Meet the Owner
In 2010, Pam McCaskey had a vision to create a welcoming and nurturing place in Santa Barbara, CA that emphasized holistic health. With a lifelong passion for health and fitness, Pam studied the benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt and convinced her geologist husband, Mike McCaskey, to import over 60 tons of pink crystalline salt from the famous Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan. Together they created the largest Salt Caves in North America and opened the doors in 2012. In addition to their cave sessions, the business has evolved to provide specialized health classes and spa treatments. Pam also created a full line of exclusive body products that are made in Santa Barbara and enjoyed by people all around the world.
What inspired you to create Salt Cave Santa Barbara?
After a trip to Vermont, I had a vision to bring a health and holistic business to Santa Barbara that emphasized wellness in a place with a nurturing environment. That vision was inspired by visiting a Country Inn tea room and meditation shop that had a salt room.
I was inspired by stories told to me about Eastern Europeans that visited natural salt caves for healing. I picked Himalayan pink salt as one of the purest forms of ancient salt on the planet and for its beauty. We are made of salt and it is essential in our bodies for health.
What can visitors gain from a Salt Cave session?
We want customers to experience wonder in the natural beauty of crystalline rock in our Salt Caves and to experience a sense of calmness and wellness. From athletes to entertainers, several notable personalities and celebrities from our town and from Southern California have been to our caves or had a treatment here.
Are there any “secret” services that visitors can request?
Our salt scrub massages are signature to us and no one else in Santa Barbara performs the service. Other services include catered events, specialized salt scrub treatments, aromatherapy, reiki healing, sound classes, yoga and dance. We have had a wedding ceremony held in our large cave room—that was pretty unique.