Ever wondered what oxygen therapy was all about? Well, I was fortunate to be invited for a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy session in a private wellness clinic in the heart of London’s trendy Mayfair. Once I arrived, I was greeted by the friendly front of house team who made me feel very welcome and at home in their stylish surroundings. Read on for a little more about the experience and watch the video below for our exclusive interview with Dr. Pender about this growing area of therapy.
I did not have to wait long before I met with the Hyperbaric Oxygen expert Dr Pender and his assistant, Ryan, who guided me to the room and clearly explained the process of treatment which was very reassuring. I then completed a medical history questionnaire, gave my consent and stepped into the submarine-type chamber.
The top half of the chamber was transparent, which enabled me to look out clearly while being spacious enough to move in. As the machine was switched on, I placed my respiration mask over my nose and mouth breathing normally, while cool, gentle air entered the tank.
Although my body temperature felt the same, my ears did start to pop, the same feeling you experience whilst being airborne on a plane. After a few minutes, that effect subsided and I relaxed completely, nearly drifting off to sleep. Whilst in the chamber, I was permitted to use my phone, listen to music and read which made the time fly pretty quickly so it was pleasant overall.
As the session ended, air seeped rapidly through small gaps of the machine as the door opened. Once, fully open, I stepped out of the chamber and back into normality. Afterwards, I felt light and slightly ‘spaced out’ but it certainly was an interesting and welcome experience which leaves me wondering about the prolonged potential benefit that might be realised with regular sessions. Tried oxygen therapy, how did it go? Let us know below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. (Check out our other reviews and interviews to help you get and Keep YOUR Fit ON!)