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Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Lava Shell Massage

Tiger clam Lava Shells first reached the UK in 2009. Natural Tiger Clam shells are from the Philippines and are composed of calcium carbonate. The clams are collected by local free-divers and the shells are removed so the clams can be prepared for food. The porcelain Lava Shells are handcrafted and hand painted to replicate the luster and appearance of the natural shell. The shells are smooth and non-porous so they will not absorb bacteria, massage oils or dead skin cells. This makes them more hygienic and easier to clean. These shells are the world's first self heating massage tool. With the heat coming from lava minerals (a patented blend of magnesium, iron and salt) that simply activates with water to create an exothermic reaction will continue to generate heat which can last up to 90 minutes.

What to expect from a Lava Shell Massage

Lava Shells are heated by a single use disposable mineral sachet. Your therapist will insert the contents of the sachet into the shell alongside room temperature water to activate the shell. It takes on average 5 minutes for the shell to reach a temperature of 44-53c. Your therapist will begin the treatment by applying massage oil to help make the strokes smoother. Using the three parts of the shell :

  • Crown - the large, smooth, flat part of the shell. It transmits the greatest amount of heat. The crown is ideal for long broad effleurage strokes across major muscle groups, especially either side of the spine, over the calves and thighs and around the neck and shoulders. Tilting the crown slightly offers a deeper pressure.

  • Hinge - forms a small rounded bump on the side of every shell. It is used to work deep into small tight knots or problem areas. Its ideal to use for friction work to ease out tight knots or problem areas.

  • Edge - the edge of every shell is carefully sanded to a smooth jag free surface. Ideal for working narrow areas the edge is also valuable as a contouring tool. Using two shells at a 45 degree angle works especially well for wringing and draining.

Your therapist will begin the treatment, using the shells on your arms, legs, neck back and shoulders. The application of hot Lava Shells will act to dilate blood vessels therefore increasing blood flow. Increased blood supply will bring fresh oxygen and nutrients to the area and assist in the removal of waste products.

Lava Shell Massage

The benefits of a Lava Shell massage

  • It promotes extreme relaxation

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves circulation

  • Improves skin appearance

  • Reduces tight, tense muscles

  • Seamless massage of heat and touch

  • Increases the effects of massage 10-fold

Physiological effects of warming the body's tissues

  • Increase local metabolism - the amount of oxygen to the muscle is improved helping remove dead cells and to increase the growth of new cells.

  • Vasodilation - dilation of superficial blood vessels increases heart rate and the blood pressure will fall.

  • Soothe and sedate sensory nerve endings - which will relieve pain.

  • Increased flexibility of connective tissues - the range of movements of the ligaments and tendons will improve.

  • Stimulates sweat glands - resulting in elimination of toxins from the body.

Will the temperature of the shells get too hot for me?

It's true that the shells can reach temperatures of 60-80 degrees if they are not being used, however your therapist will be trained to control the heat of the shells with specific movements that will cool them down. Lava shells will never be used before the therapist has tested the temperature. They will also never be placed on your body and left, there will always be continuous movement of the Lava Shells during the massage.


Using Lava Shells increases the effects of massage 10-fold, you will feel deeply relaxed following a treatment. Ensure you drink plenty of water immediately after your treatment.

General massage home care advice should be followed, however due to the increased effects these must be adhered to more strictly, for example do not have a really hot bath proceeding treatment as you will feel very light headed.

If this truly blissful treatment sounds inviting, why not book your appointment today?

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