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How Does An Oxygen Bar Work?

 Understanding its ins and outs will also help you decide for yourself: are oxygen bars safe?

The first thing you need to know is that unlike medical equipment, an O2 bar does not deliver oxygen under pressure. Now, let us look at the components of the oxygen bar: 

  • The core of this piece of equipment is the oxygen concentrator. Its purpose is to separate nitrogen from environmental air and collect concentrated oxygen. The average concentration for a recreational oxygen bar is 40%.

  •  Next, the concentrated oxygen gets into the diffuser, which resembles a bottle and contains water, food-grade particles or aromatic oils. Clients can choose from a very large range of scents for their oxygen bar session, from fruity and flowery to peppermint and cappuccino. Depending on the client’s wishes, the oxygen bar assistant can recommend flavors that promote:


  • Relaxation

  • Energy burst

  • Calm

  • Invigoration

  • Euphoria.


The client breathes in the scented oxygen through a tube called a cannula inserted in the nostrils. The entire piece of equipment is airtight, with zero chances of contamination from the air around it.

Benefits of Breathing Pure Oxygen

People who use an oxygen bar frequently say that it makes them feel more energetic and get a positive mood boost. Others say that the best effects of going to an O2 bar are:


  • Reduced stress after a busy period at work

  • Relief for migraines and headaches

  • Youthful, radiant skin

  • Greater ability to focus and be alert


Visitors to most oxygen bars that are runners say that it provides all-natural respiratory support. It's a great natural benefit for athletes of all ages and levels, offering benefits for performance and recovery. \

Is Pure Oxygen Good For You?

The term “pure oxygen” is not to be taken literally. As stated above, an oxygen bar delivers oxygen with a concentration of around 40%. This is a safe level for almost everyone, excluding people with certain health conditions. It is only double the concentration of oxygen in the air and will not lead to an oversaturation of the blood.


  • According to the American Lung Association, “there is no evidence that oxygen at the low flow levels used in bars can be dangerous to a normal person’s health.”


Who Should Ask for Medical Advice before Using an Oxygen Bar?

As we explained above, most people can enjoy the benefits of pure oxygen in an O2 bar. However, there are certain health conditions that require a doctor’s approval before going to an oxygen bar, such as:


  • Certain types of heart disease

  • Asthma

  • Pulmonary hypertension

  • Congestive heart failure

In general, oxygen bars are not recommended to people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as emphysema.

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