The American Lung Association’s web site has the following comments about recreational Oxygen Party Bars. “Inhaling oxygen recreationally is unlikely to have a beneficial physiological effect.” “Oxygen at high levels can be toxic; however, there is no evidence that oxygen at the low flow levels used in bars can be dangerous to a normal person’s health.”
Oxygen by itself is dry and treatments in excess of 4 hours can dry ones lungs. Most oxygen party bars humidify the oxygen by using aroma scented humidifiers when dispensing the oxygen.
Oxygen at very high levels and over a long period of time can be toxic and very harmful to one’s health. If one was to receive high levels of oxygen on a daily basis, ones lungs will adjust to the higher oxygen content and one can find themselves short of breath when they are don’t have oxygen. This is similar to traveling to a higher elevation where a normal person will easily get winded until their lungs adjust to the lower oxygen levels. For this reason we do not recommend daily use of recreational oxygen greater than 20 minutes a day.
The reverse of this effect is why athletes train at high altitude and then compete at lower elevations when possible. Some athletes sleep in an oxygen deprivation tents to increase the capacity of their lungs. Their increased lung capacity enables them to absorb oxygen faster while competing and provide them with a competitive edge.
Some people are suffering from COPD and can easily become dependent upon excessive oxygen and lose their natural tendency to exhale their exhaust gases. These people are generally on controlled medical oxygen and under a doctor’s care and they are aware of their delicate situation. Ten minutes of recreational oxygen will probably not have much of an effect on them.
While sitting at the Oxygen Party Bar, one may not notice any difference. However as one leaves the oxygen party bar they will notice they have more energy and less aches and pains than before the oxygen treatment. If they had lactic acid buildup in the muscles, it will be greatly reduced and ones stamina will be noticeably increased. One will be able to dance and party harder.
If one is drinking, they will have less of a tendency for a hangover the next day. Their blood alcohol level will probably not change much but they can expect an increased tolerance to alcohol and will be less likely to be clumsy and awkward.
Oxygen therapy has many benefits and few risks for the average person. Generally it takes 3 to 5 minutes to oxygenate ones blood, but a 10 minute session is recommended. If one is suffering from: headaches, hangover, migraine, stress, fatigue, cramps, jet lag, heat exhaustion, or minor aches and pains, oxygen can provide almost immediate relief. On a longer term basis, oxygen flushes all the toxins and impurities out of one’s blood, preventing cancer from gaining a foothold. Also, if one has minor sprains or injuries, oxygen can promote the healing of these injuries resulting in faster healing times. Oxygen is also known to improve memory and concentration levels.
Oxygen bar guests will pay about one U.S. dollar per minute to inhale an increased percentage of oxygen compared to the normal atmospheric content of 20.9% oxygen. This oxygen is produced from the ambient air by an industrial (non-medical) oxygen concentrator and inhaled through a nasal cannula from a few minutes to about 20 minutes.
The machines used by oxygen bars or oxygen vendors are different from the typical medical-issue machine, though customers use the cannula, the rubber tube apparatus that fits around the ears and inserts in the nostrils, to breathe in the oxygen. Customers can enhance their oxygen experience by using aromatherapy scents to be added to the oxygen, such as lavender or mint.
In 1776, Thomas Henry, an apothecary and Fellow of the Royal Society of England speculated tongue in cheek that Joseph Priestley’s newly discovered dephlogisticated air (now called oxygen) might become “as fashionable as French wine at the fashionable taverns”. He did not expect, however, that tavern goers would “relish calling for a bottle of Air, instead of Claret”
Another early reference to the recreational use of oxygen is found in Jules Verne’s 1870 novel Around the Moon. In this work Verne states “Do you know, my friends, that a curious establishment might be founded with rooms of oxygen, where people whose system is weakened could for a few hours live a more active life. Fancy parties where the room was saturated with this heroic fluid, theaters where it should be kept at high pressure; what passion in the souls of the actors and spectators! What fire, what enthusiasm! And if, instead of an assembly only a whole people could be saturated, what activity in its functions, what a supplement to life it would derive. From an exhausted nation they might make a great and strong one, and I know more than one state in old Europe which ought to put itself under the regime of oxygen for the sake of its health!”
Modeled after the “air stations” in polluted downtown Tokyo and Beijing, the first official oxygen bar (the O2 Spa Bar) opened in Toronto, Canada, in 1996. The trend continued in North America and by the late 1990s bars were in use in New York, California, Florida, Las Vegas and the Rocky Mountain region. Customers in these bars breathe oxygen through a plastic hose inserted into their nostrils. Oxygen bars can now be found in many venues such as nightclubs, salons, spas, health clubs, resorts, tanning salons, restaurants, coffee houses, bars, airports, ski chalets, yoga studios, chiropractors, and casinos. They can also be found at trade shows, conventions and corporate meetings, as well as at private parties and promotional events
An oxygen bar is an establishment, or part of one, that sells oxygen for recreational use. Individual flavored scents may be added to enhance the experience. The flavors in an oxygen bar come from bubbling oxygen through bottles containing aromatic solutions before it reaches the nostrils: most bars use food-grade particles to produce the scent, but some bars use aroma oils.
Oxygen will heighten concentration, alertness and help fight off Depression. Oxygen has been known to help with relaxation and sleep disorders, prevent disease, relieve hangovers, and Alleviate headaches. A human being can live weeks without food, days without water, but only minutes without oxygen.
People have used aromatic botanical essences (essential oils) to enhance the surroundings as Well as promote health. Today we can all experience the abundant and profound influence of essential oils on our lives. Essential oils when combined with oxygen stimulate the senses and begin to alter ones mood or condition in positive ways. Science is just now rediscovering the power of aromatherapy through essential oils, the lifeblood of the plant kingdom.
Health Practitioners contend that when essential oils are inhaled with oxygen the life force of the body is stimulated to conditions of Tranquility, harmony, invigoration and an overall feeling of being refreshed. The theory is that aroma signals the part of the Brain that control emotions. Research has shown specific smells produce physical effects within the body.