Jenny Hewett tests out the new Aromatherapy hot seashell massage at Talise Spa Madinat Jumeirah.
The promise Using a large natural tiger shell clam, which is able to retain its heat throughout the treatment, the massage will involve aromatherapy oils and will iron out any aches and pains, as well as leave me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Step by step Once in the treatment room, my South African therapist shows me how the seashell works, by combining two natural formulas, lava gel (which contains real black lava, magnesium, sea algae and dried kelp) and an activator in a small satchel, which are inserted into the shell and react together to create and maintain heat. Unlike hot stones, which can be scorching and painful at times, the sensation is very pleasant. The therapist uses different parts of the seashell, including the flat sides, to work my back, the inner point on my neck and shoulders and the outer edge to target the arch in my feet. She has a masterful technique and I’m slightly disappointed that I can’t stay for longer.
The result It’s one of the better massages I’ve had in the city and I’m wishing I signed up for the 90-minute session. I feel completely relaxed and the heat from the stones has a comforting effect and my muscles feel a little like melted butter.
Pros • The stones are hot without being scorching. • The therapist explains exactly how the seashells work beforehand.
Cons • There is no attention to the head or scalp, but I think this would round off the treatment nicely.