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Grants breathe life into oxygen therapy baths.

Major spinal surgery to repair four damaged vertebra left Penny Jones with severe muscle trauma, but the excruciating pain she suffered turned out to be the catalyst for a new business venture. Mrs Jones was so amazed at the muscular relief she felt after undergoing two sessions of oxygen therapy that she and her husband Barry decided to develop a new generation of steam activated oxygen therapy baths.

With support from the Welsh Assembly Government, the Welsh Development Agency and Wales Trade International they have now launched an up-market, auto- mated oxygen therapy bath which has a patent pending.

It is already creating huge interest internationally amongst spas and health and therapy centres as well as luxury hotels and cruise lines.

The OxygenPower Bath is essentially an individual steam cabinet with two outward-opening doors and a seat inside providing easy access for people with disabilities.

The therapeutic treatment begins with 5 minutes of steam which opens the pores of the skin.

Activated oxygen is then introduced and mixes with the vapours of the steam for 15 minutes and is absorbed into the body through the skin.

The oxygen is taken from the ambient air and purified, allowing the body to absorb good clean oxygen - the entire procedure is automatically timed and controlled.

Mrs Jones said, 'The treatment improves the level of oxygen in your blood stream which may be depleted as a result of pollution, poor diet, stress, smoking or ageing.

'It helps relax your muscles, improves circulation, hydrates your skin and gives you a feeling of well being. It is used for stress relief, weight loss, cellulite, skin conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, stiff muscles and detoxifying the body.

'The treatment certainly worked for me.'

'Just two sessions in a rather outdated oxygen bath had amazing results and I have first-hand experience of seeing the benefits of oxygen therapy on a range of conditions from eczema to asthma.'

She was keen to offer the same therapy to her clients at the health and beauty clinic she ran in Dorset, but decided a new modern- style bath with a fully automated control pod was needed.

More than three years were spent in design and development with the benefit of expert advice from their board of directors which include a physiotherapist, plastic surgeon and leading anaesthetist.

The new oxygen bath is now manufactured in Kenfig, Bridgend, and all the components are sourced in Wales while their new company, OxygenPower Products, has opened a sales and marketing suite in Cowbridge.

The baths are available for lease or sale and the intention is to produce at least 200 OxygenPower Baths in the first year.

OxygenPower Products was support by an Assembly Investment Grant.

The response has been beyond expectations and the company is in discussions regarding distribution deals in Australia, South Africa, Germany and Italy and in talks with a number of cruise lines.: Powerful disinfectant:Ozone is an electrically activated form of oxygen and ozone therapy is the most powerful disinfectant and killer of bacteria in the world. The concept of steam therapy goes back to 200BC and medical records relating to the use of oxygen and ozone therapy date back to 1885.

Oxygen-enriched environments have been observed by a number of doctors and scientists to promote accelerated healing.

Dr Otto Warburg won two Nobel Prizes, in 1931 and 1944, for linking cancer with a lack of oxygen in the cells.

Sir Rocco Forte's 5 star St David's Hotel and Spa in Cardiff is the first to install the new bath. Holistic therapists have been using activated oxygen therapy for more than 40 years.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 20, 2005
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