Book A session in the cave: Registered Massage Therapy, Couples Massage, Reiki

Laura Benes, B.A., RMT

Owner, Himalaya Salt Cave


Laura recently moved to Nelson from Wakefield, Quebec, and is excited to work with the many talented healers in Nelson. Laura spends her spare time in the forests, mountains and lakes with a very happy Australian Shepherd!

Massage Therapy

Laura worked as a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario for five years with physiotherapists specializing in athletes/sports injuries, whiplash/headaches and pelvic floor. Meanwhile, dedicated to continuing education in healing chronic/systemic dis-eases in the body, mind and energy.

Treatments incorporate a combination of light to deep tissue massage, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, craniosacral, visceral (organ tissue) release, depending on your needs.

A holistic approach to wellness, correcting imbalances, releasing tension caused by daily activities, posture, past and recent physical and emotional trauma.


Laura believes that you are your most powerful healer! When we reduce stress and distraction, the body switches to a state regulated by the parasympathetic nervous system, which is when healing occurs.

A student and teacher of meditation, intention, sound therapy, plant medicine, inner wisdom. Some influences include Lynne McTaggart (Intention), Joe Dispenza (Belief Systems), Jeremy Sills (Sound Healing), Medicine Weavings (Shamanic Healing and Plant Medicine).

Salt Therapy

Laura first discovered Halotherapy (dry salt inhalation) at Salt Wave in Ottawa, Ontario. The owners are pioneers of salt therapy in Canada. Having experienced the benefits for asthma in medical facilities in Italy, their passion is to make it available in North America. They are doing amazing work with respiratory and skin conditions at the Ottawa Children’s Hospital (CHEO).

Laura is excited about offering this natural therapy for its many health benefits. But the most exciting part is HOW IT FEELS! The negative ions produced when the salt is ground into the air promotes deep relaxation, improves mood, sleep and mental health.

The salt cave was built with intention to hold space for relaxation, deep healing, releasing stress, emotional and physical trauma. Laura has a special interest in mental health and wants everyone to feel and express their best self.


B.A. Psychology, Environmental Studies 2008

Anatomy of Trauma with Dr. Tom Tomlinson and Abigail Zat. 2015-2019

Reiki Master 2017

International Academy of Health Sciences and Massage Therapy 2012

Registered Yoga Teacher Training RYTT 2001