Love to lava baby: The wonders of lava shells

Adam Lowe

Lava shells are the world’s first self-heating massage tool, and a popular new treatment with the likes of Millie Mackintosh, Frankie Bridge, Stephanie Pratt and The Saturdays. Like a combination of hot stones and a regular massage, the lava shells treatment uses recycled tiger clam shells, which are rubbed against the body to push the heat of the shells deep into the muscle tissues.

We were lucky enough to try the LAVA Relax treatment at Bannatyne Spa on Quay Street – just a quick walk from Manchester’s Gay Village. There are spas across the country that perform the treatment, however, and you can even book a Lava Angel for a visit to your home, where they can conduct the treatment without you even leaving the house.

So what are the benefits?

The experience worked deeply on my muscles, unknotting areas of tension. The firmness and smoothness of the shells worked both to apply some much-needed pressure but also to allow the shells to glide effortlessly across the body in tandem with the massage therapist’s motions.

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The shells are tiger striped clam shells from the Philippines where the clams are eaten and their shells recycled. The shells absorb heat, which means the therapist has to keep them moving across your body, unlike hot stones, but this results in the best elements of both a hot stones treatment and a traditional massage. I could feel the shells working into the knots in my back, shoulders and legs, and the heat was so relaxing I almost drifted off.

Leaving the treatment, I felt looser around the shoulders and more calm generally. That night I slept the best I have in a very long time. Another benefit is that the shells naturally give off calcium ions, which improve the skin by firming and regenerating it. I heartily recommend the treatment for anyone looking to unwind or pamper themselves.

A lava shells holiday?

The latest lava shells treatment that’s trending is the Lava Shell Intensive Muscle Recovery Treatment. Exclusive to Shared Beauty Secrets, this luxurious treatment is only available on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island.

The Lava Shell Intensive Muscle Recovery Treatment combines a mixture of heat and ice lava shell therapies with Aromatherapy Associates’ therapeutic grade essential oils. It’s designed to restore sore muscles, and the combination of heat, cold and aromatherapy work to really deal with the aches and pains that come from a busy job.

Aromatherapy Associates, leaders in aromatherapy, are working with Shared Beauty Secrets to introduce an exclusive new body treatment for guests of the Bali Leha spa, which is located on Sir Richard Branson’s fabulous Necker Island.

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Lava Shell Intensive Muscle Recovery massage is a deeply calming and soothing treatment, which is especially designed for tight, stressed and aching muscles. This makes it a great treatment for anyone who has a heavy exercise schedule, a gruelling working week or too many commitments.

The therapy uses Swedish and cross-muscle fibre massage techniques, complemented by Aromatherapy Associates’ therapeutic grade essential oils fromn their De-Stress Muscle range. The hot shells are used with a deeper massage, which works right into the muscle tissues to relieve aches and tightness. The essential oils include black pepper, rosemary and ginger, which work together to aid in improving circulation, warming tense muscles and dispersing painful lactic acid.

The cool glacial shells are paired with lavender essential oil, which is known to reduce inflammation and soothe muscles.

For further information visit Shared Beauty Secrets online.

About Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people. He sometimes performs as Beyonce Holes.