The hottest new spa craze: Shell massages

Spas look to the sea for hottest new beauty treatment

Spas have long looked to the sea for treatment inspiration, from deep-sea mud detox to feet-nibbling fish pedicures, but the latest aqua-themed craze sees therapists armed with shells for a revolutionary new massage.

An eco-friendly alternative to traditional hot stones, while stones require electric heating, lava shells are the world’s first naturally self-heating massage tool – you need to see, and feel it, to believe it!

Taking genuine tiger-striped clam shells from the South Pacific, where they form part of the local communities’ day-to-day diet and were previously considered waste, the innovative new therapy is based on the shells’ natural ability to heat up internally, with no need for heaters or generators.

All that is needed is LavaGel, a combination of salt water activator and a blend of minerals, sea kelp and algae, which is placed in the centre of the shell, naturally heating it from within.

Seriously stress-busting, shell therapy offers an intense, comforting massage, where therapists work their way from the arms, to the stomach, legs, shoulder, neck and back. The sustained heat allows deep muscle work, allowing the release of tension and the alleviation of soreness.

Treatments are available now nationwide at leading UK spas, including The Spa at CityPoint Club in London’s Moorgate, the Sequoia Spa at the Grove, Hertfordshire, The Vale Hotel & Spa, Wales, and is set to launch in Harvey Nichols Beyond MediSpas in both London and Edinburgh this summer.

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