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FAQs Answered by Shared Beauty Secrets MD, Clare Anderson
Q: What are Lava Shells?
Lava Shells are the world’s first self-heating massage tool. Lava Shells are 100% recycled, natural Tiger Clam shells. A patented, natural, biodegradable heat technology is incorporated into the Lava Shell which then emits heat for over an hour, allowing therapists to provide a continuous and seamless body massage.
Portable, eco-friendly and non-porous, Lava Shells can be used to treat a multitude of concerns from easing aching muscles and joints to alleviating the suffering from IBS and bloating. Due to the shells unique shape and angles they become an extension of the therapist’s hands, deploying deeply therapeutic relief to where it is needed. Perfect for all industry professionals and used by mobile therapists, salon and spas.
Q: What was it about Lava Shells that makes them so popular?
Lava Shells offered all the benefits of stones but with the addition of being eco-friendly, portable and non-porous, 5 minutes heating time, minimal cleaning, turnaround time and the ability for therapists to deliver a seamless massage. As no heater is required, Health & Safety risks are minimised. Due to this the client will experience an hour’s seamless massage of heat and touch which allows them to totally switch off, relax and unwind.
Q: Where do Lava Shells come from?
The Tiger Clam is native to the oceans surrounding the Philippines. Local villagers have gathered the clams for food for hundreds of years and having no use for the shells, simply threw them away. Now all this has changed. Using this waste product creates jobs on the island. The locals prepare the shell for use in massage by sand polishing them to a smooth finish and gluing them back together. A small hole is then drilled which allows the therapist to place the heating sachet inside to create the Lava Shell we use for our treatments.
Q: Is there a cold option?
Yes, we also have Glacial Shells which can be used in conjunction with Lava Shells to deliver a different treatment experience. The same principle is used as with Lava Shells but a cooling sachet is used within porcelain Glacial Shell.
Q: What differentiates a Lava Shell treatment from a hot stone treatment?
Lava shells have many unique qualities over hot stones, predominantly the continuous heat the shells emit for over an hour, thereby enabling the therapist to deliver a deeper, more relaxing treatment as they have continuous touch time with the client. Unlike stones the temperature of the shells stabilises as they are worked with and re-heat when rested, this means that the therapist is able to manage the temperature and offer a totally bespoke treatment to suit each and every client.
The shells take just 5 to 10 minutes to activate (heat up) allowing shorter lead time for bookings with minimal set up time. This enables therapists to up-sell a body massage to a Lava Shell massage as well as being able to offer Lava Shell Massage to walk-in clients. This is difficult to do with stones as they require up to 45 minutes to heat prior to treatment, unless the stone heater is on all day they cannot compete with Lava Shells.
Therapist’s need only use two shells for a back massage and up to four shells for a full body treatment, this increases the time spent massaging and there is less disruption for the client whist the appropriate stone is sourced. The shells have 3 different angles, crown, edge and hinge, which copy the therapist’s hands; palm, knuckles and thumb, delivering variable change in pressure so is less effort for the therapist to perform the massage and they can change the angle as required, which also helps to protect and prevent injury to the therapist.
Shells offer health & safety advantages too, as shells are non-porous they do not absorb any bacteria, skin cells or oils so are very hygienic and this makes them very easy to clean taking only seconds. Back to back clients can be treated with Lava Shells with no compromise to hygiene. Being light and portable they require little space, along with no electrical requirements, heaters or hot water, this makes them a great choice for mobile therapists and establishments where space is a premium.