By: Emily Bush | Photos by: Kevin Roberts
On Tuesday, December 3, in the University Center Lobby, the University Center hosted an event simply titled “Oxygen Bar & Massage Chairs” on every produced digital poster. The event lasted from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and consisted of a small bar with three oxygen stations, five massage chairs on the other side of the lobby, a table full of puzzles, and a table full of food from Walk-Out. Students and staff alike listened to relaxing pop music as they indulged in the invigorating and refreshing effects of the oxygen bar.
When I first arrived at around 4:30 p.m., every massage chair was full and had a line, and the bar was packed with people ready to see what it had in store. The puzzle table was also surprisingly busy, having a game called “Rush Hour” and maze balls to solve. While I was trying to solve one of the puzzle balls, I could hear students talking around the bar before I had an opportunity to try the oxygen for myself. Some said the tubing was overpowering the flavor, while others said, “I can taste it, but mainly in the back of my throat.”
Though, a lot of you may be asking, “What is an oxygen bar?” I didn’t quite know either before I went, and after going, I can say I am very glad I did.
The oxygen bar itself was powered by a hospital-grade oxygen generator behind the bar, and plastic tubes were looped into bottles of different liquid scents with vague names, like “Chillin’” and “Uplifting.” More tubes hung outside the bottles to the other side of the bar, where cannulas could be hooked up to them for one’s breathing pleasure.
There were many different “flavors,” for lack of a better word: eucalyptus, lavender and balsam fir needles, lavender and tangerine, rosemary and mint, juniper berry, cranberry, orange, and peppermint and wintergreen, to name a few.
Asking the bartender which flavor was everyone’s favorite so far, she replied, “Everyone has a different opinion, really. It depends on the person and what effect they’re looking for.”
I quickly figured out that most of the students that visited in the hour I was there enjoyed cranberry and orange the most, but my personal favorites were the peppermint and wintergreen and the lavender and tangerine.
A few pamphlets also laid along the bar listed the health benefits of breathing straight oxygen. Not only do the specific smells have their own effects, but the oxygen “heightens concentration, alertness, and memory” and even “counters aging.” A perfect addition to finals week, if I do say so myself!
Correction: In a previous version of this story, we erroneously attributed this event to the Campus Activites Board. The event was hosted by the University Center. We apologize for the mistake, and we will continue to strive for reporting the most accurate campus news.