A woman has tragically died after a cold water therapy session – popular with celebrities including Line of Duty's Stephen Graham and Coleen Rooney – went wrong. The 39-year-old mum-of-three, who has not yet been named, was taking part in the wellness trend with friends in Derbyshire earlier this week when she suddenly collapsed.
Cold water therapy (also known as the Wim Hof Method) has been rising in popularity as of late, with over 66.5 million views of the #coldwatertherapy hashtag on TikTok. The practise involves immersing the body in cold water of around 15°C to treat health conditions and stimulate health benefits, such as improved circulation, better sleep, increased energy levels and reduced inflammation. Some studies have also found that cold water therapy may alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
According to reports, the woman, who is believed to be from Manchester, had been acclimatising to the cold water during a two-hour session at the Breatheolution therapy centre on the River Goyt. Reports say the woman was laughing before she suddenly collapsed and was helped out of the water by Breatheolution owner Kevin O’Neill.
O'Neill performed CPR while an air ambulance made its way to the scene. Sadly, the woman later died in hospital.
Speaking to The Sun, O'Neill said: "I am heartbroken. I’ve not slept and I’m finding it hard to process. I cannot stop thinking about her family. It’s tragic."
He went on, "I have taken 1,100 people into the water over two years and nothing like this has ever happened. It’s a freak incident and very sadly someone has lost their life."
According to the therapy centre owner, everyone who attends Breatheolution signs a waiver form and they are asked about their medical history before undergoing cold water therapy. Sessions at the centre cost up to £200 and involve people taking deep breaths before submerging themselves in cold water.
In a statement, Derbyshire Police said: "Several officers attended. Paramedics took the 39-year-old woman to hospital but she was later pronounced dead. There are no suspicious circumstances and we are preparing a file for the coroner."
Our thoughts are with the woman's family and friends at this incredibly sad time.
Cosmopolitan UK has reached out to Breatheolution for comment.
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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