Meet Jim….

Jim Lumpkins~Licensed Massage Therapist

Actor, singer, musician, massage therapist, Jim Lumpkins brings great talent to The Salt Mind Experience. One of the things we take great pride in about Jim is his thirst for learning. Jim attends every continuing education class he can get to whether it’s for credit or just to audit.

Athletes and those dealing with a recovery from an injury are greatly helped by Jim’s massage work. His knowledge of Myofascial Release, Active Isolated Stretching, Trigger Point Therapy, Structural Postural Realignment,  and Muscle Release form the base for his massage work.

Jim also offers Medicupping which involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. By creating suction and vacuum pressure, Massage Cupping is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.

Of course he also offers the relaxing Swedish massage as well as prenatal, and couples massage when we can team him with another therapist.

When you book your massage with Jim he will spend time listening to the issues you want to address with your massage. Through his vast training he will use a variety of techniques to give you the best results possible.


Call or text 423.500.8910 to book your appointment with Jim today.

New Partnership Adds New Opportunities At The Salt Mind Experience


Paula Dukes, owner of The Salt Mind Experience INC Johnson City, TN joins forces with Awais Rana, a Himalayan Salt processor, to bring many more opportunities to TSME and Johnson City.

The Salt Mind Experience exist to help you unplug~relax~restore. It is a calming environment to escape to for massage, reflexology, halotherapy, classes/workshops or just hang out for a few minutes while you are downtown. In early 2019 the facility will import Himalayan salt to create a more “cave like experience”.   It will become a beautiful showroom full of salt panels, lights, and other salt products for wholesale as well as retail sales online and in house.

What is Halotherapy?

Halotherapy is going into a room lit warmly by Himalayan salt while breathing salty air that the halogenerator produces, much like being at the beach or in a real salt cave.   The salty air works as a sponge to clean sinuses and airways, much like a neti pot however a neti pot can’t get into your lungs and it’s not the most enjoyable thing to experience. Himalayan salt can help to balance blood sugar/pressure,  acts as a powerful antihistamine, balances pH, improves hydration, reduces muscle cramps, improves sleep, supports thyroid and adrenal function.

Future Plans

The two are also joining forces to help others that are in, or would like to open their own salt establishment.  “I had to be a true pioneer to open this business. The industry is so new that there wasn’t a lot of “How to” available. Trial and error is how I learned. I wish there would have had someone to consult with when I was getting started. Now that I’ve opened one, I’m ready to help others get started too.” said Paula Dukes. Awais and Paula also plan to franchise The Salt Mind Experience as well as offer their services as consultants.

While Salt Caves in America are  rather new and upcoming in the spa industry, Himalayan salt has many other uses and the two plan to take advantage of all of them. The salt is edible by human as well as animals and it’s used in manufacturing.  “We’re researching the many avenues of distribution with the help of the Small Business Administration as we finalize our new business plan”, says Awais Rana.

Awais, an entrepreneur with 15 years of business experience in importing/exporting,  started in the grain industry with his family. Over the years he has handled business in Thailand, Pakistan,  London, England and the US. The health benefits of Himalayan salt led me to the salt industry.  “I do this not for the money, but to have the opportunity to help people feel better in a very natural way and put smiles back on their faces”, says Awais Rana. ~ Innovation is my passion…

Watch for an open house in early February, but don’t wait until then to stop by, our staff of 8 are ready to help you unplug~relax~restore.

What is Dry Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)?

Halotherapy is a dry salt therapy that utilizes a halogenerator to grind and crush 99.99% Pure Grade Sodium Chloride (salt) into micronized particles that are dispersed into a salt room, salt cave, or salt chamber via a dry salt aerosol that works to aid respiratory concerns and skin conditions.

If there is no halogenerator, there is no halotherapy.

