What is the meaning of “Respira Vita”? We get this question often. So often, in fact, that we felt compelled to write a blog to explain.
In today’s multi-linguistic world there likely are more than a few people that could harbor a good guess at the meaning of Respira Vita. Others might be left scratching their heads. As is often the case with language translation, words don’t align in phrasing from one language to the next. So, words and phrases, especially when used as a proper name, don’t necessarily have a precise translation. That’s the case with our business name. Respira Vita doesn’t have a direct meaning, but it can be loosely translated from Italian to mean “breathes life.”
We chose the name Respira Vita because the application of salt and sauna (heat) therapies were commonly used for healing in the ancient Greek and Roman world. Hence, the Italianate language of the name. The phrase “breathes life” is a direct, if not literal, representation of the effects Salt Therapy and Infrared Sauna have on the respiratory system and overall health. Both therapies serve to improve respiratory function by reducing inflammation, opening airways, and improving circulation. [See our blog posts Introduction to Salt Therapy and Introduction to Infrared Sauna for more information].
A Deeper Meaning
Respira Vita and “breathes life” also represent a personal and professional guiding ideology. God is said to have given man “the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7; AKJV). We read in this passage a deeper meaning that has helped defined our core values and philosophy. The “breath of life” is the very essence of God (Creator, Gaia, Mother Earth, or whatever you call this life-giving energy). And the very essence of God is the ever-present essence of infinite love and compassion. Respira Vita then is a reminder that with each breath we take, we consciously can, and should, exhibit love and compassion to all other beings.
A Subtle Reminder
Respira Vita also serves as a directive, an instruction to live by. Each of us has experienced a time when we needed to “breathe new life” into a segment of our existence. It could be a business venture, a special relationship, or even our health and wellness routine. We all have needed a reminder to “stop and smell the roses” or to “wake up and smell the coffee”. Respira Vita then becomes an axiom, an epigram, a motto. Simply stated, Respira Vita is a subtle reminder to breathe in all that life has to offer. We want our clients to experience this, as well.
We invite our clients to embrace our services and therapies as a lifestyle, to improve their health, and to enjoy life to the fullest! Take time to “breathe life”!
For more information about Respira Vita Salt & Sauna and the services we offer, give us a call at 704-628-5788, or visit our website at RespiraVita.com.