The lava shell massage is a treatment in which clam shells are used as a tool. Porcelain shells can also be used but the natural effect will not be received. These clams have been used as a food delicacy in South-East Asia for hundreds of years, but the shells used to be thrown away. Shells found discarded are now being recycled and used for the lava shell massage. The heat required for the massage is not achieved through hot water like in the hot stone massage. The practitioner just inserts a small pouch of minerals, salt water and algae into the shell and this triggers a reaction which causes heat that can last for 1-2 hours.
These shells are used in a gliding motion over the body so that the heat is evenly distributed. This particular technique can be great for an outdoor massage because the therapist does not need to be near a source of power. It is easier for the masseuse to learn this method as well and there is minimal cleanup after the treatment. This massage does not apply a lot of pressure to the muscles and joints but focuses on the heat of the clam shells to provide a relaxing experience. The client can choose between a one-hour or 90 minutes session.
It is necessary to understand that the lava shell does get hot during the procedure and you have to tell the therapist if the heat is too much. Usually, during the beginning of a session, the shells are hotter, and they cool down when in motion. There are also times when a chilled glacial shell is used along with the lava shell in long and flowing movements. The difference in temperature between the two surfaces causes the blood vessels to contract and expand, thereby stimulating circulation. This type of a massage can boost the autoimmune system and reduce water retention in the body.
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