Oct 272004
Authors: Megan Schulz

It may be free, but the new trend is to pay for oxygen.

The atmosphere contains about 21 percent oxygen, but oxygen bars

allow people to inhale 100 percent oxygen, at a cost. The bars were

introduced in the United States in the late 1990s and have sprouted

up around the country since.

While Fort Collins does not have an oxygen bar, Bodyworks, 140

W. Oak St., offers oxygen therapy.

“You sit in one of our reclining chairs and we hook you up to an

oxygen generator,” said certified massage therapist Jahna


Participants then breathe the oxygen, which if desired may

contain aromatherapy, through a tube inserted into their nostrils.

Some oxygen bars offer oxygen with aromas like cranberry or


“You can breathe deeply or normally depending on how you are

feeling,” Bravier said.

Bravier said oxygen can help with chronic headaches and heighten

concentration, alertness and memory. Oxygen therapy may also help

alleviate hangovers because it assists in liver detoxification by

moving oxygen through the blood.

“We have had some college-age students visit us for oxygen

therapy, and it is often around finals time to relieve stress,”

Bravier said.

According to mamashealth.com, a health information Web site, the

Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act states that any type of oxygen

used by people for breathing and administered by another person is

a prescription drug. The American Lung Association’s Web site,

lungusa.org, said inhaling oxygen at oxygen bars is unlikely to

have a beneficial physiological effect for normal healthy


Bodyworks charges $8 for 10 minutes of oxygen therapy and $15

for 20 minutes.

“Obviously, the longer you go, the more benefit you’re going to

get out of it,” Bravier said.

Bravier has used oxygen therapy and found that it helps to

relieve nausea symptoms associated with migraine headaches.

Bodyworks also offers energizing and soothing oxygen therapies.

One aromatherapy treatment involves the use of fir tree needles to

create a forest atmosphere.

Freshman engineering major Jess Scow experienced oxygen therapy

at Bodyworks. She inhaled aromatherapy oxygen while reclining in a

massage chair.

“It was kind of weird,” Scow said. “It was relaxing, but I don’t

know if it was because of the oxygen or because I was leaning back

in a chair.”

The idea of pure oxygen leaves some students skeptical about

whether its benefits are worth the cost.

“It’s intriguing, but I probably wouldn’t try it,” said freshman

music major Ben Kempsell. “There’s oxygen around me anyway. It

might not be pure, but it’s free.”

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