt on the floor, while large clumps of salt add texture to the walls and window.

A flowing piece of white fabric lines the ceiling and the iridescent lighting and soothing music add to the relaxing atmosphere.

 It took months to prepare the room for the grand opening. The healing Dead Sea salt had to be special-ordered from Israel and took about six weeks to arrive. The walls of the salt chalet were hand-tossed with salt over a three-day stretch. All the work in preparation for the room was worth it because of the positive responses the Trundles have received.

After being in business for almost two decades Lynette Trundle was planning on going part-time leading into retirement. But one thing led to another and she ended up expanding. A new hairdresser, massage therapist and salt chalet have been added.

“Do you ever feel like something was meant to be,” asked Lynette Trundle. “I was just inspired like it was meant to be and everything just fell into place.”

Lynette’s inspiration surfaced when her good friend Dale Darby died in September from pulmonary fibrosis. His struggle with being able to breath was the motivation Lynette needed to create the salt chalet and help others. 

“Dale would go to Florida just to be able to breath,” Lynette said. “I can’t help Dale anymore, but I can help other people.”

The room is dedicated to Darby. A plaque with his picture sits right outside the door to the salt chalet. Though salt therapy is known to improve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, the Trundles created the room because of the positive health benefits. The salt room therapy, also known as halotherapy, has been clinically proven to improve lung function. The Trundles are not making any claims that the salt chalet is a cure, but they are pleased with the positive feedback customers have expressed. 

“I’m just getting great responses,” said Lynette.

 The grand opening had many visitors from the community; many were excited about the salt chalet and massage therapy. Sessions for the salt chalet are 45 minutes in which patrons recline while salt is blown into the room by a halogenerator. Approximately a cup of salt is blown into the room per session. Lynette suggested taking deep breaths in order to cleanse the system. Pricing for the salt chalet is one visit for $25 or five for $100. A special $99 per month for six months includes a monthly half hour massage. For more information contact Shear Miracles Studio at 423-899-6762.