When we passed by the Breathe Oxygen Bar in the Venetian after our poker lesson and our epic sushi and sake tasting lunch on the way back to our room, we must have had “sucker” written on our foreheads. The signs promised we would be energized, our hangovers would vanish and jet lag would be a thing of the past. (Basically, the equivalent of drinking Eric or Bill’s blood on our favorite vampire show.) And even though the patrons who were there before us said the oxygen treatment did nothing to them, we were desperate enough to give it a shot.
For $22, we were connected to the oxygen machine for 15ish minutes. The oxygen is scented with eucalyptus and lavender. The cute female therapists entertained and kept us occupied with extras like eucalyptus oil in the palms or our hands, battery powered back massagers and more.
About halfway in, Annie’s nose started to get stuffy. The therapists claimed it was because the oxygen was working. She had to remove her nose hose early because she started to feel claustrophobic. Hope, on the other hand, enjoyed the entire treatment.
Believe it or not, we did feel a bit rejuvenated after the treatment. Whether that was psychosomatic or a true benefit of the oxygen, we don’t know. But at least the American Lung Association says oxygen bars like Breathe aren’t likely to do any harm.