How Halotherapy Works

  • Super Absorbent – Dry salt acts like a sponge attracting foreign substances along its path through the respiratory tract. The dry salt behaves like a toothbrush that cleans the respiratory system, removing the build-up of foreign elements that cause various respiratory ailments and conditions.
  • Anti-Inflammatory – Inhaled dry sat particles may help to reduce inflammation in the entire respiratory tract and widen the airway passages. A clean respiratory system naturally results in higher oxygen intake, increased energy, and an improved immune system.
  • Anti-Bacterial – The dry salt particles act as an antibacterial agent, dissolving bacteria and pollutants lodged in the respiratory tract. These are then either coughed up or naturally expelled by the body.

Who benefits from Halotherapy?

Halotherapy benefits adults and children alike, as well as athletes and animals. It is natural and safe and there are no side effects. Many people who undergo halotherapy as a complementary treatment on a regular basis may find relief from a variety of respiratory conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Coughs, colds, and flu
  • Sinus infections/sinusitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Ear infections
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • COPD
  • Allergies/hay fever
  • Snoring and sleeping problems

Dry salt therapy is also extremely beneficial to your skin in treating:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema

In addition, salt naturally produces negative ions that have been shown to reduce:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue

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*While there are many clinical and scientific studies conducted on dry salt therapy throughout the world, the FDA has not evaluated the statements made here. Dry salt therapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Dry salt therapy is not intended to replace any medications or treatments. Any health issues should be treated by a licensed medical professional and any further questions relating to halotherapy should be directed by your physician.

Halotherapy Education coming to Johnson City

Paula Dukes, Owner of The Salt Mind Experience recently returned from the first annual Salt Therapy Association Conference. This educational conference was the first time salt therapy industry experts, providers, facility owners, spa directors, health care professionals, and enthusiasts from around the world were in the same space to network and talk about the state of the industry. “I only wish it was available a year ago, while I was doing my research”, said Paula. “This industry is so new, there isn’t even a good foundation built yet. You meet people and find out information through a grapevine as well as trial and error. It was so nice to learn and make connections for support and education.”


Paula has brought back a wealth of education and information. She will begin her speaking tour at the Johnson City Rotary Club on Tuesday October 9th 12-1 held at The Johnson City Country Club 1901 E. Unaka Ave. Johnson City, TN and again on November 9th 12-1 at the Healing Arts Network meeting 409 E. Unaka Avenue Johnson City, TN 37601

Pricing and Packages

Massage & Reflexology Pricing
$2 per minute/less than 30 minutes
$45 for 30 minutes
$75 for 60 minutes
$115 for 90 minutes
Package Savings
3 hours for $210
6 hours for $390

All packages never expire, and can be shared!!!

Halotherapy Salt Foot Scrub $20 add on

Halo/Salt Therapy Prices
Limited time offer: 30 days UNLIMITED HALOTHERAPY Just $50!!!
Enjoy unlimited sessions for 30 days from purchase.
(appointments recommended, Wine down Wednesday  and some workshops have additional fees, not available during privately booked events. )

Self care is the beginning of health care

What services do we offer?

