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Oxygen bar allows students to breathe sigh of relief

Oxygen bar allows students to breathe sigh of relief

September 26
13:46 2017

In a college town, an oxygen bar may not be the first type of bar that masses of students would choose to visit to alleviate stress.

But at this bar, oxygen flows through tubes into students’ noses, allowing them to inhale the soothing aromas to relieve their anxiety and refresh themselves.

On Sept. 19, Discovery Park supplied an oxygen bar for students to enjoy and take advantage of the relaxing qualities.

Breathe It In at Discovery Park brought students from all over campus to try out the oxygen bar. Social work major Melissa Chavez, the student assistant of the Center for Student Affairs at Discovery Park, helped organize the event to give students the opportunity to relax in a unique way.

“We think it is a great way to bring students together and enjoy the variety of aromas they offer,” Chavez said. “It is soothing and calming, and it allows students to take a moment out of their busy schedule and breathe.”

Oxygen bars offer a number of aromas people can breathe in to alleviate stress and clear their mind, including vanilla and lavender.

These bars are becoming especially popular with students who may need a healthy way to wind down and forget about the pressure of classes.

“Aromatherapy is one of the many ways students get to relax here on campus,” Chavez said. “The oxygen bar is known to strengthen an individual’s concentration and memory, relieve their muscles and restore energy levels. This allows the body to calm the mind, which is exactly what students need and request after a long day of hard work.”

Discovery Park has had oxygen bar events in the past with successful turnouts each time. The Center for Student Affairs hopes to have at least one a semester to meet the high demand.

“We get it requested very often, and the high turnout shows in the card swipes,” Chavez said. “Our students love them, and to be quite sincere, our office enjoys them too. It is great way for students to interact with our student workers and vice versa.”

Mechanical and energy engineering senior Sergio Patino has tried oxygen bars in the past and loves the soothing benefits he gains from it.

“After getting out of class you just get to sit down, relax and try all the types of smells,” Patino said. “It can be really calming.”

Aromatherapy in the form of oxygen bars began in the late 1990s but is currently increasing in popularity all over the world, especially in college towns. The stress-relieving benefits of the scented oxygen attract students hoping to unwind without any health risks.

Even those new to oxygen bars recognize the extent of their benefits. Material science and engineering sophomore Christian Garcia had never tried an oxygen bar before attending Breathe It In.

“I saw the oxygen bar there, and it looked kind of interesting,” Garcia said. “It really did help me feel relaxed.”

UNT students enjoy the on-campus oxygen bars because they stand out among other campus events. Breathe It In provides an uncommon form of stress relief that contrasts with the typical activities planned on campus.

“Students appreciate the atypical approach this event brings to Discovery Park,” Chavez said. “It definitely stands out from our movie showings and bingo nights.”

Breathe It In also gives students a chance to try something they may never have done before while getting to experience the soothing effects of the aromatherapy.

“Breathe It In is an event that is unique and light-hearted for the students,” Chavez said. “For many, it is their first time to ever experience an oxygen bar, and we are glad we get to be the ones to allow them this opportunity.”

Chavez hopes the oxygen bar and other campus events will succeed in helping students take a break from the anxieties they may face every day and instead enjoy the fun activities offered to them.

“We have a simple goal — to make fun and exciting memories for our students,” Chavez said. “The Center for Student Affairs strives to set up events to enjoy throughout the semester. From big events to small ones, we do anything to help students ease their mind and focus on their academics without getting overwhelmed.”

Featured Image: A student adjusts their oxygen flavor. This oxygen bar was offered to students at “Breathe It In” at Discovery Park. Mallory Cammarata

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