Hot Lava Shell Massage – What Is It and How Does It Work?

Hot Lava Shell Massage is a type of heat treatment that uses Tiger-striped clam shells as a massage tool. This type of massage is becoming more popular all the time.

Where Do Lava Shells Come From?

Lava Shell Massage in progress in the Maldives.
CC BY by Scubaspa Maldives

The clams are harvested for food in the Philippines, as they have done for hundreds of years. The shells used to be thrown away, but are now being recycled and used for Lava Shell massage.The heat is produced by inserting a ‘lava gel sachet’ and ‘activator liquid’ into the shell.

Lava shell massage has a lot of the same health benefits as a hot stone massage. If you have tense muscles, knots or injuries, you are going to get a lot out of the process.

Calcium Ions To Exfoliate and Regenerate Skin

Another interesting fact is that the lava shells produce calcium ions when heated. This transfers to the client’s skin during the stoking and rubbing techniques. Calcium has regenerating properties for skin. So this type of massage therapy can help firm up and repair the client’s skin.

The heat being transferred from the shells helps to work deep into the muscle and tissue. Making working out knots and muscle pains easier than with a cold treatment. When combined with Swedish massage techniques a person gets a complete therapy with relaxing, healing, and regenerative properties.

A Technique Originated by Shared Beauty Secrets

Shared Beauty Secrets (SBC) developed the concept in 2009, and they provide different training options for therapists, business owners and students across the country to choose from. All Hot Lava Shell Massage therapists should qualify through SBC’s training.

The great thing about this treatment is that if your budget is low you can buy a lava shell massage kit and practice it at home. It’s much better though to book a professional HLSM massage.

How to Use a Lava Shell Heat Pack

Philippines shells, as used in Lava Shell Massage.
Fresh Clam Shells Kauswagan Island, Cebu, Philippines. – CC BY-NC-ND by Storm Crypt

A heat pack is a teabag-like sachet which is placed inside each shell.

To use a Lava Shell Heat Pack safely, just put the gel sachet in the lava shell. Then pour in the activator and there will be a reaction with salt water and essential oil. The heat lasts about an hour. That’s beyond long enough for a full, and very relaxing massage.

How Hot Lava Shell Massage Is Done

As for any natural product, he size and shape of the shells varies. In most cases the larger “fanned” shells are normally used to cover your back. Smaller shells are normally placed between your toes. This to relieves “knots” of tension in those areas.

During a Lava Shell massage, your massage therapist may decide to only use shells alone. Alternatively, the masseuse may alternate between his/her hands and the sea-shells.

A therapist may choose to just place the shells on the tense areas, While on other occasions, he/she may move the shells across these areas with continuous sweeping motions. All depends upon experimentation and the preference of the client.

Lava Shell massage is available at spas across Britain. See for the full list.