The most frequently asked question we have had so far is…
What services do you offer?
We are a massage therapy practice that offers halotherapy services. With that said you may still be scratching your head, wondering “what does that mean”.
Our 7 therapist have a wide array of trainings in many modalities of massage. Many are trained in other fields as well. With experience levels varying from, freshly graduated to 26 years of experience, you can imagine the knowledge level of our staff. When booking a massage for the first time, we recommend you contact us so we can guide you to the perfect therapist for your need. Book several appointments with our packages and try all our therapist out before you pick your favorite.
We offer massage in 30, 60 and 90 minute appointments as well as addons by the minute to your Salt Mind Experience. Short on time or just open to a new experience? Try a 2 therapist massage. Four hands is amazing and you can get a full body massage (hour) in just 30 minutes. With two therapist you can also try our two therapist stretch! If you haven’t experienced this, you must, it’s amazing!! You can also add on Salt Foot Scrubs and soon paraffin hand treatments to any service.
In our Salt Mine we offer halotherapy sessions of up to 45 minutes. Your experience starts at $20 with a brief stop in our reception room to check in and start your unplugging process. Get a drink of water, visit the restroom, take your shoes off and enjoy our foot lamps, and just take a deep breath as you prepare for 45 minutes of total relaxation. Forget the problems of the day, the stresses of the world, close your eyes and meditate, read, write, sleep, whatever helps you unplug, relax and restore.
The Salt Mine is a venue. We have and will be adding classes and events daily. We will work with you to bring any type of event or class you would like to see hosted public or private. So, tell us, What would you like to see?
Some things happening are salty yoga, Meditation, Wine Down Wednesday, Girls Night Out, Afternoon Siesta (nap time, power nap) and Morning Gratitude sessions. We are working on programs for children, PTSD, Autism, smoking cessation, programs for businesses for client/staff appreciation, the lunch rush (Food trucks outside everyday from 11-1, grab lunch and eat it while you relax in the salt!) and much much more. If you’d like to see it happen, teach/lead it, let us know and we’ll work on it!!
We don’t have salt on our floors like many others do. We did that in this room for a good reason. We want this room to be very multifunctional, offering yoga, massage, meditation or your own personal event in this room. Many of our clients have limited mobility, hence why they come to us. Because we didn’t put salt on the floor we can do things the others can’t, like Wine Down Wednesday, having your glass of water with you, lunch as well as offer accessibility to ALL. (Our whole facility and parking lot is ADA accessible)
Before we even had our grand opening and on grand opening day we ran into a problem. We were already out of space!!! So plans for expansion are already under way!!! We will be adding more massage therapy rooms as well as a PRIVATE SALT ROOM called “The Coastal Experience” which will have a salt floor!!! So if you are saddened that you don’t get to feel the salt between your toes, hold on it’s coming!
Call or text 423-500-8910 or go online to 
to schedule your own personal experience today!!!

Simon Newton

Originally from Essex England, Simon now lives and has his practice in Asheville, NC. Our introduction to Simon came through a good friend, our visions met when we shared our ideas for The Salt Mind Experience.

Simon is a man of many talents, of course we put that English accent to work right away. You will hear him as the voice of TSME when you call and get our voicemail, as you enter the building and through meditations.

All LMT’s learn many modalities of massage, Simon’s favorite is Cranial Sacral Therapy, a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum.

Simon is quoted as saying, “I assist clients in undoing the knots and stresses that accumulate as a result of daily life. When these obstacles to happy, healthy living are removed, a growing sense of inner peace and harmony becomes reflected in the world around us through our thoughts, speech, actions and choices. In this way I assist clients to not only take responsibility for their own lives but to be able to add to the lives of those around them. We can all do a little something each day to make the world a better place.”

Simon offers a 90 minute session  combined of massage, Craniosacral Therapy, meditation and breathwork to help you undo. He will also lead 45 minute meditation in our Salt Room.

For more information call or text 423-500-8910.




Meet Mitzi~Experience Guide

Mitzi Campbell~Client Experience Guide & Spa Manager

Mitzi or Mick as her friends know her will be one of the first faces you’ll see at The Salt Mind Experience. Her experience in the beauty/fitness industries coupled with her customer service skills  and her joyful attitude make her the perfect person for this job.

So what is an experience guide you ask? She/he (we’ll have a few) will listen to your needs and customize your experience from booking to finish. They are the smiling face or voice you will see or hear. Their job is to guide you away from the worries of the day, helping you unplug, relax and restore.

Mitzi’s job goes a little further than just an experience guide. She also runs the show at the spa. She’s the one that makes sure the staff & clients have everything in place that they need for the day. According to Paula Dukes, “She’s just an amazing blessing to have joining us in this venture. I know we couldn’t do this without her.”  “She will take on anything you ask of her, even when it stretches her comfort zone. I know I have personally have stretched that out micro thin lately.”

Are you ready to plan your experience? It’s easy, text or call 423-500-8910 today!



Meet Serena


Meet Serena…
Meaning clear, tranquil, serene. Serena is a feminine given name. It is derived from the Latin word serēnus.
This name was borne by an obscure early saint, Saint Serēna of Rome.

Pronunciation:sə-REEN-ə (English), alternatively Se-REH-na