A fresher breath of air, bar none
SYDNEYSIDERS can now smell the lavender, eucalyptus or jasmine, not at one of the city's many florists, but at Australia's first ready-to-breathe oxygen bar, recently opened at Darling Harbour.
The O2 Bar Oxygen Station has more than 15 exciting scents to be breathed for up to 15 minutes at a time for maximum effect. Coffee lovers can grab an airborne cappuccino, or follow their nose to the fresh scent of vanilla bean, coconut or lime via the bar's many aroma infusers.
The best part is that 02 visitors receive a direct hit of 90% oxygen with each aromatic breath. Oxygen in our air typically offers just 21%, but at a higher concentration, it can create feelings of increased energy, refreshment, and stress relief. Greater concentration, increased memory and athletic performance after oxygen sessions are also common.
Oxygen bars have been a huge success overseas, particularly the United States, and Japan, providing an escape from pollutants, allergens and impurities found in air. Oxygen also has anti-aging properties.
Not just for health lovers, oxygen is an effective detoxifier, getting a reputation for offering a faster way out of dreaded hangovers. Say goodbye to late- night booze munchies, or breakfast kebabs. Party lovers can get back on their feet in no time.
Frequent flyers will also appreciate a dose of 90% pure to restore their depleted levels of oxygen: the main cause of jetlag.
And stressheads will benefit from taking a deep breath of oxygen, or 10, to repair the body's impaired ability.
Sydney's first O2 Bar is open seven days a week from 10am until late. A hit of oxygen costs $1 per minute, with 15 minutes just the right amount of time to feel recharged and rejuvenated.
O2 Bar has eight oxygen stations attended by O2 tenders who provide disposable cannulas to each visitor to place around their nose.
Free iPad access and water is also offered if you want more activity while you breathe.
Good to know about the O2 Bar
Address: Shop FF08, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour
Trading hours: Mon-Wed: 10am-9pm, Thurs: 10am-10pm
Fri - Sat: 10am-midnight