A 24-year-old Nevada woman has died after freezing to death in a cryotherapy chamber.
Chelsea Ake, of Henderson, was trapped in the chamber for at least 10 hours at Rejuvenice, a clinic that offers cryotherapy, which involves standing in a chamber with dry air and that dips below -240 degrees Farenheit.
The therapy has been used to reduce inflammation, slow signs of aging and help heal sports injuries, but effects are seen after only about two minutes.
Ake, a Hawaii native, was the manager of Rejuvenice. Her coworkers found her frozen inside the machine.
According to a local police report, Ake used the machine without assistance and likely suffocated.
Spas that use cryotherapy have been popping up across the country.
KryoLife, a Manhattan company that uses cryotherapy, issued a statement on its Facebook page saying: "We are sad to learn about the passing of Chelsea Ake, the store manager at Rejuvenice. Due to this tragic event, KryoLife would like our clients to be rest assured that we use the same protocols and time constraints presently used in Europe, and that have been developed and implemented over 25 years of experience and ongoing medical research. Our technicians are attentive to the comfort and well-being of our clients during the treatment and afterwards which is the key to your safety."