FAQ (frequently asked questions)

Listed below are some of the most popular questions we receive. If you have a question that is not listed, then feel free to contact us directly using the links on the left-hand side of this page.

What are Lava Shells®?
How do Lava Shells® work?
Are the Lava Gel or Lava Activators toxic?
How long do the shells take to prepare and clean up?
How hot do the shells get? Can I burn a client?
Can I use massage oil with Lava Shells®?
Are the Lava Shells® real seashells? What are they made out of?
How does your company get the shells? Do you harvest the clams to get them?
How do Lava Shells® compare to traditional Hot Stone Massage?
How strong are the shells? Can I break them?
Can I use massage oil with Lava Shells®?
How many shells do I need to do a massage?
What kind of training is required to use Lava Shells®? Do you offer any classes?

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What are Lava Shells®?

Lava Shells® are the world’s first naturally self-heating massage tool, designed to allow a massage therapist, or anyone performing some type of bodywork, to add heat into their techniques.

How do Lava Shells® work?
Our Lava Shells® have heating technology combined with an all natural heat absorber called “Lava Gel”. The hollow shell is filled with the Lava Gel material and then the Lava Activator saline solution is poured in, and the shell is capped so that the water can’t escape. The Activator reacts with the natural minerals in the Lava Gel sachet and causes an exothermic reaction, creating a powerful heat that is absorbed into the Lava Gel after roughly 60 seconds, to provide continuous heat for up to 2 hours.

Are the Lava Gel or Lava Activators toxic?
Absolutely not. The Lava Gel is composed of food-grade minerals, and neither the gel nor the activator have any toxic substances in them, nor do they produce any harmful byproducts when they are combined.

How long do the shells take to prepare and clean up?
Prep and cleanup are very simple. Preparation only requires opening the Lava Gel and Activator packets and pouring them into the shell (Lava Gel first, then Activator) and placing the cap on. It should typically take less than a minute. Once the materials are combined, the shell takes five minutes to heat up to a ready temperature and for the Activator to absorb. To clean up, simply pull out the Lava Gel sachet and rinse the inside of the shell, then clean the outside with soap and water; it will typically take less than a minute from start to finish, then the shell is ready to use again. The sachet should be removed from the shell within a few minutes after the end of the treatment to avoid deterioration of the sachet material, so that cleanup is as easy as possible.

How hot do the shells get? Can I burn a client?
The shells stay hot 10-12 times longer than a hot stone, as you rotate the shells they transfer the heat onto the client, when left to rest the shells recharge. As we do not place the shells they will not burn, but to be sure you always check the heat on your arm before placing the shell on the client.

Can I use massage oil with Lava Shells®?
The Lava Charges (Shell+Activator) are engineered to produce consistent heat reactions every time. As with any heated product,all instructions must be followed carefully and should only be used by trained staff. As long as instructions for proper use are followed, however, the shells are very safe. The ideal massage temperature for the shells is between 120-125 degrees. Over the course of the massage, the shell will fluctuate normally in temperature as it is used (it will lose heat when used and will be set aside for brief periods to recharge). If the protocols included with the shells are followed correctly, the shells should never get hot enough to burn a client. If for whatever reason the shell overheats (if it’s too hot for your hands it is too hot for the client) simply submerge the shell in the cooling dish or room temperature water for a few moments, until it is cool enough to handle comfortably.

Are the Lava Shells® real seashells? What are they made out of?
The Lava Shells® are real, hand-selected Tiger Clam shells. They’re made of calcium carbonate, as all sea shells are.

How does your company get the shells? Do you harvest the clams to get them?
The Tiger Clam is native to the oceans surrounding the Philippines, and local villagers there have gathered the clams for use in their diet for hundreds of years. Before Perfect Sense came across them, the villagers, having no use for the shells, simply threw them away. Perfect Sense recycles those shells that are suitable for massage into Lava Shells®. Perfect Sense employees do not ever harvest live animals to obtain shells and no animals are harmed in any way during the creation of a Lava Shell.

How do Lava Shells® compare to traditional Hot Stone Massage?
It is important to remember that Lava Shells® are not a replacement for Hot Stones, but rather a unique massage tool that can be used toperform a similar treatment as Hot Stones can, as well as many other types of services that Hot Stone Massage cannot. However, Lava Shells® also offer fundamental improvements over Hot Stone in many areas, especially for the therapists performing the treatment. To begin with, the system is entirely self-contained. Once the Lava Gel and Activator are added to the shell, it can be taken anywhere, so there’s no need for a nearby outlet. Second, there’s no supplemental equipment required. Hot Stone uses large, energy-inefficient roasters to heat the stones, which not only require additional cleaning apart from the stones and can increase the risk of cross-contamination between clients, but can also make the treatment room uncomfortably hot. Third, and most important, there is no touch time lost with a Lava Shell massage. During a Hot Stone treatment, because the stones only stay hot for a few minutes, the therapist must constantly be returning to the roaster to get new hot stones out of the water, and in doing so they must stop massaging briefly. But with no more than four Lava Shells® needed for an entire massage, and no heater, the therapist can stay with the client for the length of the treatment, providing all the benefits of both heat and continuous touch, which Hot Stone simply cannot do.

How strong are the shells? Can I break them?
The shells are composed of calcium carbonate, the same basic material that makes up our bones and teeth. As such, it is very durable and can be used for deep pressure work without any worry over breaking. It is possible for them to chip or break if dropped, but if handled with appropriate care they will last indefinitely.

Can I use massage oil with Lava Shells®?
Yes. Oil should be used to facilitate easy movement of the shell on the skin. We Supply a Massage Oil that is a great complement to a Lava Shell treatment, or you can use your own if you’d like. Unlike Hot Stones, the shells are non-porous, meaning the massage oil comes off easily and no bacteria or oil residue becomes caught in the surface of the shell, creating a more sanitary, easier to clean tool.

How many shells do I need to do a massage?
It depends you can use between 1 and 4 Shells, you would only need on shell to upgrade into a manicure & pedicure or 2 for an upgrade into a back massage or 4 shells for the 60 or 90 minute Lava Shell Massage.

What kind of training is required to use Lava Shells®? Do you offer any classes?
Because we at Shared Beauty Secrets are committed first and foremost to providing a very high standard of treatment delivery, when you order Lava Shells® you will need to attend a 1 day Training course.